Monthly Archives: July 2008

Import Genius – International Trade Intelligence

July 01, 2008

ImportGenius – International Trade and Competitive Intelligence Tools and U.S. Customs Database
http://importgenius.com/

ImportGenius provides timely, detailed shipment data for every container that nters the United States. Our user base is diverse: importers, exporters, entrepreneurs, freight forwarders, bankers, private investigators, foreign factories, and more. Features of Subscribing to Import Genius include: a) Access to data on every ocean container entering the U.S.; b) Simple, ultra-fast search interface; c) Search by competitor’s name, supplier’s name, product type and more; d) Affordable premium subscriptions; and e) Export to CSV allows rigorous quantitative analysis. ImportGenius empowers your business with actionable data about your overseas suppliers and domestic competitors. Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, our team combines seasoned veterans of the import-export business with a group of cutting edge software application developers. The result is one of the world’s most powerful and accessible database of international trade and competitive intelligence. This has been added to Business Intelligence Rsources Subject Tracer™ Informagtion Blog. This has been added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog. This will be added to International Trade Resources MiniGuide.

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Verification Yearbook

July 01, 2008

Verification Yearbook
http://www.vertic.org/publications/verification%20yearbook.html

VERTIC is an independent, non-profit making, non-governmental organization. Its mission is to promote effective and efficient verification as a means of ensuring confidence in the implementation of international agreements and intra-national agreements with international involvement. Verification is understood to mean the use of information to make judgements about the compliance or non-compliance of parties to an agreement. VERTIC¹s brief encompasses the negotiation of verification and compliance provisions; the implementation, monitoring and verification of agreements; the operation of compliance, enforcement and review mechanisms; and the establishment of confidence-building measures to enhance the operation of agreements. VERTIC aims to achieve its mission by means of:

* research
* training
* dissemination of information, and
* interaction with the relevant political, diplomatic, technical, scientific and non-governmental communities.

Each edition of the Verification Yearbook provides independent, authoritative and concise analysis of verification developments over the preceding year, as well as assessing future trends in monitoring, verification and compliance. The Yearbook covers developments in arms control and disarmament, the environment and peace and security, plus modalities, technologies and mechanisms. The chapters are written by VERTIC researchers and other leading practitioners, analysts and academics.

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SWORD (Simple Web-service Offering Repository Deposit)

July 01, 2008

SWORD (Simple Web-service Offering Repository Deposit)
http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/repositories/digirep/index/SWORD

SWORD (Simple Web-service Offering Repository Deposit) will take forward the Deposit protocol developed by a small working group as part of the JISC Digital Repositories Programme by implementing it as a lightweight web-service in four major repository software platforms: EPrints, DSpace, Fedora and IntraLibrary. The existing protocol documentation will be finalised by project partners and a prototype ‘smart deposit’ tool will be developed to facilitate easier and more effective population of repositories. The project intends to take an iterative approach to developing and revising the protocol, web-services and client implementation through evaluative testing and feedback mechanisms. Community acceptance and take-up will be sought through dissemination activities. The project is led by UKOLN, University of Bath, with partners at the Aberystwyth University, the University of Southampton and Intrallect Ltd. The project aims to improve the efficiency and quality of repository deposit and to diversity and expedite the options for timely population of repositories with content whilst promoting a common deposit interface and supporting the Information Environment principles of interoperability. This has been added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.

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VoiceThread – Group Conversations Around Images, Docs and Videos

July 01, 2008

VoiceThread – Group Conversations Around Images, Docs and Videos
http://voicethread.com/

A VoiceThread is an online media album that can hold essentially any type of media (images, documents and videos) and allows people to make comments in 5 different ways – using voice (with a microphone or telephone), text, audio file, or video (with a webcam) – and share them with anyone they wish. They can even be exported to an Archival Movie for offline use on a DVD or video-enabled MP3 player. A VoiceThread allows group conversations to be collected and shared in one place, from anywhere in the world. This has been added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.

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