Sunday, November 27, 2005

Weekend update: Other things found this week:

It was a quiet Thanksgiving weekend with so much to do there wasn't much time to catch up; hope your holiday was restful.

The other links:

  • Merriam-Webster Learner's Dictionary, for non-English speakers trying to learn.
  • Airport-to-Airport statute miles, official measurements from BTS.
  • On Their Own Terms: A Lexicon With an Emphasis on Information-Related Terms Produced by the US Federal Government from Federation of Amer.Scientists (PDF).
  • Who Lives Downtown? new report from Brookings.
  • Archive It, new service from the Internet Archive, proposes to permanently archive collections from anyone who wants to post them. Already here: an archive of Hurricane Katrina Web materials, and Latin American govt documents collected from govt websites by LANIC.

  • Trouble in Toyland: annual report on toy safety.

  • Melissa Data, great source of free lookups, has added some new ones: city boundary maps, congressional district maps, ZIP code maps.

  • New HIV diagnoses: 33 states from CDC, stats from last several years from states that make them available.
  • Indictors of School Crime and Safety, 2005: latest report from NCES.
  • Cruise Ship-related Legionnaire's Disease, report from CDC.

    Governments, Politics:
  • Nice Work If You Can Get It: Political patronage rules in state utility commissions, report from Center for Public Integrity.
  • Library of Congress' Thomas website of bill texts, history and votes, has been redesigned to work better. Also: IRS Website.

  • has posted a guide to searching private company information (PDF). Some links:
  • Carolina Business News Initiative Internet source guide for business reporting.
  •, with dictionary, tutorials, articles explaining investment basics.
  • BizWiki from Ohio U. library, business resource guide covering online and book sources.
  • America's Largest Private Companies, annual list from Forbes.
  • Hardball Times, baseball business/stats site, has a three part series on measuring the money value of a player. Browse down for the links, Nov 14-16.
  • Mortgage Closing Costs: State Rankings from Florida ranks 5th.

  • Reporting War from DART Center, war stories and warnings, including from some KR correspondents.
  • Poynter's News University has a new course on Covering Cops and Crime. Courses are free with registration.
  • 50th Anniversary of the Village Voice.

    Some interesting stories/blogs:
  • Good story in OJR about news organizations using Flickr for projects; like a NYT project picturing MLKing Boulevards around the country.
  • Change of Subject blog from Chicago Tribune's Eric Zorn.


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