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World Bank launches open access Digital Collection

Friday, November 19th, 2010

A great new open access resource will allow users to access all World Development Reports since 1978.  You can read the press release below: “A new online, open access, collection of all World Development Reports since 1978 was launched today by the World Bank. The Complete World Development Report Online, which allows users to easily […]

Tons of free research from IGOs

Monday, July 26th, 2010

We often publicize a particular database or new publication from an intergovernmental organization and so it seems fitting to highlight just how generous many of these organizations are in terms of providing their publications/statistics/working papers for free to all comers.  Not only do they offer  high quality, scholarly work but you might also be surprised […]

Free data from FAO

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Unlimited free data on hunger, food and agriculture is now available from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) through its central data repository FAO-STAT.  It was previously possible to get some data for free from FAO-STAT, but larger datasets were only available through a subscription. From the FAO Media Centre:  FAO-STAT “contains over one million […]

New UN Organization for Women

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

The United Nations is amalgamating four of its organizations for women into a single entity called UN Women. “UN Women merges and will build on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system which focus exclusively on gender equality and women’s empowerment: Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW, established in […]

Perspectives on the upcoming G20 meeting in Toronto

Monday, June 21st, 2010

As you are no doubt aware, Toronto is playing host to the upcoming G20 summit June 26th and 27th.  It’s a good time, therefore, to take a look at some information sites and other resources related to the group.  Here are just a few – there are many many more out there. The Government of […]

Historical Debates now available online

Friday, June 18th, 2010

Great news from the Parliament of Canada today. The staff there have just launched a new website: “dedicated to the reconstituted debates of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada. In the early years of the new Dominion, the only account of parliamentary debates was to be found in newspaper reports. These were saved […]

Library Journal’s Notable Government Documents for 2009

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Library Journal has published their annual selection on the most pertinent government documents of the past year. Important issues included: Digitization – “Google launched a collaborative project to scan every U.S. government document held by the libraries of the Big Ten universities and the University of Chicago. At the project’s end, the full text of […] celebrates first birthday!

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Since it’s launch a year ago,, which has a mandate to globally democratize data,  has  undergone a makeover.  There are new opportunities to interact with the data as well as new feature such as usage statistics and apps featuring  crime statistics by neighborhood to the best towns to find a job to seeing the […]

Social Media; Anti-Spam Laws; Federal Debt: New from PIRS

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

MPs and Senators study, debate and vote on a variety of issues and most of them wind up impacting most of us.  Ever wondered how they do their research?  As outlined in our entry of March 22, the Parliamentary Information and Research Service (PIRS)  has researchers on staff who “obtain and analyze material, and write…research […]

More Open Data projects for Canadians

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Two great new sites have just launched this month that will help Canadians have easier access to Federal government data. was launched on April 12th, by Michael Mulley, a Montreal-based web designer.  It provides a simple and attractive interface from which to find data culled from the Hansard (aka, official Debates) of the House […]

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