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January 4, 2010

Statement of Disbursements (U.S. House) now online

The Statement of Disbursements (SOD) is a quarterly public report of all receipts and expenditures of the U.S. House of Representatives. For the first time, the SOD has been published online.

January 5, 2010

WIPO launches enhanced patent information service

From WIPO's press release:

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) "has launched an enhanced online patent information service that will improve public access to information on patents filed and granted around the world. WIPO’s PATENTSCOPE®, which currently hosts data on more than 1.6 million international patent applications filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), has been extended to include several collections of national and regional patent information.

In this first phase, WIPO’s PATENTSCOPE® includes the patent data collections of eight patent offices: African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO), Cuba, Israel, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Singapore, South Africa and Vietnam. WIPO has been working closely with these patent offices to ensure the data collections are fully searchable.

The expansion of WIPO’s PATENTSCOPE® data collection makes it possible to conduct high-quality, detailed and free-of-charge searches of the patent information of the participating offices. Many of these collections had previously not been digitized and were not easily searchable. This initiative is taking place within the context of WIPO’s commitment to supporting the development of a fully integrated global IP infrastructure and to increasing participation by developing and least developed countries in the benefits of the knowledge economy."

January 6, 2010

Health care reform isn't the only bill in town...check out new features in THOMAS

Health care reform legislation dominates the news right now, but the U.S. House and Senate are working on other bills as well. THOMAS, the Library of Congress's legislative information database, is sporting some nice new features, including:

-a list of the five most-searched-for bills from the past week (only two of those five are about health care this week!)

-an RSS feed of bills that have passed both the House and Senate and have been sent to the White House for the President's signature (this is in addition to the other RSS feeds THOMAS offers)

-a new toolbar, found near the top of most THOMAS pages, that allows users to save or share a permanent link via bookmarks, email, or social networking sites such as Twitter or Facebook. The toolbar also includes quick links to subscribe to THOMAS RSS feeds and to print.

January 8, 2010

What is the Congressional Record?

This excellent white paper from LexisNexis provides a brief, clear introduction to this important but often confusing resource. If you're going to spend any amount of time researching in the Record, read this white paper first to understand the differences between the daily and permanent (bound) editions of the Record, how it's evolved over the years, the challenges of its index, and how it translates into the fulltext LexisNexis product Congressional Record Permanent Digital Collection.

January 12, 2010

Students: using GIS a lot? Apply for ESRI conference assistantship!

Attention GIS-loving students!

"Each year, ESRI hosts an international conference in San Diego, California, where 12,000 software users gather to learn more about GIS technology and share their ideas and knowledge.

Through the Student Assistantship Program, ESRI sponsors a number of students to participate in the annual ESRI International User Conference. The next conference will take place July 12–16, 2010.

If you are a graduate student or fourth-year undergraduate student who is currently enrolled in an accredited college or university in the United States and who uses GIS software, you may apply for the student assistantship program."

Read more....

January 22, 2010

Statistics Explained, your guide to European statistics

"Statistics Explained is an official Eurostat website presenting all possible statistical topics in an easily understandable way. Together, the articles make up everyone's encyclopedia of European statistics, completed by a statistical glossary clarifying all terms used and by numerous links to further information and the very latest data and metadata, a portal for occasional and regular users alike."

"A first step toward freeing London's data"

The prototype London's Datastore offers "data packages" from "Alcohol Related Hospital Admissions" to "Years of Life Lost Due to Suicide."

Sounds grim, but those represent the first and last entries in the current A-Z list. Head for the middle of the alphabet to find "Mayor's Office Gifts and Hospitality Register" and other Mayor's Office data.

Many more data packages will be launched by the end of January 2010, at which point the list will run from "18 Weeks Referral to Treatment" to "Young People and Alcohol".

Bibliography Manager Workshops (EndNote, RefWorks, Zotero)

Check out the bibliography manager workshops the library is offering this semester. Learn how to get your citations under control and properly formatted in a jiffy with one of these handy programs.

January 25, 2010

Case for Climate Neutrality: Case Studies... (UNEP)

New from United Nations Environment Programme: Case for Climate Neutrality: Case studies on moving towards a low carbon economy (PDF)

January 27, 2010

Open College Textbook Act of 2009

Check out S. 1714 on GovTrack.us: "To authorize grants for the creation, update, or adaption of open textbooks, and for other purposes."

PolSci/IntlAffairs/GovInfo Librarian office hours in Rosenkranz

Beginning this week, I will be holding office hours in Rosenkranz Hall Room 104 twice a week:

Tuesdays 3:30-4:30
Wednesdays 2:00-3:00

Please feel free to stop by to ask your library research questions. If those times aren’t convenient for you, I’m also happy to meet by appointment at the Social Science Library.

Julie Linden
Librarian for Political Science, International Affairs, and Government Information
Social Science Library and Government Documents & Information Center
Yale University
ph: +1 (203) 432-3310
Twitter, IM: julieatyalelib

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