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Jun 14 2013

Best of the Scout Report for 2013

  • Better Data, Better Health
  • There has been extended discussion about the ways in which better data can improve public health problems such as obesity, rising health care costs, and other areas of concern. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is intimately concerned with the possible applications of “big data”, and this site offers some fine commentary and reporting on this situation. A good place to start is the Q&A with RWJF Chief Technology and Information Officer Steve Downs. “Better Data = Better Health: Stories from the Field” looks at the applications of mobile health applications, GPS sensors in the service of tracking asthma symptoms, and much more. The footer of the site includes sections analyzing how data is transforming the overall health of communities. There are data sets, reports, rankings and access to publicly available reports that include information on the quality of care delivery, patient outcomes, and patient feedback on physicians, hospitals, and cost.

  • Frontline: Digital Nation
  • How is technology changing our lives? It’s a very difficult question to answer, but this engaging program from Frontline takes first steps into this brave new digital world. This website covers various topics such as Family/Children, Foreign Affairs/Defense, Government/Elections/Politics, Race/Multicultural and so on. On a note that appears on the site’s homepage, Rachel Dretzin (the producer) remarks that “Digital Nation is an effort to define this new space and to put some walls around it.” On the homepage, visitors can watch the entire 90-minute program and also view special segments such as Living Faster, Relationships, Waging War, and Virtual Worlds. The Virtual Worlds area is particularly compelling, as it looks at how virtual reality is being used to treat the post-traumatic stress disorder experienced by soldiers.

    [Source: Scout Report]

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Nov 02 2011

Free Selected Articles from Social Indicators Research

Founded in 1974, Social Indicators Research has become a leading journal for the publication of research results dealing with measurement of the quality of life. These studies - empirical, philosophical and methodological - encompass the whole spectrum of society, including the individual, public and private organizations, and municipal, country, regional, national and international systems. Topics covered include health, population, shelter, transportation, the natural environment, social customs and morality, mental health, law enforcement, politics, education, religion, the media and the arts, science and technology, economics, poverty, and welfare.

Impact Factor: 1.000

Read, download and save these articles online. They are available online for free until November 30, 2011.

 HKUL users can continue to access the journal via http://library.hku.hk/record=b2335882

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Mar 31 2010

Fabian Society Online Archive

Fabian Society Online Archive [pdf]

The Fabian Society is a group of British thinkers and scholars formed in the 1880s. The group still exists, and they are interested in advancing the principles of social democracy. The organization first started publishing their tracts and pamphlets in 1884, and their very first title was “Why are the many poor?” The London School of Economics and Political Science recently digitized many of these tracts, and placed them online on this site. Some of the authors included here are Clement Attlee, Tony Blair, Robin Cook, Chris Smith, and Harold Wilson. The topics covered here are quite broad, and visitors will find documents on women’s issues, socialism, local government, and industrial relations. Visitors can view lists of the tracts organized by decade, or they can also look at the examples offered on the site’s homepage.

[Source: The Scout Report, Volume 16, Number 12, March 26, 2010]

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Dec 29 2009

South African Government Information: Documents

Persons interested in international governance and comparative political science will find this website most informative. The site was created and is maintained by the South African government, and it contains hundreds of papers, policy briefs, statistical documents, and annual reports related to the operation of the country. The website is fairly uncomplicated, and the site is divided into fourteen sections headed by bullet points that include “Acts”, “Constitution”, “Provincial Documents”, and “Green Papers”. Most people will probably want to look at the “Acts” area, as it is a good way to get a sense of the government’s priorities over the past several years. Also, visitors can perform a document search and also review documents listed by subject or theme. Overall, it is an easy to use site, and one that provides timely materials on the workings of the government of South Africa.

Please click here to access.

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