Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Gaming is classified as an addiction - should it be? find out more with our links.

According to the latest classification of mental health diseases IC 11 from the World Health Organisation. It is listed as an addiction.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) 2016 update to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the taxonomic and diagnostic tool published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) also listed gaming as a disorderin a recent update

Why has this happened?
Video and intenet games have often sparked controversy
They are now widely played
IFSE has data on the percentage of the population who play games in European nations. in 2017 they found 43% of the population of the UK 6-64 played an average of 9.5 hours per week. 'ERA data shows that the value of the UK games market for home sales almost equals that of music and video combined, comprising 46.3% of the overall value of the sector in 2017'

Certainly many psychologises recognise and treat it . See TechAddiction Canada for exmaples of an organisation whioch supports and collects evidence for 'addicts'
However a number of scholars disagreed with the 2016 WHO proposal to classify it as an addiction. Read the full text.
Scholars’ open debate paper on the World Health Organization ICD-11 Gaming Disorder proposal
there has also been a recent 2018 paper which has pointed to lack of scientific evidence.
van Rooij, A. J., Ferguson, C. J., Colder Carras, M., Kardefelt-Winther, D., Shi, J., & Przybylski, A. K. (2018, February 8). A weak scientific basis for gaming disorder: Let us err on the side of caution. https://doi.org/10.17605/OSF.IO/KC7R9
in 2016 University of Oxford scholars found evidence of some adiction but found it less than gambling. 

Looking for more evidence

NHS evidence enables you to quickly search for NHS advice on the issue which considers the benefits and risks of online gaming.
Pubmed also has studies considering this.
for instance this PLOS article from 2012


Wednesday, 13 June 2018

World cup - who will win consult these academic economic prediction models

If you are looking forward to the world cup you might like to try consulting these economci research resources to find out who might win!

Goldman Sachs has predicted Brazil will win its sixth World Cup title—defeating Germany in the final on July 15. Read the full details in its briefing

Danke Bank predictions

University of Adelaide Dr Steve Beggs

University of Innsbruck -
Probabilistic forecasts for the 2018 FIFA World Cup based on the bookmaker consensus model (available via Repec)

Bloomberg has compared some of the predictions

The FT has a special section of World Cup football analysis  Some items offered for subscribers only.

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

International day of Peacekeepers 29th May 2018

29th May is UN International Day of Peacekeepers. on the 70th anniversary view a list of those who died in 2017
and explore our other free resources.
The main UN peacekeeping website describes the role and where peacekeepers are currently operating.
It includes data on deployment, personnel and fatalities.
Year in review publications from 2004 onwards plus maps and reports from current peacekeeping missions.

Research on the role and importance of UN peacekeepers
There have been a number of recent initiatives to examine and review UN peacekeeping
In December 2017 Lieutenant General Carlos Alberto dos Santos Cruz on peacekeeping fatalities and injuries published a report on

Improving Security of United Nations
Peacekeepers: We need to change the way we are doing business 
WILPF - International League for Womens Peace and Freedom campaigns for womens involvement in peacemaking -
The Institute for Economics and Peace is the world’s leading think tank dedicated to developing metrics to analyse peace and to quantify its economic value. Global Peace Index 2017. It includes reviews of trends in peacekeeping and economic assessments
US think tank Rand has also conducted some reviews of UN effectiveness in peacekeeping and nation building.
United Nations Association UK discusses the role of Britain and the UN
Code Blue campaigns against sexual abuse by blue helmets personnel. Its website provides links to UN and its own reports and factsheets on allegations.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Ireland Abortion Referendum- academic resources.

This week a referendum on abortion will take place in Ireland. User these resources to get some academic facts -

the Irish parliament has the full text of the bill.
Thirty-sixth Amendment of the Constitution Bill 2018- Bill 29 of 2018)
it also includes links to the associated parliamentary debates

Official information on the Referendum from the Referendum Commission.
it includes news and an independent guide
the results will be posted on the returning officer page

University College Dublin has a great resource for votes and students on understanding the background to the referendum with links to key arguments and websites.it includes an argument roadmap.

News coverage.
Journal.ie- coverage of 8th Amendment
Irish Examiner
Irish Times

campaign /Interest groups
Vote no 
Anglican Communion statement
Catholic bishops of Ireland - pastoral letter. 
they also have a choose life website
LoveBoth No campaign 
Get the Truth out facebook campaign
Save the 8th Amendment
Protect the 8th
Disability Voices for Life

 Vote Yes
Artists campaign to repeal the 8th Amendment
Coalition to Repeal the 8th Amendment.
Amnesty International Its time campaign 
Together for Yes- National Civil Society Campaign
Midwives for Choice
  Psychological Society of Ireland evidence papers.
Workers Party

Research projects
Transparent Referendum Initative  is building a database of all political ads targeting Irish Facebook users ahead of the referendum on the 8th amendment. We are publishing a list of these ads below, so they are open to scrutiny by journalists, fact checkers and anyone wishing to understand the campaigns
Facebook statement on referendum advertisements.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Thursday 17th May is Global Accessibility Awareness day - here are some resources

Thursday 17th May is Global AccessibilityAwareness day

it seeks to encourage discussion on the the design, development, usability of technology to enable the inclusion of users with disabilities.

The official website provides background on the day and links to resources from other days.

JISC Accesible organisations blog provides spoecialiust postings to support HE organisations in the UK in providing inclusive learning environbments

LexDis is a resource to show the ingenuity and skills that students have shown in the way they have used technologies to support their studies.It includes guides and links to courses plus reviews of how technology may be used.

The Aspire Project is encouragfing publishers to create accessibility statement and audit their ebook packages.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Iran Nuclear treaty get some facts from our academic sources

As Iran pulls out of the nuclear deal
use these resouerces to find out more.

What is the Iran treaty?
On July 14, 2015, the P5+1 (China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States), the European Union (EU), and Iran reached a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to ensure that Iran’s nuclear program will be exclusively peaceful . The Department of state website has the text of the agreement
IAEA is conducting the verification programme see its statements and reports.


Think tanks
Nuclear Threat Initiative has a file on Iran last updated in October 2017
The Alsos Digital Library for Nuclear Issues has some references to books and websites on the history of the topic.

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx

5th May is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx.

You can read his classic works, letters and writings free from the Marxist Internet Archive. Which also provides free access to a wealth of other primary resource materials on later Marxist writers worldwide.

British Library has a digital copy of the original manifesto - only 26 are believed to have survived worldwide.

The library website also has an image of Marx’s original British Library readers ticket

Historical Materialism: Research in Critical Marxist Theory is a Marxist journal, appearing four times a year, based in London. Founded in 1997,

Its website provides free access to a blog, some book reviews, free online research guides and essays.

International Institute Social History

Based in the Netherlands, Has an extensive online collection of political posters, online exhibitions. The later include some materials for May day.

Special Marx 200 collection

this website has numerous links and articles.

Marx Memorial library is a london based organisation get information about its special collections.

ND dossier - in German

Spiegel column