Category Archives: Database

WTO launched a new trade monitoring database,

The WTO launched a new trade monitoring database, which provides detailed information on trade measures implemented by WTO members and observers since October 2008.


The database will be updated each time a new trade monitoring report has been discussed by WTO members. The most recent update was completed on 15 October 2012. The next is expected at the end of July 2013.

The information contained within the database can be displayed in a number of ways, including by implementing country, by country affected by the measure, by type of measure, and by products


Global Plants Initiative and JSTOR release online database for the study of plants


The Global Plants Initiative (GPI), a collaboration of more than 270 herbaria in 70 countries, and JSTOR released “Global Plants,” a new community-contributed online database for scientific researchers, conservationists and others engaged in studying the world’s plant biodiversity.

Global Plants<> ( holds more than 1.8 million plant type specimens-the authoritative records for plant species that are catalogued in herbaria around the world-along with their scientific names and classifications. It also includes complementary material such as paintings, photographs and the correspondence of explorers who originally discovered and collected various species.

For more information on Global Plants:

Open Access:High-Energy Physics Literature Database:InSPIRE


Description: InSPIRE is a particle physics database of journal articles, pre-prints, e-prints, technical reports, conference papers, and theses. It has been indexed and maintained by the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center and collaborating physics institutions since the late 1960’s. When possible each record links to full text, related experiments, references, reaction data, and conference information.



Antibodypedia:searchable online antibodies database

Antibodypedia, a searchable online database of publicly available antibodies hosted in collaboration with Nature Publishing Group (NPG).  catalogues more than 500,000 individual antibodies, which collectively detect 88% of the proteins encoded by the human genome. Antibodypedia also holds the results of nearly 145,000 experiments performed with these antibodies, as well as 32,000 links to publications related to their use.

Antibodypedia is a free, open-access, and growing resource for data and commentary on antibodies from both commercial and academic providers. The database’s antigen-centric structure allows users to compare the properties of a range of antibodies detecting a particular target. Antibodies are ranked according to their spectrum of efficacy, with peer-reviewed user data contributing to their rankings such that the scoring system recapitulates the community’s preferences.


Source: npg

NLM announces update of database was announced by the National Library of Medicine. Users will now have access to new and reorganized content about clinical research, background information about the site, search tools, and help for those maintaining study records. Core content and functions of the site.




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Animated Research Tutorial:Rutgers Riot

Rutgers Riot Animated Research Tutorial

 Rutgers’ Riot is an animated research tutorial. It plays like a five part animated movie. Each part of the movie features characters explaining an aspect of the research process. The five parts are selecting a topic, finding sources, choosing keywords, identifying citations, and evaluating sources. There are text documents available to accompany the videos.

five modules:

MODULE 1: Selecting a Topic

When picking a topic, focus on a specific question by applying limiters. Limiters narrow the topic by making it more specific.


  • Time period
  • Geography/location
  • Population

Google or Wikipedia can be useful in the early stages of research, to help you learn more about the area you want to research so you can pick a specific topic. Just remember that this is only the first step in your research.

MODULE 2: Finding Sources

Primary sources are original works written, created, or produced during the particular time under study.


  • Original documents: autobiographies, letters, diaries, memoirs, speeches, interviews, official records, news film footage, photographs, research reports, research data
  • Creative Works: paintings, sculpture, poetry, novels, musical scores
  • Artifacts:  clothing, tools, buildings, weapons, fossils

Secondary sources rely on primary sources for information.


  • First-hand analysis: Interpretations, evaluations, commentaries, or discussion of primary sources

Tertiary sources are yet one more level removed from the primary source and generally refer to tools for finding primary and second sources.


  • Indexes, databases, and bibliographies
  • Library online catalogs
  • Dictionaries and encyclopedias


For more details :

Source: and  Stephen blog

The University of California’s Digital Library have launched DataUp.

The University of California’s Digital Library have launched DataUp.


“An open source tool helping researchers document, manage, and archive their tabular data, DataUp operates within the scientist’s workflow and integrates with Microsoft® Excel.”

Wellcome Trust announced its new policy on open access publishing

Wellcome Trust announced its new policy on open access publishing, Essentially, the Wellcome Trust’s new policy will force the research it funds to be made publicly and freely available online within the first six months of publication. new open access policy here, or you can watch this video. or  here.

The Wellcome Trust world’s largest funders of medical research. more details here



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