FedFlix | by Internet Archive




FedFlix is a Joint Venture NTIS-1832 between the National Technical Information Service and Public.Resource.Org. It features the best movies of the United States Government, from training films to history, from national parks to the U.S. Fire Academy and the Postal Inspectors, all of these fine flix are available for reuse without any restrictions whatsoever. You can browse the collection by subject or keyword, or by video creator.

The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format. Founded in 1996 and located in San Francisco, the Archive has been receiving data donations from Alexa Internet and others. In late 1999, the organization started to grow to include more well-rounded collections. Now the Internet Archive includes texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as archived web pages in our collections, and provides specialized services for adaptive reading and information access for the blind and other persons with disabilities.

Visit the link below to watch a video on the building of the Hoover Dam:

(description from Internet Archive website – found through Mary Laine’s Neat New Stuff website)


14 Marvelous Modern Libraries | by the Web Urbanist


Web Urbanist: 14 Marvelous Modern Libraries

Web Urbanist: 14 Marvelous Modern Libraries

Libraries that are a celebration of architecture and art.  The description on the Web Urbanist website explains it well: “The jaw-dropping intricacy of the libraries of old, with their leaded glass windows and tiers of dark wood shelves, is being replaced in favor of clean lines, open spaces and a focus on new technology in library architecture of the late 20th century and beyond. These 14 (more!) modern libraries are just as beautiful, boasting dramatic shapes and volumes, high ceilings, transparent walls and, of course, impressive stacks of books. ”

Also see:

Bountiful Books: 13 Incredibly Intricate Historic Libraries: All the beauty of historic churches, but filled to the ceiling with books: these 13 libraries from Iowa to Prague dazzle with classic architectural details.

Designed for Drama: 13 Fresh New Modern Theaters: These 13 modern theater designs include a new take on the Roman Colosseum, a recycled pop-up theater in London and an abstract wooden state in Estonia.

(part of description from Web Urbanist website –  found through Mary Laine’s Neat New Stuff website)





Much more than just a collection of science blogs. According to the description on the site: “From climate change to intelligent design, HIV/AIDS to stem cells, science education to space exploration, science is figuring prominently in our discussions of politics, religion, philosophy, business and the arts. New insights and discoveries in neuroscience, theoretical physics and genetics are revolutionizing our understanding of who are, where we come from and where we’re heading. Launched in January 2006, ScienceBlogs is a portal to this global dialogue, a digital science salon featuring the leading bloggers from a wide array of scientific disciplines. [According to the site,] today, ScienceBlogs is the largest online community dedicated to science.

[The site editors] believe in providing our bloggers with the freedom to exercise their own editorial and creative instincts. [They] do not edit their work and we do not tell them what to write about.

[The editors] have selected  80+ bloggers based on their originality, insight, talent, and dedication and how [they] think they would contribute to the discussion at ScienceBlogs. [Their] role, as [they] see it, is to create and continue to improve this forum for discussion, and to ensure that the rich dialogue that takes place at ScienceBlogs resonates outside the blogosphere.”

(part of description from ScienceBlogs website –  found through Mary Laine’s Neat New Stuff website)





As one of Quiki’s founders says: “Information becomes an experience that I can watch.”

Qwiki’s goal is to forever improve the way people experience information.  Whether you’re planning a vacation on the web, evaluating restaurants on your phone, or helping with homework in front of the family Google TV, Qwiki is working to deliver information in a format that’s quintessentially human – via storytelling instead of search. [The site’s editors] are the first to turn information into an experience. [They] believe that just because data is stored by machines doesn’t mean it should be presented as a machine-readable list. Let’s try harder.

Think of asking your favorite teacher about Leonardo Da Vinci, or your most well-traveled friend about Buenos Aires: this is the experience Qwiki will eventually deliver, on demand, wherever you are in the world… on whatever device you’re using. We’ve all seen science fiction films (or read novels) where computers are able to collect data on behalf of humans, and present the most important details. This is our goal at Qwiki – to advance information technology to the point it acts human. Currently, Qwiki’s technology has been applied to describe millions of popular topics – but soon [Qwiki will] do much more.

(description from Qwiki website)

Watch a video below on what Qwiki is all about, as presented by at TechCrunch by the site’s co-founders:

Finding good information on the internet | by Scientific American


Finding Good Information on the Internet

Finding Good Information on the Internet

The internet empowers us to educate ourselves and make more informed choices and decisions without leaving our couches. But if we believe everything we find on the internet, we are likely to wind up making some very poor decisions. In this new digital information age, how do we keep from being misinformed?  The article examines how to conduct research on the web and evaluate sources, how to use scientific papers and how to avoid making common mistakes.

(part of description from Scientific American website – found through Mary Laine’s Neat New Stuff website)



United Nations Archives and Records Management Section (UN ARMS)


United Nations Archives and Records Management Section (UN ARMS)

United Nations Archives and Records Management Section (UN ARMS)

The United Nations Archives and Records Management Section (ARMS) ensures that the records documenting the history of the United Nations are preserved and accessible to all. The Section also provides support for good and accountable record-keeping in the Organization through various outreach and training programmes. This website brings together into a single location information about the United Nations archives collections and services with resources and tools to support records management programmes.

(description from UN ARMS website)





The purpose of Data.gov is to increase public access to high value, machine readable datasets generated by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. As a priority Open Government Initiative for President Obama’s administration, Data.gov increases the ability of the public to easily find, download, and use datasets that are generated and held by the Federal Government. Data.gov provides descriptions of the Federal datasets (metadata), information about how to access the datasets, and tools that leverage government datasets. A primary goal of Data.gov is to improve access to Federal data and expand creative use of those data beyond the walls of government by encouraging innovative ideas (e.g., web applications).

(description from data.gov website)

American Photography: A Century of Images


American Photography | bt PBS.org

American Photography | by PBS.org

The website examines the role of images and photography in American history. It also looks at ways through which the photographs published in media over the last century has impacted everyday life, war coverage, political issues, etc. From an educational perspective, the site raises the question whether images portray a subjective reality and whether the artist influences the viewers’ perceptions through cropping or digital manipulation.  The site also contains an Image Lab, exploring ways that camera perspective can affect a photograph.  A Teacher’s Guide contains lesson plans, and invites the reader to discuss censorship and ethical issues related to editing and altering photographs.  (part of description from Teaching History website)

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