Now in beta, a new tool which will enable researchers to quickly identify high quality social and economic datasets. It is described more fully in this article but basically it aims to use Data Documentation Initiative metadata to harvest records from a number of separate high-quality sources including the German GESIS Data Archive (https://www.gesis.org/en/services/data-analysis/), and the US […]
UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. Read the full text of this historic document online. Also recently released: The GA Handbook: A practical guide to the United Nations General Assembly (Second edition 2017) which explains the procedures and working of the General Assembly Here are […]
This week a ground breaking site was launched by the UK government which provides facts and figures on race and ethnicity in the UK. It includes population data as well as examinations of differing life experiences and conditions. Topics covered include education, health, housing, culture and employment. The accompanying race audit shows alarming gaps in […]
It is now possible to search issues of the US Congressional Record (which comprises the debates and proceedings of the United States Congress and the history of Bills and other legislation) from the 1940s (volume 87) onwards via the official gov.info website. This includes the Second World War, the Marshall plan and the Cold War. Also recently […]
The Open Knowledge Foundation has just published its open Data index. It provides links to examples of good practice from governments worldwide and considers the problems with the state of open data.
The UNESCO Institute of statistics have release more data via their dedicated Institute of Statistics data website. Select education from the themes on the left of the screen. New indicators are linked to the Sustainable Development Goals and include or the first time, the UIS is releasing SDG indicator 4.5.4, which provides a breakdown of […]
Data from the office of National Statistics which highlights sexual identity at a local authority level from 2013-2015. It also includes breakdown by age and gender. Details on methodology is provided.
Recently the Office for National Statistics undertook a consultation on future topics and questions that users of the England and Wales census wanted or felt should be included. See the results and future research plans: all materials can be downloaded from the ONS website These include the documents submitted by the users which explain how […]
Now in Beta version Visual.ONS http://visual.ons.gov.uk/ which aims to provide new visually interesting and accessible displays of official statistics. For instance see this display on household income inequality which has interactive features inviting users to find out where they fit in. There are very clear visual displays on this article on smoking. All materials link […]
The European Data portal has now passed from Beta to permanence. You can now use it to quickly find news and the latest open data from EU nations. It includes 13 browsable categories ranging from health to cities. There is also a data training companion. Also growing is the broader OpenAire website which now has […]