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FEDSTATS
This useful site connects users with multitudinous federally collected data on topics from waterborne commerce to birthrates to average wages. The topics are well organized and the links are logical.

Journal of Finance Financial Sites Library
The Department of Finance at Ohio State University's Fisher College of Business offers courses in the areas of investments, corporate finance, and banking. The web site provides links to many online finance resources, including finance journals, institutional working papers, professional sites, and topical links about asset pricing, investments and microstructure.

National Academies Press
The National Academies Press (NAP) was created by the National Academies to publish the reports issued by it and its sister organizations. NAP publishes over 200 books a year on a wide range of topics in science, engineering, and health, capturing authoritative views on important issues in public policy. This website enables one to conduct a title search or full text search, and to browse index categories. Many full text documents are available for online reading or download.

National Transit Database
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) collects and disseminates data on the state of mass transportation via the National Transit Database (NTD) program. Over 600 of the nation's transportation providers submit data to the NTD annually. Both the public and private sectors use this data to assess the current state of mass transit and plan for the future.

National Transportation Library (NTL)
The National Transportation Library contains materials from public and private organizations around the country and is intended to facilitate the exchange of information related to transportation. It is administered by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics in cooperation with the Transportation Administrative Services Center (TASC), the operating administrations and the Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation. The National Transportation Library contains documents and databases provided free of any restriction on reproduction. The site search connects you to many useful online and downloadable documents.

Northwestern University Transportation Library
The Transportation Library of Northwestern University was founded in 1955 and boasts over 400,000 volumes. It is one of the largest transportation information centers in the world, encompassing information on all forms of transportation, including: air, rail, highway, pipeline, water, urban transport and logistics. It has one of the most complete collections of environmental impact statements in the world. The library's website is well organized, with a list of links to informational websites by specific transportation topic. It also contains several on line indexes of library holdings.

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
The OECD groups 30 member countries in an organization that, most importantly, provides governments a setting in which to discuss, develop and perfect economic and social policy. They compare experiences, seek answers to common problems and work to co-ordinate domestic and international policies that increasingly in today's globalized world must form a web of even practice across nations. Among several different areas, the OECD Website provides information on transport, regulatory issues, and public finance.

SMI Conferences
SMI provides business to business information targeted for senior executives. Schedules and summaries of its strategic management conferences, workshops, newsletters and management reports are available at the site. Publications and transcribed proceedings are available for purchase online. Conference topics have included public private partnerships, private finance initiatives, as well as relevant case study presentations.

Tenders on the Web UK
Tenders on the Web is a subscription only service. It provides access to a searchable database of European Public Procurement contracts that are over a certain value and that must be advertised and tenders invited. Non-subscribers can browse topics covered in Procurement News, and find online summaries of recent news items about public procurement. Some items address public finance initiatives.

Transportation Benefit-Cost Analysis
This is a comprehensive resource on benefit-cost analysis for the transportation sector hosted by the Transportation Economics Committee of the Transportation Research Board (TRB). The original site was created by the California Center for Innovative Transportation at the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California at Berkeley and the Planning, Economics and Finance Committee of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Transportation Research Board
For advice on the scientific issues that often pervade policy decisions, the nation's leaders frequently turn to the National Academy of Sciences, specially created for this purpose, and its sister organizations -- the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council. The Transportation Research Board (TRB) is a unit of the National Research Council, and it promotes innovation and progress in transportation by stimulating and conducting research, facilitating the dissemination of information, and encouraging the implementation of research results. This website provides links to all NAS transportation related functions, including the TRB and the Transportation Research Information Services (TRIS), the TRB's bibliographic database on the subject of transportation research, and the TRB calendar. The full text of some publications and reports are available online.

Transportation Research Board Publications Index
This site provides online access to the searchable index of Transportation Research Board (TRB) publications. The TRB Publications Index contains over 21,000 annotated citations for TRB and numerous other research publications, special reports, circulars, conference proceedings, and more. Links are provided from citations directly to TRB's Electronic Bookstore, where one can order print publications or full text electronic documents. The search engine is easy to use and returns useful discussions of innovative finance.