|Tuesday, May 28, 2002
|VOLUME 2 ISSUE 34
Here's your latest issue of
Really Useful Sites for International Trade
Professionals. This free bi-weekly newsletter reviews
useful Web sites from the Web Resources database at FITA's International Trade/
Import-Export Portal at www.fita.org, an excellent
source for trade leads, news, events, and a link library
of 7,000+ sites related to international trade.
My name is John McDonnell, and for years I've
been writing about useful Web sites for businesspeople,
in various publications. Now I've focused on
international trade, using my Web research skills to
find sites that are useful for international
businesspeople, and some sites that are just plain fun
If you'd like to search back issues
of Really Useful Sites for International Trade
Professionals, there's a search page at http://fita.org/useful/search.html.
Please feel free to pass this
newsletter on to others.
FEATURED REGIONAL SITE -- EUROGUIDE |
The European Union has spurred
great changes in the business climate of Europe. If you
want to learn more about what's going on there, research
a market, make a contact, find a trade lead, or anything
else having to do with Europe, go to Euroguide at
Euroguide is a portal, which means it has links to many
other sites that will give you information. One
particularly useful site is SOSIG:
Eurostudies at www.sosig.ac.uk/eurostudies, which
has a treasure trove of data about each country's
politics, economy, culture, and other categories.
There are lots more links to Europe at the FITA site.
Go to fita.org/webindex,
click on Regional Resources and Multi-Lateral Trading
Areas in the left column or "Search by Country or
Region" in the right column, and then scroll down to
Europe and select a country or area in the pop-up window
. Or simply type "Europe" in the search box at http://fita.org/.
I'm always looking for better
ways to search the Web, and today I found something that
has real potential. It's called kartoo at
www.kartoo.com, and it's useful, effective, and most of
all, FUN. What kartoo does is present your search
results visually, as part of a map that shows the
relationships between the different results. You type in
your search term, click "ok", and then wait a few
seconds while a funny little genie comes on the screen
and stares at you. When the results appear they are
shown as gold balls on a map, bigger for more relevant
sites, and smaller for less relevant ones. The lines
connecting the balls show the relationships between
sites. When you place your cursor over each gold ball a
description of the site comes onscreen. On a
conventional search engine most people only look at the
first few results -- with kartoo, you can see more
results, and pick up on sites you might have otherwise
missed. There are lots of other features I haven't space
to go into. This one's a winner -- I think kartoo is
going to be the next big thing on the search engine
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I know the school year is ending,
but you should bookmark this site for your kids to use
next fall (or now, if they're still enrolled in
school). Eduseek.com is a search
engine with one million links to educational Web sites.
You just type in your keyword, click on the age of the
person searching (10-12, 12-14, etc.), and away you
go. You can also search by category. Actually, you don't
have to be a student to find this site valuable -- it's
useful for everyone.
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