Several databases offer written country analysis or profiles. They range from a couple of pages to over a hundred. Following is the name of the database (hyperlinked), the number of countries covered, and an example of their report for France.
- Mergent Online (34) France – Country Profile (29 pgs)
- GMID: Global Market Information Database (74) Consumer Lifestyles – France (118 pgs)
- EIU (Country & Business Intelligence) (194) France Country Profile (54 pgs)
- Facts on File World News Digest (217) Country Profile France (10 pgs)
- Europa World Plus (+200) France (60 pgs)
- eHRAF World Cultures (108) Basque Culture Summary (10 pgs)
- Encyclopaedia Britannica (+200) Country Snapshot – France (2 pgs)
- Encyclopaedia Britannica (+200) Main Article – France (332 pgs)
Additionally, there are a number of government and organizational siites that offer free reports. See the Libraries’ pages Countries Cities and States and Country Resources: The Green Boxes.
With the growth of satellite, cable, and IPTV programming, finding basic information on European televesion can be difficult. A great reference book is Television in 36 European States Volume 1. It lists all the channels one can get in a country as well as the influence of neighboring nations. Each country has a recent history narrative. It also has a breakdown of programming by genre for channels, not specific shows. Data and graphs over time are in each volume. The producer, the European Audiovisual Observatory, also has a nice website that compliments the yearbook called MAVISE. Volume 2 covers new trends and Volume 3 studies film and home video including dvds and on-demand data.
If you are trying to find what products globally companies are creating in response to environmental awareness, explore the database Product Launch Analytics.
Search for terms as biodegradable, green, environment, etc. The results are global and can be delivered directly to excel, powerpoint, and word. The two examples above for dinner plates are sold in Australia and the United States.
The movie It’s a Wonderful Life takes place in a town called Bedford Falls. Is there such a place? The Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) contains information about physical and cultural geographic features of all types in the United States, associated areas, and Antarctica, current and historical, but not including roads and highways. The database holds the Federally recognized name of each feature and defines the feature location by state, county, USGS topographic map, and geographic coordinates. Other attributes include names or spellings other than the official name, feature designations, feature classification, historical and descriptive information, and for some categories the geometric boundaries.
Download Data: http://geonames.usgs.gov/domestic/download_data.htm
[left] Hair Styles; Spring Flowers, Life Magazine, 1951
[right] That Young New York Look, Life Magazine, 1969
This is really cool – an archive of photos from LIFE magazine is now searchable on Google. Just go to http://images.google.com/hosted/life and you will find photos that are browsable by decade, from the 1860s to the 1970s; you can also search for specific subjects or people (and there is a list of suggested keywords as well – people, places, events, etc). Looks like a nice supplement to some of the image databases the Libraries subscribe. See http://www.libraries.iub.edu/index.php?pageId=5776 .