Posts Tagged ‘duhok’
My username and password arrived for the Iraq Virtual Science Library! I can now take the system for a test drive and figure out how to design a seminar on the IVSL for the graduate students at the University of Duhok.
Date I applied: 6 May 2009
Date I received my login: 13 October 2009
Time required to approve my request: 166 days, or five months and a week
Number of days after I left Iraq that the request was approved: 151
Barriers to adoption of new technology….
Unfortunately I don’t have Mr. Faraj’s email, so I am going to send these links to him here instead. These are just the results of Google search on stiff ODE solvers variously in Matlab, Octave, and Sage. I hope that some of these links will provide you with the information you need to evaluate the different software.
Good luck with your work on stiff ODEs! Please be in touch when I am back in the United States. It has been a pleasure to visit you.
Here’s a resource for the University of Duhok. Wikihow is a website where people can post how-to manuals. It has a Kurdish language page.
Rather than have my manual translated into Kurdish, I hope that some people at University of Duhok will be able to post short articles describing individual resources on Wikihow. For example, here are some tasks that might require a bit of learning:
- how to register for IVSL access
- how to access JSTOR through IVSL
- how to find a course syllabus at MIT Open Courseware
- how to run a quick query at the World Bank WDI site
- how to use Google Scholar
- how to write footnotes/bibliographies with Zotero or Endnote
- how to install R on your computer
I’m sure you can think of more.
I can’t write these in Kurdish, but I bet the students at UOD can.
Please comment on this if you know of Arabic and Kurdish language resources for learning R.
I have been encouraging the economics faculty here to learn R for econometrics, both on grounds of quality and cost.
Here is a short list of resources that can help new users make the transition from SPSS if they choose.
- Home page and downloads http://cran.r-project.org/
- Instructions from UCLA http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/r/
- Instructions for SPSS Users http://statmethods.net/
- Graph examples http://addictedtor.free.fr/graphiques/
- Econometrics with R (pdf) http://cran.r-project.org/doc/contrib/Farnsworth-EconometricsInR.pdf
These resources are all in English. Does anyone know where to find R manuals or tutorials in Arabic?
Update: the R project posts foreign-language tutorials in Chinese, French, German, Italian, and several other languages but no Arabic.
To my new friends on the University of Duhok faculty:
Please be advised that the IMF provides access to their incomparable International Financial Statistics free of charge to Iraqi universities. The University of Duhok is currently in negotiations with the IMF to register for free access.
This resource will be of invaluable access to your research.
For my new friends on the faculty of the University of Duhok: this website has comprehensive data on the Annual Statistical Abstract 2005-06. I hope they will post XLS or raw data file format files soon; I could not find them. Both HTML and PDF files are available for most tables.
Just when I needed to access the University of Duhok servers most … BLACKLISTED.
I’m really not one to complain about sensible Internet security measures. It’s just that this time, I’m the one that needed access to all the information stuck behind the Google / Mozilla quarantine wall.
Google’s and Mozilla’s strategy for containing malicious software on Web servers works approximately like this. If the Google bots encounter repeated attempts to install malware at your servers (about five in the space of several weeks), they flag your servers as high risks for Web users. Mozilla and Google then politely refuse to let users browse those websites.
With a modicum of creativity, it’s possible to visit those sites in violation of the quarantine. Most users, however, will simply do without access to the sites until they clean up their act. This is eminently sensible.
I just wish this wasn’t the week they had to clean up the servers at the university I’m about to visit. Calling Duhok is expensive.