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Archive for February, 2010

Count down to the 2010 US Census

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

An interesting article from the NY Times documents the difficulties in tracking people in large metropolitan cities  such as New York. Also the 2010 Census website has detailed information about the upcoming US census.

Data Links

Monday, February 22nd, 2010 uk – “Launched in 2010 this official UK government site seeks to increase greater transparency and accountability by providing free open access to many government datasets and official statistics. These cover all areas of government policy ranging from health, to the economy, crime rates and education. Users can search by theme or keyword or […]

New databases from UN system organizations

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU)  is “the oldest international organization in the UN family….(providing leadership) for information and communication technology issues.”  The ITU has just launched its “History of ITU Portal” which contains ITU historical documents from radio, telegraph and telephone conferences.  Note, the process of digitization is currently underway and as of this date […]

US Freedom of Information Act Documents

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Need to look at US government documents that don’t seem to be publicly available?  All may not be lost!  Thanks to the tireless efforts of journalists, researchers, and average citizens thousands of documents that would otherwise remain closed to public scrutiny are made available each year through Freedom of  Information Act (FOIA)  requests.  Even better:  […]

Food and Product Recall Database

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

After discovering this morning that a brand of potato-leek soup might have undeclared clams in it….this seemed like an appropriate database to highlight.   The Healthy Canadians website has played host to a database of recalled food and consumer products since 2007.  You can search by product or by food and the site also provides links […]

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