4.5 million people are more than 50% below the poverty line, and 7 million people are living in persistent poverty in the UK. Shocking findings this week from the the 2019 annual review of the The Social Metrics Commission an independent Commission formed to develop a new approach to poverty measurement based on actual family […]
Social Sciences Librarians’ Blog
30th July was World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. The official UN website provides background on the need for the day and related United Nations publications. Other useful sources for facts include: UNODC Global Report on Trafficking in Persons 2018 provides data on types, victims and regional flows. It records that 70% of the detected trafficking victims […]
Recently a British teenager won almost a million in championships of the computer game Fortnite. So what other good news can we find in evidence of the positive aspects of gaming? Economic impact The BFI report, “Screen Business: How tax incentives help power economic growth across the UK”, says that the gaming industry directly employs […]
The UK Data Service provides access to the International Energy Agency (IEA) databases to UK Further and Higher Education institutions. They are funded by the ESRC, and pay for the IEA licence costs centrally, so there is no cost to institutions. These are high quality datasets, which would be expensive for individual institutions to purchase […]
A new online exhibit from Europeana. It gives a short history of Pride festivals using items such as photos and badges from Europe’s leading library and museum collections.
The Dag Hammarskjöld Library has recently digitised back runs of the Report on the World Social Situation (RWSS) published between 1952 to 1993. The report has been issued by United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) since 1952. Each issue includes discussion of social and economic progress with reference to statistical indicators and is therefore […]
Now freely available via the UK parliament website: Erskine May’s treatise on the law, privileges, proceedings and usage of Parliament (25th edition, 2019). This blog post from the Hansard Society describes why it was important to make it open access to make parliamentary procedures more transparent to the public.
The Virtually Queer online oral history archive. This small collection showcases films originally shown at Our Naked Skin, at The Salisbury Arts Centre in 2018. They mainly focus on women activists.
Currently being digitised by Tulane University library this collection of original Spanish-language radio soap operas — better known as radionovelas produced by Cuban Emigres in Miami during the 1960s. The The Louis J. Boeri and Minín Bujones Collection of Cuban-American Radionovelas, 1963-1970 gives insight into cold war history and relations between the US-Cuba. They include […]
USAID has developed a new tool which aims to increase aid transparency in relation to US historical foreign aid. The Foreign Aid Explorer reports comprehensive, aggregate historical (1946-2000) and disaggregated (2001-present) obligation and disbursement data on more than 20 U.S. Government agencies implementing foreign assistance. It is possible to construct easy visual reports.