January 2007

This is a wonderful website and teaching resource

Posted at Development Gateway by Thomas Bekkers, January 24, 2007:

The Open Library website was created by the Internet Archive to demonstrate a way that books can be represented online. The vision is to create free web access to important book collections from around the world. Books are scanned and then offered in an easy-to-use interface for free reading online. If they’re in the public domain, the books can be downloaded, shared and printed for free. They can also be printed for a nominal fee by a third party, who will bind and mail the book to you. The books are always FREE to read at the Open Library website.


The Open Library website


Founded in 1967, OCLC Online Computer Library Center is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world’s information and reducing information costs. More than 41,555 libraries in 112 countries and territories around the world use OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalog, lend and preserve library materials.

Researchers, students, faculty, scholars, professional librarians and other information seekers use OCLC services to obtain bibliographic, abstract and full-text information when and where they need it.

OCLC and its member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat—the OCLC Online Union Catalog.


OCLC Online Computer Library Center

[thanks to F. Rizvi for the link]

New blog launched by Muslims through the Guardian Newspaper. Islamophonic is the first Muslim podcast from a national newspaper in the UK.   It will be an interesting read not because it will give you an idea of how the youth in Muslim community of Europe thinks, but because it also gives you an idea on the response of the non-Muslim to the audio postings. Great tool for cultural studies, and anti-racism in the current context.



The Research Methods Programme forms part of Council’s strategy to improve the standards of research methods across the UK social science community. The  programme is supporting the project Introduction to Social Network Analysis, a  collection of web pages incorporating materials used for a one day workshop on Introduction to Social Network Analysis, sponsored by the ESRC Research Methods Programme. The materials “aim to help beginners to appreciate and use social network analysis in their own work and pursue further developments on their own”. The website explains the key concepts involved in network analysis, offers an extensive bibliography to literature in this area and provides links to related resources and down-loadable software.


Introduction to Social Network Analysis

OpenLearn is the Open University’s way of making a selection of its learning materials available free of charge on the internet to learners and educators around the world. It offers online free learning material taken from Open University UK courses but it does not require visitor to become an Open University student.The OpenLearn story started in 2005 with a grant from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Website development began in May 2006 and the site was launched in October 2006. It offers a range of subject areas from access to postgraduate level. By April 2008, 5,400 learning hours of content will be available online.



The online home of a joint publishing project between the University of Michigan Press and the Scholarly Publishing Office of the University of Michigan Library. Digitalculturebooks is the first publishing effort of the Michigan Digital Publishing Initiative, a collaboration of the University of Michigan Press and the University of Michigan Library. MDPI engages in both the theory and practice of digital scholarly publishing. The purposes is to allow a space for publishing innovative and accessible work about the social, cultural, and political impact of new media, and developing our online community to support and extend these publications. Last week, they announce the free, online publication of The Best of Technology Writing 2006, edited by Brendan I.



 China Open Resource for Education— is a non-profit organization. Her mission is to promote closer interaction and open sharing of educational resources between Chinese and international universities, which CORE envisions as the future of world education.
CORE is committed to providing Chinese universities with free and easy access to global open educational resources. [CORE]


 China Open Resource for Education

Next Page »