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- Archive of historical ITU proceedings, including CCITT books
- Top Patent search engines
- Cluster Analysis Engines
- Speciality Deep Web Engines
- Find People & Background Checks
- Books Online
- Newspaper Archives Online – deep research on public announcements
- Business Deep Web Engines
- Consumer Engines
- Government Search Engines
- Law and Politics
- Science and Academic
- Data Mining Data Sources
- Cyber War / InfoSec
Archive of historical ITU proceedings, including CCITT books
X.25: “Interface between Data Terminal Equipment (DTE) and Data Circuit-terminating Equipment (DCE) for terminals operating in the packet mode and connected to public data networks by dedicated circuit”. First published in the CCITT, Orange Book, October 1976, Later versions available as ITU-T X.25 https://www.itu.int/itu-t/recommendations/rec.aspx?rec=3694
Top Patent search engines
USPTO Web Patent Databases – Contains links to the various databases of the Patent and Trademark Office. Provides full-text of patents from 1976 to the present and full-page images for patents starting in 1790. Recent U.S. patents are available from this site long before they become available on other patent sites. The USPTO’s PATFT searches and serves over 7,000,000 patents and includes all three types of patents (utility, design and plant). Word searches only find patents from 1976 to the present. Prior patents must be searched by issued date, patent number or classification number.
Espacenet – Produced by the European Patent Office – free access to more than 80 million patent documents worldwide, containing information about inventions and technical developments from 1836 to today. Addition to this group – https://www.epo.org/searching-for-patents.html
The Lens: Patent Search – The Lens covers over 100 million patent documents from around the world. Includes classification searching and quick access to patent family information. Patents identified using the Lens can then be tracked down elsewhere if full text is not available in the Lens.
Google Patent Search – This is exactly what it sounds like – the Google search version of the USPTO patent database; however, it does not contain the most recent U.S. patents. It offers the ability to search through U.S. patents by patent number, inventor, keywords, date, classification number, or patent type. It includes patent applications and international patents. Clicking on parts of the record allows researchers to easily move around to view similar patents. Printing images can be done by right clicking on the drawing and selecting print. Use Advanced Search form for specialized searches: http://www.google.com/advanced_patent_search
pat2pdf – This is a free website that will allow you to enter a U.S. patent number and retrieve a PDF version of the patent. The documents are drawn from the USPTO file server and it does not require any special software to view the images.
PATENTSCOPE – Free tool. One of the few sources that will allow researchers to simultaneously search across multiple countries’ patent collections. Some results will link out to full-text, depending on availability.
Canadian Patent Database – The Canadian Patent Database contains all Canadian patents (both applications and granted patents) since 1924. Contains only bibliographic data, titles and images. No abstracts or claims data are available for patents granted prior to August 15, 1978.
DEPATISnet – DEPATISnet is a free service provided by the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (GPTO). Visitors can conduct online searches in patent publications from around the world stored in the database of DEPATIS. Data records are imported into DEPATIS in the original language. For example, Japanese patents will have English abstracts but French documents will be in French as this is the way the data was supplied to DEPATIS. No translations are provided.
UK Patents and Copyrights – https://www.gov.uk/search-for-patent
Industrial Property Digital Library (http://www.ipdl.inpit.go.jp/homepg_e.ipdl) The JPO (Japanese Patent Office) serves patents from their Industrial Property Digital Library. The PAJ (Patent Abstracts of Japan) database has word searching back to 1976. Their classification system (F1/F-term) search goes back to 1885. There is a three to six month delay in translations to English. The Japan Patent Information Organization (JAPIO) offers English-language access to Japanese unexamined patent applications and offers a machine translation of patents.
SurfIP (http://www.surfip.gov.sg/) SurfIP, the Singapore government’s patent database, has a structured search that accesses any or all of the following countries’ patent information: U.S., China, UK, Canada, Taipei, Korea, and Thailand. The choices also include EP patents. Interestingly, Japan is not listed. The number of stars in the results list indicates perceived relevance, and an active link leads to the home site for the full document.
Patent Analysis (http://www.patentanalysis.com/) – Countries like Australia and New Zealand have put patent information online recently. Patent Analysis searches both along with the U.S. and European patents.
Freepatentsonline (http://www.freepatentsonline.com/search.html) – Freepatentsonline has search fields similar to PATFT. It searches U.S., EP, (European), JP (Japanese), and WO (PCT) patents. Alerts, portfolios, and PDF downloading are available with free registration, but only for the sites’ word-searchable patents (i.e., U.S. from 1976).
Patent Lens (http://www.patentlens.net/) – -Patent Lens, created by CAMBIA, an independent, international non-profit, has a structured search and range of coverage similar to SurfIP. Country coverage is different, however: full text of PCT (1978-present), USPTO (AppFT, and PATFT (1976-present), EPO (1980-present) and IP Australia (applications and patents 1998-present).
Cluster Analysis Engines
Yippy.com – A useful, non-graphical clustering of results. Give it 2 minutes of your time to understand how it works and it will give back hours of saved research time.
Speciality Deep Web Engines
Archive.org – Huge behemoth of media now public domain – rare books, sound recordings, video, 20 year archived images of all old websites, and free audio books!
FindArticles.com – FindArticles has articles from about 500 periodicals with coverage back to 1998, and is completely free of charge. Appears funded by CBS.
Library of Congress – loc.gov – Phenomenal digitized archives, “American Memory” especially interesting. Includes a good newspaper archive.
www.osti.gov – Government research archives, if your tax dollars paid for it, the results are here. Also a huge collection of science presentation videos.
http://www.quandl.com/ – For acquiring raw data for studies, useful for data scientists. An awesome collection of 9,000,000 of financial, economic, and social datasets.
Smithsonian Institution Libraries — 20 libraries from museum complexes around the world.
The National Archives — National Archives’ research tools and online databases.
HighWire Press — Online catalog of the largest repository of free full-text and non-free text, peer-reviewed content, from over 1000 different journals.
Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) — A catalog with more than 1.2 million bibliographic records, many with full text. Sponsored by the US Department of Education.
Topix.net — A news search engine.
Internet Public Library — Internet’s public library.
San Francisco Public Library – A great online library. This is just one example of many such local public libraries that offer similar services.
Find People & Background Checks
Pipl.com– for finding people
zabasearch.com – finding people
Intellus (commercial) – Finding people plus background checks on people and other features.
US Search (commercial) – Finding people plus background checks on people.
123 People (commercial) – A multi search engine built around finding people.
Integrascan – Finding people plus background checks on people.
State of Texas DOT Criminal Background Check – The central background check for felonies provided by the state. Most misdemeanors don’t show up.
Archive.org – Has books online in epub, txt, and pdf formats. The collection encompasses others such as Gutenberg Press, etc.
Books.google.com – They are putting the squeeze on all the book scanning businesses. They want to scan the world to add it to the Google Borg. You will be assimilated.
The Online Books Page — A searchable database of more than 28,000 English works with full text available for free online.
Bibliomania — A database of free literature from more than 2,000 classic texts. Archive.org crushes this.
Project Gutenberg — The granddaddy of online books with a catalog of more than 20,000 free books with full text available online. Included in Archive.org.
The National Academies Press — Only about 3,000 free books online and ~900 for-sale PDFs.
Getty Research Institute – http://www.getty.edu/research/library/ – The Getty Research Institute library collections include over one million books, periodicals, study photographs, and auction catalogs as well as extensive special collections of rare and unique materials. Focusing on art history, architecture, and related fields, they begin with the archaeology of prehistory and extend to the contemporary moment.
Newspaper Archives Online – deep research on public announcements
US newspaper coverage – ResearchGuides lists links to many newspapers
Library of Congress Newspaper Resource List – LOC does a great job getting the list together of wonderful newspaper archives.
NewspaperArchive.com – (commercial) – Known for a large collection.
xooxleanswers.com – Great list of newspaper archives from Xooxle. Good list and a funky name. Two thumbs up.
University of Penn Newspaper Archive – List of US newspaper archives and dates. Looked like a deeper list of Texas newspapers, so this effort may be a deep comprehensive list.
Australia Newspaper archives – http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/about – A phenomenal newspaper archive of most Aussie newspapers from 1820’s going to 1980’s. Including Tazmania as well.
Business Deep Web Engines
AAAAgencySearch.com — Advertising agencies via the American Association of Advertising Agencies.
Alibaba – An international marketplace of businesses looking for businesses.
Kompass — Business to business search engine.
Government Printing Office — Big catalog of stuff published by the Government Printing office. Has business stuff but much much more. Environmental reports, legal docs, nature stuff.
Hoover’s — The Big Boy of info on businesses.
ThomasNet — Just an industrial product search directory.
US Consumer Products Safety Commission Recalled Products — Listing of products, sortable by company name.
Government Search Engines
Copyright Records (LOCIS) — Online copyright records, documents, serials, and multimedia.
Grants.gov — Grant opportunities, from everything under the sun.
Technology Opportunities Program Grants Database — Listing of technology grants, peruse by keyword, state, and year.
CIA Electronic Reading Room — The usual uninteresting declassified CIA documents.
Law and Politics
Law Library of Congress — Allegedly, the largest collection of legal materials in the world, over 2 million volumes.
Global Legal Information Network — Laws, regulations, judicial decisions, and other legal sources.
FindLaw — Free legal database, with collections of cases and codes, legal news.
heinonline.org – (commercial) – Claims to be the “worlds largest image based database of legal documents”.
Science and Academic
ScienceResearch.com — Searchable access to scientific journals and databases.
Academic Index – Main search is a filtered Google search aimed at high authority rank sites, mainly .edu and .gov which filters a great deal out. Second search ties into deep web academic and non-academic databases skewed to librarians and educators.
Science.gov — Gateway to science info provided by US government agencies.
VideoLectures.net – Phenomenal video lecture coverage from high authority rank sources. A great go-to place to find peer-reviewed, conference presented, in depth coverage of a topic at a conference. A nice bonus, is the presentation slides are shown separately, and you can jump to slides of interest to you. Heavily technology based, and 66% is in English. Most lectures 45 minutes or longer.
IEEE Publications (Commercial) — Contains over 1.4 million documents from the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers.
Deep Dyve (Commercial) — www.deepdyve.com
DeepDyve has aggregated millions of articles across thousands of journals from the world’s leading publishers, including Springer, Nature Publishing Group, Wiley-Blackwell and more.
Data Mining Data Sources
http://www.kdnuggets.com/datasets/index.html – Links to gobs of free and commercial datasets used for data mining.
Cyber War / InfoSec
Iron Geek irongeek.com — An excellent library of videos explaining many facets of InfoSec and hacking & security
Security Tube – securitytube.net — A large library of videos covering many topics in InfoSec, cyberwar, and most of the hacking conferences.
DefCon — The main hackers Con, so well known that now the Feds send their folks here and it has become a wild west training ground for coming trends. Archives go back to Defcon 1. They are now on Defcon 20, I think.
Shodan – The deep web search for what things are connected to the internet. Controversial, but a good tool.
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