New Databases : Foreign Assistance Dashboard, Canadiana Discovery Portal, Visual Literacy Symbols and Interactive Map of Surnames in the US

We are moving into 2011 by looking at the database news in December of last year and the first month of this year.

New U.S. Government Database: ForeignAssistance.gov (ResourceShelf)
The Foreign Assistance Dashboard on the new site gives you the option to see and research the U.S. Government foreign assistance in an easy-to-understand format.

Online Database: The Noun Project: A Global Database of Visual Literacy Symbols (ResourceShelf)
"Cool, fun, and likely useful to a wide-range of users. From The Noun Project's Mission Statement: The Noun Project collects, organizes and adds to the highly recognizable symbols that form the world's visual language, so we may share them in a fun and meaningful way."

EBSCO Publishing expands language support for EBSCO Discovery Service and EBSCOhost (Library Technology Guides)
EBSCOhost databases are now supporting searching in for more than 40 languages based on Unicode.

ProQuest Acquires ebrary (Library Technology Guides)
Proquest now owns ebrary, a major ebook vendor for libraries.

ISSN International Centre implements new data distribution services using enhanced version of OAI-PMH Protocol custom developed by VTLS(Library Technology Guides)
We are using VTLS as our ILS vendor, and it looks like they have developed an awesome product allowing authenticated users to download data on their own without intervention by ISSN.

Searching 60 Million Pages of Canadian History (ResearchBuzz)
Canadiana Discovery Portal searches through 60 million pages of Canadian history from 14 different institutions.

An Excellent Reference Resource: "Internet 2010 in Numbers (ResourceShelf)
if you need statistics about the Internet, web browsers, social media, the pingdom is the blog to be on.

New Educational Resource: Humanities 3.0: Tooling Up for Digital Humanities (ResourceShelf)
This site, a collaboration between the Spatial History Project and the Computer Graphics Lab at Stanford University offers new tools for digital research.

EBSCO Publishing and Mergent, Inc. Agreement Adds More Content to EBSCO Discovery Service ( Library Technology Guides)
Metadata from Mergent's Annual Reports Database is now available on the Base Index of EBSCO Discovery Service.

New Legal Research Resource: The Discography: Legal Encyclopedia of Popular Music (ResourceShelf)
If you are interested in a database that links to legal decisions relevant to the music industry, than you have come to the right place.

Reference Shelf: New from National Geographic: Interactive Map of Surnames in the United States (ResourceShelf)
Most popular surnames in the US, shown on an interactive along with the country of origin.

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