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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 Bank: Data Bank All Users

DataBank is an analysis and visualization tool that contains collections of time series data on a variety of topics. You can create your own queries; generate tables, charts, and maps; and easily save, embed, and share them.

The World Bank: Global Consumption Database All Users

The Global Consumption Database is a one-stop source of data on household consumption patterns in developing countries. It is designed to serve a wide range of users—from researchers seeking data for analytical studies to businesses seeking a better understanding of the markets into which they are expanding or those they are already serving.


The data are based on national household surveys, which collect information for a group of households representative of the entire country. For each of the countries covered, the resulting datasets have been used to calculate the share of the population at different levels of consumption.


Four levels of consumption are used to segment the market in each country: lowest, low, middle, and higher. They are based on global income distribution data, which rank the global population by income per capita. The lowest consumption segment corresponds to the bottom half of the global distribution, or the 50th percentile and below; the low consumption segment to the 51th–75th percentiles; the middle consumption segment to the 76th–90th percentiles; and the higher consumption segment to the 91st percentile and above.


The Global Consumption Database is the most comprehensive data source to date on consumer spending patterns in developing countries. It builds on the 2007 report The Next 4 Billion, published by IFC (a member of the World Bank Group) and the World Resources Institute.

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.

Thomson ONE McMaster Users

Thomson ONE contains full-text research reports on global companies and industries written by analysts at leading investment banks, brokers and independent research firms. Research contributors include BNP Paribas, Credit Suisse, CIBC World Markets, HSBC Global Research, Morningstar, Wells Fargo and hundreds more. The analyst reports include forecasts and opinions from industry experts that provide insight into company strategy, industry trends, company valuation, competitive analysis and market share. Analyst reports can be accessed from the Research menu of the Company Views module in Thomson ONE.

Toronto Community Health Profiles All Users

In 2005 the Toronto Community Health Profiles Partnership launched this website with the purpose of making detailed, area-level health data available to everyone. We provide health profiles of Toronto communities for Toronto communities, with relevant and timely information.

Data-sharing partners include government, public health professionals, community health providers and researchers.

This site complements other health information sites (Health Quality Ontario, Statistics Canada Health Indicators, Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, Toronto Public Health) and neighbourhood data (City of Toronto) sites with small area community health data not otherwise available. 

Toronto Demographics Portal All Users

Access and browse demographics information for the City of Toronto. You will find information from a variety of sources such as Statistics Canada`s Census and the City of Toronto. Get information on population groups, housing characteristics, languages, income and more. You will also be able to access reports, mapping tools and key surveys for the City of Toronto.

Town of Oakville Open Data All Users

Our catalogue is updated regularly with machine-readable, re-usable digital dataset files that can be shared and used to develop applications, visualizations and inform public research.

U.S. Census Bureau All Users

Provides demographic information and analysis through on-line access to data, publications, products, and programs

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service All Users

The Economic Research Service is a primary source of economic information and research in the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Data Sets All Users

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development PD&R makes a major contribution to the body of housing research by analyzing, distributing, and maintaining nationwide databases on housing market and local economic conditions.  

In cooperation with the Census Bureau, PD&R produces the American Housing Survey, a biannual survey of the nation's housing market, as well as other surveys of housing markets. 

PD&R has created and maintains several important housing and urban databases, such as the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit database and the State of the Cities Data Systems, which are available on their website. PD&R also maintains extensive data on the characteristics of assisted housing tenants and voucher recipients and numerous other databases on the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and the mortgage market. 

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.

UNdata Explorer All Users

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) launched a new internet based data service for the global user community. It brings UN statistical databases within easy reach of users through a single entry point ( Users can now search and download a variety of statistical resources of the UN system.

Useful features like Country Profiles, Advanced Search and Glossaries are also provided to aid research. The numerous databases, tables and glossaries containing over 60 million data points cover a wide range of themes including Agriculture, Crime, Education, Employment, Energy, Environment, Health, HIV/AIDS, Human Development, Industry, Information and Communication Technology, National Accounts, Population, Refugees, Tourism, Trade, as well as the Millennium Development Goals indicators. 

USDA Economics and Statistics System All Users

The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) Economics, Statistics and Market Information System (ESMIS) is a collaborative project between Albert R. Mann Library at Cornell University and several agencies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The system contains nearly 2500 reports and datasets. These materials cover U.S. and international agriculture and related topics. Available titles include both current and historical data.

United States Historical Census Data Browser (1790- 2015) All Users

Access to extensive collections of numeric and geospatial data files and computing facilities and software for data manipulation, research, and instruction; and a suite of Internet-accessible data extraction tools

Urban Aboriginal Peoples Study All Users

The Urban Aboriginal Peoples Study (“UAPS”) is an innovative research study conducted with First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples living in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Toronto, Montreal, Halifax and Ottawa (Inuit only). It seeks to better understand and document the identities, experiences, values and aspirations of urban Aboriginal Canadians.

The UAPS is conducted by Environics Institute for Survey Research. Established in 2006, it sponsors relevant and original public opinion and social values research related to issues of public policy and social change.

Vital Signs Canada: Community foundations taking the pulse of Canadian communities All Users

Vital Signs is an annual community check-up conducted by community foundations across Canada. It provides a comprehensive, reader-friendly look at how our communities are faring in key quality-of-life areas.

Voter Turnout Database All Users

International IDEA is frequently requested to provide information on political participation around the world, and the Voter Turnout Project focuses on one specific dimension of political participation - voter turnout in elections. While elections do not equal democracy, they are without doubt an important and indispensable element.

WHO - World Malaria Report All Users

The World Malaria Report is the WHO Global Malaria Programme’s flagship publication, published every year in December. The report provides the global health community with a comprehensive overview of progress in the fight against malaria. 

WHO Global Health Observatory (GHO) All Users

The GHO data repository provides access to over 1000 indicators on priority health topics including mortality and burden of diseases, the Millennium Development Goals (child nutrition, child health, maternal and reproductive health, immunization, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, neglected diseases, water and sanitation), non communicable diseases and risk factors, epidemic-prone diseases, health systems, environmental health, violence and injuries, equity among others. In addition, the GHO provides on-line access to WHO's annual summary of health-related data for its member states: the World Health Statistics 2014.

WHO Global Infobase: DATA FOR SAVING LIVES All Users

The WHO Global InfoBase is a data warehouse that collects, stores and displays information on chronic diseases and their risk factors for all WHO member states.

High quality health statistics are essential for planning and implementing health policy in all country settings. The Infobase assembles, for the first time in one place, non-communicable disease (NCD) risk factor data collected from WHO Member States. NCD risk factor data are crucial for predicting the future burden of chronic diseases in populations and also for identifying potential interventions to reduce the future burden. The Infobase online dissemination tool provides not only data but also health information to help users understand health enquiries worldwide and improve the health of nations.

The Infobase is a dynamic and an on-going project. All graphs, maps and data tables are generated by retrieving data from a regularly updated database. 

Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) McMaster Users

Comprehensive web-based data management system that allows easy retrieval of information from the following financial, economic, and marketing data sources: Compustat Global & EMDB, Compustat North America, Center for Research in Security Prices (CRSP), Eventus, Information Resources, Inc. (IRI), Institute for the Study of Security Management (ISSM) and Thomson Financial Ownership.

Includes access to TRACE (Trade reporting and Compliance Engine), NASD's over-the-counter corporate bond market real-time price dissemination service.

Includes access to FISD (Fixed Income Securities Database), a comprehensive database of publicly-offered U.S. bonds.

Includes access to RiskMetrics/Risk Metrics/ISS Governance Services.

Woman Stats Project All Users

The WomanStats Project is the most comprehensive compilation of information on the status of women in the world. The Project facilitates understanding the linkage between the situation of women and the security of nation-states. We comb the extant literature and conduct expert interviews to find qualitative and quantitative information on over 310 indicators of women's status in 174 countries. Our Database expands daily, and access to it is free of charge. The Project began in 2001, and today includes six principal investigators at five universities, as well as a team of up to twenty graduate and undergraduate data extractors. Please learn more by clicking First Time Users and watching our Video Tutorials. Or visit our Blog, where we discuss what we are finding, view our Maps, or read our Research reports. USERS MUST CREATE A FREE ACCOUNT.

World Bank Group Finances All Users

WBG Finances is a World Bank Group digital platform that provides our clients and partners access to public financial data and portfolio information from across all Group entities in one place.

WBG Finances simplifies the presentation of financial information in an ‘easy to consume’ and in the context of Country and Portfolio across WBG.

All the data presented is available to everybody to analyze, visualize, and share with others. We invite you to explore the numerous tools, build your own visualizations or download the data in multiple formats.

World Database of Happiness All Users

This site presents all the available distributional findings on happiness in nations. Each separate findings is presented on a 'page' that contains information about 1) the survey study, 2) the question on happiness used in that study, 3) the distribution of responses to that question, and 4) the publication in which these results were reported. Means and standard-deviations are also reported in a separate 'overview' per nation, in which the findings are sorted by type of survey question on happiness and within these measurement types by year. This allows an easy view on changes in happiness over time.

World Public Opinion.ORG All Users is an international collaborative project whose aim is to give voice to public opinion around the world on international issues. seeks to reveal the values and views of publics in specific nations around the world as well as global patterns of world public opinion.

The website provides information and analysis about public opinion on international policy issues from around the world. While the studies of the network figure prominently, the website draws together data from a wide variety of sources from around the world. We have found that data from all reliable sources are important contributions and that as more studies are integrated into analyses, world public opinion comes into increasing focus.

World Trade Organization (WTO): Trade and tariff data All Users

The WTO provides quantitative information in relation to economic and trade policy issues. Its data-bases and publications provide access to data on trade flows, tariffs, non-tariff measures (NTMs) and trade in value added.

World Values Survey All Users

The World Values Survey ( is a global network of social scientists studying changing values and their impact on social and political life, led by an international team of scholars, with the WVS association and secretariat headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden.

The survey, which started in 1981, seeks to use the most rigorous, high-quality research designs in each country. The WVS consists of nationally representative surveys conducted in almost 100 countries which contain almost 90 percent of the world’s population, using a common questionnaire. The WVS is the largest non-commercial, cross-national, time series investigation of human beliefs and values ever executed, currently including interviews with almost 400,000 respondents. Moreover the WVS is the only academic study covering the full range of global variations, from very poor to very rich countries, in all of the world’s major cultural zones.

World dataBank All Users

International selection of economic, social and environmental indicators from the World Bank. Website includes over 35 databases providing data on a wide variety of subjects. Popular databases include:

  • World Development Indicators (WDI) and Global Development Finance (GDF): WDI is the primary World Bank database for development data from officially-recognized international sources. GDF provides external debt and financial flows statistics for countries that report public and publicly-guaranteed debt under the World Bank's Debtor Reporting System (DRS).
  • Gender Statistics: Provides data on key gender topics. Themes included are demographics, education, health, labor force, and political participatio
  • Health Nutrition and Population (HNP) Statistics: Provides key health, nutrition and population statistics gathered from a variety of international sources.
  • Education Statistics: Provides data on education from national statistical reports, statistical annexes of new publications, and other data sources. 
  • 1960s to current, but varies by database and by indicator


Yahoo Webscope Program Datasets All Users

The Yahoo Webscope Program is a reference library of interesting and scientifically useful datasets for non-commercial use by academics and other scientists.

All datasets have been reviewed to conform to Yahoo's data protection standards, including strict controls on privacy.

Yahoo is pleased to make these datasets available to researchers who are advancing the state of knowledge and understanding in web sciences. The datasets are only available for academic use by faculty and university researchers who agree to the Data Sharing Agreement.