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Title: Mining the Web for Business Information and Tools


1
Mining the Web for Business Information and Tools
  • Barbie E. Keiser
  • Connecticut Library Association
  • Russell Library - Middletown, CT
  • April 6, 2006
  • barbieelene_at_att.net

2
Todays agenda
  • Brief Introduction to Business Intelligence (BI)
  • Whats required for success
  • What kind of research must be performed
  • Why look for what
  • You might be asked to do the research, identify
    sources for clients to research, identify
    fee-based services that will do the research for
    the client
  • Classes of resources to tap
  • Strategies for locating the best
  • Importance of locator tools
  • Tips to improve your research capabilities
  • Alternatives for gaining access to the Invisible
    Web

3
Why this workshop is important
  • Help you to understand what is available (and
    what is not)
  • Help you to understand what you should expect
    from a resource/vendor
  • Perhaps think about becoming information
    producers yourselves

4
Questions to be asked
  • Where should I go first?
  • What will lead me to the site/resource I need?
  • Where is what I want most likely to be
  • In the format that I need?
  • At a reasonable cost (for this project/question/as
    signment)?
  • Who has done this already?
  • Experts (market researchers, investment bankers,
    professors)
  • Libraries (academic, public, special, virtual)
  • Pathfinders, research guides, workshops
  • Library schools
  • Commercial sites with extensive list of useful
    links to reputable resources

5
Business information or business intelligence?
  • Information continuum
  • Data, information, knowledge, wisdom
  • Three levels of business intelligence
  • Market-level
  • Industry
  • Organization-specific
  • Thinking globally, acting locally ( vice-versa)
  • Drilling down, looking sideways, chaining forward
    and back-linking
  • Tools to help
  • Best/exemplary practices
  • Monitoring
  • Business resources
  • Specific topics
  • Stream of information

6
Objectives for any business intelligence program
  • Improve your ability to recognize changes that
    are occurring in the environment
  • Improve monitoring efforts
  • Deepen your knowledge
  • Anticipate activities
  • Be aware of shifts in focus or emphasis
  • Interpret clarify
  • Determine trends and interrelationships
  • Provide insight and understanding

7
Whats required for success
  • An organized approach
  • Keeping up with the industry
  • Knowledge of sources available, source
    availability options/access requirements
  • Skill using available tools
  • Access to unique sources
  • Flexibility
  • Use of secondary sources that lead to primary
  • Authentication of quality content and
    reputability of authorship
  • Negotiation skills (licensing)
  • A network of people, drawing on individuals
    skills
  • Organization of information from the users point
    of view
  • Distinguishing information ownership from
    management responsibility
  • Focused on the needs of the client
  • Ability to manage expectations

8
Research associated with BI can be complex
  • Topics may be targeted or broad
  • Often time-sensitive
  • Involving a combination of environmental scanning
    and monitoring
  • Requiring attention to detail and innovative
    research strategies, with knowledge of/access to
    a wide range of resources, both primary and
    secondary

9
Cultivating information expertise
  • Determine the intelligence requirements
  • Understand what information is available (and
    what is not)
  • Highlight the best
  • Educate others manage expectations
  • Present business intelligence designed to
    initiate ACTION

10
The payoff
  • Delivery of more timely, more accurate, more
    focused information to those who can make the
    best use of it
  • Better decision-making capabilities
  • Reduced information source redundancy and minimal
    duplication of effort
  • Savings in time, money and effort

11
The simple business intelligence model
  • Collect data using a wide variety of sources and
    formats
  • Organize information (and resources) for multiple
    uses and users
  • Judge the value (of information and resources)
  • Assist in the analysis process by determining the
    pertinence, reliability, and validity of
    information gathered
  • Disseminate information, but communicate
    intelligence that leads to ACTION
  • Weigh the options consider the alternatives

12
Typical problems
  • Responsibilities for information gathering are
    unclear
  • Not comprehensive
  • Ill-equipped information gatherers (and
    recipients
  • Lacking focus
  • No historical perspective
  • Data by the truckload (and mostly incomplete)
  • Lack of support (from senior management)
  • Resistance (no time or desire to read material
    collected)
  • Time mismanagement (too much on gathering, not
    enough on analysis)
  • Unwillingness to share

13
Understanding client needs
  • What the client does
  • Where information plays a role
  • What type of information
  • Ongoing interest vs. ad-hoc request
  • Which sources and tools
  • Personal preferences
  • Level of detail
  • Modes of delivery
  • Frequency/timing of delivery
  • Importance of a stream of information (in
    discerning trends)

14
When considering new tools
  • Diverse types
  • Complementary
  • Perils of an Internet start-up
  • Why the good ones get acquired (and what happens
    afterwards)
  • Finding aids and monitoring tools
  • Whats right for you
  • Why - Objectives
  • What - Key indicators
  • Where - Sources
  • When - Frequency
  • Who - Skills
  • How - Level of automation vs. Human
    Intelligence

15
The Internet
  • Changes
  • How information enters the public domain (and how
    quickly)
  • How information is distributed (and how quickly)
  • What decisions need to be made regarding the
    acceptance of information
  • Source credibility
  • Authenticity/authorship issues
  • What actions need to be taken by the recipient
  • Helps?
  • Providing access to (global) information
    resources
  • Timeliness of data/updates
  • Economics

16
Changing your mindset
  • Dont just look for electronic versions of print
    publications
  • Demand added-value from each site
  • Be aware of who is responding to questions

17
Fee-based resources vs. free via the WWW
  • Structured (fielded) data
  • Special features (tables, lists, rankings,
    multicompany, case studies, forecasts)
  • Historical framework
  • Trend analysis
  • Future-oriented (projections)
  • Contact with sources
  • Time-sensitive activities
  • Flexibility
  • Situation-specific
  • May be worth the in terms of
  • Time spent
  • Frustration levels
  • Advanced search capabilities
  • Ease of manipulating data
  • Ability to download
  • Permission to share with others

18
How to reach these resources
  • WWW search engines ( what you need to know about
    how they work)
  • Knowing when Internet directories can be more
    helpful
  • Traditional information sources
  • When print is better
  • Economies of scale for electronic resources
  • Access via the Web to less or more
  • Accessing resources on vs. via the Web
  • Web-based business information directories,
    databases, portals, and pathfinders
  • Selected news aggregators and feeds
  • Bibliographies, guides, journals books
  • Personalized news sources/services
  • Web channels industry servers
  • Malls and gateways
  • Portals and vortals
  • Global business, finance, investment trade
  • Industry-specific sites and searches
  • Go direct (single sites)
  • Virtual everything
  • Social networking tools
  • BizWiz

19
Search engines
  • Indexed search services
  • General subject-specific
  • Visualization tools
  • Subject directories
  • Meta-search engines
  • Toolbars
  • Region country-specific
  • Image handling
  • Metasearch engines
  • Caveats
  • Some are better than others
  • Size isnt everything
  • The freshness test
  • Handling frames
  • Dynamically-generated page search capability
  • Relevancy links
  • Subject specificity
  • Adding features all the time

20
Searching online Search engines directories
  • Excite
  • Images, news, audio, video
  • Business news on homepage
  • AltaVista
  • Images, news and video
  • WebCrawler
  • Images, news, audio and video
  • Yellow white pages
  • Ask.com
  • A9
  • Cydral image search (http//en.cydral.com/)
  • FAST search (http//www.alltheweb.com)
  • Audio, video, pictures, news
  • Wondir (http//www.wondir.org)
  • ASK (http//www.ask.com) now includes Teoma and
    DirectHit
  • AlltheWeb
  • News, pictures, video, audio
  • Blinkx
  • Search over 1,000,000 hours of audio, video,
    podcast, vlog and television content
  • Exalead
  • Clustering
  • Clusty.com
  • Vivisimo
  • Accumo.com
  • Yahoo
  • http//dir.yahoo.com/Business_and_Economy/
  • Google (http//directory.google.com/Top/Business/)
    vs. http//news.google.com/?nedustopicb
  • Use the more like this feature
  • Soople
  • Mygooglesearch
  • Galaxy Business and Commerce
  • http//www.galaxy.com/directory/44/
  • Dmoz Open Directory Project
  • http//www.dmoz.com/Business/
  • About.com (http//www.about.com/money/)
  • Toolbars
  • Google, Yahoo, metaEUREKA
  • http//www.01webdirectory.com/

21
Non-US search engines
  • Use names you know for different countries
  • Yahoo UK Ireland (http//uk.yahoo.com)
  • AltaVista UK (http//uk.altavista.com/)
  • Use search engines covering multiple countries
  • European Search Engines (http//www.netmasters.co.
    uk/european_search_engines/)
  • EuroSeek (www.euroseek.net)
  • European Business Directory (http//www.europages.
    com/)
  • European Interactive Directories
    (www.euroyellowpages.com)
  • Multi-lingual searching
  • ez2find
  • Mozbot
  • Wisenut.com preferences by language
  • Try search engines you dont know that specialize
    in a specific country
  • Mirago (http//www.mirago.co.uk/)
  • Achoo (http//www.abacho.co.uk/)
  • Info.co.uk
  • Searchy.co.uk
  • Seekport.co.uk
  • Arnoldit (http//www.arnoldit.com/lists/intlsearch
    .asp)
  • International Directory of Search Engines
    (http//www.search-engine-index.co.uk/)
    Searchenginecollosus.com
  • Country-based search engines (http//www.philb.com
    /countryse.htm)

22
Finding and searching newer technologies
  • Blog list (http//www.blogcatalog.com/directory)
  • OpinMind
  • Feedster Daypop
  • FindSounds.com
  • PreFound
  • Search4rss
  • Waypath
  • IncyWincy
  • MediaCHANNEL
  • Podzinger
  • Rocketinfo (http//www.rocketnews.com/info/portal.
    jsp)
  • Sortbydate.com
  • Technorati

23
Why use a Meta-Search engine?
  • Address unknown
  • Ability to enter search string only once
  • Speed
  • De-duping of results

24
What to look for in a metasearch engine
  • Simple and advanced search capabilities
  • Number of matches reported from each search
    engine
  • Integration
  • De-duping of results
  • Ranking
  • Interesting design
  • Good response time
  • Wide choice of search engines used
  • More like this feature

25
Meta-Searchers
  • Beaucoup (look at corporate websites)
  • Dogpile
  • Highway61
  • Search.com
  • Mamma
  • Metacrawler (http//www.go2net.com)
  • OneSeek
  • Metafind
  • All4one
  • MrSapo
  • IcySpicy
  • Chubba
  • Jux2
  • Kartoo (for visual displays)
  • Seekz
  • Widow Metasearch (http//www.widow.com/crawl/metas
    earch.cgi)
  • Ixquick (http//www.us.ixquick.com/)
  • ZWorks
  • Turbo109
  • InternetOracle
  • proFusion Business Profiles (http//www.profusion.
    com/nav?agt0!4!queryterm)
  • Search Submit (http//www.212.net/search/index.h
    tm)
  • Starting Point (http//www.stpt.com)
  • FinderSeeker
  • Ixquick (http//www.us.ixquick.com/)
  • All One Search Academic Research
    (http//www.allonesearch.com/Academic-Research.htm
    )
  • Trovando (http//www.trovando.it/)

26
Need help choosing a search engine?
  • http//www.search-engines-2.com/
  • Best of the Bots (http//www.botspot.com)
  • Search Engine Watch
  • Gregg Notess (http//www.notess.com/) Search
    Engine Showdown (http//www.searchengineshowdown.c
    om/)
  • The Spiders Apprentice (http//www.monash.com/spi
    dap.html)
  • Best Search Tools Chart (http//infopeople.org/sea
    rch/chart.html)
  • Search Engine Relationship Chart
    (http//www.bruceclay.com/searchenginerelationship
    chart.htm)
  • NoodleTools (http//www.noodletools.com/debbie/lit
    eracies/information/5locate/adviceengine.html)
  • Pandia Search Engine News (http//www.pandia.com/s
    ew/index.php)
  • Comparing major search engines (http//www.philb.c
    om/compare.htm)
  • http//www.philb.com/engines.htm
  • Web searching tools (http//library.curtin.edu.au/
    web/index.html)
  • Business-to-Business (http//geniusfind.com/Busine
    ss_to_Business.htm)
  • iTools
  • LLRX Search Engine Comparison Chart
    (http//www.llrx.com/features/searchenginechart.ht
    m)
  • Search Engine Lowdown
  • Search Engine Watch Forums (http//forums.searchen
    ginewatch.com/index.php)
  • Search Engines (http//searchenginez.com/)
  • Seasrch Strategies for the Internet
    (http//www.rba.co.uk/search/compare.shtml)
  • ALA Tolkit (http//www.lita.org/ala/lita/litaresou
    rces/toolkitforexpert/toolkitexpert.htm)
  • Web Search Guide Comparison Charts
    (http//www.websearchguide.ca/research/compfram.ht
    m)
  • WebSerch (http//www.clubi.ie/webserch/)

27
Malls gateways
  • Resource Discovery Network for Business Studies
    (http//www.vts.rdn.ac.uk/tutorial/bus)
  • Academic Info Business Administration
    (http//www.academicinfo.net/bus.html)
  • Social Science Business and Management
    Information Gateway (http//www.sosig.ac.uk/busine
    ss/)

28
Add-ins that will help
  • WebWhacker (http//www.bluesquirrel.com)
  • Copernic
  • WebFerret by FerretSoft
  • Bookmarklets
  • List All Links (http//www.bookmarklets.com/tools/
    data/index.phtml)
  • Tool bars
  • Alert systems
  • Google Alerts (http//www.googlealert.com)
  • Web change notification
  • Autonomy Verity
  • Watch That Page
  • Infominder
  • Watch360
  • ChangeDetect
  • TrackEngine
  • Karnak
  • Website-Watcher (http//www.aignes.com)
  • Trackle

29
Keeping up with it all
  • Locator tools
  • Internet Scout Report NSDL (http//scout.cs.wisc
    .edu)
  • Freepint (http//www.freepint.com)
  • Internet Resources Newsletter (http//www.hw.ac.uk
    /libWWW/irn/irn.html)
  • Librarians Index to the Internet
    (http//www.lii.org)
  • Argus Clearinghouse (http//www.clearinghouse.net)

  • BUBL (http//www.bubl.ac.uk/l)
  • The Virtual Chase (http//www.virtualchase.com/)

  • LLRX.com (http//www.llrx.com)
  • ResearchBuzz
  • Infotogo.com
  • CyberSkeptics Guide (http//www.cyberskeptic.com/
    cs)
  • AcademicIndex (http//www.academicindex.net/tools.
    html)
  • Current awareness alerting services
  • Clipping services
  • Reputation monitoring
  • Personal
  • Distributed
  • Using colleagues as a resource
  • BusLib-L

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Thinking logically for quality
  • Pay attention to extensions
  • Basic information freshness
  • Alexa
  • Bookmarklets
  • Follow the links (forward back-chaining)
  • Fagan Finder
  • Bookmarklets
  • Visualization tools
  • Semagix
  • WebBrain
  • Anacubis
  • Grokker (http//www.groxis.com/service/grok/)
  • Kartoo
  • Touchgraph
  • Excellent region-specific business sites
  • Emerging nations and markets
  • Reputable world trade sites
  • Expanded news sites
  • Interested parties with name recognition
  • Management consultants
  • Accounting firms
  • Commercial investment banks

31
Web site evaluation criteria
  • Source credibility
  • Organizations and individual authors
  • Pay attention to extensions
  • Who links to them? To which sites do they link?
  • Advocacy in check
  • Purpose
  • Target audience
  • Objectivity
  • Relevance to your work/inquiry
  • Coverage and scope
  • Integration
  • Date of creation
  • Frequency (and timeliness) of updates
  • Quality
  • Reliability
  • Validity
  • Accuracy/Error rate
  • Meaning over time
  • Completeness Consistency
  • Aesthetics
  • Accessibility/Ease of use
  • Output options
  • Documentation
  • Customer support
  • Value-to-cost ratio
  • Privacy
  • Site map

32
Look for academic curricula support
  • Course syllabi
  • Published articles working papers (past
    ongoing research)
  • Current research
  • Dissertations/theses
  • http//www.ndltd.org/browse.en.html
  • http//www.diva-portal.org/
  • http//etd.caltech.edu/ETD-db/ETD-browse/browse?fi
    rst_letterall
  • http//www.crl.edu/content.asp?l15l223l344l4
    25
  • http//www.cybertheses.org/cybertheses/cybertheses
    .html
  • http//www.darenet.nl/en/page/language.view/home

  • Case studies
  • University-based research centers
  • Databases
  • Self-archiving (http//opcit.eprints.org/explorear
    chives.shtml)
  • Economics (http//repec.org)
  • Open Access Repositories
  • http//www.opendoar.org/
  • http//repositories.cdlib.org/escholarship/
  • Experts
  • FindaPhD.com (UK)
  • ProfNet (http//www3.profnet.com/)
  • Sources Experts (http//www.ibiblio.org/slanews/
    internet/experts.html)
  • Subject-specific libraries (e.g., business)
  • Bibliographies pathfinders
  • BizEd (http//www.bized.ac.uk/learn/learn.htm)
  • Subject Finder Business Studies
    (http//www.subjectfinder.com/category/business.as
    p?qBusinessStudiessSearchmodeall)
  • Scholarly Societies Project Business, Economics
    Mathematics (http//www.lib.uwaterloo.ca/society
    /genbuseconmath_soc.html/)
  • Very Large Database (http//www.vldb.org/)

33
Translation plus
  • Browser prompt to install character sets
  • Fonts in Cyberspace (http//www.sil.org/computing/
    fonts/)
  • Industry- and country-specific resources
  • Human intervention
  • Technical translations
  • Glossaries (http//www.xlation.com/glossaries/)
  • Software
  • Free online translator services
  • Business-related
  • Quotes online (http//www.worldlingo.com)
  • Travel-related
  • Learning languages
  • Verbix
  • Web tools
  • Links to other resources
  • Limited options (http//www.wordreference.com)
  • International business practices, customs,
    etiquette
  • WorldBiz International Database
    (http//www.worldbiz.com/library.html)
  • Babelplex
  • Babelfish (http//world.altavista.com/) from
    AltaVista (http//babelfish.altavista.com/translat
    e.dyn)
  • Google language tools (http//www.google.com/langu
    age_tools?hlen)
  • AllWords (http//www.allwords.com/34wlinks.php)
  • Machine translation (http//www.alphaworks.ibm.com
    /aw.nsf/html/mt)
  • Dictionary.com Translate (http//dictionary.refe
    rence.com/translate/text.html)
  • Fagan Finder Translator Wizard (http//www.faganfi
    nder.com/translate/)
  • Foreignword.com
  • Free online translator service (http//www.prospec
    tor.cz/Services/Translation/)
  • Freetranslation.com
  • OneLook Dictionaries (http//www.onelook.com)
  • Systran Language Translation (http//www.systranso
    ft.com/)
  • Yourdictionary.com
  • Portuguese Translations (http//www.sourcetranslat
    ions.com/)
  • AlphaWorks (http//www.alphaworks.ibm.com/aw.nsf/h
    tml/mt)
  • Foreignword.com
  • News about translation tools (http//www.masternew
    media.org/vistapoints.htmtranslation)
  • WordReference
  • Xlation.com/glossaries
  • YourDictionary

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Three categories of research
  • Market
  • Industry
  • Company
  • Background
  • General business climate
  • Risks
  • Trade issues, barriers, statistics
  • Population, demographics social/lifestyle
    issues
  • Health, education religion
  • Ethics values
  • Technology infrastructure
  • Legal/regulatory environment

35
Three categories of research
  • Market
  • Industry
  • Company
  • Statistics
  • Legal regulatory issues
  • Technology
  • Trends forecasts
  • Current activity
  • Structure

36
Three categories of research
  • Market
  • Industry
  • Company
  • Background data (Corporate description)
  • Financial performance
  • Products and services
  • Markets (and customers) served
  • Operations
  • Employee data

37
Caveats at the market-level
  • Country classification
  • Geographic region
  • Type of economy
  • Stage of economic development
  • Political organization
  • Comparing country data
  • Tips
  • Problems

38
Competition at the country level
  • Global Competitiveness Program (http//www.weforum
    .org)
  • Competitive Institute (http//www.competitiveness.
    org)
  • International Budget Project (http//www.internati
    onalbudget.org/resources/sites/dev_econ.htm)
  • Competitive Indicators (World Bank)
  • World Competitive Yearbook (IMD - Lausanne)
  • Competition Policy UK (http//www.dti.gov.uk/ccp
    /topics.htm)
  • Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy
    (http//brie.berkeley.edu/briewww/)
  • Globalization (http//www.enterweb.org/whatnew.htm
    )
  • Index of Economic Freedom - Country Guides
    (http//www.heritage.org/research/features/index/c
    ountries.cfm)
  • Competitive Alternatives - KPMG's guide to
    international business costs (http//www.competit
    ivealternatives.com/default.html)
  • Doing Business Guides
  • Deloitte/EIU (www.deloitte.com/tax)
  • World Bank Benchmarking Business Regulations
    (http//www.doingbusiness.org/)
  • DoingBusiness.org

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Emerging nations and markets
  • International agencies
  • Institute of International Finance Emerging
    Markets Research (http//www.iif.com/emr/index.qu
    agga)
  • World Economic Forum (http//www.weforum.org/)
  • Regional organizations
  • North-South Institute (http//www.nsi-ins.ca/ensi/
    index.html)
  • Transitions Online (http//www.tol.cz/look/TOL/hom
    e.tpl?IdLanguage1IdPublication4NrIssue76)
  • Governments
  • Canadian International Development Agency
    (http//www.acdi-cida.gc.ca/webresources.htm)
  • U.S. Department of State
  • Commercial databases
  • Directory of Development Organizations
    (http//www.devdir.org/)
  • S P Emerging Markets
  • ISI Emerging Markets - Internet Securities
    (http//www.securities.com )
  • World Marketing Data and Statistics
    (http//www.euromonitor.com/womdas.aspx)
  • Licensing Digital Information (http//www.library.
    yale.edu/llicense/develop.shtml)
  • InfoNation (http//cyberschoolbus.un.org/infonatio
    n3/menu/advanced.asp)
  • International Data Base (http//www.census.gov/ipc
    /www/idbnew.html)
  • Emerging Markets (http//www.emergingmarkets.org)

  • Snapdata (http//www.snapdata.com/)
  • Fund Research
  • Emerging Portfolio http//www.gipinc.com )
  • Investment Banks
  • Pangaea Partners (http//www.pangaeapartners.com/)

  • Commercial Banks
  • Wachovia/First Union (http//www.wachovia.com/corp
    _inst/page/0,,13_54_3987_1068,00.html)

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Emerging nations and markets
  • Libraries
  • Virtual Library on International Development
    (www.acdi-cida.gc.ca/virtual.nsf/pages/index_e.htm
    )
  • Finding International Statistics Online
    (http//www.lib.umd.edu/MCK/GUIDES/intstat.html)

  • GlobalEdge Country Insights (http//globaledge.msu
    .edu/ibrd/ibrd.asp)
  • VIBES (http//library.uncc.edu/vibes/)
  • Everything International Company Industry
    Data (http//faculty.philau.edu/russowl/industry.h
    tml)
  • Resources for International Business Marketing
    (http//www.csuchico.edu/7Ewd6/classes/intlmktg2.
    htm)
  • Research Guides Baker Library
    (http//www.library.hbs.edu/guides/3)
  • Least developed country report (http//www.unctad.
    org/Templates/Page.asp?intItemID3073lang1)
  • Investment Promotion Network Direct Foreign
    Investment (http//www.ipanet.net/infores)
  • Development Gateway (http//home.developmentgatewa
    y.org/) ABCNews.coms Country Profiles
  • (http//www.gale.com/reference/archive/200002/abc2
    2gif.html)
  • Economics, Business, and Environment Country
    Profiles (http//earthtrends.wri.org/country_profi
    les/index.php?theme5)
  • Economist Country Briefings (http//www.economist.
    com/countries/)
  • Eldis Statistics Guide (http//www.eldis.org/stati
    stics/index.htm)
  • Finding International Statistics Online
    (http//www.lib.umd.edu/MCK/GUIDES/intstat.html)

  • Global Knowledge for Development
    (http//notes.edc.org/GLG/GKD/repo.nsf/search)
  • Global Gateway (http//international.loc.gov/intld
    l/intldlhome.html)
  • Resources for International Economic Development
    (http//grove.ship.edu/econ/develop/)
  • OneWorld NationsOnline (http//www.nationsonline
    .org/oneworld/)
  • UNIDO (http//www.unido.org/data/regions.cfm?area
    GLO)
  • Oxford Economics (http//www.oef.com/)

41
Problems with comparing country data
  • Base years
  • Methods of estimating
  • Methods of data collection
  • Extent of coverage
  • Precision of definition
  • Scope of territory
  • Margins of error
  • Currency conversion
  • Updates revisions

42
Tips for comparing country data
  • The more detailed the publication, the greater
    the time lag
  • The more accurate the statistics, the greater the
    time lag
  • Appreciate how the Internet changes the equation

43
Economic and trade data
  • National accounts
  • Measures of inflation
  • Labor statistics
  • Financial statistics
  • Risk
  • Foreign trade

44
Economic data
  • Dont limit your search to government sites for
    the country in which you are interested
  • Try international agencies, other governments
    (3rd countries), commercial academic sites

45
Economic data collection issues
  • Measuring National Accounts
  • Effect of inflation
  • Measures of inflation
  • Use GDP deflator for macro analysis
  • Use PPI or CPI, as appropriate
  • Political environment
  • Exchange rates
  • Purchasing Power Parity Index (PPP) tries to
    factor in the underground economy and other
    intangibles
  • For a truer cost of living, try the Big Mac
    Index
  • Relocation services
  • Hotel costs

46
Economic and trade data
  • World Economic Outlook (IMF)
  • Euromonitors World Economic Factbook
  • World Tables (World Bank)
  • OECD
  • Economic Outlook
  • Historical Statistics
  • Eurostat National Accounts ESA Aggregates
  • UN System Pathfinder Economic development
    (http//www.un.org/Depts/dhl/pathfind/frame/start.
    htm)
  • System of National Accounts
  • Balance of Payments Statistics (IMF)
  • Handbook of Economic Statistics
    (http//www.odci.gov/cia/di/products/hies/index.ht
    ml)
  • Index of Economic Freedom (http//www.heritage.org
    /research/features/index/index.cfm)
  • International Budget Project (http//www.internati
    onalbudget.org/resources/sites/dev_econ.htm)

47
Data sources US economics
  • Business Statistics of the United States
  • National Income and Product Accounts
  • Survey of Current Business
  • Consumer Price Index and Producer Price Index
    (BLS)
  • Guide to Economic Indicators
  • Economic Statistics Briefing Room
    (http//www.whitehouse.gov/fsbr/esbr.html)
  • Joint Economic Committee (http//www.house.gov/jec
    /)
  • US Census Bureau (www.census.gov)
  • Census Bureau Economic Programs
    (http//www.census.gov/econ/www/)
  • Commercial products (CACI)
  • Census Economic Briefing Room (http//www.census.g
    ov/cgi-bin/briefroom/BriefRm)
  • Bureau of Economic Statistics (www.bea.gov)
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics (http//www.bls.gov)
  • Stat-USA (www.stat-usa.gov/stat-usa.html)
  • Federal Reserve Boards
  • International Economic Statistics Database
    (http//liber8.stlouisfed.org/iesd/)
  • Index to Reserve System Economic Publications
    (http//www.frbsf.org/publications/fedinprint/inde
    x.html)
  • Federal Reserve Education (http//www.federalreser
    veeducation.org/FRED/)
  • http//research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/
  • Beige Book (http//www.federalreserve.gov/fomc/bei
    gebook/2006/)
  • Business Cycle Indicators (http//www.conference-b
    oard.org/economics/bci/)

48
Personal favorites Economics
  • Statistics
  • World (Bank) Development Indicators
  • UN Common Database (http//unstats.un.org/unsd/cdb
    /cdb_help/cdb_quick_start.asp)
  • United Nations Statistical Division
    (http//unstats.un.org/unsd/mi/mi.asp)
  • US Census Bureau Statistical Agencies
    International (www.census.gov/main/www/stat_int.ht
    ml)
  • World In Figures (http//tilastokeskus.fi/tup/maan
    um/index_en.html)
  • Sources of Economic and Financial Statistics
    (http//www.lib.gla.ac.uk/Depts/MOPS/Stats/economi
    c.shtml)
  • http//econ.worldbank.org
  • (http//www.econstrat.org/)
  • Social Science Research Network
    (http//www.ssrn.com/update/ern/index.html)
  • Economics Classroom (http//www.learner.org/channe
    l/workshops/economics/)
  • For the public
  • AmosWEB Pedestrians Guide to the Economy
    (http//www.amosweb.com/cgi-bin/awb_nav.pl?spdg)

  • Moodys Economy.com (http//www.dismal.com/default
    .asp)
  • Dr. Ed Yardenis Economics Network
    (http//www.yardeni.com/)
  • Dr. Ts EconLinks.com (http//econlinks.com/)
  • QuickMBA (http//www.quickmba.com/econ/)
  • Free Lunch (http//www.economy.com/freelunch/defau
    lt.asp)
  • Economic News Feed (http//scienceport.org/index.p
    hp?PID13)
  • Associations think tanks
  • American Economics Association (http//www.vanderb
    ilt.edu/AEA/) and (http//www.aeaweb.org/)
  • EconLit (http//www.econlit.org/)
  • Association for University Business and Economic
    Research (http//www.auber.org/)
  • National Bureau of Economic Research
    (http//www.nber.org/data/)
  • Econometrics Journal Links (http//www.econ.vu.nl/
    econometriclinks/)
  • AEI's monthly newsletter on economic trends in
    the United States and abroad (http//www.aei.org)

  • Economic Strategy Institue
  • EconPapers (http//econpapers.repec.org/)
  • Economic Policy Institute (http//www.epinet.org/c
    ontent.cfm/webfeatures_webfeat)
  • Economics Search Engine (http//ese.rfe.org/)
  • Journalists Guide to Economic Terms
    (http//www.facsnet.org/tools/ref_tutor/econo_term
    /glossary.html)
  • Institute for International Economics
    (http//www.iie.com/)
  • Library of Economics and Liberty
    (http//www.econlib.org/index.html)
  • MilkenInstitute.org
  • Theoretical Economics Open Journal
    (http//econtheory.org/)
  • Center for Economic Policy Research
    (http//www.cepr.org/default_static.htm)
  • Brookings.org
  • Index of Economic Freedom (http//www.heritage.org
    /research/features/index/)

49
Personal favorites Economics
  • Commercial Sources
  • Economist Intelligence Unit (EIUs latest)
  • Blackboard Scholar (http//resources.blackboard.co
    m/scholar/sa/196/portal.jsp)
  • BE data links (http//www.econ-datalinks.org/sear
    ch.html)
  • BPubs Economics (http//www.bpubs.com/Economics/
    )
  • InfoMine Business Economics
    (http//infomine.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/search?categoryb
    usecon)
  • Terrible site, great links (http//1800miti.com/Co
    mpanies/page112.html)
  • Economic History (http//www.eh.net/databases/)
  • EconMagic Economic Time Series (http//www.economa
    gic.com/)
  • DRI WEFA (http//www.dri-wefa.com/)
  • EconData.net
  • Economist.com Research Tools (http//www.economist
    .com/research/)
  • Law and Economics (http//lawecon.lp.findlaw.com/)

  • Forbes.com Best of the Web Economics Blogs
    (http//www.forbes.com/bow/b2c/category.jhtml?id3
    07)
  • EconLibrary.com
  • Kiplinger forecasts (http//www.kiplinger.com/inde
    x.html)
  • Foubini Global Economics (http//www.rgemonitor.co
    m/)
  • VLRC Economics Links (http//www.virtuallrc.com/vl
    rceconomicslinks.html)
  • Academic Sites
  • Columbia University (http//www.columbia.edu/cu/lw
    eb/indiv/business/ir/stats.html)
  • Area Studies (http//campus.champlain.edu/library/
    area.htmEconomics)
  • Economic Resources for College Teachers
    (http//ecedweb.unomaha.edu/teach-ec.htm)
  • BizEd (http//www.bized.ac.uk/learn/economics/inde
    x.htm)
  • University Economics Departments
    (http//web.uvic.ca/econ/depts_Uvic.html)
  • Econ Links (http//www.marietta.edu/delemeeg/econ
    link.html)
  • Econ Links (http//www.ncat.edu/simkinss/econlink
    s.html)
  • Economics Information Sources (http//www.york.ac.
    uk/services/library/subjects/econint.htm)
  • Internet Resources for the Economy
    (http//www2.lib.udel.edu/subj/econ/internet.htm)
  • Economics and Economic Statistics Research
    (http//www.library.ucsb.edu/subjects/econ/econg.h
    tml)
  • Internet Economist (http//www.vts.rdn.ac.uk/tutor
    ial/interneteconomist)
  • Researching International Economic Law
    (http//www.ll.georgetown.edu/intl/iiel/home.htm)

  • SOSIG Economics (http//sosig.ac.uk/roads/subject-
    listing/UK-cat/econ.html)
  • Economics Subject Guide (http//www.library.yale.e
    du/socsci/economics/)
  • Scandinavian Working Papers (http//swopec.hhs.se/
    hastef/)
  • Teaching K-12 Economics (http//ecedweb.unomaha.ed
    u/k-12/home.cfm)
  • WebEc (http//www.helsinki.fi/WebEc/WebEc.html)
  • Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research
    (http//www-cepr.stanford.edu/home.html)

50
Personal favorites Financial statistics
  • International Financial Statistics (IMF) with
    trial account (http//ifs.apdi.net/imf/)
  • Financial Market Update (http//www.imf.org/extern
    al/pubs/ft/fmu/eng/index.asp)
  • Institute for International Finance
    (http//www.iif.com/)
  • International Finance Corporation
    (http//www.ifc.org/)
  • Bank for International Settlements
    (http//www.bis.org/forum/research.htm)
  • Foreign Direct Investments Online
    (http//www.unctad.org/Templates/Page.asp?intItemI
    D1923lang1)
  • Global Financial Data (http//www.globalfinanciald
    ata.com/index.php3)
  • Financial Market Trends (OECD)
  • Bretton Woods Project (http//www.brettonwoodsproj
    ect.org/briefings/index.shtml)
  • Treasury Bulletin (http//www.fms.treas.gov/bullet
    in/)
  • Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
    (http//www.federalreserve.gov/)
  • Historical releases (http//www.federalreserve.gov
    /releases/)
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
    (http//www.chicagofed.org/)
  • FRASER (http//fraser.stlouisfed.org/)
  • Liber8 (http//liber8.stlouisfed.org/)
  • Federal Reserve Bulletin (http//www.federalreserv
    e.gov/pubs/bulletin/default.htm)
  • Foreign Exchange Rates (http//www.ny.frb.org/mark
    ets/fxrates/noon.cfm)
  • Financial Times (www.ft.com)
  • FT News (http//news.ft.com/home/us)
  • FT Market Watch (http//www.ftmarketwatch.com/)
  • FT Search (http//search.ft.com/search/index.html)

  • Journal of Commerce (www.joc.com)
  • Financial Ratio Analysis (http//www.bized.ac.uk/c
    ompfact/ratios/index.htm)
  • Financial Scandals (http//www.ex.ac.uk/RDavies/a
    rian/scandals/)
  • Financial Training Calendar (http//www.financial-
    conferences.com/)
  • Financial Textbooks (http//finmath.com)
  • Financial Dictionary (http//www.anz.com/edna/dict
    ionary.asp)
  • A Z of Financial Terms (http//www.moneyextra.co
    m/dictionary/)
  • III Financial Services Factbook
    (http//www.financialservicesfacts.org/financial/)

  • SP indices (http//www2.standardandpoors.com/serv
    let/Satellite?pagenamesp/Page/IndicesIndexPgr1
    lENb4s6ig48i56si138xcd500)
  • The Millennium (http//interactive.wsj.com/public/
    current/summaries/mill-1-f.htm)

51
Personal favorites Financial statistics
  • For the public
  • FastCEO.com
  • Bloomberg.com/tv
  • MarketWatch.com
  • http//1800miti.com/Companies/page113.html
  • http//finance.google.com/finance
  • http//www.strictlybusinesssites.com/fin.htm
  • http//finance.yahoo.com/search
  • Currency Converter (http//www.world-exchanges.org
    /wfe/home.asp?actiondocumentmenu10navie)
  • Commercial sites and products
  • FinanceWise.com
  • Guarantee-Finance.com
  • StudyFinance.com
  • Fund Info Service (http//www.wilink.com/fundinfos
    ervice.htm)
  • Bonds
  • BondsOnline (http//www.bondsonline.com/asp/resear
    ch/creditdnp.html)
  • InvestingInBonds.com
  • DCP Data for municipal bond info
    (http//www.dpcdata.com/index_n.cfm)
  • Hedge Funds
  • Academic institutions
  • Financial Data Finder (http//fisher.osu.edu/cgi-b
    in/DB_Search/db_search.cgi?setup_filefinance.setu
    p.cgi)
  • Finance Links and Sites from NYU
    (http//www.stern.nyu.edu/fin/general/resource.htm
    )
  • WWW Virtual Library (http//fisher.osu.edu/fin/ove
    rvw.htm)
  • Web Links (http//viking.som.yale.edu/finance.cent
    er/html/weblinks.html)
  • Sources of Economic and Financial Statistics
    (http//www.lib.gla.ac.uk/Depts/MOPS/Stats/economi
    c.shtml)
  • http//web.utk.edu/jwachowi/wacho_world.html
  • Museum of American Financial History
    (http//www.financialhistory.org/)
  • Mutual Fund Cost Calculator (http//www.personalfu
    nd.com/)
  • What was the exchange rate then
    (http//eh.net/hmit/exchangerates/)
  • Social Science Research Network
    (http//www.ssrn.com/update/fen/index.html)
  • Society of Financial Professionals
    (http//www.financialpro.org/ )

52
Labor
  • Issues
  • Employment unemployment statistics
  • Labor laws regulations
  • Temporary help, outsourcing, offshoring
  • http//www.epinet.org/content.cfm/issueguide_offsh
    oring
  • Outsourcing Institute (http//www.outsourcing.com/
    )
  • Sources
  • International Organizations
  • Governments
  • Labor unions
  • Think tanks
  • Advocacy groups

53
My favorite labor sites
  • International Labour Organization
    (http//www.ilo.org/public/english/support/lib/dbl
    ist.htm) Natlex (http//www.ilo.org/dyn/natlex/
    natlex_browse.home)
  • Labour Economics Gateway (http//labour.ceps.lu/)

  • Trades Union Congress (http//www.tuc.org.uk/tuc/u
    nions_main.cfm)
  • EEOC in the US and Equal Opportunities Commission
    in the UK
  • DTI Employment Relations (http//www.dti.gov.uk/er
    /)
  • Center for Economic and Social Inclusion
    (http//cesi.org.uk/)
  • NOMIS (http//www.nomisweb.co.uk/)
  • Employee relations policies (http//www.businessbu
    reau-uk.co.uk/personnel/employee_relations/code_of
    _conduct.htm)
  • European Foundation for the Improvement of Living
    and Working Conditions (http//www.eurofound.ie/em
    ire/emire.html) European Industrial Relations
    Observatory (http//www.eiro.eurofound.ie/)
  • WWW Virtual Library (http//www.iisg.nl/w3vl/)
  • Flexibility Resources for New Ways of Working
    (http//www.flexibility.co.uk/)
  • Child Labor Laws (http//www.childlaborlaws.org/)

  • National Immigration Law Center
    (http//www.nilc.org/)
  • Workplace Law (http//www.workplacelaw.net/)
  • Employment Law Information Network
    (http//www.elinfonet.com/)
  • Employment Law News (http//hr.cch.com/news/employ
    ment/library.asp)
  • Labor and Employment Legal Resources
    (http//www.llrx.com/features/laborlaw.htm)
  • National Employment Law Project
    (http//www.nelp.org/)
  • CEO Executive Pay (http//www.forbes.com/executive
    pay/2004/04/21/04ceoland.html)
  • Core Compensation Data from Hemscott
    (http//www.coredatagroup.com/db/compensation.html
    )
  • Executive Grapevine (http//www.askgrapevine.com/p
    ublications/index.php)
  • Executive Paywatch (http//www.aflcio.org/corporat
    ewatch/paywatch/)
  • Workforce Productivity (http//www.saibooks.com/wk
    d.html)
  • Local Employment Dynamics (http//lehd.dsd.census.
    gov/led/datatools/qwiapp.html)
  • Ecomp online (http//www.ecomponline.com/)
  • Work-Life Balance (http//www.worklifebalancecentr
    e.org/)
  • Workers Struggles (http//wsws.org/sections/catego
    ry/workers/roundup.shtml)

54
My favorite labor sites
  • US Dept. of Labor (http//www.dol.gov/)
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics (http//stats.bls.gov/)

  • Occupational Employment Statistics
    (http//stats.bls.gov/oes/)
  • http//www.bls.gov/oes/current/oessrci.htm11
  • Compensation and Working Conditions
    (http//stats.bls.gov/opub/cwc/)
  • Most requested statistics (http//www.bls.gov/data
    /top20.htm)
  • Career Guide to Industries (http//www.bls.gov/oco
    /cg/)
  • (Local) Economies at a glance (http//www.bls.gov/
    eag/)
  • Foreign Labor Statistics (http//www.bls.gov/fls/)

  • Nonemployer statistics (http//www.census.gov/epcd
    /nonemployer/index.html)
  • Telework Association (http//www.tca.org.uk/)
  • Telework Exchange (http//www.teleworkexchange.com
    /about.asp)
  • Families Work Institute (http//www.familiesandw
    ork.org/)
  • Globalization and Labor Standards
    (http//www.laborstandards.org/)
  • Catherwood Library Guides (http//www.ilr.cornell.
    edu/library/subjectGuides/default.html)
  • Labor Contracts Database (http//www.iir.berkeley.
    edu/library/contracts/) Labor Research Portal
    (http//www.iir.berkeley.edu/library/laborportal/i
    ndex.html)
  • ONet (http//online.onetcenter.org/)
  • Resources for Union Organizing (http//union-organ
    izing.com/)
  • United Auto Workers (http//www.uaw.org/)
  • Salaryexpert.com
  • AFL-CIO
  • Teamster.net
  • Work Index (http//workindex.com/)
  • Workplace Fairness (http//www.workplacefairness.o
    rg/)
  • Salary Survey (http//www.erieri.com) )
  • Salary calculator (http//www.slary.dom)
  • Salary Expert from WSJ (http//www.salary.com/sala
    ry/layoutscripts/sall_display.asp)

55
Employee benefits human resources management
  • International Foundation of Employee Benefit
    Plans http//www.ifebp.org/)
  • Employee Benefit Research Institute
    (http//www.ebri.org/)
  • Employee Benefits Compensation Related Lnks
    (http//www.managementhelp.org/pay_ben/pay_ben.htm
    )
  • Employee Benefits Legal Resource Site
    (http//benefitsattorney.com/modules.php?nameWeb_
    Links)
  • PensionRights.org
  • Spencer Benefits Report (http//www.aspenpublisher
    s.com/spencer.asp?promoidSPENCERNET/)
  • Contract Employees Handbook (http//www.cehandboo
    k.com/)
  • Executive Compensation (http//www.coredatagroup.c
    om/db/compensation.html)
  • International Association for Human Resource
    Information (http//www.ihrim.com/)
  • bNet White Papers (http//jobfunctions.bnet.com/in
    dex.aspx?ucid21)
  • Human Resources Learning Center
    (http//www.human-resources.org/)
  • HRZone.co.uk
  • HR.com
  • Human Resources Law Index (http//www.hrlawindex.c
    om/)
  • Stress Directions (http//www.stressdirections.com
    /)
  • Profiler Personality Test (http//www.od-online.co
    m/app/profiler-intro.asp)
  • Workplacelaw.net
  • Society for Human Resource Management Online
    (http//www.shrm.org/)
  • WorkIndex.com
  • Workforce Management (http//www.workforceonline.c
    om/)

56
Risk issues
  • External factors affecting country
  • Internal groupings (points of power)
  • Political parties (in and out of power)
  • Other important groups
  • Internal factors
  • Specific projects

57
Personal favorites Political risk
  • Handbook of Country and Political Risk Analysis
  • Political Risk Newsletter
  • Bank of America World Information Service
  • Walden Country Reports
  • Institutional Investor
  • Euromoney
  • EIU Country Risk Service (www.eiu.com)
  • Big Six accounting firms
  • Country Risk Forecast (www.crg.com/departments/cri
    s/crg.htm)
  • Country Risk Analysis (http//www.duke.edu/charve
    y/Country_risk/couindex.htm)
  • Oxford Analytica, including Consensus Economics
    (www.oxan.com)
  • Corruptions Perceptions Index (www.transparency.de
    )
  • Countrybriefings.com
  • www.economist.com/countries

58
Foreign trade data collection issues
  • Classification of goods
  • Place of final destination
  • Valuation
  • Discontinuities and revisions
  • Lack of regionalized definitions

59
Trade data opportunities
  • LexMercatoria (http//lexmercatoria.net/)
  • Revised Guide to International Trade Law Sources
    on the Internet (http//www.llrx.com/features/trad
    e3.htm)
  • International Trade Statistics (http//www.intrace
    n.org/tradstat/)
  • Harmonized tariff schedule (http//www.itds.treas.
    gov/)
  • Agency for International Trade Information
    Cooperation (http//www.acici.org/aitic/index.html
    )
  • GATT Digital Library through 1994
    (http//gatt.stanford.edu/page/home)
  • WTO GATT Research (http//www.law.nyu.edu/librar
    y/wtoguide.html)
  • Free Trade Area of America (http//www.ftaa-alca.o
    rg/Alca_e.asp)
  • Summit of the Americas (http//www.americasnet.net
    /)
  • International Chamber of Commerce
    (http//www.iccwbo.org/)
  • US Chamber of Commerce (http//www.uschamber.com/I
    nternational/default.htm)
  • Federation for International Trade Organizations
    (http//www.fita.org/) is the source for
    international import export trade leads, events,
    and links to 8,000 international trade (export
    import) related Websites
  • International Business Resource Center
    (http//www.ibrc.business.ku.edu/)
  • Bridge Between NAICS and SIC (http//www.census.g
    ov/epcd/ec97brdg/)
  • http//www.melissadata.com/LookUps/sic.asp
  • Conversion to NAICS (http//stats.bls.gov/ces/cesn
    ais.htm)
  • Industry trade data (http//www.macalester.edu/res
    earch/economics/PAGE/HAVEMAN/Trade.Resources/Trade
    Concordances.htmlFromNACE)
  • Concordance NAICS NACE (http//www.statcan.ca/en
    glish/Subjects/Standard/concordances/naics2002-to-
    nacerev1-1.htm)

60
Trade data opportunities
  • Trade Statistics Overview (http//docs.lib.duke.ed
    u/maps/guides/trade_overview.html)
  • Danish Exporters (http//www.krak.dk/scripts/danis
    hexporters/danishexporters_forside.asp)
  • BizEurope
  • Global Trade Center Trade Leads
    (www.tradezone.com)
  • UK Trade Investment (https//www.uktradeinvest.g
    ov.uk/ukti/appmanager/ukti/splash)
  • UK Trade Info Data Prices (http//www.uktradeinf
    o.com/index.cfm?tasktradedata)
  • Holland Exports (http//www.hollandexports.com/)

  • Indian Exporters Directory (http//www.infodrivein
    dia.com/)
  • Doing Business Abroad (http//www.infoexport.gc.ca
    /ie-en/MarketReportsAndServices.jsp) Trade Data
    Online (http//strategis.ic.gc.ca/sc_mrkti/tdst/en
    gdoc/tr_homep.html)
  • International Business Forum (www.ibf.com)
  • Manhattan International Development Corporation
    (http//www.manhattanidc.org/marketplace/resources
    /default.cfm?clientID11002typeID3)
  • TradeExpress International Directory
    (www.trade-express.com) the most complete product
    directory for volume buyers to find suppliers,
    exporters and OEM manufacturers.
  • Tradematch (www.tradematch.co.uk) provides
    international trade opportunities through new
    markets, partners and customers overseas
  • Inform Katalog Export (http//www.inform.cz/inp/
    main.html) database of profitable and export
    companies ready to offer their products and
    services on Czech and international market
  • World Trade Markets (www.wtm.com) SEARCH system
    to cater for the capturing, dissemination and
    searching of Trade Point Trade Leads
    (ETO's-Electronic Trade Opportunities) throughout
    the world
  • Statistical Tradeflow Database (http//mkaccdb.eu.
    int/cgi-bin/stb/stat/comext.pl?actionsearch)
  • UN Trade Statistics Database (http//unstats.un.or
    g/unsd/comtrade/) Crosswalk (http//www.unspsc.
    org/)
  • Market Access Compliance (http//trade.gov/mac/)

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Web help for firms seeking overseas trade
  • International Trade Administration (US Department
    of Commerce) www.ita.doc.gov
  • US ITC Tariff Trade Database (http//dataweb.usi
    tc.gov/scripts/tariff.asp)
  • US International Trade Statistics are available
    from the Foreign Trade Division, US Census Bureau
    (www.census.gov/ftp/pub/foreign-trade/www)
  • National Trade Data Bank (www.stat-usa.gov)
  • Export USA Publications (www.exportusa.com)
  • U.S. Customs Rulings (http//rulings.customs.gov/)

  • Export.gov BuyUSA.gov
  • Market Access Compliance (http//www.mac.doc.gov
    /)
  • TradeNet Online (http//www.tradenet.com/)
  • Outsourcing Offshoring (http//www.outsourcingof
    fshore.us/)
  • Port Connecticut (http//portconnecticut.com/webri
    ng.html)
  • TradersCity Index (http//www.traderscity.com/boar
    d/)
  • Export Services China (http//www.exportservices.b
    e/china.htm)
  • Foreign Trade Information System
    (http//www.sice.oas.org/)
  • Cato Center for Trade Policy (http//www.freetrade
    .org/)
  • Dialog TradeStat (http//www.tradstat.com/)
  • TradeStats Express State Data (http//tse.export.g
    ov/SEDHome.aspx?UniqueURLd4mlwl45qujiisqmbqjcn5ry
    -2005-2-1-12-52-24)
  • http//www.buyusainfo.net/
  • Virtual World Trade Reference Room
    (http//www.ita.doc.gov/td/industry/otea/ref-room.
    html)

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Demographic data data collection issues
  • Population
  • Age distribution
  • Urban rural
  • Income ( income distribution)
  • Per capita
  • Methodology
  • Collection time
  • Definitions

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My favorite sites Population/demographics
  • UN Swmographic and Social Ststistics
    (http//unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/products/s
    ocind/)
  • US Census Bureau (http//www.census.gov/)
  • Census Bureau Subjects A-Z (http//www.census.gov/
    main/www/subjects.html)
  • American Fact Finder (http//factfinder.census.gov
    /home/saff/main.html?_langen)
  • American Community ASurvey (http//www.census.gov/
    acs/www/)
  • State County Quick Facts (http//quickfacts.cens
    us.gov/qfd/index.html)
  • International Data Base (http//www.census.gov/ipc
    /www/idbacc.html)
  • Census Links (http//censuslinks.com/)
  • Country Rank by Population (http//www.census.gov/
    ipc/www/idbrank.html)
  • World Population (http//www.census.gov/ipc/www/wo
    rld.html)
  • International Programs (http//www.census.gov/ipc/
    www/)
  • International Population Reports
    (http//www.census.gov/prod/2001pubs/p95-01-1.pdf)

  • US Gazetteer (http//www.census.gov/cgi-bin/gazett
    eer)
  • DataFerret (http//ferret.bls.census.gov/cgi-bin/f
    erret)
  • Social Statistics Briefing Room
    (http//www.whitehouse.gov/fsbr/demography.html)

  • New on our site (http//www.census.gov/newonsite/)

  • State of the Cities (http//socds.huduser.org/)
  • NationMaster
  • HNPS
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