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.
Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute (BORI) Digital Library (also known as the BORI Digital Library) provides access to the digitized books and manuscripts held at the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute in Pune.
Granth Sanjeevan provides access to over 25 million pages of digitized material from The Asiatic Society of Mumbai. The collections include digitized copies of old and rare books from the 15th Century onwards, newspapers like Bombay Chronicle, Bombay Times and others, manuscripts, journals, maps and government publications.
The Global Press Archive (GPA) is an initiative by East View Information Services in partnership with Stanford University Libraries and the Hoover Institution Library & Archives to digitize over 2,000 predominantly foreign-language newspaper titles ranging in coverage from the late 19th century to present times. The GPA reportedly will digitally preserve and make searchable "more than 30 million pages of newspaper content" over several years.
GPA includes stand-alone titles and databases aggregating multiple titles from a specific region and time period. As of October 2019, GPA includes 20+ newspaper titles and aggregated archives available for purchase through East View.
Social Explorer database contains the entire U.S. census history as well as numerous other demographic and environmental study reports, as well as mapping tools. The website seamlessly integrates spatial and numeric data through an easy-to-use interface and makes working with socio-demographic data simple even for a novice user.
Social Explorer was previously provided by Oxford University Press (OUP). In April 2019, OUP announced that OUP and Social Explorer, Inc. mutually agreed to end its partnership. Beginning on April 22, 2019, Social Explorer, Inc. began to provide subscriptions and services to Social Explorer directly with subscribers.
Wiley Digital Archives is a discovery platform and database that provides access to collections of historical primary resources that have been digitized from societies and archives representing knowledge, learning and scholarship in the sciences. The collections that are available through the resource constitute the study of sciences and medicine through primary resources which include: maps, manuscripts, periodicals, administrative papers, fieldwork, correspondence, books, photographs, illustrations, proceedings, meeting minute books, conference papers, pamphlets, reports, grey literature, and ephemera.
Wiley has partnered with The New York Academy of Science, the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland...
VoxGov Federal is a platform that aggregates a broad range of official and ephemeral information resources issued by U.S. Federal Government agencies and and individual representatives. VoxGov Federal focuses on the regulatory process (lawmaking, rulemaking, and compliance). Though much of the information aggregated by VoxGov Federal is available in VoxGov's core product (VoxGov for Education), this distinct platform adds significant regulatory content and offers a different lens on government process.
The South Asia Terrorism Portal (SATP) is a website dedicated to providing access to data on terrorism and low intensity warfare in South Asia through an online database for research and analysis of all extremist movements in the region. SATP is a searchable and continuously updated database on available information relating to terrorism, low intensity warfare and ethnic/communal/sectarian strife in South Asia.
Planet Labs provides a series of products of satellite images and data for research using geospatial data. The products utilize the imagery produced by Planet Lab's Triple CubeSat miniature satellites, programed to capture different swaths of Earth.
According to Planet's company site, the products serve a wide range of markets, including: agriculture, civil government, defense and intelligence, education and research, emergency management, energy and infrastructure, finance and business, forestry and land use, insurance, mapping and maritime.
The Yemen Data Project is an independent data collection project aimed at collecting and disseminating data on the conduct of the war in Yemen, with the purpose of increasing transparency and promoting accountability of the actors involved. The Yemen Data Project was founded in 2016 with the overall goal of contributing independent and neutral data to increase transparency over the conduct of the war and to inform humanitarian response, human rights advocacy, media coverage and policy discussion.
WorldPop is an open access platform providing access to demographic data, initiated in 2013 to unite the continent-focussed AfriPop, AsiaPop and AmeriPop projects, with an aim of producing detailed and freely-available population distribution and composition maps for the whole of Central and South America, Africa and Asia.
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.
The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is the world’s largest open access digital library for biodiversity literature and archives. BHL operates as a worldwide consortium of natural history, botanical, research, and national libraries working together to address this challenge by digitizing the natural history literature held in their collections and making it freely available for open access as part of a global “biodiversity community.”
The Medical Heritage Library is a freely available collection of resources, including text, audio, and video. The project seeks out new opportunities to digitize primary resources in the history of medicine through grant-funded initiatives and efforts to identify like-minded institutions willing to share content through the MHL’s Internet Archive collection.
Content Contributors contribute existing digitized content generated by their own institutions that meets MHL criteria and deposit it the Internet Archive tagged as part of the MHL collection.
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.
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.
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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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.
Social Conflict Analysis Database (SCAD) is a resource representing protests, riots, strikes, inter-communal conflict, government violence against civilians, and other forms of social conflict not systematically tracked in other conflict datasets. SCAD currently includes information on social conflicts from 1990-2016, covering all of Africa and now also Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.
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.
The China Data Center is a unit of the University of Michigan that was founded in 1997. The China Data Center is designed to serve as an international center for advancing the study and understanding of China. A primary goal of the Center is the integration of historical, social and natural science data in a geographic information system.
The China Data Center is supported by the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), the Institute of Social Research (ISR), and the the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Sciences (ICPSR).
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