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New apps for US Government data

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

Sunlight Labs – “a non-profit, non partisan Washington, DC based organization focused on digitization of government data” has been running a contest to identify the top three websites offering applications that provide “easy access and understanding for the public” to US government data/information.  They all make it just a bit easier to access high quality […]

Friday, August 14th, 2009

Here’s another one-stop statistics search tool – this time from the Executive Branch of the US Federal Government.  “… increases the ability of the public to easily find, download, and use datasets that are generated and held by the Federal Government. provides descriptions of the Federal datasets (metadata), information about how to access the […]

Social Science Data Search at Berkeley

Friday, August 14th, 2009

The Doe & Moffitt Libraries at the University of California, Berkeley have recently launched a Google Custom Search engine on site that “targets 800+ academic, government agency, non-profit, and other web sites that provide high quality, downloadable statistical information and data sets. Emphasis is on data pertaining to the social sciences, health, developing countries, energy, […]

New look for U Michigan’s Document Center

Monday, August 10th, 2009

The venerable University of Michigan Document Center website has just been relaunched with  an attractive redesign.   You can now search as well as browse topics and results lists feature a very helpful “filter by subtopic” feature.   All urls and rss feed addresses have been changed so you’ll want to update those if you link to/rely […]

OECD Statistical Narratives

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

The OECD has just launched a new page that it is calling “Statistical Narratives.” The aim of this page is to feature select statistical tables – usually from a topical subject – and present them with a brief explanatory article.  The result?  A sort of news feature mashed up with supporting data.  The articles are […]

New Database Trial

Monday, June 29th, 2009

We’ve been lucky enough to get a 30 day trial to the IMF e-library which “contains publications from recent years as well as statistical resources: Balance of Payments, Direction of Trade, Government Finance Statistics, and International Financial Statistics.”  The trial expires July 22nd.  Please check it out and fill out the feedback form to let […]

International Demography stats from US Census Bureau

Monday, June 29th, 2009

It’s always exciting to discover a reliable source of international statistics!  The US Census bureau has a great database of demographic indicators for “countries and areas of the world with a population of 5,000 or more.”  Indicators are: Birth, death, and growth rates, migration rates, infant mortality, and life expectancy Fertility rates Total population and […]

Crushing Statistics – StatsCan

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Hmmm… let’s file this under “learn something new.” I must admit when I read this headline in StatsCan’s  The Daily, I was expecting to read an abstract about workplace safety or to find some sort of accident statistics table at the very least.  Not so.  Crushing in this circumstance refers to the amount of oilseeds […]

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