Wicked new maps tool!
America's looking a little plump, no? Find out why below.*Worldmapper is a collection of world maps, with territories re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest. Worldmapper
contains over 360 subject-related maps, with associated information and a PDF "poster" file. You can click on the thumbnail index
to see previews of the maps or use map categories
. Topics range from HIV prevalence
to fruit exports
to landmine casualties
*About the example above: That map shows the world distribution of McDonald's. By 2004 there were 30,496 outlets worldwide. Of these, 45% were located within the United States. Wow
your friends with this trivia over a Shrek Happy Meal
Great news: MEI Library open to SAIS users!
The George Camp Keiser Library at the Middle East Institute (MEI) is once again offering free in-house use of its resources to the public, including the SAIS community.
Borrowing privileges remain reserved for members only, but SAIS students are welcome to become members
of the institution.
The Library is located in a 19th century coach house at the MEI headquarters, just behind SAIS, at 1761 N Street, NW
. It houses 25,000+ items related to the Middle East, the largest English collection on the region in the D.C. area, outside of the Library of Congress. The MEI librarian, Simon Bourne
, reports that a "digital library" is also being developed.
The library's hours are 12 - 8 pm, Monday through Thursday. Friday's hours are 10am - 12pm and 1pm - 5pm. Anyone can view their holdings online via the MEI library catalog
. Their phone number is (202) 785-0183.
A bit of trivia: One of the founders of SAIS, Christian Herter
, founded the MEI in 1946. They publish Middle East Journal
, which SAIS Library holds from Volume 1 (1947) to the present.
Labels: New F07, news
Yet another blog to read...
The Washington Post and Newsweek have started a new foreign affairs blog called PostGlobal
Produced by David Ignatius
and Fareed Zakaria, PostGlobal
aims to be "a running discussion of important issues among dozens of the world's best-known editors and writers"
including former SAIS professor/student Soli Ozel
(an FOSL: Friend of SAIS Library!) and former SAIS professor Moises Naim
Twice a week the blog features a "question" post
in which a question is asked of various experts. This week's question is au courant: "Should the monarchy be abolished in Britain?"
Foreign affairs geeks and Starbucks' laptop dwellers rejoice!
Health resources online: Do you know about these?
Aside from such standard licensed resources as World Development Indicators
and the UN STATS Common Database
, the Library suggests you take a look at some of these free sources for health research
:Global Health Facts.org
Produced by the Kaiser Family Foundation, this site provides well-sourced
country data on global health issues such as HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria, malnutrition, the health workforce, demography, programs/grants, etc.The World Health Organization
The WHO is the United Nations specialized agency for health. Their site features country profiles with news and data (see below) along with topic-based pages on such issues as diarrhoea and drinking water.WHO Guide To Statistical Information
includes the World Health Statistics database of core health indicators
.Demographics and Health Surveys (DHS+)
is funded by USAID and managed by Macro Int'l. They assist developing countries in the collection & use of data to monitor and evaluate population, health and nutrition programs, family planning, maternal & child health, child survival, HIV/AIDS/STIs and reproductive health (apply to obtain any of the data).Health Statistics Links
via JHU Eisenhower Library's Goverment Publications division.University of Michigan Documents Center
provides a comprehensive set of health links arranged by subject.
Labels: databases, statistics
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