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American Community Survey Data 2006 – 2008

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

The US Census Bureau has just released new data: “on a wide range of socioeconomic, housing and demographic characteristics for communities across the nation, part of an ongoing statistical portrait of America. Among dozens of topics covered in the survey are educational attainment, commute times, housing characteristics, occupation, language ability and various other social, economic […]

New report from Asia Foundation: Afghanistan in 2009.

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

The Asia Foundation has released its fifth survey of the Afghan people – Afghanistan in 2009: a survey of the Afghan people. From the Asia Foundation website: “Aiming to provide the Afghan citizenry,policy makers and influential actors in government, civil society, and the international community with useful, actionable information, the 2009 Survey of the Afghan […]

New WHO report examines health risks

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

“Global life expectancy could be increased by nearly five years by addressing five factors affecting health – childhood underweight, unsafe sex, alcohol use, lack of safe water, sanitation and hygiene, and high blood pressure, according to a report published by WHO today.” Read the story from the Vancouver Sun here WHO news release Link to […]

Data Visualizer at the World Bank

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

The World Bank has just launched a new website that features a “publicly accessible tool for data visualization,”  called the Data Visualizer. “The time series used in Data Visualizer is a subset of 2009 World Development Indicators database. It contains 49 indicators for 209 countries and 18 aggregates from 1960-2007. Data includes social, economic, financial, […]

2009 Eurostat Regional Yearbook now available

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

The Yearbook presents a statistical portrait of life in the regions of the European Union’s member states, candidate countries and the EFTA countries. A broad set of regional data is presented on the following themes: population, European cities, labour market, gross domestic product, household accounts, structural business statistics, information society, science, technology and innovation, education, […]

New report: Hidden Costs of Energy: Unpriced Consequences of Energy Production and Use

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

From National Academies Press website: “Hidden Costs of Energy defines and evaluates key external costs and benefits that are associated with the production, distribution, and use of energy, but not reflected in market prices. In aggregate, the damage estimates presented here are substantial, and reflect damages from air pollution associated with electricity generation, motor vehicle […]

Free content at the EU digital bookstore

Friday, October 16th, 2009

The EU online bookstore has traditionally been a “for fee” site, but has just now added a very large chunk of free materials to its database, including “all official EU publications since 1952.”  Free publications are clearly labelled and are available for immediate PDF download.

Update on BC Treaty Commission – Common Table Report released

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

After 16 years of negotiations, the BC Treaty Commission asks Harper to step in – article from Globe and Mail. The BC Treaty Commission’s annual report for 2009 is available online. On October 13, 2009, the BC Treaty Commission released the  Common Table Report, which captures the 13 days of discussions in 2008 among the […]

UK Security Services records at the National Archive

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

The UK National Archives has just put up a database with materials from the Security Services: “Some of these files were kept about individuals; others were gathered on groups in which the Security Service took an interest. The files contain information about communists, Soviet intelligence agents and officers, right-wing extremists, Italian espionage activities and suspected […]

Another government data mash-up: Australia

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

The Australian government has just launched a free website offering up a wide array of government datasets.  Topics include business, community, education, geography, transportation,  society,  safety and the environment.   You can search the database or browse by category or latest added.

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