Archive for May, 2010

World Bank’s Open Data initiative

By Kieron L Jones, on 19 May 2010

world bankThe World Bank’s Open Data initiative is intended to provide all users with access to World Bank data. The data catalog is a listing of available World Bank data sources. This listing will continue to be updated as additional data resources are added. These resources include databases, pre-formatted tables and reports. Each of the listings includes a description of the data source and a direct link to that source. Where possible, the databases are linked directly to a selection screen to allow users to select the countries, indicators, and years they would like to search. Those search results can be exported in different formats. Users can also choose to download the entire database directly from the catalog.”

Yale Slavery and Abolition Portal

By Kieron L Jones, on 13 May 2010


A site created by Yale University to provide information about primary resources relating to slavery, abolition and emancipation held in Yale University. Although intended for local researchers, its wealth of information has relevance. It includes links to digital collections of manuscripts, prints and photographs. The research section also includes guides to researching the topic. Some materials are only available in the local libraries.

Some election relief…

By Kieron L Jones, on 6 May 2010

About My Vote from the Electoral Commission has information on the voting process. Channel 4 also has a more light-hearted election quiz to help you decide who to vote for and the Vote-u-Lator claims to use your social network (via Facebook) to take the ‘er’ out of voter.  Finally, try the Downing Street Fighter game from T-Enterprise – who will win through to no.10?