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Please note that our computer lab is also accessible for use through remote access. See this link for more information.

COVID-19: Updates on library services and operations


ITU World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators database

The database is part of the World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators (WTI) family of products, along with the Yearbook of Statistics and the World Telecommunication/ICT Development Report (WTDR). It uses the latest version of the World Bank’s *STARS* data retrieval system, Win*STARS version 5.0. The data content has been expanded this year and offers some new indicators and a wider range of years.

Worldometers: real time world statistics

Worldometers is part of the Real Time Statistics Project, which is managed by an international team of developers, researchers, and volunteers with the goal of making world statistics available in a thought-provoking and time relevant format to a wide audience around the world. Topics include: World Population, Government & Economics, Society & Media, Environment, Food, Water, Energy, Health.

The religion and state project

Round 2 of the RAS dataset, which is currently the official version available for download, measures the extent of government involvement in religion (GIR) or the lack thereof for 1775 states on a yearly basis between 1990 and 2008. This constitutes all countries with populations of 250,000 or more as well as a sampling of smaller states.

Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA): data archive

The Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA) strives to democratize access to the best data on religion. Founded as the American Religion Data Archive in 1997 and going online in 1998, the initial archive was targeted at researchers interested in American religion. The targeted audience and the data collection have both greatly expanded since 1998, now including American and international collections and developing features for educators, journalists, religious congregations, and researchers.

Polar data catalogue (PDC)

The Polar Data Catalogue is a database of metadata and data that describes, indexes and provides access to diverse data sets generated by Arctic and Antarctic researchers. The records follow Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) standard format to provide metadata exchange with other data centres. The records cover a wide range of disciplines from natural sciences and policy, to health and social sciences. This geospatial search tool is available to the public and researchers alike and allows searching data using a mapping interface or other parameters.