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American FactFinder provides open and free access to data about the United States, Puerto Rico and the Island Areas on population, income, housing characteristics, etc. The data included comes from several censuses and surveys and is provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Business Dynamic Statistics is a series of openly accessible datasets provided by the U.S. Census Bureau that contain data on U.S. business dynamics. The featured data includes: economic data on employment, number of establishments, establishment openings and closing, number of startups and firm shutdowns as well as annual business and economic statistics.
CDC WONDER, or Wide-ranging OnLine Data for Epidemiologic Research, is an online database that provides free and open access to the information resources of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. WONDER resources include: CDC reports, recommendations and guidelines, articles, statistical research data, and public-use data sets. Data sets cover: deaths, cancer incidence, HIV and AIDS, TB, births, and census data
The Data.Gov Data Catalog provides open and free access to 186,613 datasets aggregated by the U.S. government featuring geospatial and demographic information.
DIVA-GIS is a free computer program for mapping and geographic data analysis (geographic information system) that also provides access to free spatial data for the whole world that you can use in DIVA-GIS or other programs. Spatial data is also openly available at the country and global level and also includes global climate data, species occurrence data, and high resolution satellite images.
The ICPSR data repository includes social science data and related documentation from commercial and non-commercial sources. It is an archive of more than 500,000 files of public opinion research data and other ares of the social sciences, relating to politics, education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism, and a multitude of other fields.
The INDEPTH data repository provides free and open access to data collected by the INDEPTH Network through population and health evaluations of communities in low and middle income countries.
The Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS) is an online database of microdata from 79 countries (2015) for international social and economic research, created and maintained by the Minnesota Population Center. Source data is provided by participating National Statistical Offices. The data are coded and documented consistently across countries and over time to facillitate comparative research. The data are available to qualified researchers free of charge through a web dissemination system.
IPUMS Terra (previously known as TerraPop) is an online, open access database that provides users with global-scale data on human population characteristics, land use, land cover, climate, and other environmental characteristics. IPUMS Terra also provides tools for integrating, analyzing and visualizing data that have spatial and temporal dimensions.
The Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS-USA) is an online, openly accessible resource of more than fifty samples of the American population drawn from fifteen federal censuses and from the American Community Surveys of 2000-present. IPUMS-USA is composed of microdata and includes a data extraction system that enables users to select the samples and variables they require.
Natural Earth is a public domain map dataset featuring integrated vector and raster data.
The North Atlantic Population Project (NAPP) is a machine-readable, opne access database of the complete censuses of Canada (1881), Denmark (1787, 1801), Great Britain (1881, 1911), Norway (1801, 1865, 1900, 1910), Sweden (1880, 1890, 1900), the United States (1880) and Iceland (1703, 1729, 1801, 1901, 1910). Samples of census data are also available for Canada (1852, 1871, 1891, 1901, 1911), Great Britain (1851), the German state of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1819), Norway (1875), and the United States (1850, 1860, 1870, 1900, 1910), which support cross-temporal analyses.
The Pew Research Center makes its survey data openly accessible online after a period of time. Users can download datasets off of Pew's website from surveys covering: U.S. politics & policy; journalism & media; internet, science & tech; religion & public life; Hispanic trends; global attitudes & trends; and social & demographic trends.
The Socio-Economic Database for Latin America and the Caribbean (SEDLAC) is an online, open source database featuring statistics on poverty and other distributional and social variables from 24 Latin American and Caribbean countries, based on micro data from household surveys. The database is provided through a partnership between The World Bank and The Center for Distributive, Labor, and Social Studies (CEDLAS) at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata. SEDLAC is an ongoing project and regular updates and revisions are made to the dataset.
The U.S. Census Bureau provides online, open access to statistics and analysis tools from multiple surveyors about the nation's people and economy. The Bureau collects data through several surveys including: the decennial census of population and housing, economic census, censuses of state and local governments, the American Community Survey, and other economic indicators.
The U.S. Geological Survey is a source for free and open access Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Data. The datasets include both spatial and geographic data provided through several access platforms including: the National Map, Earth Explorer, GloVIS, LandsatLook, and others.
UNdata is the online entry point to UN statistical databases containing over 60 million data points covering a range of themes including: Agriculture, Crime, Education, Employment, Energy, Environment, Health, HIV/AIDS, Human Development, Industry, Information and Communication Technology, National Accounts, Population, Refugees, Tourism, Trade, as well as the Millennium Development Goals indicators. UNdata is an aggregation of international and national databases providing open and free access to statistical information.
World Bank Open Data is an online database that provides free and open access to global development, statistical data.
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