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Academia at Stackexchange.com


By Research Cooperative, 2016-10-19

This looks like a great discovery - an Academic Q&A that puts the top rated answers to any question at the top of the stack.

See: http://academia.stackexchange.com/

... and ask or answer any question that takes your fancy.

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Website tools


By Research Cooperative, 2016-10-11

w3schools.com - html tutorials, css coding, colour codes, etc.

Everything needed (except our time) for building or redesigning a website

Digital Colour Meters - These measure the colour we can see on any selected area or point on your screen, and then give us the html code value that specifies the selected colour. One of these is provided as part of MacOS  (see https://support.apple.com/guide/digital-color-meter/welcome/mac ). Colourzilla has Firefox and Chrome Browser extenstions that do similar things on any computer (see https://www.colorzilla.com/ ).

These should be very useful for website colour design. I can also imagine using a digital colour meter to objectively measure colour and tone differences in a series of photographs for scientific measurement of anything that has been photographed in a standardised way. Or it could be used to match the colour of digitalised slide photo with the colour of the same object photographed with a digital camera, or to adjust photos that have a standard colour chart included in the photos.

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Digital file formats


By Research Cooperative, 2016-10-11

How many different file formats exist for digital information?

It is a jungle out there. Some formats are extinct, many are alive, and many are evolving.

The Library of Congress Digital Formats website has a comprehensive catalogue with descriptions of old and new file formats. The information is provided to help librarians and archivists manage digital collections. Look for their Format Descriptions tab.

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Currency Conversion


By Research Cooperative, 2016-10-11
Currency Conversion

Currency conversion is useful when negotiating prices, or buying books online etc. Here are three commonly used services:

Oanda
XE
X-rates
Yahoo

Less well known is the following equation:

Volunteer x Worried Writer x Sincere Effort = Mutual Satisfaction (a universal social currency). Bananas also deserve respect

Place Names & Place Codes


By Research Cooperative, 2016-10-11
Place Names & Place Codes

The International Organization for Standardization displays 248 official short names for countries, and short identification codes for each country .

The World Gazetteer by Stefan Helders is a rich source of information on places and geographical data.

Maps of Net is a huge aggregation site for maps of the world, with comprehensive destination gazetteer.

The AuthaGraph world map shows the true areas of ocean and land in a rectangular layout.

Calling Codes


By Research Cooperative, 2016-10-11
Calling Codes

I often need to look up international country codes. The following sites are useful:

CountryCallingCodes .com

StudyAbroad .com

World Telephone Numbering Guide

Time Zones & World Clocks


By Research Cooperative, 2016-10-10

Check the time in another country when planning a phone call, sending a message, or using a chat panel. These sites typically carry a lot of advertising. Sorry, that's the business model, but they can be useful. If you know any better sites, please tell us!

Everytimezone  - an interactive graphical interface to compare your time across time zones.

The Time Now  - plan meetings across multiple time zones, and more.

The World Clock  - comprehensive with many options.

Time Zone Map - world time zones, dates, and times.

World Clock Meeting Planner  - find the best time for an online conference across time zones.

Time and Date - all the above features, including a very useful Date Calculator, which can show the date for a given number of days, years, etc after or before a given date.


Dictionaries


By Research Cooperative, 2016-10-10

The Science Dictionary - A "specialized science search engine that queries billions of the web's top science pages for scientific information"

Online Life Science Dictionary - based in Japan.

World of Science - "Online Science for All" b ased in India.

Babylon Science & Technology - "The World's Best Online Dictionary"

Biology Online - "Run by enthusiasts from all around the world"

Opposite Dictionary - "Find opposite of a word in seconds. Largest opposites dictionary"

Pronounciation Dictionary - "All the words in the world. Pronounced" based in Spain.

Science Dictionary - " The World's Largest Online Science Dictionary" b ased in the USA.

 
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