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Open Data

The following are links to selected 'Open Data' resources related to Business and the Economy in the U.S. and around the world:      Videos
  • American FactFinder - The U.S. Census Bureau provides access to population, housing, economics, and other information from the decennial census and various surveys they conduct.
  • CropLife International Database - Facts & figures relating to agriculture and the plant science industry, food security, climate change, economics, etc.
  • Data.Gov - Providing open access to datasets that are generated and/or held by the U.S. Government.
  • DataVisualization - Provides links to a wide selection of high quality free and open 'data visualization' software tools.
  • Google Public Data Explorer - Making large public data sets on education, healthcare, economics, and other subjects readily accessible to explore.
  • IFC Global Economic Data - An array of global economic data for researchers, policy makers, and others.
  • IMF Data & Statistics - Time series data on IMF lending, exchange rates and other economic and financial indicators.
  • Knoema - A new knowledge platform that connects diverse data sources with analytical and presentation tools.
  • NationMaster - Compilation of Education information & statistics from such sources as the UN, UNESCO, UNICEF, World Bank, etc.
  • OpenCorporates - An 'Open' Database of corporations around the world.
  • Open Data for Africa - The Africa Development Bank (AfDB) has launched an open data platform for African countries.
  • Open Data Watch - International, non-profit monitoring open data policies, measuring their success and impact, sharing knowledge, building partnerships, and offering strategic advice and practical assistance to other organizations.
  • Stats America - Providing information on hundreds of economic and demographic indicators for states & communities across the U.S.
  • U.N. Statistical Databases - A web-based data service bringing UN statistical databases within reach of users around the globe.
  • World Bank Data - Data collected by the World Bank on national health, education systems, demographics, expenditures, outcomes, and more.
* Still gathering information and evaluating other business data sets & web sites, e.g. Data Hub, Open Economics, DHS Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report, ...

** Check out the list of International Open Data sites established by governments around the world.

Open Data can be defined as 'selected data' that should be made freely available to everyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions from copyright, patents or other excessive control mechanisms.

'Open Data' Organizations

* Also check out The Open Data Handbook

 * Try the new Google Fusion Tables & collaborative software tools for 'open data'

** Also, check out the 'OASIS Open Data (OData) Protocol'' web site

'Open Data' Industry

Re-use of public sector information means using it in new ways by adding value to it, combining information from different sources, making mash-ups and new applications, both for commercial and non-commercial purposes. Public sector information has great economic potential - providing citizens and organizations with information they need, as well as creating many new jobs and companies.

If you would like to suggest new material or links to be added to this

web site, please email Peter Groen or Roger Erickson