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Open Web Resource Spotlight

datagovhomeThe U.S. government has long been an active gatherer and disseminator of information. In recent years, with the roll out of the website, it has made strides to make this data more accessible and useable by the public, researchers, app developers, and businesses. The site serves as a gateway to publicly available datasets from not only the federal government, but also state and local governments as well as universities. These data cover a wide range of subject matter including: education, employment, agriculture, and public safety.  According to the site, the number of datasets available currently stands at over 192,000.  The site also provides examples of businesses and organizations that rely on the data to power their sites/applications.

As some reviewers have pointed out, is not without its limits. For example, the currency of the data provided varies; in some cases, more recent data can be found on an agency’s own website. In addition, the file formats provided vary quite a bit, from HTML to XML, CSV, and others. The scope and depth of participation by federal agencies with the initiative vary as well; details can be found here.

To search the available datasets from the main page, enter a keyword(s) in the main search box. Or, to browse available datasets, select a topic from the “Browse Topics” icons. Then select the “Data” or “Data Catalog” tab to view the available datasets. These sets can then be narrowed using the filters on the left side of the screen. Results can be filtered based on the file format, the agency supplying the data, and other attributes.


China Data Online – Trial ends 17 June 2015

China Data Online includes China Statistical Databases, China Census Databases, and China Spatial Data Service (China Geo-Explorer). It provides easy access to the various statistical yearbooks published by the National Bureau of Statistics of China, comprehensive statistics, and Census data of economy and population at national, provincial, city, county, and even township levels.

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Database of the Week: Statista

StatistaEach week we will highlight one of the many databases we have here at the Pomerantz Business Library.

The database: Statista

“All of Statista’s charts are made available under the Creative Commons License CC BY-ND 3.0 and may be used and re-published without charge by all commercial and non-commercial websites. The only thing asked for in return is proper attribution to Statista.”

Where to find it: You can find it here, and under S in the databases A-Z list.

Use it to find:Statista MBA-rankings-used-worldwide-by-applicants-when-selecting-a-program-2012

  •    Statistics
    • Includes data on: companies, countries, products, demographics, advertising, etc.
  • Industry reports
    • A variety of industries, including popular categories such as: Sports & Recreation, Consumer Goods and FMCG, Media & Advertising, Technology & Telecommunications, and Internet
  • Dossiers
    • On about 1000 popular topics. Provided in PowerPoint format
  • Infographics – news Infographics released daily

Infographic: Food Retail in the United States | Statista

Tips for searching:

  • Use the search box to do a keyword search
  • Within a search use the left sidebar to limit your search to Statistics, Studies, Dossiers & Industry-Reports, Topics, or Infographics
  • Statista is really fun to browse as it is so visual
  • Mouse over the drop down menus “Our Services”, “Markets & Topics”, and “Infographics” to further explore this database.

Want help using Statista? Contact the Business Librarians, Willow or Kim, and set up an appointment.

Infographic: The Internet's Most Popular Cats | Statista