International Data Sources Sampler
The Internet offers the ability to locate data and research topics using resources from around the world.
The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program, sponsored by NASA, hosts historical data sets (1995 to present) made freely available to everyone. GLOBE provides maps, graphs, and data tables to help you visualize and view data sets of interest.
Data sets are available for everything from air temperatures and soil moisture to tree heights and water transparency. Students and teachers are free to download data for use in their own analysis.
Take some time to understand how to access GLOBE data and the various tools by looking at the GLOBE Data User Guide and viewing the GLOBE Data Fundamentals webinar.
Geoscience Australia is Australia's pre-eminent public sector geoscience organization.
They host a wide variety of resources for teachers, students and the classroom.
The population index at Princeton focuses on demographics of all sorts.
The U.S. Geological Survey includes information for areas outside the U.S. as well as extensive U.S. data bases.
The U.S. Geological Survey's Early Warning and Environmental Monitoring (EWEM) program tracks data for a broad spectrum of scientific endeavors operating at national, regional , and international scales. EWEM project activities support investigations in the areas of climate change, natural resource management, environmental change detection, food security monitoring, water resource assessments, and hazard identification/mitigation.
Check out the Livestock Early Warning System, where they use NASA satellite data to track the current status and depth of watering holes in central Africa.
Planeta.com pioneered online reporting focusing on conscious travel around the globe. The site is geared toward conscious travelers, hosts and everyone in between seeking practical suggestions in the realm of eco-friendly, people-friendly and place-friendly travel .
A grand source book for Chinese civilization, especially using ancient tombs' artifacts, has been placed online. These resources are remarkable for their uniqueness rather than technological interactivity.
For an in-depth study of one Southeast Asian country look at Vietnam: Yesterday and Today. Good background for a study of that war.
International data access and exchange, according to experienced networkers, work best if, after a brief introduction period, a research project is well-defined. As students move through school and workplaces, more and more of their networking will occur around the globe. Now is a good time to introduce both the necessary skills and widened horizons.