Users that often use this tag:
, formerly Metaweb, is a Google-run open, community-curated database of everything: 40 million topics and over a billion facts, all free to use. If you need to wrangle the resulting data into another format, Mr Data Converter (previously)
has you covered.
A database engineer considers marriage
. Starts with heterosexual monogamy and eventually produces a schema that can handle...well, some interesting arrangements.
"All of the nomenclatural, bibliographic, and specimen data accumulated in MBG
’s electronic databases during the past 25 years are publicly available here
. This system has over one million scientific names and 3.5 million specimen records." (Description from website.)
Searchable by scientific or common name, the database includes brief descriptions
, images and references
(with some links to full text in Botanicus
), and specimen
lists that are available in Google Maps
. Quite a nice resource for anyone interested in botany. [more inside]
In the First Person
"is a free, high quality, professionally published, in-depth index of close to 4,000 collections of personal narratives in English from around the world. It lets you keyword search more than 700,000 pages of full-text by more than 18,000 individuals from all walks of life. It also contains pointers to some 4,300 audio and video files and 30,000 bibliographic records." (Description from website.)
You can also browse by repository
and several other ways.
is one of several free, open source research tools
developed by the previously mentioned
Center for History and New Media. It runs within Firefox and allows you to easily capture bibliographic information from a variety of online databases and catalogs
, insert in-text citations
and generate properly formatted bibliographies... if you're into that. (Also check out CHNM's fantastic projects page.)
Public libraries with Online Content:
Residents of Missouri can get a free account at the Kansas City Public Library
that will let them access digital databases including the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps and downloadable audiobooks
. Residents of the Empire State can get a digital library card at the New York Public Library
to access a wealth of digital databases
. (The rest of us can get a NYPL card for $100
.) And the Boston Public Library
will give digital access to most of the above, plus JSTOR and (sigh) the Early American Imprints collection of nearly everything printed in North America
to 1820. Unfortunately you have to show up at a branch of the BPL and prove Massachusetts residence to get your card.
Your turn--what other public libraries offer access to subscription online information databases?
"The USDA PLANTS database
provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories." Among the highlights are a list of culturally significant plants
and a searchable image gallery you can submit photos to
. Forestry Images
is a similar USDA-supported site dedicated to silviculture.
If that isn't enough for you, click on over to the Germplasm Resources Information Network
. There, you'll find a smorgasbord of information on virtually all the food varieties commercially raised in the US: where the germplasm is held
, lists of species at each site
, detailed descriptions of individual accessions (e.g., cultivars)
, even who owns the Red Silk Radish
If it grows and you can eat
it, the USDA probably has it cataloged. And if they don't, search one of these
The most extraordinary database and news site of the game of cricket, with records going back over 200 years. [much more inside]
The Bookscans Database.
A large collection of vintage paperback covers. (via Things Magazine
Internet Movie Script Database -
It's not new, but it's blowing up recently, perhaps because of the Revenge of the Sith screenplay
? (*SPOILERS*) Is it for real? Is it legal? Some scripts say "For educational purposes only." Hmm.
Voter Vault versus Demzilla
Compare and contrast the voter databases of the major political parties. Open source
? Locally operated
? Paid staff or volunteers? Do these attitudes and/or methods reflect a more general mindset of the parties? Are there other distinctly different ways in which the national party organizations do business that may reflect wel or poorly on them?
Mining the Deep Web.
Google indexes 4 billion pages, but there are hundreds of billions of documents out there in the Deep Web
that are effectively unreachable by search engines because they are locked in databases or are unsearchable media. It looks like Yahoo is going to start giving us a peek by providing unified access to a wide variety of sites that are ordinarily only searchable by their own custom search engines.
It's The Way You Quote Them: Frosties
is a cracking new collection of quotations from Ariga
, expertly and eccentrically selected by one I.Frost
, who defines himself as "friend, philosopher and jurist" . Unlike many online dictionaries, it includes generous helpings from its chosen authors; proper references; unexpected quotations (rather than the same old chestnuts) and, above all, personality. Bravo!
Just in case you need more information than the Internet Movie Database
provides, there's now a subscription version with advanced features like STARmeter and MOVIEmaker (billed as proprietary algorithms). Is Amazon about to take on Variety
? Or is IMDB not selling enough videos with the click throughs?
The EU seems quite comfortable
with governments keeping data on their citizens, but they
restrict what data businesses can keep
. Compare and constrast with typical USian feelings on those same subjects. Please write on both sides of the paper.
can come in very handy if you need access to this info
(use with discretion)
Oh, now this is just great.
Going into bankrupcy, the most valuable property that a lot of failed dot-coms have is all the information they've collected about their customers in the mean time, like names and addresses and phone numbers and credit card numbers and purchasing patterns and loads of other stuff. In order to appease creditors, three of them are actively trying to sell off their databases right now. What makes that interesting is that they had previously promised never to reveal that information to anyone.
Does MySQL suck?
actually the topic of a thread at the OpenACS project site... but everyone sure *thinks* it is. :-)
OpenACS is a project to port the ArsDigita Community System off of Oracle onto PostgreSQL (of which, BTW, v7.0 ships this week). If this is your cuppa, check it out. [via /.]
Net advertising behemoth DoubleClick has been quietly buying up marketing databases to allow it to match up your DoubleClick cookie with your name and address
. Time to opt out
Adobe is extending into Microsoft's waters.
They're making a beta extension available that ties Active Server Pages and ODBC compliant databases together within GoLive's rockin' page-o-rific design environment. GoLive already does some skanky things with WebObjects
, so why not get down with the ASP crowd too? Can ColdFusion be far behind kids? Or would that be too edgy for the big red A?