Sources of Data

Over the last decade, I have had a lot of lessons about the value of good data.  Some good…some not so good.  If you like good data, you should find this modest list very helpful. 

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Geographic Data

GeoCommons:  GeoCommons is the public community of GeoIQ users who are building an open repository of data and maps for the world.

OpenStreetMap:  A free worldwide map with user populated content and data.  The data is free to download and use under its open license.

TIGER:  A free to use database provided by the US Census Bureau containing an extensive amount of population and geographic data.

Global Health Data

Global Health Facts:  Self run studies on global health.

World Health Organization:  As the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations, the organization maintains broad statistical studies on the state of health throughout the world.

OECO Statistics:  Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development maintains broad study data over a wide variety of topics.

Government and Politics

Census Bureau:  Maintains several databases that are used to inform policy decisions within the United States.  The data covers broad to specific population characteristics.

Data.gov:  Maintains broad United States government data

Follow the Money:  An interesting database covering campaign contributions within the United States.

General Sources

DBpedia:  A crowd-sourced community effort to extract structured information from Wikipedia and make this information available on the Web.

Alexa:  This is a site tracking service owned by Amazon.com.  It consists of a database that allows you to look up visit statistics for websites across the world.

Way Back Machine:  This site lets you look at websites over time.  You can choose a site and discover what it looked like a day, a week, a year or several years ago.

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