Today’s links: 2010-10-09: Phonecasting app, and more


  • map provides the most detailed overview yet of life in the world’s oceans.
  • The program makes it easy to collect audio data, and send it out to the world quickly. Visitors to the site will note that this program is compatible with a variety of smart phones, including the Android and the iPhone.
  • The International Day of Non-Violence is October 2nd, which coincides with Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday. The Day was established by a United Nations resolution in 2007, and has the goal to “disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness.” Visitors to the U.N. website can go to the “Background” link to read a brief summary of Gandhi’s philosophy, as well as the definition of non-violence, which includes the three main categories of non-violent action: “protest and persuasion, including marches and vigils”, “non-cooperation”, and “non-violent intervention, such as blockades and occupations”. Visitors interested in reading how the International Day of Non-Violence has been commemorated since 2007 should click on the “Commemoration” link on the left side menu.
  • The term “white-collar crime” was reportedly coined in 1939 by Professor Edwin Sutherland, and today it can refer to anything from elaborate health care frauds to government contracting scams. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has a keen eye in tracking such matters, and this website provides ample information on their activities. The first thing visitors should check out is the “Don’t Be Cheated” area. Here visitors can take a test of their fraud awareness and also learn about common frauds. Moving along, the site also contains a “Quick Facts” area, and a section of “Interesting Cases”. For journalists, the “Cases in the News” area will be particularly noteworthy, as they feature links to recent white-collar crime cases from around the country.
    (tags: fbi crime)
  • The Natural Resources Conservation Service provides a range of documents and materials to stakeholders from the private sector, government agencies, journalists, and scholars. One of their projects is the National Resources Inventory (NRI), which produces maps and charts based on their surveys. On this site, visitors can look over these documents, which are divided into eleven different themes, including “Soil Erosion”, “Wetlands”, and “Land Capability”. Each thematic area contains several dozen maps, and a brief description of what each map illustrates. Much of the data is static, and derived from historical data from the late 20th century, but that doesn’t detract from their relevance or usability.
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