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"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]
posted by cog_nate
on Mar 20, 2009 -
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.
posted by cog_nate
on Aug 7, 2008 -
"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
posted by cog_nate
on Dec 6, 2006 -
The most extraordinary database and news site of the game of cricket, with records going back over 200 years. [much more inside]
posted by athenian
on Jul 14, 2006 -
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.
posted by badstone
on Mar 2, 2004 -
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!
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Sep 18, 2002 -
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?
posted by samuelad
on Dec 8, 2001 -
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.
posted by Steven Den Beste
on Jun 29, 2000 -
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 /.]
posted by baylink
on May 8, 2000 -