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AidData: Open Data for International Development All Users

AidData engages in a variety of data collection and value addition activities to publish its ever-expanding suite of data products. Data collection takes place along two distinct product lines: Aggregate Data (or data represented as a single, composite value) and Project-Level Data (or data consisting of distinct, project activities with accompanying project information). AidData's data is sourced from various locations, including but not limited to the OECD-DAC's Creditor Reporting System (CRS), donor systems (such as official data from individual donor governments), and recipient systems (such as Aid Information Management Systems). Value addition activities include (1) activity and purpose coding, (2) geocoding (to produce our expanding repository of sub-national, geospatial research datasets) (3) data curation (the linking, deduplication and presentation of project records gathered from different sources or data collection activities), and (4) data quality assurance (the transformation and verification of data according to standard AidData practice). AidData also collects official project-level data on the development finance activities of non-OECD bilateral and multilateral donors, as well as data on Chinese development finance, collected using AidData's unique Tracking Under-reported Financial Flows (TUFF) methodology.

CANSIM All Users

Time series statistics ranging from social to economic aspects of Canadian life.

CKAN Datahub All Users

The Datahub provides free access to many of CKAN's core features, letting you search for data, register published datasets, create and manage groups of datasets, and get updates from datasets and groups you're interested in. You can use the web interface or, if you are a programmer needing to connect the Datahub with another app, the CKAN API.

COMMERCE DATA HUB All Users

This site is a first-release of the Commerce Data Hub, a platform to connect data customers with the data they need. Search over 40,000 datasets.

Canadian Statistics - Summary Tables All Users

These summary tables provide an overview of statistical information on Canada's people, economy and governments.

Data Catalogs All Users

A comprehensive list of Open Data catalogs from around the world.

Eurostat Regional Yearbook All Users

The Eurostat regional yearbook provides an overview of key statistics available for the regions of Europe.

FAOSTAT - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Statistics Division All Users

It is an on-line multilingual database covering statistics on agriculture, nutrition, fisheries, forestry, food aid, land use and population.

Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED) All Users

A database of 24,619 U.S. economic time series. With FRED® you can download data in Excel and text formats and view charts of data series.

Free Statistics Canada's Publications All Users

Full text access to a variety of publications listed by subject and date

Free Statistics Canada's Studies, Research Papers and Technical Papers All Users

Full text access to a variety of studies, research and technical papers listed by subject, author and date.

Google Public Data Explorer All Users

The Google Public Data Explorer makes large, public-interest datasets easy to explore, visualize and communicate. As the charts and maps animate over time, the changes in the world become easier to understand. You don't have to be a data expert to navigate between different views, make your own comparisons, and share your findings.

Students, journalists, policy makers and everyone else can play with the tool to create visualizations of public data, link to them, or embed them in their own webpages. Embedded charts and links can update automatically so you’re always sharing the latest available data.

IMF eLibrary McMaster Users

The IMF eLibrary Complete includes four statistical databases -  International Financial Statistics (IFS), Balance of Payments Statistics (BPS), Government Finance Statistics (GFS) and Direction of Trade Statistics (DOT) - and a growing list of over 14,000 books and reports that are derived from the IMF Books and Analytical Papers, Periodicals and Reports, and the Annual Report on Exchange Arrangements and Exchange Restrictions (AREAER) databases.  Individual documents are also available from the library catalogue.

Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) All Users

An international consortium of more than 700 academic institutions and research organizations, ICPSR provides leadership and training in data access, curation, and methods of analysis for the social science research community.

ICPSR maintains 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.

Kenya Open Data All Users

This site makes public government data accessible to the people of Kenya. High quality national census data, government expenditure, parliamentary proceedings and public service locations are just a taste of what's to come. Our information is a national asset, and it's time it was shared: this data is key to improving transparency; unlocking social and economic value; and building Government 2.0 in Kenya.

NationMaster - World Statistics, Country Comparisons All Users

This website was created by Rapid Intelligence, a web technology company based in Sydney, Australia. We produce original sites that provide people with unique views of content. All statistics on this site are cited. If you are concerned about authenticity and authorship, please view the "Source:" field, found below each graph. Or when viewing country statistics, click the "View with citations" link below the bottom of the page.

New Zealand Government Data All Users

data.govt.nz is a directory of publicly-available, non-personal New Zealand government held datasets. This site does not host data, instead it links to datasets held on other government websites. 

OECD iLibrary McMaster Users

The Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) online library of books, reports, working papers, periodicals and statistical data covering a wide range of subjects including agriculture & food, development, economics, education, employment, energy, environment, finance & investment, governance, industry & services,  social issues, migration & health, taxation and transport.  Search by keyword(s) or browse by theme or by country name.

Odesi Data Portal McMaster Users

A jointly funded project between the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) and OntarioBuys provides university researchers with access to datasets in a web-based data extraction system delivered through the Scholars Portal model. The project targets Statistics Canada datasets, datafiles from Gallup Canada and other polling companies, public-domain files such as the Canadian National Election Surveys and selected files from the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR). The files are marked-up using DDI, an international, XML-based metadata tagging system which allows data resource discovery, distributed access, extraction and analysis ... researchers working with opinion polls will be able to search across hundreds of datasets and collections to see trends and historical patterns over time"--summarized from the project page.

Ontario Economic Accounts All Users

The Ontario Ministry of Finance publishes a wealth of economic data. Each quarter, the state of the Ontario economy is updated in the Economic Accounts. An up-to-date snapshot of the economy can be found in the weekly Ontario Economic Update and the monthly Ontario Factsheet.

Also in the Economy section, the Long-Term Report presents a long-range assessment of Ontario's economic and fiscal future.

If you are looking for more detailed information on government spending policies and accounting, please use the Budget section. The Ontario Budget presents the province's revenue and expenditure forecasts, the state of the Ontario economy, and announces tax and spending measures of the Government.

Passport (formerly named Passport GMID) McMaster Users

Passport is a global market research database providing statistics, analysis, reports, surveys and breaking news on industries, countries and consumers worldwide. 

The Library subscribes to the following modules in Passport:

  • Countries & Consumers - Provides in-depth analysis on trends impacting consumers and countries around the world. It delivers research and analysis on the evolving economy, business environment, population, and income and expenditure patterns in 210 countries worldwide.
  • Industries - Includes global statistics and analysis for 27 major consumer industries worldwide. Contains historic and forecast market sizes, distribution channel analysis, company and brand share data, company profiles, global industry reports, expert and breaking news & articles and more.
  • Cities - Provides socioeconomic data and analysis on 850 of the world’s largest cities.  
  • Survey - Consists of online consumer survey data  from 16 countries covering consumer habits, attitudes, opinions, values, behaviours and motivations on a variety of topics.
  • Industrials (Canada) - Breaks down the Canadian economy into 177 different industry sectors from a B2B perspective. Data and analysis is provided for Agriculture, Forestry, Mining, Alcoholic Beverages and many other industries. 
Registry of Research Data Repositories (re3data.org), formerly Databib All Users

re3data.org is a searchable catalog / registry / directory / bibliography of research data repositories

Saudi Open Government Data All Users

Open Data offered by Gov. Agencies in Saudi Arabia.

Statistical Year Book, India, 2013 All Users

The Statistical Year Book provides data sets, not only on the various facets of the Economy of India, but also on the vital social aspects like housing, health, environment, infrastructure, tourism and crime. A new chapter on Millennium Development Goals has also been added to this year's publication.

Statistics New Zealand All Users

Statistics New Zealand Tatauranga Aotearoa is a government department and New Zealand’s national statistical office. We are New Zealand's major source of official statistics, administer the Statistics Act 1975, and lead the Official Statistics System.

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) Databases All Users

SIPRI is an independent international institute dedicated to research into conflict, armaments, arms control and disarmament. Established in 1966, SIPRI provides data, analysis and recommendations, based on open sources, to policymakers, researchers, media and the interested public. Based in Stockholm, SIPRI, is regularly ranked among the most respected think tanks worldwide.

Survey of Current Business Online All Users

The monthly Survey of Current Business is BEA’s (Bureau of Economic Analysis) definitive source of information about its economic accounts. Articles in the Survey present the latest national, international, regional, and industry estimates; describe the methodologies used to prepare the estimates; provide information about major revisions; discuss on-going innovations; and generally keep users up to date on relevant BEA issues and initiatives. Each issue includes numerous tables and charts of various economic estimates.

The World Bank Data All Users

The World Bank has one of the largest repositories of microdata for development which is fully searchable and includes a citation index. The data include census and survey data on a range of development topics. It uses international norms for documenting microdata (DDI, Dublin Core). Currently, it covers 125 countries. Data for all studies listed are available to researchers either through direct download or a more detailed application process.

The World Factbook by CIA All Users

The World Factbook, produced for US policymakers and coordinated throughout the US Intelligence Community, marshals facts on every country, dependency, and geographic entity in the world.

The Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.

U.S. Government’s Open Data All Users

Here you will find data, tools, and resources to conduct research, develop web and mobile applications, design data visualizations, and more.

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