changed: 2014-07-20 20:00:02


The Open Source Intelligence
resource discovery toolkit

A product of Reuser's Information Services


Maintained by Arno H.P. Reuser and Geert Nijs. Changed: 2014-07-20 20:00:02

Table of contents:


searchers


premium


reference


subjects




Locations of visitors to this page

web Directories
edited 13oct12 AR
Directories are not really search engines, but mainly systematically arranged listings of links selected by humans instead of a computer program. This ensures low recall and high relevance. ALso consider encyclopedias.
web Directories
top choices
edited 22dec12 ar
Introduction: Some of the favourites of this particular moment.
o - Open Directory --
o - ipl2 -- ipl2 is the result of a merger of the Internet Public Library (IPL) and the Librarians' Internet Index (LII).
web Directories
General purpose
Introduction: A few directories more or less suited for general purpose.
o - Digital Librarian: a librarian's choice of the best of the Web --
o - EiNET.net -- One of the oldest directories on the Net, EiNET lists 2.000.000 links in about 700.000 categories. Links are annotated.
o - Infomine -- ''Scholarly Internet resource collections''. InfoMINE is built by librarians and intended for scholars.
o - Internet Public Library -- Michigan, USA.
o - Pinakes -- "a subject launch pad". Heriot Watt University, UK. Listing of gateways portals to (mostly) scientific information. No longer updated?
o - The WWW virtual Library -- Geneva, Switserland.
o - Yahoo -- The first directory ever, before they started to built their own search engine which basically is now Bing.
web Directories
Dutch Language
Introduction: The following are Dutch language only.
o - Start Nederland -- Dutch links in a very compact layout.
o - Startpagina -- Dutch language systematic arrangement of all kinds of subjects and 'daughterpages'. Popular.
web Directories
postponed
Introduction: For one reason or another, the below directories are on the decline. Use them only when the above dirs do not give the answer being looked for.
o - BUlletin Board for Libraries -- United Kingdom. Dewey arranged collection of links, since the advent of the Net. No longer maintained since Apr 2011.
o - Librarians Index to the Internet -- Merged with Internert Public Library to form IPL2.
o - NL-Menu -- "Dé Nederlandse webgids sinds 1992". September 2006 bought by Vinden.nl from the Royal Library, this site is the oldest Dutch language webdirectory (started in 1992) originally built by librarians and up to 2004 maintained by the Royal Library, then by Public Libraries, until september 2006. Now identical to DMOZ Open Directory Project.

hardware
edited 30sep13 ar
o - Shodan computer search engine -- "...search the Internet for computers. Find devices based on city, country, latitude/longitude, hostname, operating system and IP."

Deep web
edited 9may13 ar
Also called hidden web, or dark web, or unvisible web which is not true. Many of the below promises things they don't do, or simply don't function at all. There is a special subcategory for the Onion network searchers, see 'Tor searchers'.
Deep web
general
o - Complete Planet -- Bright Planet Corp. Listing of about 70.000 searchable databases and specialty search engines, not found by 'normal' search engines.
o - IncyWincy -- 'The invisble web search engine'.
o - Invisible Web -- (ooo, is being refurbished).
Deep web
Onion network searchers
Introduction: See category 'tor search' for onion directories and search engines
o - Tor Browser Bundle -- The Onion router. Software package including browser (Firefox only) to surf the web almost anonymously, as well as diving into the .onion pseudo domain network. Obligatory for searchng .onion websites.
Deep web
meta search engines
o - Goshme -- To find search engines with exclusive content and features. Needs (free) registration, which can be slow.
o - Turbo 10 -- "Search the deep net".

Tor searchers
edited 9mar14 ar
Search engines, directories and simple lists to search or browse the .onion network
PLEASE READ THE DISCLAIMER BEFORE USING

Tor searchers
directories
o - The Hidden Wiki -- Lists .onion directories and search engines. Services, hosting, blogs, forums, search engines, hacking, etc. Often down, use mirrors as an alternative.
o - The Tor Library -- Small collection of categories to documents, books, reports and such.
o - TorDir -- Categorized listing of about 500 .onion websites. Activism, blogs, hacking, reference, gambling, software etc.
o - TorLinks -- The .onion Link List. Categorized. Also includes fee-based links.
Tor searchers
search engines
o - DeepSearch -- Search engine for the .onion network. No introduction, no help.
o - DuckDuckGo -- Same engine, but this time as a Tor service.
o - The Abyss --
o - TorSearch -- By Chris McNaughton. Less then a million pages. Spider based.
o - Torch -- Tor search engine,
Tor searchers
Markets and shops
o - BlackMarket reloaded -- For purchase of drugs, weapons, tobacco, counterfeits etc. Registration required, but closed.
o - UK Guns and Ammo --
Tor searchers
Books
o - The Tor Library -- Very small collection of links to full text books. Browsing the Tor Library link works easier.
Tor searchers
Tor Gateway
Introduction: External gateway to dive into the Tor network without using the Tor browser bundle. Please read the explanation provided by the Gateway before use!
o - TOR2WEB -- Onion.to Tor hidden services gateway.
o - Tor Hidden Service (.onion) search -- Search engine to search .onion network from outside Tor. Uses the Tor2Web gateway to access results.

FTP searchers
edited 2jul07 AR
Search engines to find files in the FTP domain.
o - FTP site list -- Monthly updated listing of anonymuos FTP sites. International.
o - FTPsearchengines.com -- Listing of FTP search engines, FTP-clients, file searchers and an introduction to FTP.
o - Filewatcher -- Searching on (parts of) filenames

Citation Indexes
edited 1may09 ar
For prospective searching, to find information that cites the information in the search argument, to find information that is newer then what we have. Also consider the vertical citation indexes like CLAIMS and Derwernt Patents Citations Index (both Dialog) for patent citations.
Also try the link: operator available in Exalead. Used to be available in Google and Yahoo but has since some time now been turned off.

Citation Indexes
general
o - Academic Search -- Microsoft.
o - CiteSeerX beta -- Succesor of CiteSeer. "Citations made by indexed documents". Searches about 767.000 docs. Emphasis on mathematics and computer sciences.
o - Google Scholar -- Limited, simple, but useable.
Citation Indexes
fee-based
o - Arts & Humanities Citation Index -- ISI Institute of Scientific Information. Dialog file 439.
o - ISI Web of Knowledge --
o - Science Citation Index -- ISI Institute of Scientific Information. Dialog file 34, 434.
o - Scopus -- Elsevier B.V. Much larger then the ISI producsts.
o - Social Science Citation Index -- ISI Institute of Scientific Information. Dialog file 7.
o - Web of Science -- Thomson.

libraries
edited 10apr08 AR
The Net only covers a fraction of what's out there. Conventional libraries are still important to find high quality information, although actual acquisition can be time consuming. Here are the worlds major libraries.
libraries
national libraries
o - Bibliotheque Nationale de France (FR) --
o - Bibliotheque Royale de Belgique (BE) --
o - British Library (UK) --
o - Deutsche Nationalbibliothek (DE) --
o - Koninklijke Bibliotheek (NL) -- Royal Library, national library of The Netherlands. The catalogues have an excellent search language. SL
o - Library and Archives Canada (CA) -- Union of the former National Library and former National Archives of Canada. Extensive holdings, incl. film, music score's maps, art, video. Simpel search engine with limited functionallities.
o - Library of Congress (US) --
o - Russia St. Petersburg (RU) --
libraries
meta sites
o - Catalogus pagina -- Dutch language site listing hundreds of online catalogues worldwide.
o - LibWeb -- "Library servers via WWW", updated daily, lists over 7500 pages from libaries in ove 135 countries.

catalogues
catalogues
main catalogues
Introduction: Holdings of some of the most important libraries on the world. Use the Interlibrary loan systems to use.
o - BN Opale-Plus (FR) --
o - Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana --
o - Bibliotheque Royale Belgique (BE) --
o - British Library Main Catalogue -- Holds 57 million items. Excludes the BNB
o - CCFR (FR) --
o - Koninklijke Bibliotheek (NL) --
o - Library and Archives Canada (CA) --
o - Library of Congress (US) --
o - Russia St. Petersburg (RU) --
catalogues
Internationaal
o - OAIster -- ''OAIster is a union catalog of millions of records representing open access resources that was built by harvesting from open access collections worldwide using (OAI-PMH). OAIster includes more than 25 million records representing digital resources from more than 1,100 contributors. OAIster records are fully accessible through WorldCat.org, and will be included in WorldCat.org search results along with records from thousands of libraries worldwide.''
o - WorldCat -- Connects collections of more than 10.000 libraries worldwide with access to over 130 million items. Free acount to make lists. Good search functionality. Also internet resources, DVDs, etc. Successor to RedLightGreen.
catalogues
metasites
o - National Library Catalogues Worldwide --
o - The European Library --

Books
edited 24dec10 AR
Listing links to bookshops and sources for full text books.
Books
Bookshops
o - Amazon --
o - Amerigo --
o - Barnes Noble --
o - Bibliofind --
o - Noord Nederlandsche Boekhandel --
Books
Full text books
o - A9 -- Amazon's book search engine.
o - Google Books -- Mainly reviews, also lots of full text books.
o - Google Ebookstore -- About 3m titles. Intended for mobile reading. Titles in uers' personal library are stored in the cloud. Partly fee-based, account required.
o - Million Book Collection -- The Universal Digital Library.
o - Open Content Alliance -- "...is a collaborative effort of a group of cultural, technology, nonprofit, and governmental organizations from around the world that helps build a permanent archive of multilingual digitized text and multimedia material. An archive of contributed material is available on the Internet Archive website and through Yahoo! and other search engines and sites."
o - Open Library -- About 22m books of which about 1m with full text. With clustering and frequency table tools. Beta.
o - Project Gutenberg -- Access to 28000 free full text books online. About another 100.000 are availble at the project's partners and affiliates.

vendors
edited 5nov12 ar
vendors
General purpose
Introduction: Below is a selection of the large - more or less - general purpose commercial information providers. One or two of these are a Must to have.
o - Bloomberg -- Business and markets. Financial information services, news and desktop integration. Expensive, but the most authorative.
o - Dialog -- US. Aimed at scientific and technical information, also business and some news. Excellent selection of databases, very good search language and meta data design, very good support and documentation.
Direct links to the database documentation: Database catalog ; Bluesheets ; Chronolog newsletter ; Search language .

o - Factiva -- U.K. Mainly aimed at business news. Many news sources for business analyses, companies, markets etc. Great in creating custom made end-products for the end-user, good search language and coverage, although the automated process of assigning keywords often fails.
o - Lexis-Nexis -- USA. Largest aggregator worldwide. Billions of documents online. Fair search language and fair support. Tends to be a bit fluffy. Good coverage of Dutch newspapers. Comes in many flavours: LN Academic, LN Diligence, etc.
The database catalogue may be used to look up which sources are available.

o - Moreover Technologies -- Aimed at business intelligence, covers media and social networks. Analytic tools, dashboard, alert services, trend analysis, integration with intranet and many other tools. Abpout 55000 sources. Great system.
o - Open Source Center -- Top class information source for international relations and security. Formerly the FBIS, now OSC. Needs (free) registration,
vendors
Netherlands
o - OCLC PiCarta --
o - OpMaat -- Dutch language parliamentary database, updated dailt, current until yesterday. Use Parlando as a free alternative.
vendors
Military / security
o - IHS Jane's --
o - USNI Periscope --

interlibrary loan
o - Impala -- Belgium
o - Picarta -- The Netherlands.
o - United Kingdom --

dictionaries
edited 9dec09 ar
Moved to 'Terminology'.

encyclopedias
edited 27jul10 ar
Only the general encyclopedias will be listed here. There are however thousands more, typically specialised in some subject. Please note that many general encyclopedia hardly have a online presence but are very important anyway, like Encyclopedia Americana, La Grand Larousse, Deutsche Encyclopedia.
encyclopedias
top choices
o - Encyclopedia Britannica -- Probably the worlds most famous scientific encyclopedia.
encyclopedias
Others
o - WikipediA -- Most popular one, but its reliability is doubtfull, although the enormous peer group suggest the contrary.
encyclopedias
search engines
o - Encyclopedia.com -- Searches the Columbia Encyclopedia and some others, as well as dictionaries.

gazetteers
edited 05jan13 GN
Gazetteers are geographical dictionaries or directories. They provide important reference information about places and place names.
gazetteers
Top choices
o - Falling Rain Global Gazetteer -- Directory of Cities and Towns in the world. Click on a country to go deeper into the directory. Most country pages also have an Airports and Aviation Waypoint listing. Some regions/cities are in other (local) languages such as Chinese, Korean, Hindi, etc.Result may include: a map, name, entity, lat-long coordinates, elevation (in feet) and population size.
o - Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names -- Search tool, search by name, place type or Nation. Results include a clickable hierarchy of the location. Very useful for basic country information.

Terminology
edited 13oct2013 GN
A well prepared free text search strategy starts with finding the terminology. What terms best describe the concept at hand. This category lists some tools that may coome in handy.
Terminology
General
Introduction: Dictionaries can be very helpful in preparation of a search. They should be used in accordance to the Semantic Table to create proper keywords and paying attention to such things as synonyms, homonyms, spelling variations, translations, history, etc.
o - Dictionaries --
o - FreeThesaurus.org -- Dictionary and Thesaurus. By Alexander Tzvetanov, Bulgaria. Search on English language term will return a brief description/definition, related terms (called thesaurus) and synonyms. Surprisingly relevant. Terms come from WordNet, Moby. Also visual thesaurus and news examples. No help, no 'about us'.
o - IATE -- Interactive Terminology for Europe. Succesor to Eurodicotom. European Terminology database. Very usefull for bureaucratic terminology in all languages of the EU.
o - MetaGlossary -- In Beta. For looking up definitions of terms. Results come predominantly from Wikipedia.
o - Oxford English Dictionary -- Oxford University Press. English to English dictionary.
o - Roget's Internet Thesaurus --
o - The Free Dictionary -- "...English, Medical, Legal, Financial, and Computer Dictionaries, Thesaurus, Acronyms, Idioms, Encyclopedia, a Literature Reference Library."
o - WWWebster Dictionary --
o - YourDictionary.com --
Terminology
acronyms
o - Acronyms Finder -- To look up all meanings of a certain abbreviation.
o - Chatslang -- The source for finding common used acronyms, emoticons, etc. Very useful if you want to search through Social Media.
Terminology
synonyms
o - Dooblet -- Find alternatives for search terms
o - Google sets -- Crude, but sometimes useful to get alternative terms for a concept.
o - Keywordfinder -- "...find related keywords for any search". Retrieves alternative keywords for a subject entered in the searchbox. Supports multiple languages. Usefull, although crappy and many proposed keywords have got nothing to do with the subject and sometimes are simply too funny for words (try Terrorism).
o - The free thesaurus -- Synonym finder. Extensive, not always relevant though. The popup screens with word explanations are handy.
o - Wikibrains -- Online brainstorming tool. Enter a topic and see associated terms. Click on one of the bubbles to get more information on it in the sidebar.
Terminology
translations
Introduction: Some general purpose online translate tools.
o - Altavista Babelfish -- No longer available. Replaced by Bing Translator.
o - Bab.la -- ''Dictionary Vocabulary Translation''. Translation to/from the English from mostly European languages, but also Hindi, kapanese, Korean and Arabic. With useage examples and pronounciation.
o - Bing Translator. -- Similar to Google Translate. You can choose between different views of the original text and the translated one. Very useful is the "side-by-side" view of translations.
o - Google Translate -- Many languages, not just translating text or words, but also translated search, i.e., searching Arab language websites using English language terms. You can alos tranlsate complete webpages.
o - Paralink --
o - SysTran translations -- Same system as Babelfish.
Terminology
Dutch language
o - MWB : Mijnwoordenboek -- In Dutch, translates to and from English, Dutch, French, German and Spanish. Annotated, multidisciplinary (also legal terms + explanations, technical terms etc.). Gives excellent explanations of terminology depending on discipline or science.

New sources
This category holds links to sources that are worthwhile a further investigation, or, recently (re)discovered sources. These should be analysed, annotated and arranged somewhere else.
New sources
Information companies
o - Howards Home -- Dutch, and in Dutch.
o - Kroll Associates -- Risc consulting company.
o - Stratfor --
o - iJET Intelligent Risk Solutions --
New sources
Media coverage companies
o - BurellesLuce --
o - Cision (MediaMap)) --
New sources
others
o - Business Monitor International (BMI) --
o - De Krantenbank -- Dutch language. Full text access to the content of 6 major dutch language newspapers, back to approx. 1991. Restricted for use through Dutch public libraries.
o - Keesings Historisch Archief -- Dutch language historical site with journal articles on current affairs dating back about 60 years. About 110.000 articles, updated monthly with about 250 articles per month, describing the history of NL and BL.

Aeronautica
edited 5apr13 AR
Aeronautica
airfields
o - Aircraft Charter World -- Commercial site, containing informatie about over 13.000 airports worldwide, their location, basic information and capacity.
o - PilotFriend -- Collection of information for pilots: aviation weather, simple airport database, and general information on several aspects for flying.
o - World Aeronautical Database -- Database containing information on nearly 10,000 airports and over 11,000 navaids worldwide.
Aeronautica
airplane trackers
o - FlightRadar24 -- Live air traffic on a map or satellite with moving icons. International. Gives information on movement, flight information , position, altitude, route, and more. Also cockpit view.
Aeronautica
postponed
o - The Airport Guide -- The-Airport-Guide.com is an online tool assisting operators of all types locate airport information to include handlers, maintenance or catering. Outdated. Not updated since nov 2010.

arms / armament
edited 12may11 ar
arms / armament
armament registers
o - SIPRI Arms Transfers Database -- ''...fully searchable online database containing information on all international transfers of seven categories of major conventional weapons from 1950 to the most recent full calendar year. It can be used to generate detailed written reports and statistical data.''
o - UN register of conventional arms -- By UNODA. Country tables listing exports, imports, military holdings. About two years behind. (Thanks Syl!)

Blogs
edited 15dec13 AR
Selection of search tools to find information contained in weBlogs.
Blogs
top choices
o - BlogSearchEngine --
o - Meltwater IceRocket -- Real time search engine for Blogs.
Blogs
Blog search engines
o - BlogDigger -- Note the 'groups' option.
o - GetBlogs -- Small, categorized directory of blogs.
o - Globe of Blogs -- Directory of blogs, by author, topic, title, location, birtday.
Blogs
others
o - Blogsearch Google --
o - Faganfinder --
Blogs
Postponed
o - BlogPulse -- For searching the blogosphere.
o - Blogline --
o - Technorati -- Most popular search engine for Blogs.

Country information
edited 03sep2013 GN
Free and fee based country information. See separate entries for more specific country information like government, news, telecommunication, etc.
Country information
Free
Introduction: Some sources with good or moderate country information for free.
o - BBC Monitoring Country Profiles -- Country information for all countries. On the start page, choose between countries, territorise or international organisations. Every country profile is split up in 5 sub-categories: Overview, Facts, Leaders, Media and a Timeline with the main historical events.
o - CIA World Fact Book -- Country information for all countries, updated yearly, available for download in a ZIP file. Descriptions are short but fairly complete.
o - Country Insights -- From the Canadian Center for Intercultural Learning. Go beyond the do's and don'ts in a country.
o - Country studies -- "...This website contains the on-line versions of books previously published in hard copy by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress [...]. Each study offers a comprehensive description and analysis of the country or region's historical setting, geography, society, economy, political system, and foreign policy." Only 110 countries are represented. Even older dates than the Library of Congress Country Studies.
o - Economist Country Reports -- Although commercial, lots of useful country information is for free. Very reliable source.
o - Globaledge --
o - Institute for Security Studies --
o - Library of Congress (U.S.A.) Country Studies -- Library of Congress. "...presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world". Useful for historical purposes only.
o - Library of Congress Law Library Nations of the World -- The Guide to Law Online is an annotated compendium of Internet links; a portal of Internet sources of interest to legal researchers.
o - UNDESA National Information --
o - World Bank -- Categorised macro economic data of all the countries in the world. Downloadable in XML and X
Country information
travel information
Introduction: Travel information typically gives current and up-to-date information about countries, specifically aimed at travellers: security, crime, transport, local laws, customs, visa, helath, etc.
o - Reizen en landen -- Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In Dutch. Country descriptions for travellers. with travel advice and information about countries. Updated almost monthly.
o - Travel Information by Belgian Ministry of Foreign affairs (in Dutch) -- Country advice provided for Belgian travellers. Also available in French and German
o - Travel advice by country -- U.K. Foreign & Commonwealth Office.
o - US Travel Information -- US Department of State country information for travellers. The International Travel Information box links to travel warnings and travel alerts.
Country information
Fee-based
o - Country Watch --
o - DMS Forecast International -- File 589.
o - Globus & NTDB -- Part of Stats-USA, for federal, business, trade, and economic information. Lots of links to country reports, background notes on countries etc.
o - Jane's Sentinel -- United Kingdom
Country information
meta sites
o - Area studies -- Richard Kimber. Bibliography of links to country and government information for political science (40 main sites) + links to individual countries (general info, constitution, elections etc.). Part of Political Science Resources.
o - Country Links -- By Jim Vileta, links to other sites with country information. Very extensive, about 10 to 20 links per country.
o - Encyclopedia of the Nations -- detailed information about 193 countries, the United Nations and associated agencies and World Leaders.
o - Index Mundi -- IndexMundi is a data portal that gathers facts and statistics from multiple sources and turns them into easy to use visuals. Source is mainly CIA WFB
o - OneWorld -- Publishes OneWorld Guides, Country Guides and Topic Guides regarding developing countries.
o - Open Directory Project -- Listing of information on about every country in the world, arranged by region and country.
Country information
human rights
o - Amnesty International's Library -- This website contains news; features; actions; video and audio; information about countries, campaigns and issues. Amnesty International also produces hundreds of reports, press releases, appeals for action and newsletters each year and these are available in the Library. Also contains a link to the latest Annual report of the world's human rights situation.

cyber hygiene
edited 4may13 ar
Referring to info regarding safe search, protection against cybercrime, statistics on cybercrime, spam, junkmail, virusses etc. Do not forget many other sources that also pay attention to these issues, general purpose news services, general statistics and the like.
cyber hygiene
statistics
o - CommTouch -- Company devoted to security products, with sometimes interesting quarterly reviews.
cyber hygiene
news
o - Security.nl -- News, forum, events. In Dutch.

government
edited 22jun2012 AR
Mainly government information on the Internet, including world leaders. Also consider country information
government
netherlands
Introduction: All the following are mostly in Dutch language only.
o - Officiele bekendmakingen -- All official parliamentary documentation from 1995-now: Staatsblad, Staatcourant, Handelingen, Tractatenblad, etc. Full text, searchable full text, by title, doc numbers, period, format and more. In Dutch. See Staten-Generaal digitaal for the period 1814-1995.
o - Overheid.nl -- General portal giving access to all information from Dutch Government and official Dutch government institutions. In Dutch.
o - Overheidsorganisaties -- ''Government organisations''. Dutch language addressbook listing government bodies, all government organisations, as well as counties, municipalities and semi government bodies. Very complete and up to date. Part of 'Overheid.nl'.
o - Parlement -- In Dutch, parts also in English. Consists of the Dutch House of Representatives and the Senate. Overview of the agenda's, plenary and commission meetings, sometimes live, of both 1st and 2nd chamber, with links to documentation and dossiers, members biographies.
o - Staten-Generaal Digitaal -- ''Parlementaire documenten uit de periode 1814-1995''. Official Dutch parliamentary documentation from 1814-1995. Full text, searching by titlewords, full-text, doc numbers, dates. See Officiele bekendmakingen for the period 1995-now. In Dutch.
o - Wet- en regelgeving -- In Dutch. Access to Dutch laws, treaties, policy papers, decisions, regulations etc. Full-text. Including counties and city councels.
government
Europe
edited 22jun12 AR
Introduction: Access to common laws and regulations regarding the European Union.
o - EUR-Lex -- Access to European Union Law, covering agreements, directives, regulations and decisions. With links to the EU budget, parliamentary questions, etc.
government
u.s.a.
o - FEDWorld --
o - GOA Government Accountability Office --
o - LC Government Resources --
o - USA statistics in Brief --
o - USA.gov -- Successor to FedWorld.gov. Very large single entry site to USA government.
o - Yahoo US Government --
government
Germany
o - Auswaertiges Ambt ('Foreign office') --
o - Bundesministerium der Verteidigung --
o - Bundestag --
o - Bundeswehr --
o - Bundeswehr im Einsatz --
o - DIP - Dokumentations- und Informationssystem fur Parlamentarische Vorgange --
o - Deutschen Marinen - Operation Eduring Freedom --
government
world leaders
edited 23jan2014 gn
o - Biografias Lideres Politicos -- Center for international Relations and Development Studies, University of Barcelona. Listing of about 530 biographies of world leaders, with pictures. In Spanish.
o - Heads of state, heads of government, ministers for foreign affairs -- UN Protocol and Liaison service. Ordered by country, lists the head of state, head of government and minister of foreign affairs. Regularly updated. (Thanks Syl!)
o - Rulers -- "...contains lists of heads of state and heads of government (and, in certain cases, de facto leaders not occupying either of those formal positions) of all countries and territories, going back to about 1700 in most cases. Also included are the subdivisions of various countries [...], as well as a selection of international organizations. Recent foreign ministers of all countries are listed separately.". Also religious leaders, international organizations, and biographies with pictures.
o - World Leaders -- Successor to Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments. CIA, U.S. Lists the names and functions of cabinets and other important government members of all countries in the world. Including representatives to the UN, ambassadors to the USA and the heads of central banks.
o - World political leaders -- Roberto Ortiz de Zarate. International listings, all countries, of leaders from 1945 up. Lists former political parties, current political parties, royalty, prime ministers with dates and political party, some ministers and chairmen of chambers, chairman of parties.
government
International
o - Embassy World --
o - Governments on the WWW -- LAst change 2002. Comprehensive database of governmental institutions on the World Wide Web: parliaments, ministries, offices, law courts, embassies, city councils, public broadcasting corporations, central banks, multi-governmental institutions etc. Includes also political parties. Online since June 1995. Contains more than 17000 entries from more than 220 countries and territories as of June 2002
o - Political resources on the net --
o - Worldwide Embassy Database --
government
Postponed
o - Foreign governments on the Web -- Not there anymore.
o - International documents --

harbours
edited 22mar10 AR
See: Shipping.

Images
edited 20jun11 AR
Some useful image search sites, as well as two reverse image search engines.
Images
top choices
o - Flickr -- Yahoo. Photographs only. Geotagging, blogging, personal pages. Very large.
o - Google images -- Most usefull source.
o - Tiltomo -- "...uses proprietary algorithms (mathematical calculations) to analyze the similarity and relationship between images.". Experimental. Based on Flickr. Also see TinEye
Images
General
Introduction: The (currently) main single search engines all have image search, with almost spectecular differences in search results.
o - Bing images --
o - Picasa Web Album -- Google. Photo sharing, making albums. Also free client Picasa 3 for downloading to organize your own photo's..
o - Picsearch -- 3 Bn pictures
o - Yahoo images --
Images
Search engines
o - Google Images -- Reverse image search. Drag a picture in the search bar to start a search. Does not lead to any useful results though. Yet.
o - TinEye reverse image search -- ''TinEye is a reverse image search engine. You can submit an image to TinEye to find out where it came from, how it is being used, if modified versions of the image exist, or to find higher resolution versions. TinEye [uses] image identification technology rather than keywords, metadata or watermarks.'' Also see Tiltomo
Images
Meta search engines
o - BestPicturesOf -- Produced by Webcellence (Jerusalem, Israel). Uses Bing, Google and Flickr to search for images, photos, illustrations and caricatures. This site is equivalent to Zuula picture search.
Images
Directories
o - How to find images on the Internet -- Directory of links to image search sites, also maps. Covering general purposes sites, press, museums, commercial sources, art, science, medical images, etc.
Images
postponed
o - Ditto --

internet organisation
o - Internet Society (ISOC) -- Home of the IETF and others. ISOC is the organisation that controls it all.
internet organisation
global internet registry
o - IANA -- "The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) has authority over all number spaces used in the Internet, including IP address space. IANA allocates public Internet address space to Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) according to their established needs." IANA IPv4 Address Space Registry
o - ICANN -- Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. "ICANN is responsible for the global coordination of the Internet's system of unique identifiers. These include domain names (like .org, .museum and country codes like .UK), as well as the addresses used in a variety of Internet protocols. ICANN was supposed to replace IANA.
internet organisation
regional internet registries
Introduction: There are five RIR's worldwide, all serving the same purpose. Most RIR's have the same goal: "...provides Internet resource allocations, registration services and co-ordination activities that support the operation of the Internet globally.". In general, look for a link 'Database' for the WHOIS services. Search for Reports or Statistics to get the allocation tables.
o - APNIC -- Asia Pacific Network Information Centre. See the allocation listing.
o - ARIN -- American Registry for Internet Numbers. Covers Canada, Caribbean and North Atlantic islands, and the United States
o - AfriNIC -- Africa Network Information Centre. See resources list for distribution.
o - LACNIC --
o - RIPE NCC -- Reseaux IP Europeens Network Coordination Centre. Serves Europe, the Middle East and parts of Asia, see the Service Region. See allocation table for allocations of addresses to countries. Operates the k.root-servers.net.
internet organisation
Domain name system
Introduction: The explanations by Karrenberg are excellent, aimed at the beginner, non-technician.
o - DNS Root Name Servers Explained For Non-Experts -- by Daniel Karrenberg, ISOC, 2007
o - DNS Root Name Servers Frequently Asked Questions -- by Daniel Karrenberg, ISOC, 2008
o - Full list of ccTLD and gTLD --
o - Overview generic top level domains -- ICANN
o - The Internet Domain Name System Explained for Non-Experts -- by Daniel Karrenberg, ISOC, 2004

internet research news
edited 20jan13 AR
Some sources that me be useful to keep track of Internet sources, search tactics, search tools, important developments on the Internet for searchers, and the like.
internet research news
journals
o - D-Lib magazine -- Bimonthly, for techies, focus on digital library research and development, including but not limited to new technologies, applications, and contextual social and economic issues. The magazine is currently published six times a year. Free, RSS service.
o - Information Today -- On news and long term trends in the information industry, monthly, fee-based. A few articles per issue are for free.
o - Logical Tips computing Ezine -- Susan Daffron. Tips for using commonly known hardware, software and services such as email.
o - Online : Exploring Technology & Resources for Information Professionals -- "...for information professionals and provides articles, product reviews, case studies, evaluation, and informed opinion about selecting, using, and managing electronic information products, plus industry and professional information about online database systems, CD-ROM, and the Internet". Fee based, some articles per issue are for free.
o - Search Engine Guide -- "The small business guide to search marketing". Free, RSS and subscription service.
o - Search Engine Showdown Blog -- Greg Notess. Infrequently updated, but very important.
o - Searcher : the Magazine for Database Professionals -- "...explores and deliberates on a comprehensive range of issues important to the professional database searcher. The magazine is targeted to experienced, knowledgeable searchers and combines evaluations of data content with discussions of delivery media. Searcher includes evaluated online news, searching tips and techniques, reviews of search aid software and database documentation, revealing interviews with leaders and entrepreneurs of the industry, and trenchant editorials."
o - Tales from the Terminal Room -- Karen Blakeman. "...free newsletter for anyone who uses electronic media, and particularly the Internet, for locating information. Content includes reviews and comparisons of information sources; updates on business information resources; dealing with technical and access problems; and news of RBA’s training courses and publications". Free, subscription and RSS service.
o - The COOK report on Internet protocol -- ''Technology, economics and policy. A practical navigator for the Internet economy.'' Bimonthly, fee-based. Some articles for free.
internet research news
blogs
o - Bibliotech -- In Dutch, aimed at the University library Utrecht.
o - Cops in cyberspace Blog -- "...over politie en opsporing en internet". By Rene Leijen, Dutch Police Academy. In Dutch, great collection of security related news, security incidents, Internet crime and the like. Free subscription and RSS services.
o - Google Inside Search blog -- The official Google search blog.
o - Google Operating System -- ''Unofficial news and tips about Google''. Sometimes published undocumented features about Google search.
o - HOAX.blog.nl -- In Dutch. About hoax messages and the impact of them.
o - Internet News -- "Articles and news about web searching and internet use, includes search tools, online news, email, current awareness tools, and general use". RSS service.Free. Part of the Web Search Guide. Canadian.
o - John Battelle's Blog -- Free, with RSS and subscription service.
o - Karen Blakeman's Blog -- Slightly more up to date then the TFTTR.
o - Librarian of Fortune -- Mary Ellen Bates
o - Peter Scott's Library Blog --
o - Phil Bradley's Blog --
o - ResearchBuzz -- Tara Calishain. "News about search engines, databases, and other information collections". Free, subscription and RSS services.
o - Search Engine Roundtable -- Discusses changes in the major search engines from a SEO perspective. Have a section on Google pagerank and algortihm changes.
o - SearchReSearch -- ''A blog about search, search skills, teaching search, learning how to search, learning how to use Google effectively, learning how to do research. It also covers a good deal of sensemaking and information foraging.''. By Daniel Russell.
o - The Official Google Blog -- Free, with RSS and subscription service.
o - WebProNews -- Journal on web search engines developments and trends.
internet research news
sources
o - Internet Resources Newsletter --
o - Netsurfer Digest --
o - ResourceShelf (Gary Price) --
o - Scout Report --
o - Track guide --
internet research news
websites
o - About.com Websearch -- Wendy Boswell
o - CyberSkeptic's guide to Internet Research --
o - Greg Notess --
o - Phil Bradley's website -- On Internet search and web design.
o - Ran Hock --
o - Search Engine Land -- Danny Sullivan. News about search and WWW, with a strong focus on business and SEO.
o - Search Engine Watch (Chris Sherman) --
o - Security.nl -- In Dutch.
o - Voelspriet -- Henk van Ess. Dutch language, fee based.
o - Web Search Guide -- "...The Web Search Guide is about web searching, web strategies and tools from a Canadian perspective."
o - WebWereld -- In Dutch.

internet statistics
edited 22jan12 AR

internet statistics
General resources
Introduction: A few authoritative sources that specialize in user and useage statistics. The sources here are the ones most cited in trend analyses regarding most used browsers, search engines, popularity rankings, connectivity etc.
o - ClickZ Stats -- Formerly CyberAtlas: "Trends & statistics: the Web's richest source". Presents several 'Top Ten' stats for the Internet: top search engines, top media value, etc. Also world net usage statistics.
o - Eurostat -- Large collection of all kinds of statistical datasets regarding all policies of the EU. Also internet use, usage and connectivity statistics for multiple years.
o - Global Market Share Statistics -- Net Applications. Data on significant trends for internet usage, browser usage, mobiel trends, etc.
o - Hitwise.com -- "...reports on how 25 million Internet users interact with over 1 million websites across 160+ industries."
o - Internet World Stats -- Usage and population statistics. Listings of connections per region and country.
o - Nielsen//NetRatings --
o - Zooknic Internet Intelligence -- Not updated since 2005, but the intentions of this site are still very valid.
o - comScore --

internet tools
edited 03jun14 GN

internet tools
Internet archiver
o - The Internet Archive -- The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library. The Internet Archive contains: texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as archived web pages in our collections and provides specialised services for adaptive reading and information access for the blind and other persons with disabilities.
o - Wayback Machine -- From the Internet Archive. Tries to archive 'old' versions of websites and -pages. Allows you to add webpages yourself to be archived.
internet tools
Domain research
Introduction: To find out who owns a particular domain name, or website. Often more convenient to first go to IANA, then any of the regional internet registries. Please note: 'whois' is used to find data to a DNS name. 'Lookup' is used to find data to an IP address.
o - DomainCrawler -- Swedish. Started in 2006. Offers domain information including ccTLDs, focussing on SEO. Version 2.0 offers new functionality, such as thumbnails, backlink checks, pagerank history and the ability to monitor a domain for change.
o - DomainSearch.com -- Searches generic toplevel domains as well as some CC-TLDs.
o - DomainTools -- Favourite. The whois service is for free, the remainder is fee-based.
o - InterNIC -- Whois service. Domain, Registrar and Nameserver.
o - Who.IS -- WHOIS Search, Domain Name, Website, and IP Tools
o - Whois.net -- Limited search for a selection of ccTLD's and a few gTLD's.
o - WhoisRequest -- Whois lookup, Reverse IP, Reverse NS and Domain History.
internet tools
Traceroute
o - Visual traceroute -- Part of DNS tools. Plots the route and final destination on a map.
internet tools
Network analyses
edited 10nov13 ar
Introduction: Tools to assist in network analyses, suites that offer multiple tools for whois, lookup, hop, reverse IP, IP, dig, ping, reverse dns etc.
o - CentralOps.net -- ''Advanced online Internet utilities''. Offers domain dossiers and checks, email dossier, ping, traceroute, nslookup, autowhois, tcpqueries and more.
o - DNS Stuff -- 4 areas: Domain tools, Network tools, Email tools and IP tools.
o - Da Whois -- Site Info, Who Is, Traceroute, RBL Check, Whoat"s my IP
o - IP-Adress -- Does IP tracing, e-mail trace (by analysing the email headers), IP Whois, Reverse IP, Speedtest, external IP and system.
o - IPinfo Security Portal -- IP address, IP location and many more tools.
o - ISC Internet Domain Survey -- "The Domain Survey attempts to discover every host on the Internet by doing a complete search of the Domain Name System."
o - Network tools -- Overview of online web based network utilities.
o - Network tools (Pinelands) -- Very good. Offers Ping, Traceroute, Whois, Lookup and many more.
o - RobTex Swiss Army Knife Internet Tool -- DNS checks, WHOIS, and network analysis. Also graphical display of networks and relations.
o - ViewDNS -- Collection of tools, ranging from Reverse IP over Traceroute to MAC Address Lookup.
o - WebTic DNS scan -- Performs a reverse DNS scan on a given domain name or IP addres, returning a list of IP addresses and domain names of the entire C-class. In Dutch.
internet tools
Geographic IP/DNS tools
Introduction: Return a map with the geographic location of an IP addres.
o - Geo IP Tool -- Returns physical address information and a geogaphical map of the location of a domain name or IP address
o - IP address to Geographic location -- Returns a map with the geographical location of an IP address. Useful when doing a traceroute analyses.
internet tools
Domain by IP
Introduction: Which websites are hosted on the same IP address? Reverse IP domain checking tools.
o - Reverse IP domain check -- Get a list of websites hosted on the same web server; port checker; find your external IP address; visual traceroute; Whois. Mostly referring to other, irrelevant (US only), commercial site such as Spokeo
internet tools
Internet traffic
o - Internet Traffic Report -- "...The Internet Traffic Report monitors the flow of data around the world. It then displays a value between zero and 100. Higher values indicate faster and more reliable connections."
internet tools
Postponed
o - NerdLabs --
o - NetQuery --

journal articles

journals
edited 2apr09 ar
Free and fee-based journals.
o - African Journals Online (AJOL) -- "...over 340 peer-reviewed journals from 25 African countries. These journals cover the full range of academic disciplines with strong sections on health, education, agriculture, science and technology, the environment, and arts and culture.
o - Directory of Open Access Journals -- "...covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals". About 4100 journals and 270000 articles. Good subject tree. Search articles or journals, on subject, title or author.
o - Dutch list --
o - Electronic Journal Title Index --
o - Elektronische Zeitschriftenbibliothek -- "...ist ein kooperativer Service von 503 Bibliotheken mit dem Ziel, ihren Nutzern einen einfachen und komfortablen Zugang zu elektronisch erscheinenden wissenschaftlichen Zeitschriften zu bieten. Aufgenommen werden alle Zeitschriften, die Artikel im Volltext anbieten."
o - HighWire Press -- Stanford University. 71 of the 200 most-frequently-cited journals publishing in science. [...] full-text life science articles in the world, with 1,892,462 articles available without subscription. Also fee based articles. Good search possibilities, alerts, Good for international relations.
o - John Labovitz list --
o - LivRe! -- Brazil. Portal to free access journals on the Internet, about 3600 journals. Mainly beta sciences.
o - Newslink --
o - Open J-Gate -- "...indexes articles from 4547 academic, research and industry journals.[...] 2580 of them are peer-reviewed scholarly journals.". Links to 1m articles, growth about 300k per year
journals
meta sites
o - Magazines for Libraries -- LaGuardia, Cheryl, ed., with Bill and Linda Sternberg Katz. 17th ed. New York: Bowker, 2003.
"...An annotated listing by subject of over 6,000 periodicals. Each entry gives name of periodical, beginning publication date, publisher, editor, address, price and such information as indexing, size, and level of audience. Short abstracts describe the scope, political slant, and other aspects of the publication. Arrangement is topical, bringing magazines and journals on like subjects together. To find an individual title, use the title index at the end of the volume."


Languages
o - Ethnologue -- International. Describes for each country in the world the languages spoken.

Law enforcement
edited 11oct2012 AR
Law enforcement
international organisations
o - Eulex --
o - Europol --
o - Interpol --
Law enforcement
national organisations
o - Drug Enforcement Agency DEA --
o - Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI --
Law enforcement
Europe
o - Eulex --
o - Law Library of Congress Serbia --
o - OSCE Mission to Serbia : law enforcement --
o - World Legal Information Institute -- Catalog and search facilities for over 500 databases from 55 countries including case-law, legislation, treaties, law reform reports, law journals, and other materials
Law enforcement
magazines
o - Police magazine --
Law enforcement
Netherlands
o - Politiebronnen -- Rechercheren in open bronnen. In Dutch.
Law enforcement
metasites
o - CopNET.org --
o - CopSeek -- Police and Law Enforcement search engine and directory
o - Crime spider -- "...best crime and law enforcement sites and categorized topics. ... on criminalistics, forensic anthropology, FBI, unsolved murders, homicide investigation techniques, child abuse, domestic violence, the death penalty, terrorism, criminal justice, law and courts, behavioral profiling, gang violence, juvenile crime, missing persons, serial killers or mass murderers, criminals, police, crime scene photos, ..."
o - Officer.com Directory of agencies -- links to law enforcement agency websites international, covering the USA and all other countries (see International Agencies).
o - Refdesk.com -- Facts encyclopedia Crime and law enforcement.

maps
edited 25apr13 GN
General and special purpose maps. Also consider country information categories, as well as transport.
maps
Top choices
o - CIA Maps -- Three types of maps for most countries: Administrative maps contain information about national boundaries, capitals and administrative divisions. Physiographic maps identify bodies of water, deserts, mountains, historic sites, archaeological sites, elevation points and plains Transportation maps show international boundaries, expressways, roads, railroads, canals and major airports.
o - Perry Castaneda library map colection -- Large, regularly updated, many simple country and city maps, sometimes surprisingly detailed. Maps of current interest on top, with references to maps on other sites. Very useful.
o - ReliefWeb maps and updates -- Great map service, often very detailed and up to date maps of crises areas.
o - United Nations Cartographic Section -- Offers General Maps by region or country. You can also choose to view UN Mission Maps. Maps are in PDF.
o - United Nations Map Library -- The Map Collection houses over 80,000 maps, some 3,000 atlases, gazetteers, travel guides, reference works and digital products.
maps
General purpose
o - EastView GeoSpatial -- Topographic maps, geological maps, nautical maps, imagery. International, global coverage. All infor originating from the former USSR. Very large. Fee based
o - MapQuest -- Does not hold as many features as Google Maps. Offers nevertheless a nice alternative. Check the new feature "Travel Blogs".
o - Maps.com -- Commercial provider of mapping products
o - OpenStreetMap -- ''OpenStreetMap is a free editable map of the whole world. OpenStreetMap allows you to view, edit and use geographical data in a collaborative way from anywhere on Earth. ''
o - Travel Journals --
o - WikiMapia -- Which is as suggested a combination between a Wiki and satellite imagery. With some moderator functionality and links to unblurred maps.
o - World Map Collections -- "...are a cooperative project of several public and private universities of Florida and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to make digitized modern and antique maps available on the Web. The Florida and Caribbean collections are particularly strong, but Africa, the Americas, and the Middle East are also represented."
maps
mashups
edited 25apr13 gn
Introduction: Combinations of (mostly) maps and some other data combined into 'new' information.
o - Directory of Mashups -- Coldbeans. Mainly Twitter mashups.
o - Mapmakerpedia -- Google Wiki site about crowdsourced maps.
o - Mashups Directory -- Listing of the latest mashups
o - The World's News on Google Maps -- Nice example of a useful mashup
o - Twitter trends -- Plotting trending topics on Google maps.
maps
Bookshops
Introduction: Consider travel shops, outdoor shops, that typically have a book shop as well with excellent map departments.
o - Geografische boekhandel Jacob van Wijngaarden --
maps
Historical maps
o - David Rumsey Map Collection -- The historical map collection has over 30,000 maps and images online. The collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North American and South American maps and other cartographic materials. Historic maps of the World, Europe, Asia, and Africa are also represented.
o - Index Mundi -- Historical maps only, fairly limited in scope.
o - Old Maps Online -- This portal provides access to a collection of historical maps in libraries around the world. Choose an area of your interest and narrow by date.
maps
Aggregators
o - Bing maps -- Not as detailed as Google's, but has a very useful birdseye view.
o - Google maps -- With route planner.
maps
route planners
o - ANWB routeplanner Europa -- Very good planner, covering Europe, with route and maps. The route has references to the map. The layout is easier to use then the one of RouteNET.
o - RAC Route planner -- Covering Europe,
o - RouteNET -- Beautiful planner, with good maps and very detailed descriptions. Excellent. The route has references to the map. Covers Europe. In Dutch.
o - ViaMichelin -- Covering Europe, with pictures of the signposts to follow.
o - the AA .com -- Covers the UK, Ireland and Europe, but you can't get from Europe to the UK or vv.
maps
postponed
o - MapBlast! -- Now redirects to Bing Maps
o - Roelf Oddens Maps -- No longer available.

Medical/health
edited 17oct10 AR
Health information related to individual trauma, country health information as well as disaster relief and early response.
Medical/health
General
o - Country health profiles -- For Africa
o - Landelijk Coordinatiecentrum Reizigersadvies LCR -- In Dutch. O.a. Landenlijst en nieuws met informatie over vaccinaties en antimalaria aanbevelingen
o - Mednar -- Deep Web Technologies. Federated, deep web search engine that returns results in real time from multiple sources. Also see the description with Biznar.
o - ReliefWeb -- NGO aggregator. Must use. "...the world’s leading on-line gateway to information (documents and maps) on humanitarian emergencies and disasters. An independent vehicle of information, designed specifically to assist the international humanitarian community in effective delivery of emergency assistance, it provides timely, reliable and relevant information as events unfold, while emphasizing the coverage of "forgotten emergencies" at the same time. ReliefWeb was launched in October 1996 and is administered by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)."
o - Yahoo Travel Health and Medicine -- Yahoo directory
Medical/health
News
o - EMM MedISys -- Aggregator for medical news, from the European Media Monitor.
Medical/health
Organisations
o - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention --
o - World Health Organization -- United Nations. "...responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends."
Medical/health
Disaster alert
o - Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System -- "...provides near real-time alerts about natural disasters around the world and tools to facilitate response coordination, including media monitoring, map catalogues and Virtual On-Site Operations Coordination Centre."
o - Global Disaster Map RSOE EDIS -- Worldwide alert map, by the Emergency and Disaster Information Service (EDIS), Budapest, Hungary.
o - Global disaster watch -- Monitoring natural disasters: climate change, cyclones, drought, earthquakes, flooding, freak waves, hurricanes, landslides, meteor strikes, mystery booms/skyquakes, pandemics, record-breaking disasters, solar flares, space weather, tropical storms, tsunamis, volcanoes, unusual animal behavior, weather extremes, wildfires; disaster archives from 1998-present.
Medical/health
Military
o - National Center for Medical Intelligence (NCMI) -- Formerly 'Armed Forces Medical Intelligence Center (AFMIC)', based in Fort Detrick (MD). Now only available via Intelink-U, which is for .gov or .mil domains only. Others need an account.
Medical/health
Bibliographic databases
o - Medline -- US National Library of medicine. Made up of Index Medicus, Index to Dental Literature. Free. PubMed is basically Medline with a little extra.
o - MedlinePlus --
o - PubMed -- US National Library of medicine. The "free" and very usefull version of Medline. Free. The advanced version of the database offers most options.
Medical/health
Fee-based databases
o - EmBase -- Elsevier. Exerpta Medica. 18 million biomedical bibliographic records from 1974 to present, with 500.000 additions per annum. Competitor to Medline.

music
Clever use of a search engine enable finding music quickly and easy. Try intitle:"index of" /mp3 OR /wma songtitle to find lists of songs from your favourite composer.
music
software
Introduction: For downloading or streaming music.
o - Clickster -- is a MP3 search engine client looking for music in websites.
o - LastSharp -- SoftTonic. Little tool that will download music in the background from www.last.fm. The latter one will stream music on genre or category, LastSharp will then store the music. Alternative for LastSharp is No23 recorder.

news
edited 14nov12 AR
news
Top choices
o - Agence France Presse -- Most prestigious wire agency, but one.
o - BBC --
o - Reuters -- Most prestigious wire agency in the world.
news
France
o - Agence France Presse -- Most prestigious wire agency, but one.
news
India
o - The Press Trust of India -- National press agency of India.
news
Netherlands
Introduction: The general press wire service of The NL is ANP, which is fee-based.
o - NOS --
o - RNW International -- Radio Netherlands International. World service.
o - Teletekst --
news
Middle East
o - Al-Jazeerah --
news
PR China
o - XINHUA --
news
Russia
o - Interfax -- InterFax international information group. Covers Russia, China and Eurasia. Offers about 100 information services in weekly and daily intelligence reports. Fee-based.
news
United Kingdom
o - BBC --
o - Reuters -- Most prestigious wire agency in the world.
o - Reuters Today --
news
United States
o - AP -- Via TBO. Top International news.
o - Bloomberg News -- Business news service. Markets and developments. Large, reliable. Also many commercial options for local solutions: desktop research, news integration, trend analysis etc.
o - CNN -- Owned by Warner Bross, famous for comedy productions.
news
International
o - RFE/RL --
news
collections
o - 1stHeadlines --
o - AlertNet -- Reuters Foundation.
o - Google --
o - IRIN -- UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Humanitarian news and analysis
o - MSN/NBC --
o - News now.co.uk -- Indexes thousands of news sites on the Internet. Focusses on news content, and updates live every few minutes. Also has sophisticated filtering technology which uses a combination of keywords and meta data to filter links to articles into hundreds of newsfeed topics.
o - Yahoo! News -- world news
o - topix -- "...links news from 50,000 sources to 360,000 lively user-generated forums. Topix also works with the nation's major media companies to grow and engage their online audiences through forums, classifieds, publishing platforms and RSS feeds."
news
Aggregators
o - Europe Media Monitor (EMM) -- News aggregator en clustering service, developed by the Joint Research Center. Offers a EMM NewsBrief with all the news clustered by frequency, themes, and a timeline, and a EMM NewsExplorer offering the news for all official languages, clustered, with reference to countries and people. Use EMM MedISys for medical news analyses.
o - Silobreaker -- by Infosphere, SE. In several versions, the news version is still for free. There is also a premium version and an enterprise version. Same idea as EMM, with other functionalities (like trends, network, profiles etc).
news
metasites
o - Open Directory --
o - TotalNEWS World News --
news
special
o - 10x10 -- Useless, but fun, and a great idea. "10x10™ ('ten by ten') is an interactive exploration of the words and pictures that define the time. The result is an often moving, sometimes shocking, occasionally frivolous, but always fitting snapshot of our world. Every hour, 10x10 collects the 100 words and pictures that matter most on a global scale, and presents them as a single image, taken to encapsulate that moment in time."

News Alert Services
edited 7apr13 ar
Services that send the latest based on queries. Also consider the use of vertical alert services and the commercial information providers that always have great alerting services.
News Alert Services
General
o - Google Alert -- Seems to have significantly improved in the last few months.
o - TalkWalkerAlerts -- Excellent alerting service with very good search language. Import of Google alerts, good results and fast delivery.

newspapers
edited 12jan14 AR
newspapers
top choices
o - Frankfurter Allgemeine --
o - Guardian --
o - Washington Post --
newspapers
United Kingdom
o - Financial Times --
o - Guardian --
o - The Independent --
o - The Times --
newspapers
Belgium
edited 07jan13 GN
Introduction: The best Belgian newspapers, with a few aggregators and a link to Belgian magazines.
o - De Standaard -- Quality Dutch Language Belgian newspaper
o - De Tijd -- Mainly Financial news. Dutch language.
o - Grenz Echo -- Quality German language Belgian Newspaper
o - Guide Presse -- French directory that lists French newspapers and magazines.
o - Krantenkoppen.be -- Belgian Headlines Aggregation site. Hyperlinked articles from 15 Belgian Newspapers (12 NL, 3 FR). Also includes foreign (non-Belgian) newspapers.
o - Le Soir -- Quality French language Belgian newspaper
o - MO* -- Belgian magazines. MO* focuses on third world countries. Available in 4 languages: Dutch, Spanish, English and French.
newspapers
United States
edited 13nov13 ar
o - Christian Science Monitor --
o - International New York Times -- Formerly the International Herald Tribune. Changed October 2013.
o - New York Times --
o - Washington Post --
o - Washington Times --
newspapers
France
o - Le Figaro --
o - Le Monde --
newspapers
Germany
o - Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung --
o - Suddeutsche Zeitung --
newspapers
Switserland
o - Neue Zurcher Zeitung -- ch.
newspapers
Italy
Introduction: Also see The Press in Italy (BBC) for a critical overview of the Italian news.
o - Corriere della Sera --
o - La Repubblica --
o - La Stampa --
newspapers
Spain
o - El Pais --
newspapers
Russia
Introduction: Also see The press in Russia (BBC) for a critical review of the Russian press.
o - Izvestia --
o - Kommersant --
o - Komsomolskaya Pravda -- russia.
newspapers
Netherlands
edited 7may12 AR
Introduction: First choice: NRC
o - Algemeen Dagblad --
o - Hoofdnieuws -- In Dutch. Main news headlines of several Dutch newspapers and wires, each in its own frame. Categorized in tabs. With filtering. Based on Rnews RSS Atom feed aggregator.
o - NRC Handelsblad --
o - Telegraaf --
o - Volkskrant --
newspapers
Meta search engine
o - Google CSE Newspapers -- Searches major international newspapers only, sorted by publication date.
newspapers
metasites
edited 3okt08 AR
Introduction: Use any of the following links to find global newspapers. Favourites are Web Wombat and secondly IPL Online Newspapers.
o - ABYZ News Links -- Newspapers and newsmedia guide. International.
o - All the world's newspapers -- Web Wombat Pty, Australia. International in scope, covers thousands digital newspapers. Browsing by country, region. Coverage looks good.
o - Kidon MEDIA link -- About 20.000 newspapers and other newssources. International, arranged by country.
o - MetagrId newspapers & magazines -- Covers about 8000 newspapers and online magazines arranged by country and category.
o - NewsCentral -- USA. Links to more than 3500 online newspapers. Arranged by region, with separate link to college newspapers. Very small coverage, much less then Wombat and Newslink.. For Africa, only three countries are listed.
o - NewsLink.org -- Newspapers, magazines, radio/tv and resources
o - NewsWealth.com -- Newspaper directory for USA and international. Also tabloids, US magazines, US radio and live Internet TV channels.
o - Newslink newspapers -- International, arranged by region or state. Also by category. Coverage is less than Wombat, but reasonable.
o - Online newspapers -- Part of the Internet Public Library (IPL), lists titles per region and country. Pretty extensive, second to Wombat.

NGO directories
edited 02jun14 GN
o - CharityNet.org --
o - ICVA -- International Council of Voluntary Agencies. ICVA is a global network of non-governmental organisations.
o - Idealist.org -- Idealist aims at connecting people and organisations with a keen interest in voluntary work. Search for jobs, events, etc.
o - UN DPI NGO dir -- UN Department of Public Information for NGO
o - WANGO -- The World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (WANGO) is an international organization uniting NGOs worldwide.
o - Worldwide NGO Directory -- Provided by WANGO. Browse by region (to see a list of NGOs working in that region) or Search using keywords, mission, area of focus, country, region, (down to adress level)

Nuclear energy
edited 12nov13 ar
Organizations and resources on the application of nuclear energy and related issues such as nuclear proliferation and smuggle of dual use goods.
Nuclear energy
Resources
o - IAEA Library -- United Nations. Access to the library catalogues, list of up to 50 available databases (login required), and the INLN.
o - International Nuclear Information System -- United Nations. IAEA. Bibliographic database with 3.5 million titles (mostly abstracted), as well as 350.000 full text documents. Grows with about 100.000 records per annum.
o - International Nuclear Library Network -- United Nations. Founded in 2005, now combines 49 members from thirty one countries. Lists 9 online catalogues. No union catalogue.
o - Nuclear Energy Agency Databases -- United States of America. Gives access to several databases and data libraries such as EXFOR, CINDA, ENSDF, NUDAT and NSR.
o - Nuclear supplier database -- United States of America. Nuclear Energy Institute. "...interactive, online program that connects the suppliers of nuclear components and services with companies that procure these items. By creating a profile, you will be able to market your organization and the products you provide. The search function will allow you to perform targeted searches for companies, components and services."
Nuclear energy
Organizations
o - Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission -- Canada. CNSC. "... regulates the use of nuclear energy and materials to protect the health, safety and security of Canadians and the environment; and to implement Canada's international commitments on the peaceful use of nuclear energy."
o - EU Nuclear Energy -- European Union. Links to databases and legislative documents concerning nuclear safeguards, ENEF, waste management, radiation protection, governance, transport.
o - Eidgenössisches Nuklearsicherheitsinspektorat ENSI -- Switserland. ENSI. Das Eidgenössische Nuklear-sicherheitsinspektorat ENSI ist die Aufsichtsbehörde über die Kernanlagen in der Schweiz. Die unabhängige öffentlich-rechtliche Anstalt wird vom ENSI-Rat überwacht, der dem Bundesrat berichte
o - International Atomic Energy Agency -- United Nations. IAEA, United Nations, oversees the safe use of nuclear energy, promote sustainbale development objectives, safeguards and inspectorate, non proliferation of nuclear weapons. Maintains an excellent library, the INLN initiative and the INIS bibliographic/full text database.
o - Nuclear Energy Institute -- United States of America. With knowledge center holding a FAQ, maps, and statistics, and a news/media center.
o - United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- United States of America. NRC. "...to ensure the safe use of radioactive materials for beneficial civilian purposes while protecting people and the environment. The NRC regulates commercial nuclear power plants and other uses of nuclear materials, such as in nuclear medicine, through licensing, inspection and enforcement of its requirements"

OSINT
edited 26jul09 AR
Some links to sites that do ''OSINT'', whatever is meant by that. Mainly crap.
OSINT
Websites
o - Bangladesh Open Source Intelligence Monitors -- Blog, hosted by BlogSpot.com
o - Internet Haganah -- Daily news regarding Israeli affairs, project of ''The Society for Internet Research'' (SoFIR, focused on combating global jihad).
o - O P E N S O U R C E I N T E L L I G E N C E -- Daily news regarding Israeli affairs.
o - OSINT Global --
o - OSINT web page -- About OSINT, with many links to OSINT relevant sites.
o - The OSINT Journal --

patents
edited 13dec10 AR
Patents are basically for free, but searching for them can be difficult. For more advanced searching functionalities, a commercial provider is advised like Dialog and its World Patent Index.
patents
General
Introduction: A few general purpose sites for finding Patents
o - Delphion Intellectual Property Network --
o - Google Patents -- Googles patent database.
patents
Support
Introduction: A couple of tools are indispensible when doing patent research, such as a list of country codes and the IPC.
o - Country codes -- Two letter country code table according to WIPO.
o - National patent databases -- Extensive list of national patent databases.
o - The International Patent Classification (IPC) -- The IPC is the main search tool for most patent databases.
patents
International
Introduction: Sources for finding international patents.
o - European Patent Office (EPO) --
o - Patent service providers --
o - World Intellectual Property Organization -- Also with links to all the member countries and their patent offices. Free access to all international patent applications through PatentScope
patents
Netherlands
o - Octrooicentrum Nederland -- Official Dutch patent office.
patents
United States
o - US Patent and Trademark Office --

People finders
edited 20sep12 ar
Some popular sites to find people, unfortunately limited in scope and coverage, or very incomplete, or an add-trap, or simply crap. Do not forget the traditional reference tools.
People finders
General purpose
Introduction: For checking your digital footprint some of the following may work.
o - 123people -- "...find comprehensive and centralised name related information consisting of images, videos, phone numbers, email addresses, social networking and Wikipedia profiles plus much more. All of this rich media content is pulled from an extensive list of international and regional relevant sources in over 11 countries in multiple languages."
o - Personas -- From the MIT. Slow, beautifull, and impressive, especially the analyses of unstructered data.
o - Pipl -- For finding people, searches the deep web as well, returns, Web search results, pictures, facts, Usenet posts, publications and web sites.
o - Spokeo -- Fee-based. "...search for anyone via Name Search, Reverse Email Search, Reverse Phone Search or Username Search. Spokeo specializes in aggregating and organizing vast quantities of people-related information from a large variety of public sources."
o - WIEOWIE -- "The people search engine". Dutch language. Metasearch engine to search social networks such as Hyves, Twitter, LinkedIn, Schoolbank, Facebook, MySpace, the main search engines, picture sites
People finders
Public Records
o - Intellius -- US. Fee based. Background check, criminal records, reverse lookup.
o - NetrOnline -- Fee based, US.
o - Search Systems -- Public records search, USA. Fee based, links to Intellius.
People finders
meta sites
o - People Related Search Engines -- Phil Bradley. Directory of search engines to find information about people. Annotated. Outdated.
o - Search Engine Guide -- People directory. Annotated.

politics
edited 05mar2013 GN
o - ElectionWorld -- Everything about Global Politics
o - Political resources on the net --
politics
governments
o - DMOZ Governments -- Directory of Governmental websites.
o - Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) -- The IPU is the international organisation of Parliaments, established in 1889.
o - PARLINE Database of National Parliaments -- PARLINE is the IPU's database on national parliaments. The PARLINE database contains information on the structure and working methods of 266 parliamentary chambers in all of the 190 countries where a national legislature exists. Does not contain information about regional governments.
politics
elections
o - Election Resources on the Internet -- This site provides a collection of links about elections around the world. Data from some 21 countries and 4 autonomous regions is available for download in CSV format.
o - Elections and electoral systems around the world -- No longer exists as such. Has been replaced by Political Science Resources (see annotation just above). Site still viewable in the UK Web Archive
o - PARLINE Recent Elections Page -- Election reports include the background to the election and of course the election results. The results contain statistics on the distribution of votes and seats among political parties, as well as a breakdown of seats by sex and, when available, by the age and profession of members of parliament. A brief summary of the electoral system is also available for each parliamentary chamber. Historical archives of election results are available in PARLINE back to 1967. A full account of each year's parliamentary elections is published in the Chronicle of parliamentary elections, and an annual overview is found in the Panorama of parliamentary elections.
o - Political Science Resources -- Politics and Government mainly in the UK and the USA. The "successor" to Political Science Resources.
o - Political Transformation and the Electoral Process in Post-Communist Europe -- No longer updated since 2001! Still valuable for historical purposes.

radio
radio
netherlands
o - Radio 1 --
o - Radio 1 journaal --
o - Radio 2 --
o - Radio 3 --
radio
international
o - BBC World Service --
radio
metasites
o - Live radio on the internet --
o - PublicRadioFan -- International. Also covers PodCasts.
o - Radio locator -- Links to 10.000 radio station web pages and over 2.500 audio strams. International.
o - Radiostationworld : your global radio station directory --
o - Web Radio -- Formerly: Radio directory. BRS Media Inc. About 12.000 radio stations online.

RSS
edited 10oct12 AR
RSS
Readers
o - Feed.Informer -- RSS service that generates code (PHP, Flash, Javascript) to upload live feeds on one own's home page. Fully customizable, with AND and OR filtering of results.
o - NewsGator --
o - RSS Search Engines --
o - Snarfer --
RSS
Metasites
o - RSS Compendium -- Links to major RSS feeds search tools.
RSS
Postponed
o - Feedster.com --

satellite imagery
edited 20apr14 AR
Most are commercial, providing images with watermarks for free.
o - EastView GeoSpatial -- Topographic maps, geological maps, nautical maps, imagery. International, global coverage. All infor originating from the former USSR. Very large. Fee based
o - GlobeXplorer -- Image site.
o - Google Earth -- Comes as a client, with two commercial variations.
o - MapMart --
o - SIC -- Satellite Imagery Corporation.
o - SpaceImagery --
o - TerraServer --
o - WikiMapia -- Which is as suggested a combination between a Wiki and satellite imagery. With some moderator functionality and links to unblurred maps.

shipping
edited 23sep13 AR
Listing guides to find global ports, local ports, vessel tracking etc.
shipping
Local ports
o - Port of Antwerp --
o - Port of Rotterdam --
shipping
Traffic tracking
o - MarineTraffic.com -- Live vessel tracker. Global. Indicates postion and essential vessel informatin on a map. Categorized per vesseltype. Ports listings with arrival and departure times. Based in AIS data.
shipping
Ports directories
o - IndiaOneStop.Com -- Ports and Maritime Services of the world. International
o - PortFocus -- Ports Harbours Marinas worldwide. ''Looking for marine transportation links, maritime services, yacht and boat supplies, shipping cruise and sea freight links, bunkerfuels and bunkering, information about a port, harbour or marina? Choose sovereign country (also for islands and dependencies, eg island of St Maartens falls under the Netherlands) then select the port.''
o - Ports.com -- Listing of about 3300 ports worldwide. Very short descriptions per port, but good to find out addresses of ports.
o - World Port Links -- Links to port authorities worldwide
o - Yahoo Port authorities -- Overview of directories
shipping
Maritime Security
edited 05jun14 GN
o - International Maritime Organization (IMO) -- IMO is the United Nations specialized agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships.
shipping
Piracy
edited 05jun14 GN
o - IMB Piracy Reporting Centre -- The International Maritime Bureau's (IMB) free 24-hour service to the seafarer.
o - IMO Piracy Reports -- Monthly reports on Piracy incidents.
o - Live Piracy Map -- This map shows all the piracy and armed robbery incidents reported to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre.
o - Piracy and Armed Robbery against ships -- From the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Contains the UN definition on Piracy, some measures for protection and links to laws, regulations, etc.

Social networks
edited 10dec13 gn
Some of the more general networks, although there are thousands of them. Also consider the special social networks devoted to sharing video (YouTube), music (Imeem) or photo's (flickr), as well as Usenet, Listserv's and forums.
Social networks
top choices
o - Facebook -- Most popular one, also a marketplace.
o - Google Plus -- Google's challenger to Facebook. If you have a Google account, you automatically have a Google Plus profile.
o - LinkedIn -- More or less serious network aimed at business.
o - Pinterest -- Pin interesting stuff on your wall. More and more being used to share articles and used as an RSS reader.
o - Twitter -- Not really a social network (noone socialises here) but an information network. With the search engine at search.twitter.com. Also try Twitter Trendsmap.
o - World Map of Social Networks -- Published twice a year (June and December). Also offers the older maps so you can see the conquest of Facebook for world domination. See what other networks are used in the world. Lists the top 3 per country.
Social networks
international
o - Foursquare -- checkin, checkout, check check.
o - MySpace -- People, Music, Videos and Radio. Searchable.
o - PasteBin -- "..store text for a certain period of time. [...] mainly used by programmers to store pieces of sources code or configuration information [...]. The idea behind the site is to make it more convenient for people to share large amounts of text online."
o - Plaxo -- Mainly an online addressbook that automatically syncs and updates your contact information.
o - Reddit -- Social News service. Users can post content in a link or by self written text. Other users then vote the post "up" or "down" to determine the ranking on the front page. Also searchable.
o - Sulia -- Subject-based social network. Discover top social sources in the subjects you're interested in.
Social networks
Dutch
o - WaarBenJij -- Eng.: Where Are You (now). For sharing online diaries made by people who are on the road, on travel, on holiday etc. Intended for travellers who wish to update the home front on there whereabouts. About 265.000 accounts, and 2.6 million travel stories.
Social networks
search engines
edited 10dec13 gn
o - Google Custom Search engine Social Media -- Searches the major social networks only, results sorted by date.
o - Google custom search engine SocialMedia -- Google CSE made by RIS to search Twitter, Pastebin, Facebook, Lindkedn, Reddit, MySpace, Pinterest, Google+, Foursquyare.
o - Icerocket -- Blog searching tool. Also searches Twitter and Facebook. Try BigBuzz to see results from all categories (Blogs, Twitter, Facebook and Images).
o - Muck Rack -- Discover journalists by searching what they are saying on Twitter and social media. Newsroom for stories, Publications to go straight to a profile of featured publishers/broadcasters.
o - Netvibes -- Create your own dashboard to monitor your topic of interest or search using keywords.
o - Qwant -- Qwant includes not only traditional search results, but also offers to users all the results from social networks, on the same website in real time. Available in multiple leanguages
o - Search Stagram -- Search for Instagram photos. Search by multiple words, keywords and tags. Created by Webstagram.
o - Snap bird -- For searching Twitters history, further back then 10 days. Slow, very useful.
o - Social Searcher -- Search through the big social networks (Twitter, Google+, mySpace and Linkedin). A nice feature is the “Buzz” which works as a meta-search engine across Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Also some specific Advanced Search, "Popularity" (Likes, Retweets, Plus ones and Reshares).
o - Topsy -- Realtime search engine for Twitter. Search for tweets, links, photos, videos. Sentiment analysis. Lost a lot of its original usefulness.
o - Whostalkin -- Searches blogs, news sites, social networks, videos, images, forums and tags for conversations on the topics of your interest.
Social networks
Posting and management tools
Introduction: Some tools to use multiple social networks more effectively, such as browser plugins or specialised SN browsers. WARNING: most free services demand access rights to your profiles that may be too much for you.
o - Hootsuite -- Monitoring and managing multiple social media (Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Foursquare etc.), based on keywords. Also see Monitter.com. Tweetdeck lookalikes.
o - Klout -- Measures the influence of users on SN, calculating a 'Klout score'.
o - RockMelt SN browser -- Supports Facebook and Twitter. Requires a Facebook account to sign in.
o - The Tweeted Times -- Personalised, real-time newspaper based on your Twitter account. Searchable for other Tweeted newspapers.
o - Tweetdeck -- Owned by Twitter, real-time updates for Twitter, Facebook. Also posting. Web-based only. Bought Seismic. Alternatives: Hootsuite, Monitter, Gremln.
o - Twitterfall -- A waterfall-style of tweets. Add a search term and tweets start falling down. Each Search gets a different colour in the "waterfall" making it easy to follow. Hover over a tweet to pause the falling. Search options include: Lists, Search terms (with or without hashtags), Geolocation. You can also exclude terms, services and users from your search. Must take a look at the Feature page. Requires a login with your Twitter account.
o - gremLn -- Management tool for multiple social media.
Social networks
Analysis tools
edited 10jan14 ar
o - Contaxio beta -- Analyses of followings and followers on Twitter of your own account only..
o - OpinionCrawl -- Online sentiment analysis tool for current events, companies, products and people. Search news or Twitter.
o - SnapBird -- Search Twitter history, as far as Twitter allows you to.
o - Social Mention -- Provides a social media search and analysis service, sentiment analysis, top keywords used, top users, real-time.
o - TweetStats -- Takes a username to return statistics on number of tweets over time, tweet density, daily/hourly tweets, interface used, replies and retweets. 11feb14: Very slow, non functional.
o - Twirus -- Trending topics on Twitter, in the Netherlands only.
o - Twitonomy -- Powerful Twitter analytics tool. Analyse any Twitter account, except private ones.Provides backup capabilities.
o - Twitter counter -- Publishes a timeline graph plitting the number of followers, following, tweets over time. WARNING: needs access to your profile and wants to post tweets for you. Also try Twenty Feet (registration required).
o - Twopcharts -- Stats data on Twitter users: dozens of different answers to questions on number of tweets, first tweets, followers, mentions, lists, retweets, etc.
Social networks
Geoplots
o - TweetPing -- Global, real-time map of tweets. Tweets flash and leave, counters below the map do calculations and show hashtags.
o - TwitterMap -- Accepts a keyword and plots the geo location of tweeters on a map.
Social networks
network analyses tools
o - 5k Twitter Browser -- By Neuro Productions. Takes a username to graphically display the network of followers. Very slow.
o - Followerwonk -- Analyse Twitter accounts and their followers/following.
o - MentionMap -- A Twitter visualisation tool, displaying the mentions and hashtags used the most in recent tweets by a single user.
Social networks
Metasites
edited 24jan13 gn
o - 10 paid social media monitoring services for nonprofits -- Annotated listing. January 2012.
o - 20 free awesome social media monitoring tools -- Annotated listing, January 2011.
o - A WIKI of social media monitoring solutions -- Extensive list (approx.225) of media monitoring companies and tools, fee-based as well as for free.
Social networks
postponed
o - Archivist -- No longer active, commercial only, then updates just once every 60m. Statistical tool, accept a full Twitter search query to return an overview with tweet volume over time, top users, tweet vs retweet, top words, top URLs and source.
o - Flock SN browser -- Supports Flickr, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and many others. Announced that they are no longer supporting updates in 2011. Still downloadable at a.o. Filehippo.
o - Hyves -- Mainly Dutch social network. In Dutch. Offline since 02 Dec 2013.
o - Kurrently -- Real-time search engine, searches Facebook, Google+ and Twitter. Updates automatically.(Temporarily?) out
o - Listorious -- Was very useful to find "respected" people that are placed in Twitter lists. You could even interview people via Listorious. Completely disappeared and replaced by its sister site MuckRack (see below)
o - Seesmic -- Ping.fm was acquired by Seesmic which in turn is now acquired by HootSuite 2012.

software
edited 10jan13 ar
software
aggregators
o - Download.com --
o - Tucows xs4all --
software
Previous versions
Introduction: Offers lists of previous versions of software packages, apps and tools, in case the latest version is not compatible with..., something
o - old Apps -- Lists software for Linux, Mac, Windows, different versions.
software
Security analyses
Introduction: Some tools useful for network security and penetration testing.
WARNING: these tools may or may not be illegal in your country. Use at your own risc. I do not accept any responsibility for the use of these tools or any consequences thereof.

o - Aircrack-ng -- Is an 802.11 WEP and WPA-PSK keys cracking program that can recover keys once enough data packets have been captured. It implements the standard FMS attack along with some optimizations like KoreK attacks, as well as the all-new PTW attack, thus making the attack much faster compared to other WEP cracking tools.
o - Blue's port scanner -- Very fast port scanner. German.
o - Cain & Abel -- By OXid.it. Recovery of various kind of passwords by sniffing the network, cracking encrypted passwords using Dictionary, Brute-Force and Cryptanalysis attacks, recording VoIP conversations, decoding scrambled passwords, recovering wireless network keys, revealing password boxes, uncovering cached passwords and analyzing routing protocols. For XP.
o - Distributed password recovery -- To recover password from a variet of documetns
o - Nmap port scanner --
o - sharK PWB++ -- Remote administration tool to take full control of a remote computer
software
Search software
o - Copernic -- Copernic Agent is the client to assist in searching the web. There are other very useful products as well, also to manage downloaded data. Very good and cheap set of tools.
o - Zotero -- Free plugin for o.a. Firefox, to collect, organize, cite and share your research sources.
software
Network domain analyses
Introduction: Mainly used for forensic research, but also for other applications
o - Maltego -- Maltego is an open source intelligence and forensics application. Used to determine the relationships and real world links between: Groups of people (social networks), Companies, Organizations, Web sites, Internet infrastructure (Domains, DNS names, Netblocks, IP addresses, Phrases, Affiliations), documents and files. Not easy to use, and bit overwhelming interface, but a must have once the basics are mastered.
o - Palantir -- "...a platform for information analysis. Palantir was designed for environments where the fragments of data that an analyst combines to tell the larger story are spread across a vast set of starting material. Palantir provides flexible tools to import and model data, intuitive constructs to search against this data, and powerful techniques to iteratively define and test hypotheses."
o - Recorded Future --

statistical resources
edited 5apr13 AR
Also see: Internet tools -- Statistical Resources, for statistics regarding the use of the Internet.
statistical resources
Netherlands
o - Statline CBS -- Database of the Dutch Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Including search engine. "Statistics Netherlands is responsible for collecting and processing data in order to publish statistics to be used in practice, by policymakers and for scientific research. In addition to its responsibility for (official) national statistics, Statistics Netherlands also has the task of producing European (community) statistics."
statistical resources
International
o - HealthStats -- World Bank's database of Health, Nutrition and Population (HNP) statistics. It includes over 250 indicators on different health related topics. You can search the database by country, topic or indicator.
o - Statistical resources on the Web - comprehensive subjects --
o - Statistische Bureau's Wereldwijd --
statistical resources
Europe
o - Eurostat -- European Commission. Your key to European Statistics.
statistical resources
united states
o - U.S. Census Bureau --

Cloud storage
edited 9mar13 AR
Services that allow storage of large numbers of documents in the cloud
Cloud storage
General
Introduction: Also try Google, Microsoft and Apple who all have their own services.
o - Dropbox -- For Linux, Windows, Mac. Allows auto storage online of local documents, updates automaically with authorized customers. PC, laptop, tablet, phone supported.
o - bitcasa -- Home devices, laptop, phone, table all supported. 10G storage for free, unlimited storage for a fee.
o - box -- Also for mobile devices.

subject guides
edited 07may13 GN
o - BUBL -- No longer updated since 2011. Still useful however.
o - Infomine -- Scholarly Internet Resources.
o - Librarians index to the Internet -- Merged with the Internet Public Library into one directory.
o - Virtual Tourist -- Travelers and locals share travel advice and experiences.
subject guides
dutch language subject guides
o - Digitale etalages -- Portal to websites about a wide range of themes. Each theme includes a listing of selected books, dossiers compiled by topical experts, etc. Site was previously known as "WebWijzer"
o - NL-Menu -- The Dutch Webguide since 1992.
o - Track -- General directory. Supported by the Open Directory Project.
subject guides
postponed
o - Argus Clearinghouse
o - Cyberstacks
o - EC Rider

terrorism
edited 03jun14 gn
terrorism
Organisations
edited 03jun14 gn
o - National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) -- START is a university-based research and education center comprised of an international network of scholars committed to the scientific study of the causes and human consequences of terrorism in the United States and around the world.
o - American Society for Industrial Security --
o - Combating Terrorism Center -- Independent research center located at West Point. Publishes a free monthly magazine, The Sentinel.
o - Foundation for Defense of Democracies -- The Foundation for Defense of Democracies is a policy institute focusing on terrorism, the ideologies that drive terrorism and the policies that can most effectively eradicate terrorism.
o - Jamestown Foundation Terrorism Monitor -- Previously named the "Global Terrorism Analysis Program" (GTA).
o - National Counterterrorism Center -- usa. nctc. "...integrating and analyzing all intelligence pertaining to terrorism possessed or acquired by the U.S. governmen, principal advisor to the DNI on intelligence operations and analysis relating to counterterrorism.". Also pulishes the Counterterrorism Calendar, worldwide list of terrorist groups and profiles, interactive timeline maps.
o - Perspectives on Terrorism -- perspectives on Terrorism is a peer-reviewed online journal of the Terrorism Research Initiative (TRI). It is published six times per year. Subscription is free.
o - RAND Database of Worldwide Terrorism Incidents -- The RAND Database of Worldwide Terrorism Incidents (RDWTI) is a compilation of data from 1968 through 2009.
o - RAND Terrorism and Homeland Security --
o - START's 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 additional annual updates planned for the future). Includes more than 113,000 cases. Holds the Terrorist Organisation Profiles (TOP) from the MIPT Terrorism Knowledge Base (TKB).
o - South Asia Terrorism Portal -- SATP is the largest website on terrorism and low intensity warfare in South Asia.
o - The Washington Institute Policy Analysis: Terrorism -- Policy and analytic publications focused on the Middle East. More than just terrorism related.
o - Transnational Threats Project -- From the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). The Transnational Threats Project assesses terror, insurgent, and criminal networks and the impact of government responses through targeted field work and an extensive network of specialists.
terrorism
Meta sites
o - International Relations and Security Network: Terrorism issues -- Choose "By subject" and then pick in the left side panel "Terrorism". The result is a listing of publications from the better institutes and organisations. Select the information by publication, organisation, article, video or audio. Also take a look at the left side panel to select more specific sub-topics in the field of terrorism.
o - internet websites and links for (counter) terrorism research -- By Berto Jongman. In: Perspectives on Terrorism. - Vol.5, no.1 (2011). Excellent categorised and annotated listing of selected terrorism websites: general sites, newsportals, databases, group profiles, journals, organisations, etc. Also covering major topics like cyberterrorism, global jihad.
terrorism
Postponed
o - Counterterrorism Blog -- Excellent blog, seized at March 11 2011
o - MIPT Terrorism Knowledge Base -- Online portal containing information on terrorist incidents, leaders, groups, and related court cases. The database is now hosted by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism. Profiles are still available via START

Toolbox
edited 10nov13 ar
Software tools, utilities, references that should be part of the searchers personal toolbox.
Toolbox
Tools
Toolbox
HTML
edited 10nov13 ar
Introduction: Tools to help creating your own HTML pages
o - Online HTML editor -- Presents two screens with the edit screen on top and the print result on the bottom. Simple, ideal for learning or simple pages.

think tanks
edited 6jan11 AR
Most of these also publish full text reports on all kinds of subjects in the field of international relations. The 'R' links to full text reports, the 'J' links to journals/newsletters.
think tanks
top choices
o - International Crisis Group -- International, main office in Brussels, BL. Excellent reports, full text. Monthly Crisis Watch. R
o - International Security Network -- Must read. Very good selection of reports and essays, a fact database (FIRST) , links to other think tanks and lists of abbreviations / acronyms. R
think tanks
International
o - International Atomic Energy Agency -- R.
o - International Strategic Studies Association (ASSA) -- Washington DC. Publishes the Defense & Foreign Affairs Handbook.
think tanks
International relations / peace
o - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs --
o - Center for Contemporary Conflict -- US Navy. R, Strategic Insights.
o - Center for Defence and International Security Studies --
o - Center for Defense Information --
o - Center for Nonproliferation Studies -- Part of MIIS, Monterey CA, USA. J, P
o - Center for Peace and Security Studies --
o - Center for Strategic and International Studies -- (US, Washington). R, J
o - Council on Foreign Relations --
o - Council on Foreign Relations --
o - Instituut Clingendael -- Based in The Hague, The Netherlands. In Dutch. J, R, R.
o - International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) -- Excellent source of top quality reports. Based in London UK, published ao Military Balance, Strategic Survey, Survival, Armed Conflict Database. Publications available through Taylor & Francis.
o - John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies --
o - Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) --
think tanks
Other
o - Amnesty International -- R,
o - Berliner Zentrum fur Internationale Friedenseinsatze --
o - CATO Institute --
o - Congressional Research Service --
o - DEMOS --
o - Energy Information Agency --
o - European Union --
o - GTZ Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Technische Zusammenarbeit -- GTZ supports the German Government in achieving its development-policy objectives for political, economic, ecological and social development in a globalised world.
o - Human Rights Watch --
o - ICRC --
o - IMF --
o - IWPR --
o - InterPol --
o - Interkerkelijk Vredesberaad --
o - NATO --
o - National Intelligence Council --
o - Nederlands Instituut voor Oorlogsdocumentatie --
o - OHR --
o - OSCE --
o - Peace and Conflict --
o - ReliefWeb --
o - Silk Road Studies Program --
o - The Brookings Institution --
o - Transnational Institute -- TNI is an international network of activist-scholars committed to critical analyses of the global problems of today and tomorrow.
o - USAid --
o - United Nations --
o - United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime -- UNODC is a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs and international crime. Important publication: World Drug Report. R
o - United Nations UNHCR --
o - WEU --
o - Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (Harvard Univ.) --
o - World Bank --
o - World Trade Organisation --
think tanks
privacy
o - Electronic Privacy Information Centre (EPIC) -- ''EPIC is a public interest research center in Washington, D.C. It was established in 1994 to focus public attention on emerging civil liberties issues and to protect privacy, the First Amendment, and constitutional values. EPIC publishes [...] the EPIC Alert [cut] reports and even books about privacy, open government, free speech, and other important topics related to civil liberties.''
think tanks
metasites
o - COOP --
o - Ken Davies list --
o - Marburg Universitaet --
o - Yahoo listing --

translations
edited 6dec09 AR
Moved to 'Terminology'.

Transport
edited 7oct11 AR
Some links about transport in general. Also consider maps, airfields, and ports.
Transport
General purpose
o - Transportation Research Board of the National Academies -- Transportation Research Board.
o - World road statistics -- International Road Federation. ''...first appeared in 1958 and is based on data compiled from official sources within national statistics offices and national road administrations in up to 196 countries. The WRS contain data on over 100 variables, including data on road networks, vehicle fleets, road traffic accidents, fuel consumption, and road expenditures''.
Transport
United Kingdom
o - Department for Transport --

Video
edited 10jun14 ar
Video
Satellite TV
o - Lyng -- Large, extensive. International, listing almost all satellites and channels per country and satellite.
o - SatcoDX --
Video
Video / TV
Introduction: Also consider sites with recordings of recent TV broadcasts (Dutch: 'uitzending gemist') and off course Usenet.
o - AOL video -- Still in Beta. Formerly ''Singing Fish''. Channels,
o - Blinkx -- Search engine enables searching not only on added keywords but also on the transcript of the actual broadcast. Categorized. Uses Autonomy technology. Annoying adds.
o - Dailymotion -- French, Paris. Available in 34 localised versions and 16 languages. Better quality content. Teamed up with Blinkx.
o - Keek -- New social network that enables the upload of short videos (approx 30 sedonds). Searchable, follow users. In short: The Video-Twitter
o - MetaCafe --
o - Search for Video --
o - Vimeo -- From New York, originated from video makers.
o - Vine -- Owned by Twitter. Platform on iOS and Android to share short loop video clips. Mobile only. With chat function
o - Yahoo video --
o - YouTube -- Primary source for video clips and longer fragments. Censored. Bought by Google in 2006.
Video
documentaries
o - Business -- And go to media and entertainment; film; docu and nonfiction; distributors.
o - DocuSeek film & video finder --
o - DocumentaryTube -- A directory to find handpicked documentaries. Contain a "Top 100". Searchable or browse through the more than 30 categories.
o - European Broadcasting Union --
o - Georgetown University Library -- Limited to the Middle East and Africa, but of high quality.
o - Insight News TV --
Video
postponed
o - Google video -- Closed down 2011, content removed.
o - Truveo -- Closed. See AOL Video.

gp