Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Total Economy

The Total Economy Database contains series on levels of real GDP, population, employment, working hours, GDP per capita, GDP per person engaged and GDP per hour for the aggregate economy for up to 103 countries from 1950 to present. These countries represent about 93 per cent of the world population and, as in particular the smaller and poorer countries are not in the data base, the sample represents an even larger share of world GDP (98%).

Monday, February 27, 2006

Education Indicators

EdStats, short for Education Statistics, is a comprehensive education statistics database. It compiles data from a variety of national and international sources and provides information on key education topics.Global Country Data presents data for over 200 countries and country groups. The data is organized in several sections for flexible retrieval. The main data sources are the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), World Bank, and the Barro-Lee datase. The Selected Group Data presents statistical reports from different groups of countries. The country groups currently in EdStats include Caribbean Countries, South Eastern European Countries, Islamic Countries, OECD Countries, and Countries that have participated in the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) and World Education Indicators (WEI) programs. Included is Thematic Education Data which presents diverse topic data, including Projections of School Age Population, Private Education Expenditures, Rates of Returns to Investment in Education, Gender Disaggregated Profiles, Children with Disabilities and Inclusive Education, and Student Learning Assessments. The main data sources are World Bank, OECD, UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) and special studies and research projects. Also presented is important World Bank Financing information on World Bank lending for education since 1963. The data is organized by Country At a Glance and offers country data on selected indicators of poverty and social development, key macroeconomic ratios and long-term trends, structure of the economy, prices and government finance, trade, balance of payments, and external debt and resource flows. Data was compiled by the World Bank in collaboration with its partner agencies and country clients. of course there are Links to Other Sources, they provide a large number of links to international and national education and statistical agencies, education journals and databases, and other information related to education.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

The Air We Breath

The World Data Centre for Greenhouse Gases (WDCGG) is established under the Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) programme to collect, archive and provide data for greenhouse (CO2, CH4, CFCs, N2O, etc.) and related (CO, NOX, SO2, VOC, etc.) gases and surface ozone in the atmosphere and ocean, measured under GAW and other programmes. From this web site, you can obtain information including WDCGG's publications and measurement data that have been contributed by organizations and individual researchers in the world.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

British Broadcasting

The British University Newsreel Database (BUND) contains 160,000 records of British cinema newsreel production 1910 - 1979 and a large collection of digitised documents. Cinemagazines And The Projection Of Britain contains details of the new AHRC resource enhancement project with a short history of the British cinemagazine There is a Who’s Who of British Newsreels, A unique biographical database of British newsreel staff, including cameramen, editors, commentators and sound recordists. You'll find Oral history recordings and Extended interviews from the BECTU History Project with some of those who made the newsreels. Of importance is a database of abstracts of articles and books on the newsreels, based on the BUFVC’s acclaimed three-volume series, Researcher’s Guide to British Newsreels.

Friday, February 24, 2006

On The Seven Seas

An Index to Ships Mentioned in Maritime History Books is an index to ships mentioned in non-fiction books on ships and maritime history. The ships are listed alphabetically and the information given includes page numbers for where the ship is found in the book. There is a separate Bibliography page which contains the full bibliographic information for each maritime book. There are more than 65,000 entries

Thursday, February 23, 2006

At Your Local Library

Library Research Service provides statistics and information on all types of libraries of interest to librarians and library managers and library supporters. The Fast Facts section offers one to three page overview statistical reports, several of a national nature, covering public, academic, and school libraries. They maintain a page of links to the statistics departments of state library agencies for public libraries and another for academic library statistics. In addition their Other Sites section has annotated links covering research on libraries, literacy, users, and technology.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Exposed In Public

The Public Health Image Library (PHIL) offers an organized, universal electronic gateway to CDC's pictures. Anyone from public health professionals, the media, laboratory scientists, educators, students, and the worldwide public can use this material for reference, teaching, presentation, and public health messages. The content is organized into hierarchical categories of people, places, and science, and is presented as single images, image sets, and multimedia files.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Old World Wisdom

The European Library is "a portal which offers access to the combined resources (books, magazines, journals.... - both digital and non-digital) of the 43 national libraries of Europe. It offers free searching and delivers digital objects - some free, some priced." The search results tell you which libraries have materials on your topic and link you to each catalog's list of retrieved items.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Setting New Records

Access to Archival Databases (AAD) you will find online access to records in a small selection of historic databases preserved permanently in the National Archives. Out of the nearly 200,000 data files in its holdings, The National Archives has selected approximately 475 of them for public searching through AAD. They selected this data because the records identify specific persons, geographic areas, organizations, and dates. The records cover a wide variety of civilian and military functions and have many genealogical, social, political, and economic research uses. AAD provides access to over 85 million historic electronic records created by more than 30 agencies of the federal government and from collections of donated historical materials.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Issued A Citation

The Energy Citations Database (ECD) is designed and developed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) with the science-attentive citizen in mind. Energy Citations contains bibliographic records for energy and energy-related scientific and technical information from the Department of Energy (DOE) and its predecessor agencies, the Energy Research & Development Administration (ERDA) and the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC). The Database provides access to DOE publicly available citations from 1948 through the present, with continued growth through regular updates. Energy Citations includes bibliographic records of literature in disciplines of interest to DOE such as chemistry, physics, materials, environmental science, geology, engineering, mathematics, climatology, oceanography, computer science and related disciplines. It includes citations to report literature, conference papers, journal articles, books, dissertations, and patents.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

When You Grow Up

Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH), 2006-07 Edition, lists hundreds of different types of jobs—such as teacher, lawyer, and nurse; the training and education needed, earnings, expected job prospects, what workers do on the job and working conditions. In addition, the Handbook gives you job search tips, links to information about the job market in each State, and more.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Green Is The New Black

EarthTrends, an online collection of information regarding the environmental, social, and economic trends that shape our world. Committed to the principle that accurate information drives responsible decisions by governments and individuals, EarthTrends offers the public a large breadth of statistical, graphic, and analytical data in easily accessible formats. With over 500 variables in the searchable database, hundreds of maps and country profiles, and dozens of feature stories and data tables in 10 themes, EarthTrends contains a vast amount of information. EarthTrends Information Guides provide users an easy way to quickly assess the range and variety of resources contained on the site for a particular topic area.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Open Access

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals. They aim to cover all subjects and languages. There are now 2,034 journals in the directory, with 507 fully searchable journals including 83,239 articles.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Who Wins

The Civil Rights in Mississippi Digital Archive is a "fully searchable database of digitized versions of rare and unique library and archival resources on race relations in Mississippi." The "Manuscripts and Photographs" section provides browsable access to selected primary source material. Also includes a short historical essay and timeline back to 1900, oral history transcripts, and links to related sites. From the McCain Library and Archives, University of Southern Mississippi.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Elementary Watson

Education Finance Statistics Center, Part of the National Center for Education Statistics Web site, contains surveys, reports, and other government information on U.S. elementary and secondary public and private education finance, as well as graphs and charts depicting national and state comparison data. There is also a Peer Search database which enables users to compare the finances of a school district with districts sharing similar characteristics, plus a section on school finance litigation.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Campus Security

OPE Campus Security Statistics, from the U.S. Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE), provides reported statistics on crimes at over 6,000 postsecondary education institutions in the United States. The statistics cover the most recent three years and are searchable by name of the institution, location, program, size, and degree offerings. Other campus security-related links are noted. Search results are divided into criminal offenses, hate offenses, and arrests. Also provides institutional characteristics including costs and contact information.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

In Wal-mart We Trust?

Measuring the Economic Impact of Wal-Mart on the U.S. Economy, released in November 2005, provides an analysis of "the national and region impact of the nation's largest retailer on the U.S. economy ... on the national, city, and county level." The study focuses on Wal-Mart in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington area of Texas. Includes a summary and the full report. Also includes links to related articles, some of which come to differing conclusions. From Global Insight, a financial forecasting company.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Volume Of Works

The Victorian Literary Studies Archive: Hyper-Concordance "reports the total number of text lines, the total word count and the number of occurrences of the word or phrase searched" and surrounding text for numerous books by dozens of English-language authors. Primarily covers authors from the Victorian period, but also includes works by authors such as Jane Austen, James Joyce, and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Stiff Upper Lip

United Kingdom's National Statistics Online. This searchable, browsable government site provides national and local data for vital statistics, census, economic, employment data, health, crime, education, and much more. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is the government department that provides UK statistical and registration services. ONS is responsible for producing a wide range of key economic and social statistics which are used by policy makers across government to create evidence-based policies and monitor performance against them. The Office also builds and maintains data sources both for itself and for its business and research customers.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Embassy Row

Embassy pages includes addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses, website addresses and more about the following types of international missions: Embassies and High Commissions, Consulates-General, Consulates and Vice-Consulates, Trade Representations and other diplomatic and consular representations. Almost every embassy and consulate is included in the directory as well as contact details for more than 22,000 representatives are available at embassypages.com corresponding to approximately 95 per cent of all diplomatic and consular representations worldwide.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Build It

How Products Are Made explains and details the manufacturing process of a wide variety of products, from daily household items to complicated electronic equipment and heavy machinery. The site provides step by step descriptions of the assembly and the manufacturing process (complemented with illustrations and diagrams)Each product also has related information such as the background, how the item works, who invented the product, raw materials that were used, product applications, by-products that are generated, possible future developments, quality control procedures, and other useful information.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Know Your Source

The Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP) is the principal international strategic communications service for the foreign affairs community. IIP designs, develops, and implements a variety of information initiatives and strategic communications programs, including Internet and print publications, traveling and electronically transmitted speaker programs, and information resource services. These reach--and are created strictly for--key international audiences, such as the media, government officials, opinion leaders, and the general public in more than 140 countries around the world. Of particular ironic interest may be the State Department's campaign against misinformation and propaganda.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Set Your Priorities

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities was founded in 1981 to take a close look at how various budget choices have affected the lives of low-income Americans. Since then the center has continued to grow more expansive, covering budget priorities at the state level as well. First-time visitors to the site will find a host of materials of note, including a number of Issues In Depth and special features. These features take a close look at such important subjects as budget priorities after Hurricane Katrina and other federal budget issues. The New From the Center area is a great way to become well versed in their most recent work, as it covers such topics as state income trends and Social Security. Users who wish to look for a specific topical area will do well to look at the bottom of the homepage which contains coverage of such topics as low-income housing, health policies, and unemployment insurance.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Private Collection

CGFA (Carol Gerten Fine Art) is an extensive collection of several thousand images, covering medieval to early 20th century. Featured artists are usually accompanied by a brief biographical sketch from Microsoft Encarta. Searchable or browsable by artist name, time-frame, or nationality. You can scan through the thumbnail images and then bring up the full-sized image of the art you want examine.

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Web We Weave

North Atlantic Treaty Organization(NATO) was created in 1949 and is an alliance of 26 different countries from both sides of the Atlantic. With a mutual agenda, these countries have worked together on a wide array of ventures, including peacekeeping missions and monitoring terrorist activities. On their website, visitors can learn about their more recent work, as well as previous activities, such as their interventions in Bosnia and Pakistan. The site is well-organized, and provides easy access to NATO speeches, and a quick summary of their policy initiatives. Policy makers and academics will enjoy learning that the website contains archived issues of NATO Review, which is their in-house magazine, published four times a year. For those seeking a wide array of media coverage, the multimedia section of the site contains photo essays, audio archives of speeches, and video briefings.

Friday, February 03, 2006

Get Well Soon

GlobalHealthFacts.org, a project of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, provides free, up-to-date and easy-to-access data by country on HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Tuberculosis, and other key health and socio-economic indicators. The data are displayed in tables, charts, and color-coded maps and can be downloaded for custom analyses. GlobalHealthFacts.org is a companion site to GlobalHealthReporting.org.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Watch Out

TVEyes, a search engine for TV & Radio, the content is searchable by keyword, phrase or topic, just as you would use a standard search engine for text. Currently live content alerts and searchable archives are available from the US, the UK , Canada, Australia and the Al Jazeera network.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

In Cog Neato

CogPrints, an electronic archive for self-archive papers in any area of Psychology, neuroscience, and Linguistics, and many areas of Computer Science (e.g., artificial intelligence, robotics, vison, learning, speech, neural networks), Philosophy (e.g., mind, language, knowledge, science, logic, Biology (e.g., ethology, behavioral ecology, sociobiology, behaviour genetics, evolutionary theory, Medicine (e.g., Psychiatry, Neurology, human genetics, Imaging, Anthropology (e.g., primatology, cognitive ethnology, archeology, paleontology, as well as any other portions of the physical, social and mathematical sciences that are pertinent to the study of cognition.