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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.

The reason we're doing this is in order to pre-populate Digital Universe portals with "deep links" into existing databases or highly structured websites, which have been compiled by experts.

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


Contents

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


General Resources

Arts & Humanities

Classics

Rhetoric (classical and Renaissance)

Dance

Fine Arts

Film

Literature

Music

Philosophy

Theater and Drama

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Astronomy

Cosmology

Extragalactic astronomy

History of astronomy

Interstellar medium

Stellar astronomy

Biology

Neuroscience

Chemistry

Earth Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Physics

Acoustics

Atomic, molecular, and optical physics

Biophysics

Condensed matter, solid state, and material physics

General Relativity

High Energy Physics

Low Temperature Physics

Nuclear physics

Particle astrophysics

Philosophy and history of physics

Space physics

Social Sciences

Anthropology

Archaeology

Economics

The Austrian School (People dynamically take actions) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mises_Institute

Linguistics and Languages

Germanic and Slavic Linguistics

Romance Linguistics

Geography

History

US State History Online Resources

Political Science

Psychology

Religious Studies

Sociology

Applied Arts & Sciences

Business and Industry

Communication

Computers


Hardware


Internet / Web


Networks


Operating Systems


Software

Education

Engineering

Engineering Societies and Organizations


Engineering web resources and aggregators

Family & Consumer Sciences

Health

Search pages


Health in the news, media

Health Institutes

Law

Library & Information Science

Public Affairs

Other

Anomalous Phenomena

Games

Hobbies

Animals

  • Dogpatch - Dogs: Articles and links on sports, breeds

Indoor


Outdoor

Basketball

Cricket

Football

Soccer

Others

Other languages

Please add original name of the site and English translation.

Hungarian

General resources


Feel free to hunt through this collection of unsorted links for "gems" (that fit the criteria).

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