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American FactFinder

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. 

Provider: The U.S. Census Bureau
Updated: Oct 6, 2016 1:07pm

American National Election Studies Data Center

The American National Election Studies Data Center provides access to data aggregated through the ANES national surveying on voting, public opinion, and political participation. 

Provider: American National Election Studies
Updated: Sep 20, 2016 5:46pm

AmericasBarometer

The AmericasBarometer database includes open access datasets, as well as subscription-based "merged datasets", from public opinion surveys conducted periodically in Latin America and the Caribbean beginning in the 1970s, focusing on matters of governance, politics, and democracy in the region.

Provider: Latin American Public Opinion Project
Updated: Oct 14, 2016 4:21pm

ARDA Data Archive

The Association of Religion Data Archives is a collection of surveys, polls, and other data on American and International religious topics submitted by researchers and made available online by the ARDA.

Provider: The Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA)
Updated: Sep 22, 2016 1:05pm

Avention

Avention (formerly known as OneSource) provides real-time financial data, research and analysis, editorial content, web mining, profiles of privately and publicly owned companies, and more.

Provider: Avention, Inc.
Updated: Oct 4, 2016 12:32pm

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Bloomberg Professional Service

A comprehensive, premium financial information platform used by finance and investment professionals, journalists, economists, and other researchers, Bloomberg Professional Service provides access to current and historical news and information relating to financial markets and financial activity worldwide. 

Provider: Bloomberg L.P.
Updated: Jun 12, 2017 9:07am

BMI (formerly Business Monitor International)

The BMI (formerly Business Monitor International) platform provides a wide suite of raw data, risk ratings, quarterly and/or monthly forecast reports, daily sector analysis, webinar access, analyst team interaction and project databases to evaluate, measure and identify business opportunities and environments by country worldwide. BMI has three "pillars" of service: 

Country Risk Analysis Is what BMI calls its "umbrella service," which provides country and regional investment and growth strategies based on macroeconomic forecasting, financial market analysis and political risk assessments. Industry Risk Analysis...
Provider: BMI Research
Updated: Jan 1, 2018 12:05am

Business Dynamic Statistics

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. 

Provider: The U.S. Census Bureau
Updated: Oct 6, 2016 1:14pm

Business Insights: Essentials

Business Insights is a database provided by Gale Cengage with access to company and industry information, articles, and statistical data. The data includes: case studies, coutnry profiles, statistics, market research reports, news articles, academic journals, and reference materials. 

Provider: Gale
Updated: Sep 20, 2016 5:44pm

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CB Insights

CB Insights is a venture capitalist database that provides financial data and profiles on privately and publicly owned companies.

Provider: CB Insights
Updated: Oct 4, 2016 11:38am

CDC WONDER

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

Provider: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Updated: Oct 6, 2016 1:23pm

CISER Data Archive

The CISER Data Archive is a collection of social and economic datasets of numeric data files. The collection includes: federal and state censuses, files based on administrative records, public opinion surveys, economic and social data, and studies complied by individual researchers. 

Provider: Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research
Updated: Sep 20, 2016 5:37pm

CoreLogic

CoreLogic is a database of property information, real estate transaction services and analytics. The content provided includes publicly available data and multiple listing service (MLS) data combined with property, mortgage and financial databases to provide information required for mortgage and real estate services.  

Provider: CoreLogic
Updated: Feb 3, 2017 4:28pm

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Data-Planet Statistical Datasets and Hosting Services

Data-Planet Statistical Datasets provides access to a repository of standardized and structured statistical data. As of 2018 the Data-Planet repository is said to contain more than 18.9 billion data points from more than 70 source organizations. The over 3.9 billion time series listed by Data-Planet provide access to data presented in charts, maps, graphs, and table form, via multiple points of entry.

The Data-Planet platform facilitates storage, accessibility, usability, maintenance and archiving of statistical data.  This includes statistics sourced from both third parties and directly from researchers. 

Provider: SAGE
Updated: Jul 1, 2018 12:05am

Data.Gov

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.

Provider: Data.Gov
Updated: Oct 6, 2016 1:20pm

Datastream

Thomson Reuter's Datastream is a financial database that provides access to current and historical financial statistics. The database covers U.S. and international stock index data, exchange and interest rates, warrant and commodity data, economic data, bonds, equities, and company accounts. 

Provider: Thomson Reuters
Updated: Apr 6, 2017 1:26pm

DIVA-GIS

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. 

Provider: DIVA-GIS
Updated: Oct 6, 2016 1:19pm

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EIU Country Analysis

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) Subscription Services provide several distinct sources of information on global political and economic trends, based on original EIU research and analysis. One set of subscription service products,“Country Analysis and Forecasting,” consists of data, reports and analysis from in-house researchers, freelance contributors from a range of countries worldwide, and from open sources such as the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. Country Analysis and Forecasting includes five main titles.

A selection of databases included in this resource are:

Country Commerce Financial Services Reports Country Reports Country Data
Provider: Economist Intelligence Unit
Updated: Oct 4, 2016 12:29pm

EIU Data Solutions

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) Subscription Services provide several distinct sources of information on global political and economic trends, including original research and analysis. One group of subscription services products from the EIU is “Data Services,” presented as both regular reports themselves and as distinct, web-based tools.

Provider: Economist Intelligence Unit
Updated: Dec 2, 2017 12:05am

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Gallup Analytics

Gallup Analytics is an online platform that provides subscribers with access to public opinion data aggregated through the Gallup World Poll, which annually collects opinions on issues from approximately 160 countries. The data-types covered in the product include: economics, wellbeing, employment, religion, freedom of media, entrepreneurial energy, and politics.

Provider: Gallup
Updated: Jun 13, 2019 11:45am

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