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UK Data Service

Online portal to open access datasets and databases of social, economic and population data, maintained by the UK Data Service, governments and other parties, as well as related statistical information for U.K. business, academic, NGO and government sector research. https://www.ukdataservice.ac.uk/about-us.

Provider: UK Data Service
Updated: Oct 14, 2018 4:30pm

World Legal Information Institute

Open access site that provides access to databases located on the following Legal Information Institutes: AustLII; BAILII; CanLII; HKLII; LII (Cornell); and PacLII. The resource includes over 270 databases from 48 jurisdictions in 20 countries are included in the initial release of WorldLII. Databases of case-law, legislation, treaties, law reform reports, law journals, and other materials are included.

Provider: World Legal Information Institute
Updated: Sep 4, 2018 2:52pm

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

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."

Products Include:

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

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

Pew Research Center Datasets

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. 

Provider: Pew Research Center
Updated: Dec 12, 2016 3:12pm

Socio-Economic Database for Latin America and the Caribbean (SEDLAC)

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.

Provider: World Bank
Updated: Oct 24, 2016 11:20am

U.S. Census Data

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. 

Provider: The U.S. Census Bureau
Updated: Oct 19, 2016 10:54am

North Atlantic Population Project (NAPP)

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.

Provider: Minnesota Population Center
Updated: Oct 19, 2016 10:52am

UNdata

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.

Provider: The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD)
Updated: Oct 11, 2016 11:03am

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

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

U.S. Geological Survey's GIS Data

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.

Provider: U.S. Geological Survey
Updated: Oct 6, 2016 1:22pm

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

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

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

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