Data-Planet is a web-based repository of data sourced from a variety of producers including the U.S. Government, intergovernmental bodies, and private-sector organizations. According to the provider, it is the single largest repository of harmonized, statistical data, facilitating comparison across datasets. As of 2017, the repository holds 35 million data points and 4.9 billion datasets covering a broad range of topics and geographic areas.
Data that is selected to be included in the repository must meet the following criteria: customer demand, authority of the source organizations, credibility of the dataset (documentation on sampling, collection methodology, and analysis procedures), and must fit within the scope of the repository's 16 subject areas. Approximately half of the source organizations are U.S. government agencies such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Census Bureau, and National Center for Education Statistics. Some data sources are freely available; Data-Planet pays royalties for others.
The datasets available through Data-Planet fall into the following 16 subject areas:
- Agriculture & Food
- Banking, Finance, & Insurance
- Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement
- Energy Resources & Industries
- Government & Politics
- Health & Vital Statistics
- Housing & Construction
- Industry, Business, & Commerce
- International Relations & Trade
- Labor & Employment
- Military & Defense
- Natural Resources & Environment
- Population & Income
- Prices, Consumption, & Cost of Living
- Transportation & Traffic
Find a list of Data-Planet source organizations, organized by sector, here.