Friday, December 10, 2010

You get all the data you can eat!

(picture by Matthias Tunger via Gettyimages)

The Technology Review (a blog published by MIT) posted a list of The 70 Online Databases that Define Our Planet (the original list was done by Helbing and Balietti)*.
So I picked up a few of them that would fit the research interests of this blog authors (me and you all):

Metropolitan Travel Survey Archive
The Metropolitan Travel Survey Archive to store, preserve, and make publicly available, via the Internet, travel surveys conducted by metropolitan areas, states and localities.

National Household Travel Survey
The National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) collect data on both long-distance and local travel by the American public. The joint survey gathers trip-related data such as mode of transportation, duration, distance and purpose of trip. It also gathers demographic, geographic, and economic data for analysis purposes. It is part of RITA.

Large collection of datasets covering economics, demographics. Extractions are freely available, full access requires subscription.

OpenStreetMap (by UCL) is a free editable map of the whole world. OpenStreetMap allows you to view, edit and use geographical data in a collaborative way from anywhere on Earth.

Gapminder Data
Gapminder is a popular technology and Web application for cross-visualisation of trends in time series of data. It also opens an archive of multiple datasets on diverse socio-economic indicators.

* ps. It’s awkward that they didn’t mentioned the UN Population Prospects nor The Human Mortality Database.

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