Open Data

The following are links to selected global, national, and local 'Open Data' sources and associated tools from around the world about our environment and related to other major 'green' issues:    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 - Facts & figures relating to agriculture and the plant science industry, food security, climate change, economics, etc.
  • Data.Gov - Providing open access to a wide range of datasets that are generated and/or held by the U.S. Government.
  • Google Public Data Explorer - Making large public datasets easy to explore, visualize and communicate.
  • Knoema - A new knowledge platform that connects diverse data sources with analytical and presentation tools.
  • NationMaster - Compilation of statistics and datasets from such sources as the CIA, UN, WHO, UNESCO, UNICEF, World Bank, etc.
  • Ocean Data.Gov - Portal to 'open' databases than can help us in planning for the future of our oceans, coast, and Great Lakes.
  • SEED Platform - The Standard Energy Efficiency Data (SEED) platform is a free software tool for collecting and analyzing building energy performance data.
  • U.N. Statistical Databases - An Internet-based data service bringing UN statistical databases within reach of users around the globe.
  • World Government Data Store - Open government data here from countries, cities and states around the world.
  • World Bank: Open Solutions - Open Development, Open Data, & Open Knowledge tools available from the World Bank.
  • World Resources Institute (WRI) - Providing access to data sets & tools on climate, energy, transportation, ecosystems, and more.

* Still checking out some of these U.S. government data resources related to: EPA Data, Energy Data, Climate Data, ...

'Open Data' Organizations

** Also check out The Open Data Handbook

Solar Power Plants in the U.S.

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.

* Check out the Database of U.S. State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE). Also check out data in the IRENA Studies on Renewable Energy Potential.

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 potential to provide citizens and organizations with information they need to protect the environment, not to mention creating many new jobs and companies.

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