Collections of expert-reviewed resources
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The Digital Universe Foundation is spearheading a little project to compile the most reliable Web resources of a certain kind.
People often ask us, when they hear about what the Digital Universe is up to, "How can I help?" Well, here's our answer: construct this list, please! It's a yeomanly way to help this worthy project get off the ground.
And notice, the result will be useful not just to the DU, but to the world in general! We will release the list free to anyone to use, of course; consider it in the public domain.
To get involved in this little project, simply:
- Create an account on this wiki, and please use your own real name as your username (that's DU policy).
- Use Google or some other search tool to locate Web resources that meet the criteria below.
- Edit this page (follow the examples provided) and add the resources.
Criteria for choosing links (please read):
- The editors of the Web resource should be considered genuine experts in their field--e.g., who publish in professional journals. Resources compiled by persons who have chosen not to cite their credentials, or who are not really experts, should not be listed.
- At this point, the resources we list should be relatively wide-ranging, not narrowly focused--in other words, specialized to the level of subdisciplines, maybe, but not dissertation topics. They should be collections of content, not just a single page of content, no matter how useful.
- Collections of Web links are fine, but so are encyclopedias, atlases, libraries, etc.
- The URL you provide here should be the top of the category scheme, or the download page, of the resource. If there are different entry points to different parts of a very large database, please link to the various entry points separately.
- Please don't include undifferentiated lists of links. The data in the resources you link to should be clearly structured: pre-sorting content into clear and commonly-used categories is important, as is consistent format. Imagine a spider going through the website--it has to be able to get a lot of useful metadata from the structure of the website. If a resource uses Dublin Core or is otherwise pre-processed, that's best.
- Mere search engines (that cannot also be explored through a category tree) are not appropriate. We are looking for resources that can be usefully spidered.
- The resource should be free. We shouldn't have to sign up or buy anything in order to view it.
It follows that there are many things this list is not.
What the list is not:
- a collection of random Web links
- a collection of links that contributors happen to like or recommend
- a "best of the Web" collection: there are many really excellent websites that will not be included on the list, because they do not fit one of the above criteria
The result will, in time, be a sort of "master database" that is free for everyone to use. Kind of cool if you think about it. It's really one of the main reasons I'm on board.
Feel free to use the "discussion page" to talk about how to compile this list, and move resources that don't meet the above criteria (but are still reasonably credible) on collections of alternative resources.
--Larry Sanger, DUF Director of Collaborative Projects
Resources collected by media type
These would be compendia of resources of a particular media type, such as books, videos, lectures, raw data, and so on, that span many different disciplines
- The Online Books Page - probably the best collection of links to books online
Arts & Humanities
Rhetoric (classical and Renaissance)
- Internet Movie Data Base (IMDB)
- Great Directors Critical Database
- Movie Review Query Engine (MRQE)
- Film on the Web
Theater and Drama
Natural Sciences and Mathematics
History of astronomy
- BioMed Central
- About.com of Biology
- On-Line Biology Book
- PLoS Biology is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal published by the Public Library of Science
- Biology Browser
- Cornell Lab of Ornithology
- Bird Note, Community Based Birding & Science Resource
- Ecology Communication and Resource site
- Ecology and Society
- US Natural Resources Conservation Service
- Berkeley Center for Sustainable Resource Development
Mathematics and Statistics
- Wolfram Mathworld - Self-styled as "the web's most extensive mathematics resource"
Atomic, molecular, and optical physics
Condensed matter, solid state, and material physics
High Energy Physics
Low Temperature Physics
Philosophy and history of physics
- Africa south of the Sahara: selected Internet resources
- Anthropology resources on the Internet
- Bibliography of Agriculture in Papua New Guinea
The Austrian School (People dynamically take actions) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mises_Institute
Linguistics and Languages
- Ethnologue: Languages of the World (needs review by a linguist: is a database of content, not of links)
- Linguist resource lists
- General Linguistic Resources
Germanic and Slavic Linguistics
- African American Registry
- Internet African History Sourcebook
- Internet Ancient History Sourcebook
- Internet Medieval History Sourcebook
- Internet Modern History Sourcebook
- State Dept. Archives Foreign Relations Series
US State History Online Resources
- Arkansas State Archives
- Connecticut History resources
- Illinois History online
- Kansas History online resources
- Nebraska State Archives
- New York State History online
- Utah State History
- Washington State History online
- West Virginia State History online
- American Psychological Association (APA)
- Psych Teaching Resources
- Psychology Metasites
- Resources for School Psychology
- IPL Psychology metasite
- The American Sociological Association
- Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology
- Sociolog, Comprehensive Guide to Sociology On-Line
- Electronic Journal of Sociology
- Understanding the World Today: Social, Political and Economic Change
- Resources for Methods in Evaluation and Social Research
Applied Arts & Sciences
Business and Industry
- AeANet - Advancing the Business of Technology
- Harvard Business Online / Harvard Business Review
- Segal / Sibson Perspectives Insights for Today's Business Leaders
- The Computer History Museum - The Timeline of Computer History - this source needs to be reviewed and verified
Internet / Web
Engineering Societies and Organizations
- American Society for Engineering Education
- Engineering Council UK
- Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
- Institution of Mechanical Engineers
- Institution of Civil Engineers
- Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International
Engineering web resources and aggregators
Family & Consumer Sciences
- World Health Organization
- Health On the Net Foundation
- National Center for Health Statistics
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Health in the news, media
Library & Information Science
- Judicial Watch, Inc., a conservative, non-partisan educational foundation, promotes transparency, accountability and integrity in government, politics and the law.
- Dogpatch - Dogs: Articles and links on sports, breeds
Please add original name of the site and English translation.
- Magyar Elektronikus Könyvtár, Hungarian Electronic Library
Feel free to hunt through this collection of unsorted links for "gems" (that fit the criteria).