Time for a new collection of tools and reports. This week we’ve got a human rights database, file conversion for 208 formats, and nine new reports from research organizations, ranging from terrorism and corruption to European migration. Got a suggestion for The Research Desk? Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In their own words:
“The database provides easy access to country-specific human rights information emanating from international human rights mechanisms in the United Nations system: the Treaty Bodies, the Special Procedures and the Universal Periodic Review (UPR).
“The Index allows the user to find out about human rights issues worldwide, and to see how the legal interpretation of international human rights law has evolved over the past ten years.”
From Transparency International
TI’s 2015 Progress Report is an independent assessment of enforcement under the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD’s) Anti-Bribery Convention. The Convention is a key instrument for curbing global corruption because the 41 signatory countries are responsible for approximately two-thirds of world exports and almost 90 per cent of total foreign direct investment outflows. The document gives country-by-country reports, which show limited or no enforcement in 29 of the 41 countries.
From the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism
Overview: Terrorism in 2014, 6 pages; PDF. August 2015.
“In 2014, more than 16,800 terrorist attacks took place worldwide, causing more than 43,500 deaths and more than 40,900 injuries, including perpetrator casualties. More than 11,800 people were taken hostage in terrorist attacks in 2014. This report provides a brief overview of patterns of terrorism in 2014, highlighting trends from the Global Terrorism Database.”
From the Congressional Research Service (U.S.)
- China’s Currency Devaluation
- Powering Africa: Challenges of and U.S. Aid for Electrification in Africa
- Afghanistan: Post-Taliban Governance, Security, and U.S. Policy
- Nuclear Cooperation with Other Countries: A Primer
From the House of Commons Library (UK)
From the European Parliament Library Research Service
- EU Policy On Climate Change [What Think Tanks Are Thinking]
A roundup of reports from several sources.
- ‘What If …?’, An EPRS Publication On Techno-Scientific Issues For Non-Experts
Gary Price (email@example.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington, D.C., metro area. He is the author of INFOdocket (@infodocket) for Library Journal, and was a co-founder and senior editor at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker. He previously served as contributing editor to Search Engine Land and director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.