A new book published by UCL Press, looks at big data collected by customer-facing organisations – such as store loyalty card transactions, smart travel tickets, or smart energy meter readings – and how they can and are changing Social Science research. Download the PDF for free at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ucl-press/browse-books/consumer-data-research
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 […]
Passport https://www2.le.ac.uk/library/find/databases/p/passportgmid has added analytics to its portfolio which allow you to do modelling in certain given situations. Notable tools include Economic Barometer (last 2 quarters of macroeconomic data for 80 countries and 32 indicators – heat-mapped) Macro Models (macroeconomic forecasts) and the Brexit Scenarios Tool. To find these and more access Passport and find the […]
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 […]
A new paper explores the world of RePEc (Research Papers in Economics) the major database of economics papers. Sultan Orazbayev provides descriptive statistics of authors, institutions, collaborations, and networks. This would be useful starting point for anyone who wants an overview of the discipline and its publications. The underlying data that can be downloaded from RePEC IDEAS.
The commercial company Maplethrorpe have just released their 2017 modern slavery index. You can view a summary on their website. For the UK the latest statistics (including trafficking) are on the National Crime Agency website. Also available online, ILO estimates of global child labour and forced labour worldwide. The Walk free Foundation produce an annual […]
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.
Benetech, Amnesty International, and the Engine Room have created this useful guide for human rights workers and organisations on how to use, present and select data for advocacy work. Topics covered include the ethics of digital data, techniques in data and image verification. Tips are practical and include case studies.
The UK Data Service is providing the following webinars in May and June: Key issues in reusing data, 4 May 2016, 15.00 – 16.00 The UK Census Longitudinal datasets, 6 May 2016, 14.00 – 15.00 Data management basics, 12 May 2016, 15.00 – 16.00 Webinar: What are APIs?, 26 May 2016, 15.00 – 16.00 Webinar: What is MongoDB?, […]
Open Data Inception has mapped over 1600 open data portals around the world. Hover over the maps to get statistics on different nations. Then zoom in on individual areas to get direct links to individual websites. Some are national, some regional or local government.