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Untitled Treasures of the Internet

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Topics related to Biological Sciences, Health & Biomedicine are included either in Health Resources or Ecosystems. This page is a part of a much larger website -- "Treasures of the Internet" -- that includes other major sections, including the links shown on the left. If this is your first visit, please read "navigating this site", for further guidance.
Untitled Introduction Treasures of the Internet

The introductory section of Science and Technology will be "encyclopedic" in the scope of academic and applied disciplines that will be covered; it is defined more broadly to include Mathematics and related disciplines, like Statistics. More focused subsections have been developed; at present, these include the major related subsections:
  • Ecosystems
    a more focused section dealing with nature and wildlife, conservation, ecology, flora(plants) & fauna (animals), nature, parks, wildlife, etc.
  • Health Resources
    this section includes topics related to health and biological science topics related to biomedicine
  • Biological Sciences
    (under construction); at present, many related biological science topics are included either in Ecosystems or the Health Resources websites.

Visit also the other more specific subsections, shown on the left navigation links. If you cannot find a topic in the introductory Science and Technology section, it may have been indexed either in Ecosystems or the Health Resources websites.

As we are able to recruit more volunteers to help build this page, we hope to create individual pages also for the other academic and applied disciplines. This ambitious goal will take time and resources to become reality. Moreover, the section will continue to evolve in its content because the worldwide databases for Science and Technology keep on expanding at exponential pace, as new ideas, discoveries and inventions are made.

Unlike other internet sites, this site will be more selective rather than comprehensive in the link internet sites. For now, we stir you to the more focused archives or directories, from around the world, prepared by research institutions, universities, academic and scholarly organizations and associations, etc. Many of these carefully selected archives and directories are prepared, reviewed and regularly updated by authorities in each field. Thus, these databases should be more reliable of information than those that you may get from search engines.

The archive or directory sources are identified, but this should not be taken as an endorsement of any of these internet databases. [An underlined topic link, in the main A-Z navigation links, refer to archive/directory compilations of the Treasures of the Internet website.]

Database reliability. While we try to be as selective as possible, there are great variations in quality (accuracy) of the information among the internet sites compiled by the various archives and directories. So, be forewarned. Exercise your judgement when relying on any information provided. Be sure to consider the reliability of the source and the date the data was gathered. If possible go back to the original source. If no source was provided, the data should be considered suspect.

In an ideal world, data and information should be objective. However, in reality they could be influenced by the perspective or agenda of the individual or the organization generating or collating the data. This is another reason why you should always consider the origin of the data or information.

In view of the above, alternative archives and directories, if available, are provided here, to give you a chance to verify the data with alternative sources.

To cite how critical data reliability is, I was doing a research on population densities and came across a site that listed the most populated cities in the world -- citing the United Nations as the source of the data. A brief inspection of the order suggested that there were a number of cities missing and the order does not correspond to the expected. The errors were confirmed when spot inspection of raw data from the original source (United Nations) was done.

Sometimes, the discrepancy could be very subtle but significant. Going back to the example given; population of cities can be provided as that of the inner city, the metropolitan area (to include the subarban areas and adjacent cities) or the megalopolis, resulting from the merging of neighboring metropolitan areas (e.g., Baltimore-Washington-Northern Virginia region) that interact and share many common resources. The order of the most populous cities could change depending on the data used (i.e., inner city, metropolitan or megalopolis).

We agree with the philosophies expressed by Untitled Open Directory Project as outlined in About the Open Directory Project. However, a visitor who wants a quick information can be overwhelmed by the number of internet links provided or may not have the needed time or expertise to distinguish junk from quality information. In this aspect, we hope eventually to attract experts in the field to serve as volunteers to help build reliable compilations to be included in Treasures of the Internet.

The section, Why this page?, outlines how the compilations of Treasures of the Internet. will differ from existing directories. If you agree with what we are trying to do, please do join us and volunteer to help build this page. Untitled





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Untitled Notes and Disclaimer: Please visit the Why this page? section in the Introduction of Treasures of the Internet to know more about our policies on privacy, general disclaimer and other pertinent information. You agree to be bound by the aforementioned policies and disclaimer if you go beyond the entry page of this website and will not hold us responsible for the consequences of what you do with the information gathered herein.

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