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 […]
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 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?, […]
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 […]
The Economic and Social Research Council are funding three data centres – the Consumer Data Research Centre https://www.cdrc.ac.uk/ the Urban Big Data Centre at University of Glasgow Business and Local Government Data Research Centre at the University of Essex. Please feel free to explore them and use them in your research.
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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.