Posted 2011-08-4 by & filed under Team Updates.

In your presentation, quoting from Wikipedia might not always be the best (unless they are linked to reputable papers and sources). Here are 6 major databases (some are crowd-sourced so they are by organisations and individuals) and we have about 100+ links which can be very useful. 1. Freebase Freebase is an open platform for data-sharing and an automatic way of plotting data sets by timeline and map automatically. Useful feature with topics ranging from fictional characters to Modest Mouse. 2. UN Data Large data sets on virtually all the public data UN collects- you have to sign up to get access to the API but it will only take 1 minute for the access to be emailed into your account. 3. WorldBank Where else would you go for data on financial standings of the any country’s economy, but the World Bank? Among some topics included, by country:
4. is leading the way in democratizing public sector data and driving innovation. This movement has spread throughout cities, states, and countries.  5 of 50+ categories: 5. Infochimps
Contains paid and free data sets just about anything. What is also cool is that it is not just about downloading datasets in csv etc, but also has an API that you can play with to extract data. Try Twitter as your search metric and you will see what I mean. 6. Google Public data The Google Public Data Explorer makes large datasets easy to explore, visualize and communicate.

Several apps which you use on a daily/weekly basis that contains a wealth of information you could use in an infographic

Web analytics: Google Analytics Social networks: FacebookTwitterPinterest/ LinkedIn Project management tools: Basecamp Sales management tools: Salesforce Survey tools: SurveyMonkey Photo sharing tools: Flickr Email marketing: MailChimp
A random collection of data sets
Directory of crazy amounts of data sets and related stuff Datamob: The really big list here is taken from DataWrangling The list is not very updated as it was a 2009 update. A good place to start looking for data- although it might not be the most updated ones.   Datasets listed in the original post on Jan 17, 2008:

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