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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 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.

Your Health System by CIHI All Users

Your Health System is a unique web tool for the health sector and general public. It presents 2 dynamic sections depending on the type of information you are looking for:

In Depth — View comparable and interactive data for Canadians on 37 indicators at national, provincial/territorial, regional and facility levels. More than 600 Canadian hospitals can be examined.

In Brief — Explore 15 indicators representing 5 themes that Canadians told us were important to them. They are presented with clear, easy-to-read infographics and plain language.


quotaProject: Global Database of Quotas for Women All Users

The International IDEA, Inter-Parliamentary Union and Stockholm University Global Database of Quotas for Women contains information on the use of electoral quotas for women. In this project, electoral quotas are defined as mandatory or targeted percentages of women candidates for public elections.