I decided to share with all n-ost members (or conference participants) my personal list of digital resources and bookmarks. I’ve never shared it with groups before, but I felt that some colleagues may find useful somehow.
Not all my bookmarks are listed here. I left some out. I did so to because too many (the list was a little bit over 2000 entries) could lead to confusion. If you happen to have a need exactly in one of those subjects, please reach me. The following subjects were left out:
Code and advanced user solutions (includes mostly public APIs)
Academic and research studies
OS specific tools and resources
Torrents and startup resources
Social Media monitoring resources (most of it)
Maybe not all URLs are working, If there is one you need, please reach me. Some of them may also not be perfectly neutral (like the “Global Terrorism Database”), so please don’t judge me over the contents of this list. Even some “biased” databases can be useful (if you approach them with the adequate skepticism).
It is likely that some or more of these items leave you in doubt. If that’s the case, please let me know and we can chat over Skype or another digital screen. I’ll be glad to help to deploy some of these tools or troubleshoot anything/. This is my e-mail
these are general tools to create your own blog. I recommend WordPress as they scale well (depending on how much you’ll need from hosting) and have dozens of thousand plugins that will allow you to do almost anything (including some complicated features involving payment or encryption)
Stop Link Spam Bots: this allows you to convert your e-mail (or any email) to a browser coding, so bots won’t harvest the emails you put on the site to allow spam (bots look for chunks of text with an “@“ to get emails). In a nutshell, you can put your e-mail on a site without the risk of having it ending on a spam list.
These databases are not definitive in many subjects so in doubt, check it against a second one. Please also have in mind that this is a list that I have been compiling during the last 20 years, so some of them may not be updated (I’ve already passed them through a filter to check dead URLs. But some may still be hidden…)
Google Dataset Search: aggregates stats from public bases. It cab be handy, especially if you dig in unusual POVs
Wickr– this is an encrypted messenger. If you need to talk to someone and really needs to be safe, it does the job. It may work even in countries with some kind of restriction). It allows you to set a time for your messages so after the message is read, it destroys itself.
Open Source apps: this is a list I’ve never made to the final and not tested nearly 10%. The good thing here is that if you have a problem, it’s very likely that you won’t be the first and it’s quite likely some nerd somewhere in the world already did you a favor.
1Passwordand KeepAss:password managers, the first paid, the second not. If you have to manage loads of passwords, it’s mandatory. If you need extreme privacy, go for KeepAss.
Alfred:it’s a tool that allows you to do thousand s of things straight from a command aline, like pasting text without formatting, translating, checking weather, and much much more. Paid, but by far the application I use the most.
CopyClip: it’s a clipboard manager (you can have dozens of content after the “Crtl-Copy” to paste however you are. Windows and Linux also have versions like.
VPN: if you work as a professional journalist, indispensable. If everyone had an idea of how much your activity is being monitor. I use Ghost VPN, but there are many valid options. To get proper protection, it’s worth paying for it (a few euros per month).
General tools for journalists. Most of them are free. If you have some special request, just let me know.
Creative Commons and Copyright free (or almost) content
Content for free use under Creative Commons licence: CC is an amazing bucket of copyrighted free content. Be alert to what each specific license allows you to. Not every content is licensed the same way and you may infringe legal rights.