6 Useful Databases to Dig for Data (and 100 more)

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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. Data.gov

Data.gov 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: http://datamob.org/datasets

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:

2 Responses to “6 Useful Databases to Dig for Data (and 100 more)”

  1. The Ultimate Guide to Getting Started With Infographics | The Rivalfox Competitor Intelligence Blog

    […] It doesn’t matter how pretty your design is, if your content is crap. Once you define the goal and the audience, you must understand and analyze your topic and data so you can present the most important points as clearly and concisely as possible. Obviously your data depends on your market and the goal of your infographic, but if you are looking to explore, check out  Piktocharts’s post on useful databases to dig for data. […]

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