Open data is data that can be freely used, reused and redistributed by anyone (Open Data Handbook).
The Open Data movement began with efforts to improve access to government data but government data is not the only kind of opendData. Researchers are also increasingly opening their data so that others can replicate their findings or reuse their data in novel ways.
This page offers a selection of links to some of the most popular sources for open government and research data. To expand the menus click + .
Open Government Data
Global and International
- Berkeley-curated US statistical information, by UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, providing a wealth of demographic and other data on a city, county, state and national level.
- Bitly 1.usa.gov data, anonymized clicks on gov links.
- CMS.gov Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Research, Statistics, Data, and Systems.
- Data.CMS.gov, Medicare part D prescriber look-up tool.
- Data.gov/Education, central guide for education data resources including high-value data sets, data visualization tools, resources for the classroom, applications created from open data and more.
- Data USA, a comprehensive visualization of US public data.
- DataFerrett, a data mining tool that accesses and manipulates TheDataWeb, a collection of many on-line US Goverment datasets.
- EconData, thousands of economic time series, produced by a number of US Government agencies.
- FEDSTATS, a comprehensive source of US statistics and more.
- United States Census Bureau.
USA- State, City, and Local
- Europeana Data, contains open metadata on 20 million texts, images, videos and sounds gathered by Europeana - the trusted and comprehensive resource for European cultural heritage content.
- Eurostat, the leading provider of high quality statistics on Europe.
- OECD Data Lab, data visualisations and European data downloads.
- PublicData.eu, access to open, freely reusable datasets from local, regional and national public bodies across Europe.
- Census India, data on population, economic activity, literacy, education, housing, urbanisation, fertility, mortality, and more.
- Open Government Data (OGD) Platform, India.
Australia, NZ, and Pacific
- Data.gov.au provides an easy way to find, access and reuse public datasets from the Australian Government.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics, access to the full range of ABS statistical and reference information.
- Wiki New Zealand, a collaborative website making data about New Zealand accessible for everyone.
- Open Data for Africa, supporting statistical development in Africa as a sound basis for designing and managing effective development policies for reducing poverty on the continent.
Open Research Data
Public Data Catalogs
Public data is not always open data in the sense of intended by the Open Data movement. But it is free and can be useful for your research.
- AWS (Amazon Web Services) Public Data Sets, provides a centralized repository of public data sets that can be seamlessly integrated into AWS cloud-based applications.
- Datacatalogs.org, open government data from US, EU, Canada, CKAN, and more.
- Google Public Data, with dynamic visualization and exploration tools.
- Knoema World Data Atlas, over 1000 indicators on all countries
- Open Data Census, assesses the state of open data around the world.
- Open Data Institute, catalysing the evolution of open data culture to create economic, environmental, and social value.
- Socrata OpenData, provides social data discovery services for opening government, healthcare, energy, education, or environment data.