Thank you to Andrew Lopez and Kathy Gehring for offering a useful, informative, and fun workshop. If you missed the workshop, or if you are just curious about what data is available to you and to your students for research and class projects, read on! And for any questions about finding and using data, contact Andrew or Kathy.
An extensive repository of statistical data sources containing more than 90 billion data points from more than 70 source organizations. Participants found this resource well organized, easy to navigate and explore. Generating interactive charts, graphs, and even maps to visualize and make sense of data, then exporting those data and visualization is simple (example below).
ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research)
A data archive of more than 500,000 files of research in the social sciences. It hosts 16 specialized collections of data in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism, and other fields. In addition to datasets, ICPSR offers a bibliography of publications works using data held in the ICPSR archive, making this an incredibly rich resource, particularly for students. In addition to data, ICPSR also includes resources for teachers to integrate data into the classroom, resources for researchers on data management and curation. They also sponsor a ICPSR Research Paper Competition for undergraduates ($1,000 prize!) and a Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research for faculty. For a more comprehensive review of ICPSR, read Andrew’s blog post.
This is another powerful tool to explore, find, and visualize data in one place. It provides access to valuable sources like the World Bank, US Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Census Bureau. Different visualizations can also be selected, such as comparing different states.
The new platform to access data and digital content from the U.S. Census Bureau.The Census Bureau stopped releasing new data in American FactFinder (AFF) at the end of June 2019 and transitioned to data.census.gov for data releases formerly on AFF. AFF will remain as an archive system for data and functionality that are not yet available in data.census.gov until March 31, 2020.