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1Science

"The 1science solutions enable libraries to rapidly collect and broadly disseminate high-quality open access articles to researchers, as well as monitoring and reporting on journal usage statistics and open access publishing trends at their institutions."

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oaFigr Institution: subscription service which provides bibliographic analysis of a university's active journal subscriptions and what proportion of the journal's articles are available in open access. oaFindr: open access discovery platform which allows university's to find open access scholarly articles published in...
Provider: 1Science
Updated: Apr 18, 2018 5:10pm

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African Elections Database

The African Elections Database is an archive of past and present election results for the 49 countries of Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Provider: African Elections Database
Updated: Jun 13, 2019 11:55am

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

Anthropology Commons

Anthropology Commons is a repository of open primary sources for the study of anthropology and the history of the field. Content is indexed and cross-searchable with other Alexander Street content including Anthropology Online.

Provider: Alexander Street Press
Updated: Jul 10, 2018 12:25pm

Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED)

The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) is a disaggregated conflict collection, analysis and crisis mapping project. The open access collection capturese the dates, actors, types of violence, locations, and fatalities of all reported political violence and protest events across Africa, South Asia, South East Asia and the Middle East.

Provider: Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED)
Updated: Jun 13, 2019 11:45am

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Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL)

The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is the world’s largest open access digital library for biodiversity literature and archives. BHL operates as a worldwide consortium of natural history, botanical, research, and national libraries working together to address this challenge by digitizing the natural history literature held in their collections and making it freely available for open access as part of a global “biodiversity community.”

Provider: Biodiversity Heritage Library
Updated: Jun 13, 2019 11:50am

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

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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

Countries At Risk of Electoral Violence

The open access dataset of Countries At Risk of Electoral Violence (CREV) includes provides detailed dyadic information on electoral violence in 101 countries between1995 and 2013. The project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. 

Provider: The University of Glasgow
Updated: Jun 13, 2019 11:46am

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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

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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Environmental Justice Atlas

The Environmental Justice Atlas documents and catalogues social conflict around environmental issues. The database contains information on the investors, the drivers for these deals, and their impacts, basic data, source of conflict, project details, conflict and mobilization, impacts, outcome, references to legislation, academic research, videos and pictures.

Provider: Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA), Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
Updated: Jun 13, 2019 11:49am

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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

INDEPTH Data Repository

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.

Provider: INDEPTH Network
Updated: Oct 6, 2016 1:24pm

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

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 USA

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. 

Provider: Minnesota Population Center
Updated: Apr 14, 2017 5:09pm

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Medical Heritage Library

The Medical Heritage Library is a freely available collection of resources, including text, audio, and video. The project seeks out new opportunities to digitize primary resources in the history of medicine through grant-funded initiatives and efforts to identify like-minded institutions willing to share content through the MHL’s Internet Archive collection. 

Content Contributors contribute existing digitized content generated by their own institutions that meets MHL criteria and deposit it the Internet Archive tagged as part of the MHL collection.

Provider: Medical Heritage Library
Updated: Jun 13, 2019 11:52am

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National Security Archive Virtual Reading Room

The National Security Archive's Virtual Reading Room provides access to a collection of primary-source documents the National Security Archive has published. Documents in the collections include documents on major topics in international affairs. NSA has secured these documents through Freedom of Information and declassification requests to more than 200 offices and agencies of the U.S. government. 

As of November 2018, the Virtual Reading Room provides access to 3778 documents. 

Provider: National Security Archive
Updated: Nov 16, 2018 11:25am

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

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