This page lists resources that we at RBA use on a regular or daily basis. It covers day to day essentials such as currency exchange rates, weather, postcodes, telephone directories, biographies and acronym finders.
Currency Exchange Rates
Pacific Exchange Rate Service fx.sauder.ubc.ca
A service for academic research and teaching provided by Prof. Werner Antweiler at UBC's Sauder School of Business. Historical daily exchange rates are available for 87 currencies, some going back to 1971.
Oanda Currency Convertor www.oanda.com
Includes options for generating tables and graphs of historical data some of which goes back to 1990. The tables can be formatted as HTML, ASCII or CSV.
Global Financial Data www.globalfinancialdata.com
Current and Historical Data for the United States and over 150 countries, including stock markets from 1690, exchange rates from 1590, interest rates from 1700, commodities from 1500 and inflation from 1264. Data are recorded daily, weekly, monthly, and annually. There are several free annual data series including: inflation rates since 1264, interest rates since 1700, commodity prices since 1257, exchange rates since 1800. Subscriptions to the priced service range from USD 25 for some individual files to several thousand dollars for an annual subscription to the entire database.
Current Value of Old Money
World Currencies - Listed by ISO 4217 Currency Abbreviation
See also World Currencies - Listed by Currency Name
www.jhall.demon.co.uk/currency/by_currency.html and World Currencies - Listed by Country Name
Eurozone - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
European Central Bank: Map of euro area 1999 – 2009
VAT Number Validation ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/vies/vieshome.do
Validate any EU VAT number by selecting the member state and entering the VAT number.
VAT Rates Applied in the Member States of the European Community ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/resources/documents/
PricewaterhouseCoopers: Global VAT Online
Priced service only.
Bank of England Monetary and Financial Statistics Division www.bankofengland.co.uk/statistics/index.htm
Links to detailed information on exchange rates and interest rates. The Official Bank Rate History section provides details of UK interest rates, and when they became effective, going back to 1975 in spreadsheet, CSV, HTML and XML formats.
Europa - RAMON ec.europa.eu/eurostat/ramon/
If you don't know your NACE from your HS6, this site has many of the coding systems in use around the world including the Harmonized Commodity Description used in trade statistics services. Codes can be viewed online or downloaded in various formats.
UK SIC 2007 Codes www.statistics.gov.uk/statbase/product.asp?vlnk=14012
North American Industry Classification System
Land Registry www.landregistry.gov.uk
The Land Registry guarantees the title to, and records the ownership of, interests in registered land in England and Wales.
Our Property - Property and house prices revealed OurProperty.co.uk
One of the many services that repackage data from the Land Registry of England and Wales, and the Registers of Scotland. It gives the the address of the property, the date it was sold and how much it was sold for. It does not give the name of the owner or the name of the lender. There is also an email alerting service that enables you to monitor house prices up to 500 meters from a post code. The data goes back to 2000 and covers England, Wales and Scotland.
House Prices - Nationwide Building Society www.nationwide.co.uk/hpi/
Land Registers of Scotland www.ros.gov.uk
Environment Agency www.environment-agency.gov.uk
Information on flood risk and pollution available by location or post code.
Images of England www.imagesofengland.org.uk
Web site set up by English Heritage National Monuments Record containing information about listed buildings.
UK Postcodes and Royal Mail postal rates
Royal Mail www.royalmail.co.uk
UK Parcel Force
Parcel Force www.parcelforce.com
UK licensed postal operators
Licensed postal operators - Postcomm www.psc.gov.uk/licensed-postal-operators.html
Lists the 28 organisations licensed to operate postal services in the UK.
Post and Zip codes World-wide
Links to Postcode Pages www.grcdi.nl/linkspc.htm
UK Electoral Roll www.192.com - Priced service.
Online CodeLook www.telecom-tariffs.co.uk/codelook.htm
Searchable web database but number of lookups is restricted. There is also a windows application that can be downloaded to look-up partial telephone numbers to find the locality and tariff band, and to look-up localities to find the code. Available to members only.
Say No to 0870 www.saynoto0870.com
Database of alternative geographic telephone numbers for 0800, 0808, 0844, 0845, 0870 and 0871 numbers.
Who Calls Me? whocallsme.com
"A user supplied database of phone numbers of telemarketers, non-profit organizations, charities, political surveyors, SCAM artists, and other companies that don't leave messages, disconnect once you answer, ignore the Do-Not-Call List regulations, and simply interrupt your day. If you received a strange call, most likely you are not the only one. Search for the phone number to see the reports of others. If there are no reports yet, leave your comment to start a conversation."
Telephone Directories on the Web www.infobel.com
Annotated list of online telephone directories organised by continent and country.
BAA - UK Flight Arrivals, Flight Timetable, Airport News
Real time information on flight arrivals at Heathrow, Stansted, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Southampton.
National Rail - the Gateway to Britain's National Rail Network
Links to UK train companies, timetables, types of ticket, train running information (for example problems with the rail network in general, delays to services).
Ticket and reservation service.
Transport Direct - Connecting People to Places www.transportdirect.info
Information on buses and trains in the UK.
Transport for London www.tfl.gov.uk
Information and news on buses, underground (tube) and trains in London as well as a journey planner. To buy or top up your Oyster Card go to Oyster online at https://oyster.tfl.gov.uk/oyster/
The different language versions of Wikipedia are not always translations of each other, but sometimes contain articles by different authors with a different bias. Some celebrity and politicians' biographies are obviously written by their PR office but viewing previous versions of the articles using the history option can reveal additional information. Bear in mind, though, that information may not be correct and may be deliberately misleading.
Credo Reference www.credoreference.com Formerly xRefer. Provides access to information from a wide range of established and respected publishers. Priced service.
Biography Center www.biography-center.com
Biographies of famous people including classic authors, movie stars, kings and queens, mythical gods, cartoon characters.
Who named it www.whonamedit.com
A biographical dictionary of medical eponyms
Amazon UK www.amazon.co.uk
Amazon US Bookshop www.amazon.com
Abebooks www.abebooks.com and www.abebooks.co.uk (formerly Just Books)
Second hand, out of print and antiquarian books.
A community for exchanging used books that lets you give away books you no longer need in exchange for books you really want.
iBooknet: the independent booksellers' network www.ibooknet.org British cooperative of used books booksellers. Over 500,000 books listed by 40 established independent booksellers. Books bought and sold.
viaLibri www.vialibri.net Searches for old and rare books on eighteen different web sites that aggregate the inventory of hundreds of antiquarian booksellers world-wide.