Free Databases

Food

Academics

Art

Agriculture/Food

  • AGRICOLA Database: “AGRICOLA (AGRICultural OnLine Access) serves as the catalog and index to the collections of the National Agricultural Library, as well as a primary public source for world-wide access to agricultural information. The database covers materials in all formats and periods, including printed works from as far back as the 15th century.” (http://agricola.nal.usda.gov/help/aboutagricola.html)
  • International Food Policy Research Institute Library: “Library & Knowledge Management captures, organizes, and provides access to IFPRI’s research, through its knowledge repositories and academic networks. Supports and provides training to IFPRI researchers with tools, datasets, data visualizations, widgets, and internal blogs. Administers the Iibrary where IFPRI staff can access collections of books, journals, datasets, and databases.” (http://library.ifpri.info/)

Data:

  • Data USA: “Data USA puts public US Government data in your hands. Instead of searching through multiple data sources that are often incomplete and difficult to access, you can simply point to Data USA to answer your questions. Data USA provides an open, easy-to-use platform that turns data into knowledge. It allows millions of people to conduct their own analyses and create their own stories about America – its people, places, industries, skill sets and educational institutions. Ultimately, accelerating society’s ability to learn and better understand itself.” (http://datausa.io/about/)

Digital Library Collections

  • Washington Research Library Consortium: “In addition to physical objects (analog data), the WRLC is actively involved in the creation and preservation of digital data in many forms. From 2001 until 2010 the WRLC operated a centralized digitization center where member institutions could send collection materials to be digitized. As a result of these efforts, as well as digitization efforts of individual schools, there are now 38 digital collections available for research use through ALADIN.” (http://islandora.wrlc.org/content/about)
  • Digital Latin Library: “Even before access to the Internet became common, Latin scholars were publishing texts online and developing aids for reading them on sites such as the Perseus Digital Library, the Latin Library, and the Internet Classics Archive. Today, anyone with a connection to the Internet can find texts ranging from the earliest inscriptions to weekly podcasts of current events in Neo-Latin. But because most of these texts have been posted online by individuals or groups working independently of each other, with different aims and different scholarly conventions, they have no common organizational scheme, no standard format, and no quality control. Some are openly available without restriction (e.g., the Perseus Digital Library and soon the Open Philology Project); others are protected by copyright (e.g., the Packard Humanities Institute’s Latin Texts); still others are available only by purchasing a subscription (Brepols’ Digital Library of Latin Texts). Moreover, with one or two notable exceptions (e.g., Musis deoque: un archivo digitale di poesia latina, Catullus Online), all Latin texts online have one thing in common: the absence of the critical apparatus that has been the hallmark of scholarly Latin texts in print since the eighteenth century. Finally, since there are not any viable outlets for publishing peer-reviewed digital critical editions, scholars do not have much incentive for moving beyond the limitations of print. In other words, for all the power and flexibility of the web, the Latin language—a lingua franca from antiquity to the early modern era—remains severed from the rich network of connections (evidentiary, interpretative, comparative, etc.) in which scholars and students have invested for generations and which are essential if the language is to be a living part of human culture and serious scholarship in the digital age.” (http://digitallatin.org/about-project)
  • University of Manchester Digitized Content
  • The John Richard Allison Library joint collections of Regent College and Carey Theological College collection of Puritan Books available to read online.
  • MANUS Online: “MANUS is a database containing catalogue descriptions and digital images of manuscripts, private papers and archives held by Italian public, private and ecclesiastical libraries” (http://manus.iccu.sbn.it/index.php?lang=EN)

Government

  • Congress.gov: “Congress.gov is the official website for U.S. federal legislative information. The site provides access to accurate, timely, and complete legislative information for Members of Congress, legislative agencies, and the public. It is presented by the Library of Congress (LOC) using data from the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Office of the Secretary of the Senate, the Government Publishing Office, Congressional Budget Office, and the LOC’s Congressional Research Service.” (https://www.congress.gov/about)
  • UNT Digital Library Congressional Research Service Reports: “The Congressional Research Service (CRS) does not provide direct public access to its reports, requiring citizens to request them from their Members of Congress. Some Members, as well as several non-profit groups, have posted the reports on their web sites. This site is not affiliated with the Congressional Research Service, but aims to provide integrated, searchable access to many of the full-text CRS reports that have been available at a variety of different web sites since 1990.” (http://digital.library.unt.edu/explore/collections/CRSR/)
  • Security Assistance Monitor: “Security Assistance Monitor documents all publicly accessible information on U.S. security and defense assistance programs throughout the world, including arms sales, military and police aid, training programs, exercises, exchanges, bases and deployments.” (http://securityassistance.org/about)
  • UN iLibrary: “The United Nations iLibrary is the first comprehensive global search, discovery, and viewing source for digital content created by the United Nations. It provides librarians, information specialists, scholars, students, policy makers, influencers and the general public with a single digital destination for seamlessly accessing publications, journals, data, and series published by the United Nations Secretariat, and its funds and programs. United Nations iLibrary offers an extensive list of features that deliver flexibility, speed, and efficiency such as intuitive navigation, integrated search results, granular content, citation tool, DOI identification, and multilingual content.” (http://www.un-ilibrary.org/about/unp;jsessionid=a1isok4pf5ea3.x-oecd-live-02?option6=imprint&value6=http%3a%2f%2foecd.metastore.ingenta.com%2fcontent%2fimprint%2f17)

History

  • Pleiades: “Pleiades is a historical gazetteer and more. It gives scholars, students and enthusiasts worldwide the ability to use, create, share, and map historical geographic information about the ancient world. It associates names and locations in time and provides structured information about the quality and provenance of these entities.” (http://pleiades.stoa.org/)
  • Canadian Center for Epigraphic Documents: “The Canadian Centre for Epigraphic Documents (CCED) was founded in order to archive, catalogue, and digitize epigraphic materials. The digitized images are to be placed online, allowing scholars easy access to these documents.” (http://www.epigraphy.ca/about-us)
  • Iraqi Jewish Archives:  “The remarkable survival of this written record of Iraqi Jewish life provides an unexpected opportunity to better understand this 2,500-year-old Jewish community. For centuries, it had flourished in what had generally been a tolerant, multicultural society. But circumstances changed dramatically for Jews in the mid-twentieth century, when most Iraqi Jews fled and were stripped of their citizenship and assets.” (http://www.ija.archives.gov/)
  • Trismegistos: “Trismegistos [TM], called after the famous epithet of Hermes – Thoth, the Egyptian god of wisdom and writing who also played a major role in Greek religion and philosophy, is a platform aiming to surmount barriers of language and discipline in the study of texts from the ancient world, particularly late period Egypt and the Nile valley (roughly BC 800 – 800 AD). …The core component of TM is Trismegistos Texts, currently counting 384859 entries. When the database was created in 2005, it focused on providing information (metadata) on published papyrological documents from Graeco-Roman Egypt. Chronological boundaries are always artificial, and the nature of the sources soon suggested that BC 800 and AD 800 were more suited. Since egyptology does not know a disciplinary boundary between papyri and inscriptions, TM also decided to expand by adding all epigraphic material as well. Papyrology on the other hand includes also writing tablets from outside Egypt, which led us to widen our geographical scope to the entire ancient world. Finally, since the distinction between published and unpublished is increasingly less productive in a digital environment, we now no longer discriminate in that respect either. In principle, however, we still provide only metadata.” (http://www.trismegistos.org/about.php)

Images

Maps

  • Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection
  • The David Rumsey Map Collection: “The David Rumsey Map Collection was started over 30 years ago and contains more than 150,000 maps. The collection focuses on rare 16th through 20th century maps of North and South America, as well as maps of the World, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Oceania. The collection includes atlases, wall maps, globes, school geographies, pocket maps, books of exploration, maritime charts, and a variety of cartographic materials including pocket, wall, children’s, and manuscript maps. Items range in date from about 1550 to the present.” (http://www.davidrumsey.com/about)

Music

  • International Music Score Library Project:  “The ultimate goal of the IMSLP is to gather all public domain music scores, in addition to the music scores of all contemporary composers (or their estates) who wish to release them to the public free of charge. However, another main goal of IMSLP is to facilitate the exchange of musical ideas outside of compositions: for example, the analysis of a particular piece of music. Therefore, feel free to create/edit a page with your analysis of a particular piece (please use the “Discussion” link on the work page of that particular piece). For general discussions, and IMSLP-related questions, score requests, etc. you can use the forums. We hope to build a growing community of dedicated musicians and music lovers, who can use this site as a platform for enjoying music.” (http://imslp.org/wiki/IMSLP:Goals)

Science

World

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