Curated Data Resources

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Curated Data Resources2018-06-18T13:27:00+00:00
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The following data sources were chosen for their wealth of information and the sensibility of how they formatted their data. We assembled a downloadable formats column to give you an idea of what kind of data formats you can expect to extract from each source.

Formats like xlsx, csv, and txt can be opened in Microsoft Excel. The json and xml files can be converted to csv using any online converter tool and then opened in Excel. The pdf files, can be opened in a pdf viewer like Mac’s native Preview or Adobe Acrobat Reader and copy-pasted into Excel. GeoJSON is a common form of map data format, and can be difficult to work with. There are also image files listed: png, tiff, gif, jpg. These refer to the option to download graphs as images from the corresponding sources.

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Source Name Description Downloadable Formats
Crime Reports Selected crime data for the US. Easy to use and can drill down to local crimes. However, not all US cities included. Can view data but cannot download none
FBI Crime statistics in the US. Covers state, county and local crimes. xlsx
Socrata Open Data Collection of data from various governments including the US government. csv, xlsx, json, pdf, rss, xml
GapMinder Data Well-formatted data derived from a variety of open international sources, visualized in gapminder’s own tools xlsx The US federal, state and local governments collect lots of data. csv, xlsx, txt, pdf Hub for open datasets csv, GeoJSON
Tableau Public Datasets List of free sample datasets csv, xlsx
US Cities Open Data Census Link to a table of available and similar open data for 89 cities
Nate Silver’s Fivethirtyeight GitHub Respository Data that supported various online articles for a news blog site
World Bank Free and open access to global development data csv. xlsx, xml
World Health Organization Global health observatory data repository csv, xlsx, html, json, xml
EEPS NHANES Data Data pre-downloaded and nicely formatted from National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey copy directly from webpage and paste into MS Excel or Google Sheets
US Energy Information Administration Energy generation and use xlsx
CDC: High School YRBS Youth Risk-Based Survey. Great data on US student injuries, alcohol & tobacco use, diet, sexual behavior, and obesity. pdf, txt, xlsx
Kids Count Annual data on kids, their families, their health, births. Collected by Annie E Casey Foundation png image, excel for raw data
WolframAlpha An eclectic collection of data in all fields of STEM, art, music, history, which range from the length of roads in Spain to thermodynamic properties of elements. gif, jpg, png, tiff
Tree of Life Project Shows evolutionary trees for extinct and living creaures, also photo library need to use snapshot
UN data Entry point for international data collected by UN xml
NASA planet fact sheet Data on planets tabular data
Project Feeder Watch Cornell University data by states and year no
Find the Data Eclectic collection of data; data aggregator, includes environemtal and technology; favorite is dinosaur database none
USGS Water Quality Data US Geological stream data; lots of water quality data png image
Gun Violence Archieve The Gun Violence Archive is an online archive of gun violence incidents collected from over 1,500 media, law enforcement, government and commercial sources daily in an effort to provideĀ  near-real time data about the results of gun violence. csv