Friday, October 3, 2014 11:30 am– 1:00 pm
Lobby of the TMC Library – 1133 John Freeman Blvd.
Provider: Library of Congress and UNESCO (United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization)
Descriptions: Initiated as a joint project of the Library of Congress and UNESCO (United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and launched in 2009, the World Digital Library is a curated collection of a variety of digitized items- books, art, film, periodicals and more, many of them considered primary source materials- representing the cultural identities and histories of UNESCO's member nations through every branch of learning. In the initial exploration one can view thumbnails of content according to time, place, topic, item type or institution.
Keywords: archive, books, collaborative, culture, digital, digitization, films, full text, general reference, history, history of North America, images, international, libraries, maps, monographs, multicultural, multidisciplinary, multilingual, museum, repository, research, serial
Provider: Kaiser Family Foundation
Descriptions: This interactive site provides news, facts, and statistical data on significant health topics and indicators across the globe. Data may be retrieved and organized by health topic or country and a data sheet may also be created which compares up to five countries on an unlimited number of indicators.
Keywords: AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome), data, data analysis, demographics, disease, health statistics, maps, mashups, public health, statistical
Provider: U.S. Geological Survey
Descriptions: The USGS researches, monitors trends, and provides impartial scientific information on geologic topics, from Earth's ecosystems and environment to natural hazards like volcano and earthquake activity, floods, storms and drought, to the impacts of climate and land-use change on natural resources, to the geomagnetic field and meteorite activity.
Keywords: data, disaster, disease, environmental, federal agencies, general reference, geology, geoscience, hurricane, maps, microbiology, minerals, natural sciences, news, pandemic, reports, research, science, scientist, seismology, statistical, U.S. Government, weather
Provider: Texas Department of Public Safety
Descriptions: This State of Texas site contains full-text documents and links to other helpful websites like weather alert sources. Advice to communities launching public awareness campaigns on hurricane preparedness is provided here, along with documents addressing issues like preparation for evacuation, securing one's home and property, facts about inland flooding, information on post-storm environmental hazards like asbestos, storm effects by wind strength, etc.
Keywords: disaster, emergency preparedness, hurricane, links, maps, public administration, Texas, toxins
Provider: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Descriptions: FEMA's website contains guidelines for stocking basic emergency supplies, protecting one's home, property and pets, communications, evacuation routes, as well as on participating in an evacuation, and on how to apply for post-disaster help, with forms for doing so. Includes the complete booklet, "Are You Ready? An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness" as a free download.
Keywords: consumer health, disaster, emergency preparedness, federal agencies, images, maps, public health, U.S. Government
Descriptions: From health to forests, food consumption to criminal justice, this is an invaluable, user-friendly gateway to hundreds of government and agency sources for U.S. statistical data accessible by topic, geographic location, or federal agency. Links to the Statistical Abstract of the United States, also.
Keywords: census, culture, data, federal agencies, gateway, general reference, government, health statistics, maps, multidisciplinary, population, portal, social sciences, society, U.S. Government
Provider: CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Descriptions: Travelers’ Health provides information on required vaccinations, travel-related diseases and the latest news updates on disease outbreaks, for health care professionals and the general public. Under Resources, links to CDC podcasts on travel health topics are available.
Keywords: consumer health, disease, images, maps, podcasts, travel medicine
Provider: SDI Health, LLC
Descriptions: Primarily a quick linker that facilitates navigating to information on current pollen conditions and short-term forecasts (as well as weather forecasts) by zip code, this site also provides a seasonal allergen plant reference tool, a sign-up for receiving pollen alerts, and links to many other allergy websites. A mobile application is available for free download.
Keywords: allergens, allergy, botanical, links, maps, weather
Provider: Luke Metcalfe and Rapid Intelligence Pty. Ltd.
Descriptions: This is a site that compiles statistical and demographic data on many topics for international comparison. The data are from authenticated, cited sources. "NationMaster is a vast compilation of data from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, UN, and OECD. ...you can generate maps and graphs on all kinds of statistics with ease."
Keywords: data, demographics, education, general reference, international, maps, population, social sciences, statistical
Provider: NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
Descriptions: This is the National Weather Service page for our area. Contains various types of forecasts, imagery, tropical weather updates and more.
Keywords: environmental, general reference, Houston, images, maps, news, safety, Texas, trend, TX, U.S. Government, weather
Provider: NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
Descriptions: The National Hurricane Center website provides interactive satellite and radar maps, frequently-updated land and marine advisories, and (in the presence of active storm systems)updated forecasts based on its aerial reconnaissance findings. Three- and 5-day outlooks, likely landfall ranges ("cones"), wind speed prediction maps and storm surge projections are featured. Many links to other authoritative and relevant emergency planning resources are provided from this site. There is a downloadable blank hurricane tracking map available, and RSS feed is provided.
Keywords: disaster, emergency preparedness, federal agencies, hurricane, images, maps, news, reports, RSS feed, software, weather