Archive for the ‘Website of the week’ Category

Online service of the week: News Archive from the Hardware Association in Ireland

August 22nd, 2014 No comments

Have you recently gotten an assignment to research on opportunities for distributing parts for hardware stores in Europe?

Would you like to know more about the state of building supplies and market trends?

If so, the news archive from the Hardware Association in Ireland is a very good starting point.

You can access the archive by visiting their website and selecting the Latest News menu button at the top.


Then, on the left towards the bottom you will find the listing of articles by month.  The archive contains information as far back as July 2011.

Additional sections

Complete listings for its Board of Directors and National Council Members. Choose ‘About Us’ from the top menu and then from the buttons on the lower left menu.

A link to the HAI Show to be celebrated in 2015

A link to the Hardware Journal, a magazine published in Issuu

Online service of the week: Toronto Panamerican Games newsletter

October 12th, 2013 No comments

This is a newsletter about the Toronto 2015 Panamerican Games.

Named Viva 2015, the newsletter has been published since 2010 and it has three language columns nowadays: English, French and Spanish.

The concept of three languages is very appropriate to the very welcoming nature that’s intended for the games.

The newsletter is available from the Toronto 2015 website

To find it, select the ‘Media’ menu option at the right of the main menu,


The newsletter includes information from the point of view of the event organizers and details advances in venues, details about sponsors and planned activities.

This is valuable information for prospective sponsors, investors, visitors, and overall Toronto enthusiasts that will expect to see these games in full swing in two years time.

Online service of the week: historical Fiji Rugby matches at

September 18th, 2013 No comments

Nothing beats knowledge about sports than being as close to the source as possible

This is true of the historical match database found at the website.

Simply select ‘Result’ from the main menu and it you will be able to search by team, match year, or match venue.


But the real surprise was to find the possibility of a match report and statistics that may go back decades in the past.

For example, after selecting ‘Ireland’ under the ‘opponent name’ search option, we are presented with a list that indicates that there was a visit from Ireland XV way back in june 1976 along with the full detail of players and scoring sequence.

We just wish that every country were as enthusiastic about their sports to keep such a rich legacy of information.

Similar services (In Spanish). A detailed look at matches and news around every sport.


Online service of the week: assignments written by Marovo-speaking students at Reef and Rainforest wiki in the Solomon Islands

May 25th, 2013 No comments

The Reef and Rainforest (Marovo Lagoon) wiki  in the Solomon Islands promotes the transmission and nurturing of the Marovo language. This site uses the MediaWiki platform for that purpose.

The wiki contains a unique feature in which writing assignments  are provided to students.  These assignments are done in the Marovo language and subsequently scanned to PDF.  Each assignment is then given the name of the school and an ID


Sample of a scanned assignment in the Marovo language in PDF form.

This is a treasure trove for researchers of Asia Pacific languages and it provides insight into the power of the web to use groups to achieve goals.

In order to access the assignments, go to the Reef and Rainforest wiki, and select ‘Assignments’ from the top menu

Afterwards, go to the bottom and click on any assignment with the .pdf extension

This will open the assignment selection page with a link to the document to download (file name is highlighted in the picture below)

One improvement we would like to see done is to expand the wiki to provide the same assignments transcribed into text form. (Transcribers need not understand the Marovo language). Also, the assignments do not have a timestamp which would benefit potential researchers.

If anyone wanted an idea for reviving any dying language, this type of project is a good example of how to get started.


Online service of the week: Archive of past scouting events at

March 13th, 2013 No comments

The Kandersteg International Scout Center in northern Switzerland is based upon Lord Baden Powell’s wish to establish a permanent place where scouts from all over can meet.

The center has had a long history that spans as far back as the 1920s.

The website contains an event archive describing events as early as 2007. This section provides a pretty good idea about recent activities at the Center and what visitors should expect from their visit while in Kandersteg.

Another unique feature of the website is that all of the sections we checked are translated into German, Italian, French and English and this allows for a wider scout audience.

To access the Event Archive, select ‘Events’ from the main website menu and then ‘Event Archive’ from the left side menu.

Other relevant sections:

Donations, Descriptions about Short Term and Long Term staff options, an award section detailing the types of badges that can be earned at the center.