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April 29, 2009

Assignment afoot: data on commodities

from Amy:

Student was looking for data on sugar (all I've seen so far; might be one or more other commodities)

for 1990-present

employment rate

between either:
2 countries or
2 country groups or
1 country and a country group
**country groups may not have much data; user may be better off looking up individual countries.


UN Comtrade:

**Use "Data Availability" and select "Reporter" (that's the country (group) reporting the data). User selects country (group), picks longest time range, modifies selection to specify commodity.

FAOSTAT's PriceStat:

**"PriceStat" = 1991-present; Price Archive = 1966-1990

Employment Rates / Wages
International Labor Organization's LABORSTA database

**detailed industry and/or occupational data highly variable


April 28, 2009

Wilson Ref blog

The old wilson ref blog is at

April 27, 2009

Swine Flu & U

Here's the message about Emergency Preparedness in relation to the swine flu epidemic.

April 23, 2009

Weather or not

This is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Minnesota. Today, safety officials around the state will be testing weather warning systems at 1:45 PM and 6:55 PM. Be prepared to hear sirens and other alarms at those times. For more information, see this link:

Here are some general instructions to follow during a tornado or severe weather:

If you are inside a campus building:

Go to the basement, pedestrian tunnel or an inner hallway on a lower floor. Stay away from building entrances and windows. If building is of reinforced construction, stay inside. Avoid auditoriums, gymnasiums, (large areas with poorly supported roofs), glass areas, and temporary buildings. Evacuate the top floor. Use the telephone ONLY to report emergencies. Dial 9-1-1 on campus.

If you are outside on the campus:

Seek shelter inside the nearest permanent structure, preferably in a basement, underground excavation, or a steel framed or reinforced concrete building. If time does not allow you to get inside, lie flat in the nearest depression, ditch, or ravine.

This is also a good time to review emergency procedures for your building. Emergency procedures for each library are available at:

Please feel free to contact me or the facilities coordinator in your building with any questions or concerns.