Monday, November 21, 2005

Weekend update: Other things found this week:

It was one of those weekends when I couldn't seem to find time to spend at the computer. Maybe this slow holiday week will give me a chance to catch up.

The other links:

  • Gulf Coast Reconstruction Watch from Institute of Southern Studies, includes a database of contracts.
  • US Army Institute of Military History
  • National Prevalence and Exposure Risk for Cockroach Allergen in US Households, study from NIH.

  • Samuel Alito's published opinions, from AskSam; first time I think they have made a database available without having to download it and the free AskSam reader.
  • Lots of help for stories on new Medicare drug coverage: from AARP, Medicare, a Kaiser Family survey.

  • The Most Useful Web Sites for Reporters, a comprehensive list from Mark Schaver.
  • Writely is a free word processor on the Web. Good for doing collaborative projects without having to keep track of Word documents sent to several people and returned?
  • Telephone number database: this is probably here for scammers and spammers, but it is a way to find out if any phone number exists and what company it is provided by (determine if it's a cell phone, eg); or to find out, say, if an old phone number has been assigned to someone else. No names in this database.) (Via Depth Reporting.)

  • Two housing studies from Atlanta Fed. Reserve: Monetary Policy and the House Price Boom across U.S. States; and Housing Tenure and Wealth Distribution in Life-Cycle Economies.
  • Hate crimes reported by victims and police, latest stats from BJS. Punishment stats, 2004.
  • State of the Nation's Housing, 2005, report from Harvard's housing center at JFK School.
  • Fisheries of the United States, 2004, latest stats from NOAA.
  • U.S. welcomes most travelers in history, latest tourism/travel stats from Customs & Border Patrol.

    Governments, Politics:
  • Haiti Innovation "volunteer organization that helps development organizations in Haiti obtain funding for projects by linking them to our network of aid donors through the world wide web."
  • Kurdistan: The 'Other Iraq'
  • Cool Canada: how could the place where the chocolate bar was invented (?) not be?
  • World Bank Privatization Database "provides information on more than 9,000 privatization transactions in developing countries from 1988 to 2003."

    Public Records:
  • West Virgina births, deaths, marriages searchable online. Not all counties, years yet.

  • Aviation Week's 2005 Sourcebook has detailed profiles of aerospace contractors, airlines, and specification tables.
  • Working America's Job Tracker from AFL-CIO, database of American companies and workers. Find stats on jobs exported, health and safety, workers' rights. Searchable by ZIP code, place, etc.
  • NTSB Safety Recommendations database (has been around for awhile but this version seems easier to use.
  • Motor Carrier Safety Administration databases from DoT's Volpe Library, provides stats on carriers, passenger safety, crashes & programs.

  • Business Week on where Knight Ridder went wrong; shoulda kept Dialog?
  • Top 100 papers by circulation, 2005, list from Burrelles-Luce. Also: 2004 list.
  • New study shows rising readership of online newspapers (Press release) (PDF).
  • The End of News? fascinating article in NY Rev. of Books by Michael Massing.


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