Data sets and public information

There are many databases available online from which you can obtain data when doing research.

We begin by listing validated data sets from reputable sources. This means data made public by governments and public organizations like WHO and UN. We have also included data sets from major media and publishers here. Most of them are free although there are also data sets for purchase. This is by all means not the only source of information.

Validated

(Government, organizations and reputable media sources)
WorldBank

Google PublicData 

UN Data 

Guardian Data 

Data Market Azure by Microsoft Data sets for purchase

Unvalidated

(Public or user submitted data sets)
Factual

Freebase 

Crunchbase – technology and startups

Socrata

Datamob

Quandl

Datamarket - An extensive library of datasets

More resources

Infochimps Data APIs for purchase

Datawrangling – A long list of URLs to check out for data sets. We noticed that some of the URLs expired and are no longer in use.

Apps for retrieving live information

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

What do you think of our suggested sources? Do you have any to recommend? Let us know what you use!