Social science sites of the week
Of course this week’s key story is the London 2012 Olympics.
HM Government Olympic Communication newsroom.
Acts as a central point for UK government department press releases and news relating to the Games. Includes photographs and twitter feeds. Topics covered include: sport, venues, transport, safety and legacy.
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Ready to Research: open OER resources for research students.
Great site created by the Open University, in partnership with the Universities of Nottingham and Leicester, and Manchester Information and Associated Service (Mimas) at the University of Manchester as part of the Support Centre for Open Resources in Education (SCORE) project. It aims to provide a portal to free OER resources for research students with an emphasis on students new to the UK who wish to prepare themselves for research degree level work. Topics covered include: English for academic writing, developing digital literacies, plagiarism , new technologies resources very from fact sheets, tutorials to blogs and recommendations from PhD students, For example see these suggestions from a PhD student for twitter metrics!
Fascinating community based website which is collecting information on the history of specific houses and streets in Brighton and Hove. 20 historic streets are being covered. the site is a work in progress with new information being added on a continuous basis however it aims to include occupancy data, social histories, plans, prints and maps. It also includes images of pages from 18th/19th trade directories of the area.
HIV/AIDS Surveillance Data Base
Launched by the U.S. Census Bureau with funds from the U.S. Agency for International Development this site will be updated annually. It has data on and country files since 2001. Create customised data for countries, subpopulations geographic areas for reported AIDs cases and deaths,
Other useful related sites with data and programme information are the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. UNAIDS from the United Nations. and the World Health Organisation website.
This also provides free access to statistics and publications.
Jobs knowledge Platform
New beta site launched by World Bank in collaboration with partner organizations the Economic Research Forum, Fedesarrollo, the International Development Research Centre, the IZA the Institute for the Study of Labor, the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association, the McKinsey Global Institute, and REALM/AMERU. It aims to share ideas on what work s in job creation. Key features of the site are the working wiki where crowd members can suggest and rate job creation and resource sites. There are links through to the employment and jobs data section of the World Bank data website.
On a related theme the World Bank website has also just launched a new page on Gender equality data.
Other recommended gender statistical data sources include:
United Nations Commission for Europe statistics database has a section on men and women in Europe
Social Institutions and Gender Index measure of gender discrimination in 102 non-OECD nations. Covers civil liberties, family and ownership rights.
Gender and Land rights database – free access to information from the FAO
IPU (Interparliamentary Union) has a Women in politics website which has comparative data relating to women’s political representation worldwide.
International Federation of Audit Bureaux of Circulation (IFABC), the association for auditors ABC and BPA around the world, has launched a free online database that provides headline circulation data for newspapers from 34 countries for the first time this contains circulation data for key national newspapers for the last couple of years. Allowing broad trends in circulation to be tracked.
The website also has a useful research guide on how to find country level data. this links to the website of the appropriate authority.
Americas through a lens: Colonial Office photographic collection released online
A collection of 100s of UK colonial office historic photographs of North America from the CO 1069 collection have been released online. They include materials relating to Canada, the Caribbean, British Empire and foreign policy.
Federal Reserve Education
Educational site created by the US Federal Reserve. The about the fed section has basic facts about the history, function and structure of the American banking system.
There are links to the main economic indicators.
Resources on the financial crisis
Lesson plans for teachers and multimedia games.
Bibliotheque Numerique du CERMTRI
The C. E. R. M .T. R. I. (Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches sur les Mouvements Trotskyste et Révolutionnaires Internationaux) provides online access to the following historical communist newspapers:
Bulletin Communiste (1920-1933) Cahiers du Mouvement Ouvrier (2002-2011)
La Vérité (1956-1961)
A new portal designed for African studies scholars. Created by the Africa Desk is collaboration between the British Academy and the African Studies Association of the UK, with support from The Association of Commonwealth Universities and SCOLMA,
It will provide free access to the latest edition of the ASAUK Directory of Africanists in Britain a directory of UK and European libraries with key African studies collections and a listing of key journals. There are also news and research funding sections.