Welcome to the latest edition of the newsletter which brings you a selection of new sites added to SOSIG the Social Science Information Gateway in the last week. Remember that you can consult a full list at http://www.sosig.ac.uk/
Welcome to 2004!
Description: The Ceremonial Secretariat is part of the Uk Cabinet Office. Its web site provides information on the history of the Uk honours system and how honours and ceremonial awards are allocated today. These include: knighthoods, OBEs and MBES. Nomination forms are available from the web site.
Look at the BBC site to find out what the world leaders predict for 2004
and how many people in the North East keep their new year resolutions (courtsey of BBC and NOP survey!) http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/manchester/3358641.stm
www.December18.Net: Portal For the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Migrants
Description: This web site provides a portal of links to Internet resources relating to the rights of migrants worldwide. December 18th is designated World Migrants Day. The web site is an initiative of December 18 and Migrants Rights International. The resources include news stories, press releases, data and statistics, legislation and reports from international organisations and NGOs / charities. These include coverage of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Migrants, conditions for migrant workers and international trafficking in women and migrants. The site also contains a useful glossary of migrant terms.
Citizen Audit For Britain
Author: Pattie, Charles; Seyd, Patrick
Description: This site provides access to a report by Patrick Seyd and Charles Pattie of the University of Sheffield. It relates to the findings of an ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council)funded project which ran from 2000-2003 and formed part of the Democracy and Participation Programme. The study examines civic attitudes, political engagement and behaviour in Britain, focussing upon citizen participation in politics. The report is made available via the ESRC Regard site. Users should note that it is in pdf format and therefore requires access to an Adobe Acrobat Reader for use.
Libya Weapons: Federation of American Scientists
Description: This site is maintained by the Federation of American Scientists (FAS). It provides access to brief information on Libya's weapons of mass destruction (chemical, biological and nuclear) capability and programmes. It includes statements relating to the December 2003 decision by Colonel Gadafi to dismantle the programme. Links are provided to related sites.
also added: Muammar Gadafi Official Web Site
Managing Resources to Deliver Better Public Services
Description: This site provides access to a paper published by the National Audit Office in December 2003 as HC 61 session 2003-4. It reviews the progress made by British government departments in managing resources since 1995. This includes coverage of financial management, operational management and project management. Case studies of the Serious Fraud Office, Housing Corporation, Teacher Training Agency and Highways Agency are provided. Users should note that the paper is in pdf format and therefore requires access to an Adobe Acrobat Reader for use.
Operation TELIC: United Kingdom Military Operations in Iraq
Author: National Audit Office
Description: This site provides access to the full text of a report by the National Audit Office which was published as HC 60 session 2003-4 in November 2003. It reviews the economic cost and performance of UK army, nay and air force deployment in the 2003 Iraq War. This includes statistics on expenditure and logistics and assessments of the deployment and effectiveness of the equipment used. A chronology of the conflict is also provided. Users should note that the paper is in pdf format and therefore requires access to an Adobe Acrobat Reader for use.
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