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Archive for January, 2009

SEE AND BE SEEN: Bringing together Europe’s leading research

By Kieron L Jones, on 19 January 2009

NEEO The Network of European Economists Online (NEEO) is an EU funded project which addresses the lack of integration of academic output amongst premier European economics institutions (e.g. LSE, UCL, Oxford, Tilburg and Toulouse) through the creation of a freely available research tool called ECONOMISTSONLINE. It will increase the visibility of economists’ research and improve access to it. One way it will do this is by providing material in a single, cross-searchable portal. The service will also feature comprehensive individual publication lists with links to as much full text material as possible.

ECONOMISTSONLINE will provide access to the recent research results of over 800 leading economists from 20 prestigious academic institutions. It will include journal articles, working papers, book chapters, conference proceedings, theses and datasets. Anecdotal evidence has already shown that the service is providing more open access full text and bibliographic records for participating researchers than any of the current generic or economics-specific search engines or systems.

Research from the UCL Department of Economics will be available from the finished version of the portal at the end of August. Several members of staff from UCL Library Services are involved in making this a reality, as well as being responsible for the awareness and dissemination activities for the project as a whole, and providing IPR expertise.

ECONOMISTSONLINE will be released on 2nd February. We would like to encourage you to make full use of this new service and to complete the online questionnaire so your responses can feed back into the final version of the portal.

UCL and the Commonwealth Secretariat Lectures

By Kieron L Jones, on 19 January 2009

Wednesday 21 January, 6.00-7.30pm
UCL Institute of Child Health
Reforming International Institutions: An Agenda for the 21st Century

Speakers: Prof. Richard Bellamy, UCL; Dr. David Hudson, UCL; Prof. Ngaire Woods, Director, Global Economic Governance Programme, Oxford

In 2009, UCL and the Commonwealth Secretariat will collaborate on a series of three lectures, jointly hosted by UCL’s President and Provost and the Secretary General of the Commonwealth Secretariat, and themed around key issues relating to the concept of “global citizenship”.
On 21 January 2009, in the first of this series, the panel of speakers will be exploring issues around international governance and the reform of international institutions to meet the needs of 21st century nations.

Please contact Louisa Diplock at l.diplock@ucl.ac.uk or 020 7679 9743 as soon as possible.

UCL Institute for Global Health Symposia

By Kieron L Jones, on 14 January 2009

Wednesday 21 January 2009, 5-6.30pm
Roberts G06 Sir Ambrose Fleming LT, Roberts Building, Malet Place, UCL
The Crisis in Global Finance and Trade: What are the Implications for Health?

The global financial crisis has led to the largest credit crunch and collapse in equity values since the stockmarket crash of 1929. The global economy is entering a severe recession and the economic future for many countries is uncertain. These issues will directly and indirectly affect global trade and health, as highlighted in the forthcoming Lancet series on ‘Trade and Health’ to be launched at this event.

Panel members including Richard Horton (The Lancet), David McCoy (UCL Centre for International Health and Development), Ann Pettifor (Co-founder of the Jubilee 2000 Campaign), Daniel Rogger (UCL Economics) and Richard Smith (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) will answer questions about what the global financial and trade crisis means for development, global economic growth and wealth, aid flows, social inequalities and health outcomes over the next few years, and what reforms are needed to achieve more sustainable and equitable growth over the next decade.

Register for tickets at: http://instituteforglobalhealth.eventbrite.com/

NationMaster

By Kieron L Jones, on 7 January 2009

NationMaster NationMaster comes from Rapid Intelligence, a technology company based in Sydney. It compiles a vast array of data from a variety of sources, for example, the CIA World Factbook, World Bank, FAO and OECD. Categories of data include agriculture, crime, currency, democracy, disasters, economy, education, energy, environment, food, geography, government, health, immigration, industry, Internet, labour, language, lifestyle, media, military, mortality, people, religion, sports, taxation, terrorism and transportation.

Frequently requested charts, such as the richest countries, most populous, most taxed, etc. are listed in the left hand column for quick access. You can view the profiles of individual countries (with maps and flags), as well as use correlation reports and scatterplots to indicate relationships between variables. The sources used for each comparison are listed and you can rapidly change from totals to per capita figures, often a more meaningful representation.