Open Data

[Under Development]

The following are links to selected 'Open Data' resources related to Education in the U.S. and around the world:
  • 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.
  • Knoema - A new knowledge platform that connects diverse data sources with analytical and presentation tools.
  • Library of Congress - A collection of historical data & resources maintained by the U.S. Library of Congress.
  • NationMaster - Compilation of Education information & statistics from such sources as the UN, UNESCO, UNICEF, World Bank, etc.
  • Open Data Research - Developing a research network focussed on the impacts of open data in developing countries.
  • U.S. National Archives - Free, online historical research tools & databases.
  • 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 education systems, demographics, expenditures, outcomes, and more.
* Still gathering information and evaluating other History & Research datasets and web sites.

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

Year of Open Data

 * Try the new Google Fusion Tables & collaborative software tools for 'open data'
** Also, check out the 'OASIS Open Data (OData) Protocol'' web site

Open Access & Open Data

When research information is not made 'publicly available' to a global scientific community, a corresponding price is paid in lost opportunities, barriers to innovation and collaboration, and the obvious problem of unknowing repetition of similar work. 

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