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Pew Internet and American Life Project

The internet is ever more pervasive and powerful, affecting virtually every aspect of our lives. The PEW Research Center (a self described non-partisan fact tank) has funded the Pew Internet & American Life Project. This project's mission is to produce reports that explore the impact of the Internet on families, communities, work and home, daily life, education, health care, and civic and political life. The Project aims to be an authoritative source on the evolution of the Internet through collection of data and analysis of real-world developments as they affect the virtual world.
The basis of the reports are nationwide random digit dial telephone surveys as well as online surveys. This data collection is supplemented with research from government agencies, academia, and other expert venues; observations of what people do and how they behave when they are online; in-depth interviews with Internet users and Internet experts alike; and other efforts that try to examine individual and group behavior. The Project releases 15-20 pieces of research a year, varying in size, scope, and ambition.

Support for the non-profit Pew Internet & American Life Project is provided by The Pew Charitable Trusts. The Project is an initiative of the Pew Research Center.

Posted by Catherine Wells on December 1, 2006 03:02 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

MLA Introduces New Edition of Language Map of the U.S.

The MLA Language Map is intended for use by students, teachers, and anyone interested in learning about the linguistic and cultural composition of the United States. The MLA Language Map uses data from the 2000 United States census to display the locations and numbers of speakers of thirty languages and three groups of less commonly spoken languages in the United States. The census data are based on responses to the question, "Does this person speak a language other than English at home?" The Language Map illustrates the concentration of language speakers in zip codes and counties. The Data Center provides census data about over three hundred languages spoken in the United States, including actual numbers and percentages of speakers.

Posted by Tiffeni Fontno on June 2, 2006 08:04 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Public Agenda

Public Agenda is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that conducts public opinion surveys on a variety of hot-button issues, interprets mainstream views and then compares them with the political rhetoric on the right and the left. The site's Issue Guides cover dozens of topics, from abortion to immigration to the right to die.

Posted by Tiffeni Fontno on May 31, 2006 08:09 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


This site offers modules focusing on different aspects of psychology. The authors described it this way, "This site is designed to teach about psychological processes in a rich experiential setting".This site was selected as the 2005 Classics Award Winner of the Psychology Discipline because it provides a diverse collection of activities and demonstrations that serve to illustrate a variety of psychological concepts.

Posted by Tiffeni Fontno on March 21, 2006 03:30 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Deadly Maps

Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Weapons--Maps
Source: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Deadly Maps
"The complete collection of maps from Deadly Arsenals: Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Threats by Joseph Cirincione, Jon B. Wolfsthal, and Miriam Rajkumar is now available online. Included in the collection are maps that reflect the worldwide proliferation of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons and their missile delivery systems. Additionally, country maps show the major nuclear installations, both civilian and military, in each country."

Posted by Catherine Wells on November 4, 2005 09:50 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Classics in the History of Psychology

From York University (Toronto)
"Classics in the History of Psychology is an effort to make the full texts of a large number of historically significant public domain documents from the scholarly literature of psychology and allied disciplines available on the World Wide Web. There are now over 25 books and about 200 articles and chapters on-line. The site also contains links to over 200 relevant works posted at other sites." Searchable.
+ Index by author
+ Index by topic

Posted by Catherine Wells on October 7, 2005 10:28 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Atlas of the Human Journey - The Genographic Project

National Geographic and IBM have partnered together to collect DNA samples in order to create maps of man's migratory history. The result of The Genographic Project will be to create a research database of genetic samples and the related anthropological data.

The Atlas of the Human Journey allows a user to explore photos, facts, and other information about various eras of human development and travel.

Posted by Brian Gray on May 12, 2005 09:00 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Atlas of the World's Languages in Danger of Disappearing

The United Nations Educational Scientific & Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has put an interactive version of the Atlas of the World's Languages in Danger of Disappearing online. The first continent to be included is Africa. A user can browse by language or country.

The Atlas was designed to document the world's linguistic and cultural differences through language, and share information on endangered languages.

Posted by Brian Gray on May 7, 2005 09:39 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)