Other Open Data Sources Anyone Can Use


Data.gov is the treasure-house of US government’s open data. It was only recently that the decision was made to make all government data available for free. When it was launched, there were only 47. There are now 180,000 datasets. Why Data.gov is a great resource is because you can find data, tools, and resources that you can deploy for a variety of purposes. You can conduct your research, develop your web and mobile applications and even design data visualizations. All you need to do is enter keywords in the search box and browse through types, tags, formats, groups, organization types, organizations, and categories. This will facilitate easy access to data or datasets that you need. Data.gov follows the Project Open Data Schema — a set of requisite fields (Title, Description, Tags, Last Update, Publisher, Contact Name, etc.) for every data set displayed on Data.gov.

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U.S. Census Bureau

U.S. Census Bureau is the biggest statistical agency of the federal government. It stores and provides reliable facts and data regarding people, places, and economy of America. The Census Bureau considers its noble mission to extend its services as the most reliable provider of quality data. Whether it is a federal, state, local or tribal government, all of them make use of census data for a variety of purposes. These governments use this data to determine the location of new housing and public facilities. They also make use of it at the time of examining the demographic characteristics of communities, states, and the USA. This data is also made use of in planning of transportation systems and roadways. When it comes to deciding quotas and creating police and fire precincts, this data comes in handy. When governments create localized areas of elections, schools, utilities etc, they make use of this data. It is a practice to compile population information once a decade and this data are quite useful in accomplishing the same. There are various tools such as American Fact Finder, Census Data Explorer and Quick Facts which are useful in case you want to search, customize and visualize data. For instance, Quick Facts alone contains statistics for all the states, counties, cities and even towns with a population of 5000 or more. Likewise, American Fact Finder can help you discover popular facts such as population, income etc. It provides information that is frequently requested. The good thing is that you can search, interact with the data, get to know about popular statistics and see the related charts through Census Data Explorer. Moreover, you can also use visual tool to customize data on an interactive maps experience.

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World Bank Open Data

As a repository of the world’s most comprehensive data regarding what’s happening in different countries across the world, World Bank Open Data is a vital source of Open Data. It also provides access to other datasets as well which are mentioned in the data catalog. World Bank Open Data is massive because it has got 3000 datasets and 14000 indicators encompassing microdata, time series statistics, and geospatial data. Accessing and discovering the data you want is also quite easy. All you need to do is to specify the indicator names, countries or topics and it will open up the treasure-house of Open Data for you. It also allows you to download data in different formats such as CSV, Excel, and XML. If you are a journalist or academic, you will be enthralled by the array of tools available to you. You can get access to analysis and visualization tools that can bolster your research. It can felicitate a deeper and better understanding of global problems. You can get access to the API which can help you create the data visualizations you need, live combinations with other data sources and many more such features.

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WHO (World Health Organization) - Open Data

WHO’s Open Data repository is how WHO keeps track of health-specific statistics of its 194 Member States. The repository keeps the data systematically organized. It can be accessed as per different needs. For instance, whether it is mortality or burden of diseases, one can access data classified under 100 or more categories such as the Millennium Development Goals (child nutrition, child health, maternal and reproductive health, immunization, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, neglected diseases, water and sanitation), non communicable diseases and risk factors, epidemic-prone diseases, health systems, environmental health, violence and injuries, equity etc.

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Google Public Data Explorer

Launched in 2010, Google Public Data Explorer can help you explore vast amounts of public-interest datasets. You can visualize and communicate the data for your respective uses. It makes the data from different agencies and sources available. For instance, you can access data from World Bank, U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Bureau, OECD, IMF, and others. Different stakeholders access this data for a variety of purposes. Whether you are a student or a journalist, whether you are a policy maker or an academic, you can leverage this tool in order to create visualizations of public data. You can deploy various ways of representing the data such as line graphs, bar graphs, maps and bubble charts with the help of Data Explorer. The best part is that you would find these visualizations quite dynamic. It means that you will see them change over time. You can change topics, focus on different entries and modify the scale.

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Registry of Open Data on AWS (RODA)

This is a repository containing public datasets. It is data which is available from AWS resources. As far as RODA is concerned, you can discover and share the data which is publicly available. In RODA, you can use keywords and tags for common types of data such as genomic, satellite imagery and transportation in order to search whatever data that you are looking for. All of this is possible on a simple web interface. For every dataset, you will discover detail page, usage examples, license information and tutorials or applications that use this data.

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Microsoft Azure Open Datasets

Curated open data made easily accessible on Azure

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