Data Resources Guide

Data Sources | Visualization Tools

Best Practices for Visualization and Analytics

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This guide showcases free data resources that the library recommends.

Use the  Data Sources to find subject data.

We have more data located in our Library Databases.  

Visualization Tools provides a useful compilation of free data visualization tools.

Plotly provides online graphing and stats tools for individuals and collaboration, as well as scientific graphing libraries for Python, R, MATLAB, Perl, Julia, Arduino, and REST.

Raw is an easy-to-use open web app for creating visualizations using D3.js.

Tableau Public is a free data storytelling application. Create and share interactive charts and graphs, maps, live dashboards and applications in minutes, then publish anywhere on the web.

Tableau has an academic program that provides free access to Tableau Desktop for instructors and students:

Voyant Tools
Voyant Tools web-based text reading and analysis environment. It can create some text analysis and allows you to create limiters or highlights the top words used.

Data Sources

General | National | International | Social | Health | Science | Finance | Economic


Data USA
Created by Deloitte, Datawheel, and Cesar Hidalgo, a professor at the MIT Media Lab and Director of Collective Learning. DataLab

Kaggle Datasets
A website that teaches data science, hosts competions and showcases free data sets-both real and created for practice.

Registry of Research Data Repositories is a global registry of research data repositories that covers research data repositories from different academic disciplines. It presents repositories for the permanent storage and access of data sets to researchers, funding bodies, publishers and scholarly institutions. promotes a culture of sharing, increased access and better visibility of research data. The registry went live in autumn 2012 and is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

UCI Machine Learning Repository 
Datasets for Machine Learning.

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The home of the U.S. Government’s open data. Here you will find data, tools, and resources to conduct research, develop web and mobile applications, design data visualizations, and more.

Socrata-Open Data Network
Their mission: Unleashing the Power of Government Data to Improve Society. Socrata provides a data-as-a-service data platform and cloud applications exclusively for city, county, state, and federal government organizations.

US Census Bureau 
A wealth of information on the lives of US citizens covering population data, geographic data and education.

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European Union Open Data Portal 
The European Union Open Data Portal (EU ODP) gives you access to open data published by EU institutions and bodies. All the data you can find via this catalogue are free to use and reuse for commercial or non-commercial purposes.

Open Government Data
The aim of the Open Government Data Working Group is to support development of open government data catalogues around the world, and ensure different platforms are technically interoperable.

United Nations Data
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.

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Wikipedia is comprised of millions of pieces of data, structured and unstructured on every subject under the sun. DBPedia is an ambitious project to catalogue and create a public, freely distributable database allowing anyone to analyze this data.

Google Books Ngrams
Search and analyze the full text of any of the millions of books digitised as part of the Google Books project. is an ambitious project to catalogue and create a public, freely distributable database allowing anyone to analyze this data.

Stanford Large Network Dataset Collection
Contains Social networks, Networks with ground-truth communities, Communication networks, Citation networks, Collaboration networks, Web graphs, Amazon networks, Internet networks, Road networks, Autonomous systems, Signed networks, Location-based online social networks, Wikipedia networks, articles, and metadata, Temporal networks, Twitter and Memetracker, Online communities, Online reviews.

UNICEF Data: Monitoring the Situation of Children and Women

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125 years of US healthcare data including claim-level Medicare data, epidemiology and population statistics. points-of-contact for further information or inquiries can be found on the websites of the individual repositories.

National Health Service
Health data sets from the UK National Health Service.

NIH Data Sharing Repositories
This table lists NIH-supported data repositories that make data accessible for reuse. Links are provided to information about submitting data to and accessing data from the listed repositories. Additional information about the repositories and points-of-contact for further information or inquiries can be found on the websites of the individual repositories.

World Health Organization
Global Health Observatory, WHO's gateway to health-related statistics for more than 1000 indicators for its 194 Member States. Data are organized to monitor progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including health status indicators to monitor progress towards for the overall health goal, indicators to track equity in health indicators, and the indicators for the specific health and health-related targets of the SDGs.

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National Climatic Data Center 
Huge collection of environmental, meteorological and climate data sets from the US National Climatic Data Center. The world’s largest archive of weather data.

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FINRA Fund Analyzer
Analyze and compare the cost of owning funds. Created by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

Google Finance
40 years’ worth of stock market data, updated in real time.

US Deparment of Commerce-- International Trade Administration
Data and analysis on Trade, Industry and Export info. Also info by individual states.

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Google Public DataExplorer
Includes data from world development indicators, OECD, and human development indicators, mostly related to economics data and the world.

US Census Bureau -- Economic
United States Economic Census Data.

World Bank Open Data
Free and open access to global development data.

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