Internet Resources for Data Analysis
There are a variety of excellent resources on the Internet for active learning with data analysis. A sampling of them is included below. Some of these websites include raw data (or previously compiled data); others include user-friendly data analysis tools for extracting data, analyzing data, and/or producing maps, charts, and tables; and still others have combinations of many of these features.
For a list of the statistical sites on the World Wide Web including (1) principal US federal statistical agencies, (2) state labor market information agencies, and (3) national statistical agencies of other countries and international organizations, please see the listing provided by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. Several of those agencies are indicated below.
Video of Hans Rosling
"Rosling's famous lectures combine enormous quantities of public data with a sport's commentator's style to reveal the story of the world's past, present, and future development. Now he explores stats in a way he has never done before - using augmented reality animation. In this spectacular section of 'The Joy of Stats' he tells the story of the world in 200 countries over 200 years using 120,000 numbers - in just four minutes. Plotting life expectancy against income for every country since 1810, Hans shows how the world we live in is radically different from the world most of us imagine." Rosling is also co-founder and chairman of GapMinder.
Online version of a magazine published 5 times a year by the US Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service. Click on data to get data on a variety of topics ranging from animal products to food safety.
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)
Click on QuickStats to get information on dozens of topics and see responses from major national surveys, demographic patterns, and changes over time (e.g., attitudes about moral issues, religious beliefs about God, etc.).
ABS has data on a variety of topics such as population, key economic indicators, census data, CPI, labor force, etc.
Web site has information on a variety of weather measures including daily rainfall, climate change, extremes of climate, etc.
The U.S. Census's interactive map series for analyzing census data.
The CDSP "is responsible for archiving and distributing socio-political data." Check out their visualization lab.
China National Bureau of Statistics
Data on a variety of health conditions ranging from birth defects to HIV/AIDS to injuries & violence, and many others. Check out WISQARSTM (Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System) for "an interactive database system that provides customized reports of injury-related data."
Check out the China Statistical Database for information on a variety of topics such as population, birth and death rates, CPI, etc.
CESSDA is an umbrella organization for social science data archives across Europe. Many data sets are directly downloadable.
Create a variety of graphs or charts using your own data.
Czech Statistics has information on population, elections, labor and social statistics, foreign trade, etc.
DISC "provides quantitative, numeric microdata for researchers and students conducting secondary analysis in the social sciences. For DISC users not familiar with statistical software, we have an array of data products with menu-based interfaces."
DASL (pronounced "dazzle") is an online library of datafiles and stories that illustrate the use of basic statistics methods.
Data market allows users to explore datasets, upload data, build reports, and create visualizations.
"Dave Manuel" is an "an online repository of financial and political information that is often searched for but is generally hard to find."
Information on death penalty cases by gender, race/ethnicity, execution technique, etc.
Enter zip codes to get information about areas such as income, types of people living in areas, etc.
Europe's Energy Portal
A variety of European statistics on topics ranging from population to unemployment to GDP.
Data on information related to energy in Europe, including fuel prices.
A web site that makes statistics from more than 100 agencies available to citizens everywhere.
Data on a variety of different kinds of information related to crime.
Choose a state and county (or MSA) and get information on regional economic conditions.
Information on hundreds of indicators for countries throughout the world including cell phone use, cancer, CO2 emissions, etc.
This website provides statistics from Germany on a variety of topics such as demographic indicators, unemployment, etc.
This is an excellent and extensive data collection from a variety of sources and on a variety of topics. Data from many of the websites featured on this page are included in Google Public Data, which allows for visual representation of such data.
Harvard Forest Data Archive
The Guardian's website for data journalism and data visualization features articles and primary data. The Guardian's Datablog features hundreds of data sets, many UK-based.
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Global Health Facts
The data archive contains datasets from scientific research at the Harvard Forest.
Health information available on a country basis (e.g., HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria, health workforce and capacity, demography and population, etc.).
Check out the National Data Bank for information on population, education, health, labor and employment, etc.
International Telecommunication Union
ICPSR "offers more than 500,000 digital files containing social science research data. Disciplines represented include political science, sociology, demography, economics, history, gerontology, criminal justice, public health, foreign policy, terrorism, health and medical care, early education, education, racial and ethnic minorities, psychology, law, substance abuse and mental health, and more."
Ireland Central Statistics Office
ITU has data on a variety of topics ranging from cell phone usage to broadband and many more.
Israel Central Bureau of Statistics
The Ireland Central Statistics Office has data on a variety of topics population; births, deaths and marriages; health and social conditions; education; crime and justice, etc.
The Israel Central Bureau of Statistics provides data on population, households and families, labor and wages, and much more.
ISTAT has a number of datasets on a variety of topics ranging from protests to income and living conditions to hospitalizations of psychiatric patients.
The Kenya Open Data Initiative makes key government data (e.g., Kenya Census) available to the public through a single portal. "The 2009 regional census, national and regional expenditures, and information on key public services are some of the first datasets to be released."
"A project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, KIDS COUNT is the premier source for data on child and family well-being in the United States. Access hundreds of indicators, download data and create reports and graphics on the KIDS COUNT Data Center that support smart decisions about children and families."
Mexico National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI)
A beta web site created by IBM that allows users to visually explore a variety of interesting data sets as well as to upload data sets and create visualizations.
INEGI provides data on a variety of topics in Mexico including population, occupation and employment, GDP, etc.
Financial tools, calculators, and resources on a variety of topics (e.g., credit cards, mortgages, protecting assets, educational spending).
A collection of data sets on mortality.
This site includes mortgage calculators as well as a variety of different interesting calculators (e.g., what day were you born, etc.).
My Money "is the U.S. government's website dedicated to teaching all Americans the basics about financial education." As described, the "site organizes financial education help from over 20 different Federal web sites in one place. Content is organized by where you are in life ('Life Events'), who you are ('My Resources'), and by specific hands-on tools ('Tools'). Popular Topics are also highlighted."
A rich repository of earth science resources and data sets (e.g., agriculture, atmosphere, biosphere, cryosphere, etc.).
A guide for teaching history using engaging exercises. Click on create your own fun and engaging activities to create your own interactive learning activity.
The National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research "collects and disseminates death and permanent disability sports injury data that involve brain and/or spinal cord injuries."
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Click on Data and Tools to create customized tables, download NCES survey datasets, or get quick statistics, etc.
The National Climatic Data Center seeks to "monitor and assess the state of the Earth's climate in near real-time, providing decision-makings at all levels of the public and private sectors with data and information on climate trends and variability including perspectives on how the climate of today compares with the past."
NCTM hosts a collection of data sets organized by type, e.g., univariate, bivariate, multivariate, etc.
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Click on Data Enclave to learn about the rich variety of data sets available from NORC for analysis.
Click on data and statistics to get information on a variety of topics ranging from birth and deaths rates to communicable diseases and smoking.
Statistics New Zealand has data on a variety of topics such as population (births, deaths, etc.), businesses, economic indicators (e.g., GDP), education and training, government finance, health (abortion, disabilities, etc.), income and work, and industry sector.
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Click on the currency converter to get information on exchange rates for the US dollar as well as trends over time.
The OECD has a vast array of international data on a wide variety of topics ranging from income inequality to job vacancies to physicians per 1,000 population and much more.
A data archive where users can download many of Pew's survey datasets. This page is organized by survey, where each dataset is identified by the name of the survey, and each data set is linked to reports released from that data.
Select Datasets to obtain frequently updated information on a wide range of indicators (e.g., demographic data, online activity data, gadget ownership, and internet adoption trends, etc.).
DataFinder, PRB's hub for national and international data, enables users to select a location to create customized tables and users may select a variety of topics (e.g., demographics, economics, education, environment, health, HIV, reproductive health, family structure, housing, income and poverty, labor force and commuting, scientists and engineers) to compare locations in terms of rankings, maps, trends, etc.
Quandl "is a repository of times series data on the internet, tailored for researchers, students, and other data professionals. Quandl currently has over 4 million time-series datasets. Most of the data is in the domains of finance, economics, demography, sociology, energy and the environment. 1000s of new datasets are added to Quandl daily."
A quarterly count of employment and wages reported by employers covering 98 percent of U.S. jobs, available at the county, MSA, state and national levels by industry.
Reports and data on a variety of topics including children and families, education and the arts, energy and environment, health and health care, infrastructure and transportation, international affairs, law and business, national security, population and aging, public safety, science and technology, and terrorism and homeland security. After selecting a topic, users may click on resources such as "multimedia" to watch videos, listen to audio, and sometimes engage in interactive maps, etc.
The Simple Dollar is a website designed to promote financial literacy, especially for individuals who are fighting debt and have bad spending habits.
The Department of Statistics Singapore has data on a variety of topics including population, the GDP, external trade, manufacturing, employment, price index, etc.
Interactive maps on a variety of topics (demographics, religion, etc.).
SSA has a collection of program statistics and data files by subjects (e.g., disability, economic status, health status, retirement, socioeconomic characteristics, etc.). See also the SSA's data on popular baby names.
Spain National Institute of Statistics
SSDAN provides a wealth of print publications as well as online tools and resources to help you explore demographic trends and further quantitative literacy. Check out CensusScope to obtain graphics and exportable trend data and Teaching with Data for a variety of resources (e.g., tables, charts, etc.).
Check out the statistical operations for data on a wide range of topics including demography and population, society (e.g., education and culture), etc.
Statista "consists of an extensive network of information resources and databases, providing an ideal platform to research and analyze facts and quantitative data."
There are one-variable as well as two-variable statistical calculators. For each, there are existing data sets (e.g., IQ scores of 7th graders, New York Yankees' salaries, tuition at Massachusetts colleges, wine and heart disease, male and female literacy rates, etc.) and/or users can enter their own data.
An online database that hosts the data collected from in-class hands-on activities conducted by students.
Statistics South Africa
A "collection of growing data sets that are exclusively from UCLA researchers and exist for a variety of classrooms uses."
This website includes statistical publications, key indicators, population statistics, interactive data and more regarding South Africa. It also allows users to explore statistics by place or by theme (e.g., cause of death, poverty, inflation, etc.).
A variety of simple data sets from the book Stat Labs: Mathematical Statistics Through Applications.
StatLib is "a system for distributing statistical software, datasets, and information by electronic mail, FTP and WWW."
This website provides statistical profiles of each of the states, including information on the economy, education, income & taxes, population & housing, and workshop.
A set of programs for the documentation and web-based analysis of survey data including data sets such as the General Social Survey (GSS).
Teaching with Data "is a portal where faculty can find resources and ideas to reduce the challenges of bringing real data into post-secondary classes."
Resources for teachers with various lesson plans and resources including graphing.
A website designed to (a) enable critical thinking and reasoning with data, (b) transition to the common core standards, and (c) bring local and global issues into the classroom. The website includes a variety of resources and datasets.
Understanding Uncertainty is a website "produced by Winton programme for the public understanding of risk based in the Statistical Laboratory in the University of Cambridge. The aim is to help improve the way that uncertainty and risk are discussed in society, and show how probability and statistics can be both useful and entertaining!" Look at, for example, the collection of animations.
United Kingdom Office for National Statistics
This web site provides data sets for teaching, data from books, data from consulting project, data from consulting projects, data from national statistical agencies, social science data archives, and from US governmental agencies.
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
Check out the datasets and tables for information on a variety of topics ranging from age by areas to public and private sector employment to expenditures on mortgages and much in between.
The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe has data on a variety of topics including gender, economy, sustainable development, etc.
BJS includes publications as well as online data tools for primary data analysis.
Information on a variety of labor-related statistics such as hourly wages, work-related injuries, etc.
United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service
Data from the United States Census on a variety of topics (e.g., population by race/ethnicity, age, etc.). Check out American FactFinder for easy access to information on a wide variety of topics. For international data, look at the International Programs web site or the International Data Base for data on many different countries, including population pyramids, etc. In addition, DataFerrett is a "unique data analysis and extraction tool-with recoding capabilities-to customize federal, state, and local data to suit your requirements."
United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Center
the USDA Economic Research Service provides data on a variety of topics such as animal products, crops, farm economy, food markets and prices, etc.
United States Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis
Users can query NASS to get quick tables on a variety of topics (e.g., animals and products, crops, demographics, economic, environmental information, etc.).
United States Department of Transportation
A division of the US Department of Commerce. The web site has national (e.g., GDP, etc.), international (e.g., balance of payments), regional (GDP by state), industry, and integrated accounts. Also has interactive data.
The US Department of Transportation has data on topics such as US aircraft carrier inventory, border crossings/entry data, freight import and exports, and much more!
US EIA provides statistics "on crude oil, gasoline, diesel, propane, jet fuel, ethanol, and other liquid fuels. Click on the blue bars below for information on petroleum prices, crude reserves and production, refining and processing, imports/exports, stocks, and consumption/sales."US Inflation Calculator
Vanderbilt University Department of Biostatistics
Use the US inflation calculator to measure the buying power of the dollar over time. Click on inflation and prices to look at indicators over time, etc.
Provides a collection of data sets on a variety of different topics (e.g., meningitis, cardiac catheterization diagnostic data, hypertension data from the Dominican Republic, German breast cancer, and numerous others).
Villanova Nursing Research Dataset Archive
The Vietnam General Statistics Office has statistics on a variety of topics including administrative unit, land and climate; population and labor, national accounts, state budget, industry, education, health and many more.
World Health Organization
Includes a variety of data sets (e.g., readability and patients with cancer, patients with glaucoma who keep or miss their appointments, etc.). Includes suggestions for analysis.
World Resource Institute (WRI)
The World Health Organization's "Global Health Observatory" portal provides access to data and analyses for monitoring the global health situation. See also the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation.
WRI has data sets on a variety of topics related to world resources, such as green house gas emissions and other climate-relevant indicators.