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Jul 05 2013

New publications are available at the Scout Report!

  1. Demos: A/V
  2. The Demos group in Britain conducts high-quality public policy research on a wide range of topics, including urban design, social assistance policies, and the housing market. Like many other think tanks, the group also produces a wide range of presentations on its work. This section of the site presents full-length programs like “Multi-Dimensional Poverty,” “The Future of Open Data,” and “How Labour Wins Again.” One of the programs that should not be missed is the conversation on “It’s Who You Know: The Power of Social Networks.” It’s a response by Richard Horton of The Lancet to another speech on social networks and it’s quite insightful. All told, there are about three dozen programs in the Video section, while the Audio area contains podcasts and speeches dating back to 2006. Two recommended programs are “The Power Gap” (on power in contemporary societies) and a conversation with Evgeny Morozov on the relationship between politics and the Internet.

  3. International Development in Practice: What Works in Development?
  4. The very title of this OpenCourseWare site asks a question that has bedeviled non-governmental organizations for decades: what works in development? Created by Professor Steve Relfenberg of the University of Notre Dame, this course explores diverse approaches to thinking about international development and processes that bring about individual and societal change. As with many OpenCourseWare offerings, your can ramble through the syllabus, readings, course schedule, lectures, discussions, and essay assignments. The Lectures area is worth a look, as it contains PowerPoint slides for discussions on Studying Haiti, Taking Ideas to Scale, and The Complex Worlds of Foreign Aid. The Discussion area contains video resources that complement each lecture. Courses cover various Areas of study such as Sociology, Political Sciences, Poverty Studies, Architecture, Physics, Civil Engineering, English etc. Finally, you can look over the Essay Assignments area and the very helpful Additional Resources section, which features links to the Poverty Action Lab at MIT and the United Nations Development Project

    [Source: Scout Report, Volume 19, Number 25, June 21, 2013]

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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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Feb 21 2013

Latest Resources from Migration Informatio​n Source

Feature
The Opening of Burmese Borders: Impacts on Migration
Burma, a resources-rich yet impoverished nation also known as Myanmar, rejoined the international community in 2011 after a military junta loosened its grip. Before the Southeast Asian nation opened its borders, Burmese migrated primarily for low-paid, clandestine work in Thailand but also as a result of violence and natural disasters. This article explores how the country’s recent transition has impacted Burmese migration flows.

Policy Beat
Immigration Reform Returns to Center Stage of US Politics
Immigration reform is squarely back on the agenda in Washington, with the unveiling of plans for major reform of the US immigration system by the White House and a bipartisan group of senators known as the Gang of Eight. This article explores the policy and political aspects of this fast-moving debate, examines an uptick in apprehensions of illegal crossers, and more.

[Source: Migration Information Source]

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Oct 24 2012

Latest articles published in Foreign Policy

  1. The True Spy Story Behind Argo
  2. 100% Right 0% of the Time
  3. What the Frack?!
  4. Afghanistan’s Fiscal Cliff
  5. Vanishing Shanghai
  6. 8 crazy things Americans believe about foreign policy
  7. What Happens After You Label a Country a Currency Manipulator?

[Source: Foreign Policy, 15th - 18th October 2012]

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Jan 19 2012

World Bank: China

The World Bank has a number of marvelous country profile websites, and their site dedicated to China is top-notch. It’s not just a simple demographic overview of this dynamic country; it is a series of meditations on the state of their economy, political culture, urban development, and other affairs.
First-time users will want to look at the “Country-At-A-Glance” section at the top of the homepage to get a thumbnail sketch of the country’s current state of affairs. Over on the left-hand side of the page, visitors can look over the “Projects & Programs” area, which talks about the Bank’s activities in the country, which include energy efficiency projects and sustainable biodiversity conservation works. Moving on, the “What’s New” area features opinion pieces from World Bank officials, press releases, and information about lending policies. Users are also invited to sign up for their RSS feed and email updates here.

Please click here to access.

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Dec 12 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 December 31, 2011:

You may click here to view the most downloaded articles which are downloaded live and in real-time from Social Indicators Research.

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

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Nov 24 2011

Latest articles published in Foreign Policy

  1. 2012 Election Coverage
  2. The End of Italy
  3. Burning for the Cause
  4. Once Upon a Time in Mogadishu
  5. Herman Cain’s Foreign Policy
  6. The Sisters of the Brotherhood
  7. Under the Big Tent

[Source: Foreign Policy, 15th - 18th November 2011]

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Nov 21 2011

Japan Studies Review: Interdisciplinary Studies of Modern Japan

As a publication which addresses a variety of cross-disciplinary issues in Japanese studies, Japan Studies Review includes contributions dealing with practical and theoretical topics in the areas of business and economic issues, politics, education and curriculum development, philosophy and aesthetics, gender issues, popular culture, and immigration issues.

It is available free of charge as an Open Access journal on the Internet. Please click here to access.

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Nov 10 2011

Latest Resources from Migration Informatio​n Source - November 3, 2011

  • Faltering Movement: Explaining Europe’s Schengen Struggle
  • Europe’s Schengen agreement eliminated border controls between 25 countries for over 400 million people. Schengen cooperation has come under intense pressure of late, however, and EU Member States are currently considering whether the rules under which it operates ought to be adjusted. Elizabeth Collett provides background and explains what the current debate means for the future of Schengen.

     

  • Immigration Enforcement in the United States
  • At just under 517,000, immigrant apprehensions in 2010 were the lowest they have been in nearly 40 years. Sheida Elmi and Kristen McCabe analyze the most recent immigration enforcement data on apprehensions, detentions, removals, and returns of noncitizens in the United States.

     

  • 2011 Indian Census
  • Provisional data from the 2011 Indian Census has been released by the Ministry of Home Affairs. The population of India grew 17.64 percent in the last decade, with 12.18 percent growth in rural areas and 31.80 percent growth in urban areas.

     

  • Spotlights Library: US immigration statistics broken down by population, demographics, and migrant types.

 

  • MPI Data Hub: Immigration data for the United States and countries worldwide.

 

[Source: Migration Policy Institute]

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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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