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Data Store: World Government Data

If you like your data international, free, and easy to find then the UK newpaper,  The Guardian, has a site for you!

World Government Data draws from publicly available government databases like for the US and the cleverly named  Now you can browse or cross-search government datasets from the UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, with more sources added as they come available.

Even better, though it's Open Pl

Oh APA, I'm sooo disappointed...

Does your program  require that you use APA Style for the research papers you write?

Did you go out and buy the brand new 6th Edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association?

Yes? Well, I have some bad news for you.

It seems that the first printing of the 6th edition is riddled with errors. What's worse is that many of the errors are in the very examples you count on to make sure that your own writing is error-free.

How do you know if your copy of the 6th edition Manual is from the first printing?

Vassiliev's Notebooks - Wilson Center Live Web Event Thurs. May 21st 10AM to 4:30PM

The Wilson Center is, right at this moment, running a live webcast of its panel discussion of KGB officer turned journalist Alexander Vassiliev's newly released notebooks.   Drawn from the KGB archives, these notebooks offer an unprecedented look into Soviet espionage activities in the US from 1930-1950.  Some topics discussed will be Alger Hiss, and I.F.

So, Who Owns the North Pole?

Well, it looks like Denmark does. But why does that matter? Bragging rights aside, fixing the international boundaries around the actual North Pole may not be that important. What is far more important is who will control the vast amount of oil and gas thought to be sitting below the Artic ocean.

Mapping the crisis in Darfur, Sudan

With violence in Darfur back on the front page of yesterday's New York Times, I was reminded of the Darfur mapping project that the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum puts out using Google Earth.

Called Crisis in Darfur, the project uses data from the U.S. State Dept. to locate damaged and destroyed villages and data from the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the U.N.

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