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Open Data

The following are links to selected global, national, and local government 'Open Data' sources and associated tools from 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.
  • 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 datasets easy to explore, visualize and communicate.
  • NationMaster - Compilation of statistics from such sources as the CIA, UN, WHO, UNESCO, UNICEF, World Bank, etc.
  • Socrata - Provider of a widely-adopted Open Data platform or solution for use by federal, state, and local governments.
  • Stats America - Providing information on hundreds of economic and demographic indicators for states & communities across the U.S.
  • StateHealthFacts - Kaiser Foundation web site providing free, up-to-date, and easy-to-use data on the health of all 50 U.S. states.
  • U.N. Statistical Databases - An Internet-based data service bringing UN statistical databases within reach of users around the globe.
  • USASpending.Gov - Provides the public with information about how their U.S. tax dollars are spent.
  • World Bank: Open Solutions - Open Development, Open Data, & Open Knowledge tools available from the World Bank.
  • World Bank Global Economic Data - An array of global economic data for researchers, policy makers, and others.

'Open Data' Organizations

* Also check out The Open Data Handbook

The goal of open data is nothing more complex than the use of information & technology to better serve the public. Open data can serve as an engine to drive public participation, spur economic growth, and more effectively fight corruption and crime.

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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.