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In the initial phase of ACAP, we created a unique data bank that saved data from the 1970, 1980, and 1990 rounds of census enumerations from destruction, and we developed the Pan-African Census Explorer (PACE).  ACAP continues to be the repository of African Census data. African census micro-data are an invaluable source of information for understanding demographic processes and history in Africa. Over the past decade, ACAP has assembled the largest collection of complete census data in the world. Our expanding data collection currently consists of census micro-data from 55 censuses for 26 African nations. New national censuses are added to the collection on a regular basis. Most African nations and various other regional organizations are collaborating with us in this international effort.

The Pan-African Census Explorer (PACE) will facilitate easy access to census data for demographic and statistical analysis. Eventually, country specific versions of PACE could be available to the government agencies to facilitate easy distribution of the data.

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Type: Microdata, Open Data, Statistics

Country: International

URL: http://www.acap.upenn.edu/index.php All Users

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Afrobarometer is an African-led, non-partisan survey research project that measures citizen attitudes on democracy and governance, the economy, civil society, and other topics.

We are the world’s leading research project on issues that affect ordinary African men and women. We collect and publish high-quality, reliable statistical data on Africa which is freely available to the public.

We currently conduct surveys in more than 30 African countries. We are proud of what we have achieved so far and our goal is to have Afrobarometer surveys in all African countries.

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Type: Open Data, Statistics

Country: International

URL: http://www.afrobarometer.org/ All Users

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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.

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Type: Microdata, Open Data, Statistics

Country: International

URL: http://aiddata.org/ All Users

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City Mayors is a leading international source for urban statistics.

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Type: Statistics

Country: International

URL: http://www.citymayors.com/sections/rankings_content.html All Users

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

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Type: Statistics

Country: International

URL: http://faostat3.fao.org/home/E All Users

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Gapminder is a non-profit venture promoting sustainable global development and achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals by increased use and understanding of statistics and other information about social, economic and environmental development at local, national and global levels.

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Type: Statistics

Country: Canada, International, US

URL: http://www.gapminder.org/data/ All Users

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The Groningen Growth and Development Centre was founded in 1992 within the Economics Department of the University of Groningen by a group of researchers working on comparative analysis of levels of economic performance and differences in growth rates. The activities of the Centre are primarily in the field of research. This research is largely based on a range of comprehensive databases on indicators of growth and development that the Centre compiles and maintains on a regular basis. The participants of the Centre publish papers, articles and books often linked to these databases.

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Type: Open Data, Statistics

Country: International

URL: http://www.rug.nl/research/ggdc/ All Users

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IfItWereMyHome.com is your gateway to understanding life outside your home. Use our country comparison tool to compare living conditions in your own country to those of another. Start by selecting a region to compare on the map to the right, and begin your exploration.

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Type: Statistics

Country: Canada, International

URL: http://www.ifitweremyhome.com/compare/listing/CA?detected=true All Users

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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.

Data Access: McMaster Users

Type: Statistics

Country: Canada, International, US

URL: http://library.mcmaster.ca/articles/imf-elibrary McMaster Users

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IPUMS-International is a project dedicated to collecting and distributing census data from around the world. Its goals are to:

  • Collect and preserve data and documentation
  • Harmonize data
  • Disseminate the data absolutely free!

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Type: Microdata

Country: International

URL: https://international.ipums.org/international/ All Users

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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.

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Type: Microdata

Country: Canada, International, US

URL: http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/landing.jsp McMaster Users

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Latinobarómetro is an annual public opinion survey that involves some 20,000 interviews in 18 Latin American countries, representing more than 600 million inhabitants.

Latinobarómetro Corporation is a non-profit NGO based in Santiago, Chile, and is solely responsible for the production and publication of the data.

Latinobarómetro Corporation researches the development of democracy and economies as well as societies, using indicators of opinion, attitudes, behaviour and values. Its results are used by social and political actors, international organizations, governments and the media.

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Type: Microdata, Open Data

Country: International

URL: http://www.latinobarometro.org/lat.jsp All Users

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The Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) is a household survey program housed within the Surveys & Methods Unit of the World Bank's Development Research Group that provides technical assistance to national statistical offices (NSOs) in the design and implementation of multi-topic household surveys. Since its inception in the early 1980s, the LSMS program has worked with dozens of statistics offices around the world: generating high-quality data, incorporating innovative technologies and improved survey methodologies, and building technical capacity. The LSMS team also provides technical support across the World Bank in the design and implementation of household surveys and in the measurement and monitoring of poverty.

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Type: Open Data, Statistics

Country: International

URL: http://surveys.worldbank.org/ All Users

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The London Datastore has been created by the Greater London Authority (GLA) as an innovation towards freeing London’s data. We want citizens to be able access the data that the GLA and other public sector organisations hold, and to use that data however they see fit – free of charge.

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Type: Open Data, Statistics

Country: International

URL: http://data.london.gov.uk/ All Users

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This dataset, a product of the Trade Team - Development Research Group, is part of a larger effort in the group to measure the extent of the brain drain as part of the International Migration and Development Program. It measures international skilled migration by gender.

The methodology is explained in: A gendered assessment of the brain drain, F. Docquier, L. Lowell, and A. Marfouk, Policy Research Discussion Paper (forthcoming), World Bank. 2007.

This data set updates and extends the Docquier-Marfouk data set on international migration by educational attainment. The authors use new sources, homogenize definitions of what a migrant is, and compute gender-disaggregated indicators of the brain drain. Emigration stocks and rates are provided by the level of schooling and gender for 195 source countries in 1990 and 2000. This data set can be used to capture the recent trend in women’s skilled migration and to analyze its causes and consequences for developing countries.

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Type: Microdata, Open Data

Country: International

URL: http://microdata.worldbank.org/index.php/catalog/391/ All Users

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This website contains UNICEF’s statistical information, including data used in UNICEF’s flagship publications, The State of the World’s Children and Progress for Children. Also here are technical resources for conducting UNICEF-supported Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS), which are a major source of global development data.

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Type: Open Data, Statistics

Country: International

URL: http://mics.unicef.org/ All Users

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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.

Data Access: McMaster Users

Type: Statistics

Country: Canada, International, US

URL: http://libaccess.mcmaster.ca/login?url=http://www.oecdilibrary.org McMaster Users

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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. 

Data Access: McMaster Users

Type: Statistics

Country: Canada, International, US

URL: http://libaccess.mcmaster.ca/login?url=http://www.portal.euromonitor.com/portal/server.pt McMaster Users

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The Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project conducts public opinion surveys around the world on a broad array of subjects ranging from people’s assessments of their own lives to their views about the current state of the world and important issues of the day. More than 240,000 interviews in 57 countries have been conducted as part of the project’s work.

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Type: Microdata, Open Data, Statistics

Country: International

URL: http://www.pewglobal.org/ All Users

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Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. We conduct public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis and other data-driven social science research. We do not take policy positions.

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Type: Statistics

Country: Canada, International, US

URL: http://www.pewresearch.org/ All Users

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The U.S. data in PRB's DataFinder are from the U.S. Census Bureau's decennial census, American Community Survey, and population estimates.

The international data in PRB's DataFinder are from several Population Reference Bureau data sheets. Additional international indicators were compiled by PRB staff, primarily using national surveys.

Sources for each indicator appear as footnotes for that indicator. More detailed sources are available from PRB.

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Type: Open Data, Statistics

Country: International, US

URL: http://www.prb.org/DataFinder.aspx All Users

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

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Type: Microdata, Open Data, Statistics

Country: Canada, International, US

URL: http://www.re3data.org/ All Users

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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.

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Type: Open Data, Statistics

Country: International

URL: http://mospi.nic.in/Mospi_New/upload/SYB2013/index1.html All Users

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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.

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Type: Statistics

Country: International

URL: http://stats.govt.nz/ All Users

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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.

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Type: Open Data, Statistics

Country: Canada, International, US

URL: https://www.sipri.org/databases All Users

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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.

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Type: Open Data, Statistics

Country: International

URL: http://data.worldbank.org/ All Users

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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.

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Type: Data Visualization, Open Data, Statistics

Country: Canada, International, US

URL: http://databank.worldbank.org/data/home.aspx All Users

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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.

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Type: Open Data, Statistics

Country: International

URL: http://datatopics.worldbank.org/consumption/ All Users

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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.

Data Access: All Users

Type: Statistics

Country: Canada, International, US

URL: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/resources/the-world-factbook/ All Users

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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 (http://data.un.org/). 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. 

Data Access: All Users

Type: Open Data, Statistics

Country: Canada, International, US

URL: http://data.un.org/Explorer.aspx All Users

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