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An Aging World : 2015 International Population Report Issue March 2016

“Worldwide, the 65-and-over population will more than double to 1.6 billion by 2050, according to An Aging World: 2015. This new report from the Census Bureau examines the continuing global aging trend and projected growth of the population age 65 and over, with an emphasis on the differences among world regions.”–From a U. S. Census Bureau News Release on this Report.


Country Statistics

“Economic and social statistics on the countries and territories of the world, with particular reference to children’s well-being.”–From the website.

Index of Economic Freedom

The Heritage Foundation in association with the Wall Street Journal offer this index of the state of economic freedom in countries from around the world.  There is an interactive map which allows you to compare countries against one another.

Family History Research Goes Beyond Borders with International Content in HeritageQuest Online

“[F]amily history enthusiasts and genealogical experts around the world will have access to more than two billion new records in HeritageQuest® Online. This popular and authoritative resource—powered by Ancestry and distributed by ProQuest—is one of the largest genealogical databases available to libraries and will include records from more than 60 countries. … Appealing to libraries and researchers worldwide, the new content includes:

More than one billion birth, baptism, marriage, death and census records from the US, Canada, Europe, Africa, and Asia

  • 915 million US public records, including the Social Security Death Index
  • 133 million cemetery indexes from the US, Canada, Europe and Australia
  • More than 7 million names identified in a new map collection
  • 600,000 images from the Library of Congress Photo Collection, 1840-2000″–From the website.

Copyright Clearance Center Launches Open Access Resource Center

in partnership with the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP), the CCC has launched an Open Access Resource Center.  The resource center includes links to the latest open access news, reports, whitepapers, webinars and websites.

Introducing Google Maps Gallery

“Maps Gallery works like an interactive, digital atlas. You can explore historic city plans, climate trends, housing affordability, shipwrecks and up-to-date evacuation routes. In addition to finding these maps through Maps Gallery, they can be viewed in Google Earth and are discoverable through major search engines.”–From the site. 

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NewspaperCat : Catalog of Digital Historical Newspapers

“The Catalog of Digital Historical Newspapers (NewspaperCat) is a tool that facilitates the discovery of online  digitized historical newspaper content from newspapers published in the United States and the Caribbean — [s]earch by keyword, newspaper title or by city, county or state to locate titles. From your search  result, click on the link(s) to connect to the digital newspaper(s). In many cases, this content is keyword searchable, depending on the hosting organization.”–From the website.

Newspaper Map

You can find newspapers from around the world here.  You can locate newspapers in a certain geographical area and search for specific news events in that area.  Over 10,000 newspapers are available.

Global Terrorism Database

“The Global Terrorism Database (GTD) is an open-source database including information on terrorist events around the world from 1970 through 2011 (with annual updates planned for the future). Unlike many other event databases, the GTD includes systematic data on domestic as well as international terrorist incidents that have occurred during this time period and now includes more than 104,000 cases.”–From the website.

Infrastructure — Helpful Sites

American Society of Civil Engineers 2013 Infrastructure Report Card on United States Infrastructure.

Urban Land Institute and Ernst & Young:  2013 Infrastructure, Global Priorities, Globa Insights.  Includes information on U. S. infrastructure plus information on the infrastructure of countries from around the world.

10 Pieces of U. S. Infrastructure We Must Fix Now, from Popular Mechanics

Council on Foreign Relations:  Encouraging U. S. Infrastructure Investment, Policy Innovation Memorandum no. 17 (Can be downloaded from the site).

InfrastructureUSA : Advocating to Restore America’s Infranstructure.

Forvo : All the words in the world. Pronounced

“Forvo is the largest pronunciation guide in the world. Ever wondered how a word is pronounced? Ask for that word or name, and another user will pronounce it for you. You can also help others by recording your pronunciations in your own language.”–From the website.  Currently:  1,666,145 words 1,754,562 pronunciations 299 languages.

World Bank — Data By Country

“The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world.   We are not a bank in the ordinary sense but a unique partnership to reduce poverty and support development.”–From the website.  Valuable economic data available for countries from around the world.

Festival Outlook

Festival Outlook is an online database of music festivals and concerts from around the world.  Search by festival name, location, lineup (artist or band) or date.  Entries provide known festival information and links to official websites.

OFFSTATS : Official Statistics On The Web

“The OFFSTATS database provides access to free statistics from official sources on the web. Some specialised databases are only available to the University of Auckland staff and students. “-From the website.

Osama Bin Laden Largely Discredited Among Muslim Publics In Recent Years

“In the months leading up to Osama bin Laden’s death, a survey of Muslim publics around the world found little support for the al Qaeda leader.

Among the six predominantly Muslim nations recently surveyed by the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project, bin Laden received his highest level of support among Muslims in the Palestinian territories — although even there only 34% said they had confidence in the terrorist leader to do the right thing in world affairs. Minorities of Muslims in Indonesia (26%), Egypt (22%) and Jordan (13%) expressed confidence in bin Laden, while he has almost no support among Turkish (3%) or Lebanese Muslims (1%).”–From this Pew Research Center Report.