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LandScan

LandScan is a unique data set showing population distribution, developed by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). In 2011, East View obtained an exclusive license for all distribution of this database outside of internal government uses. The data set is available through a subscription for each year (representing data collected in the previous year). East View also offers The LandScan Global Archive, a compilation of the historical LandScan data sets.

Provider: East View Information Services
Updated: Jul 31, 2019 11:01am

Social Explorer - Direct

Social Explorer database contains the entire U.S. census history as well as numerous other demographic and environmental study reports, as well as mapping tools. The website seamlessly integrates spatial and numeric data through an easy-to-use interface and makes working with socio-demographic data simple even for a novice user.

Social Explorer was previously provided by Oxford University Press (OUP).  In April 2019, OUP announced that OUP and Social Explorer, Inc. mutually agreed to end its partnership.  Beginning on April 22, 2019, Social Explorer, Inc. began to provide subscriptions and services to Social Explorer directly with subscribers.

Provider: Social Explorer, Inc.
Updated: Jul 10, 2019 2:00pm

PrivCo

The PrivCo database provides extensive private company financial information for over 500,000 companies.  It includes data on private company investors, M&A deals, private firm valuations, venture capital funding, private equity deals, private and family ownership breakdowns, bankruptcies, restructuring, and more.

Provider: PrivCo
Updated: Jun 27, 2019 11:58am

Social Explorer - OUP

The Social Explorer database was launched in 2003 by Oxford University Press (OUP), and contains the entire U.S. census history as well as numerous other demographic and environmental study reports, as well as mapping tools. The website seamlessly integrates spatial and numeric data through an easy-to-use interface and makes working with socio-demographic data simple even for a novice user.

In April 2019, OUP announced that OUP and Social Explorer, Inc. mutually agreed to end its partnership.  Beginning on April 22, 2019, Social Explorer. Inc. began to provide subscriptions and services to Social Explorer directly with subscribers.

Provider: Oxford University Press
Updated: Jun 25, 2019 10:45am

World Bank Open Data

World Bank Open Data is an online database that provides free and open access to global development, statistical data.

Provider: World Bank
Updated: Jun 13, 2019 11:51am

Mergent Online

Mergent Online is a web-based suite of financial information and data offered through various modules including: U.S. Company Data, U.S. Company Archive Data, International Company Data, International Company Archive Data, Global Company Financials, Dun & Bradstreet Private Company Database, Annual Reports, Executive Profiles, Industry Reports, Global Equity Pricing Data, and others. Mergent Online is the flagship project of Mergent, Inc., a major company information publisher.  

Provider: Mergent Inc.
Updated: Jun 13, 2019 11:49am

Natural Earth

Natural Earth is a public domain map dataset featuring integrated vector and raster data. 

Provider: Natural Earth
Updated: Jun 13, 2019 11:48am

Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS)

Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) is a business research platform and intelligence tool widely used by academic, corporate, government, and nonprofit researchers.WRDS provides users a single online location for access to terabytes of data across multiple disciplines including: accounting, banking, economics, finance, ESG and statistics. 

WRDS aggregates and retains content from a variety of data sources, and serves as a source of historical data from a number of vendors that themselves maintain only current information. Sources of data aggregated by WRDS include CRSP, S&P Global Market Intelligence, NYSE, and Thomson Reuters, as well as more specialized sources such as BoardEx, FactSet, Hedge Fund Research, Markit, Ravenpack and GSIOnline. 

Provider: Wharton School
Updated: Jun 13, 2019 11:46am

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

Statista

The Statista database portal, maintained by the Hamburg, Germany-based Statista Inc., provides current statistical data and comparisons for an eclectic, wide-ranging, and continually updated array of topics, using both publicly accessible and proprietary sources. The open access portion of the database provides access to about 10 percent of the overall database content.

Provider: Statista
Updated: Apr 12, 2019 10:47am

IMF eLibrary

IMF publications and data are now fully available online through the IMF eLibrary. The content is divided into three collections: Books and Analytical Papers, Periodicals, and Statistics. Statistical data is fully searchable in one database compiled from data going back to the 1940s. Altogether IMF reports that the eLibrary covers more than 13000 titles and five databases.

Provider: International Monetary Fund
Updated: Nov 28, 2018 11:46am

ICPSR

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.

Provider: ICPSR
Updated: Oct 17, 2018 12:46pm

Global Financial Data Series

In the Global Financial Data Series, the publisher (GFD) provides deep historical data on a wide variety of securities, price indices, exports, imports and more from around the world.  This resource is unique in that it is the only resource, at this point, that provides easy access to many historical time series.

Provider: Global Financial Data
Updated: Oct 12, 2018 1:01pm

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

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

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

iPoll Databank

The iPoll database is a data source for U.S. public opinion questions and answers. 

Provider: Roper Center for Public Opinion Research
Updated: Oct 6, 2017 3:42pm

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

IPUMS Terra

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.  

Provider: Minnesota Population Center
Updated: Apr 20, 2017 3:52pm

IPUMS International

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.

Provider: Minnesota Population Center
Updated: Apr 20, 2017 3:20pm

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