Resources: CRL Reviews
CRL gathers and provides information here about commercial and open access digital resources of interest to the CRL community. This information is intended to inform library decisions on investment in electronic resources and related services.
The African Elections Database is an archive of past and present election results for the 49 countries of Sub-Saharan Africa.
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Amadeus is a database of comparable financial and business information on approximately 14 million public and private European companies by total assets covering 43 countries. Amadeus is published by Moody's Analytics and Bureau van Dijk.
American Indian Histories and Cultures, scheduled for release in fall 2013, will present material from the Newberry Library’s Edward E. Ayer Collection, an extensive archival collection on American Indian history. The content ranges from early contacts with European settlers through the expanded occupation of the American west, up through the Indian political movements of the mid-20th century. The collection covers a wide geographic area with a primary focus on North America and Mexico. This digital resource will complement The American West, an earlier digital collection from Adam Matthew compiled from the Newberry Library’s Everett D. Graff Collection of Western Americana.
The AmericasBarometer database includes open access datasets, as well as subscription-based "merged datasets", from public opinion surveys conducted periodically in Latin America and the Caribbean beginning in the 1970s, focusing on matters of governance, politics, and democracy in the region.
The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) is a disaggregated conflict collection, analysis and crisis mapping project. The open access collection capturese the dates, actors, types of violence, locations, and fatalities of all reported political violence and protest events across Africa, South Asia, South East Asia and the Middle East.
A comprehensive, premium financial information platform used by finance and investment professionals, journalists, economists, and other researchers, Bloomberg Professional Service provides access to current and historical news and information relating to financial markets and financial activity worldwide.
The open access dataset of Countries At Risk of Electoral Violence (CREV) includes provides detailed dyadic information on electoral violence in 101 countries between1995 and 2013. The project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.
The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) Subscription Services provide several distinct sources of information on global political and economic trends, based on original EIU research and analysis. One set of subscription service products,“Country Analysis and Forecasting,” consists of data, reports and analysis from in-house researchers, freelance contributors from a range of countries worldwide, and from open sources such as the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. Country Analysis and Forecasting includes five main titles.
A selection of databases included in this resource are:Country Commerce Financial Services Reports Country Reports Country Data
The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) Subscription Services provide several distinct sources of information on global political and economic trends, including original research and analysis. One group of subscription services products from the EIU is “Data Services,” presented as both regular reports themselves and as distinct, web-based tools.
The Environmental Justice Atlas documents and catalogues social conflict around environmental issues. The database contains information on the investors, the drivers for these deals, and their impacts, basic data, source of conflict, project details, conflict and mobilization, impacts, outcome, references to legislation, academic research, videos and pictures.
Gallup Analytics is an online platform that provides subscribers with access to public opinion data aggregated through the Gallup World Poll, which annually collects opinions on issues from approximately 160 countries. The data-types covered in the product include: economics, wellbeing, employment, religion, freedom of media, entrepreneurial energy, and politics.
In the Global Financial Data Series, the publisher (GFD) provides deep historical data on a wide variety of securities, price indices, exports, imports and more from around the world. This resource is unique in that it is the only resource, at this point, that provides easy access to many historical time series.
IMF publications and data are now fully available online through the IMF eLibrary. The content is divided into three collections: Books and Analytical Papers, Periodicals, and Statistics. Statistical data is fully searchable in one database compiled from data going back to the 1940s. Altogether IMF reports that the eLibrary covers more than 13000 titles and five databases.
LandScan is a unique data set showing population distribution, developed by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). In 2011, East View obtained an exclusive license for all distribution of this database outside of internal government uses. The data set is available through a subscription for each year (representing data collected in the previous year). East View also offers The LandScan Global Archive, a compilation of the historical LandScan data sets.
Mass Observation Online is a digital collection of unpublished reports on everyday life and culture in Britain between 1937 and 1972. The collection was digitized from selected portions of the archives of Mass Observation, the organization that originally produced these materials, with some updates.
Mergent Online is a web-based suite of financial information and data offered through various modules including: U.S. Company Data, U.S. Company Archive Data, International Company Data, International Company Archive Data, Global Company Financials, Dun & Bradstreet Private Company Database, Annual Reports, Executive Profiles, Industry Reports, Global Equity Pricing Data, and others. Mergent Online is the flagship project of Mergent, Inc., a major company information publisher.
Natural Earth is a public domain map dataset featuring integrated vector and raster data.
Gale Cengage has designed Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO) to be an extensive database with multiple content types, covering most regions of the world. The collection is in a rolling release of twelve modules over several years, with the initial four collection modules (called “Archives” by Gale) released in spring 2012.
The Observatory of Mining Conflicts in Latin America built a Latin American Database on Mining Conflicts to map and document communities affected by mining operations.
OpenAfrica is a volunteer driven open data platform, it aims to be the largest independent repository of open data on the African continent. Maintained by Code for Africa, it is a public service that is available as a free resource for citizens, civil society organisations, civic activists, the media, and government agencies. Users can upload, download and reuse data available through the platform.
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