Open data resources spanning multiple areas of science

  1. The World Bank: The world bank provides a data catalog that is very versatile and searchable. Specifically, this URL is useful to download a particular data set and analyze it with R / Python.
    The R package wbstats provides an interface to access the data.
  2. Air quality life index: Air quality life index measures how much longer we can live if we were to breathe clean air. The data here is fine-tuned to the regional level.
  3. NOAA: The national oceanic and atmospheric administration provides free access to archives of global historical weather and climate data.
  4. WHO: The dataset is the World Health Organization’s principal health statistics repository. It contains statistics for more than 1000 indicators for 194 member states of the WHO.
  5. FiveThirtyEight: The datasets by FiveThirtyEight range from sports to politics. Some of the data is well-curated as CSV files and ready to use. I specifically like their polling data and soccer data.
  6. UN Data: The UN Data brings a variety of data resources compiled by the UN. They cover a vast range of statistical themes from agriculture to trade grouped by country.
  7. Happy Planet Index: The happy planet index is another unique dataset that measures “sustainable wellbeing” by country. I was surprised to find that Costa Rica was 1st on the HPI.
  8. Soccer Power Index(SPI) — FiveThirtyEight: The FiveThirtyEight SPI is powered mainly by the R package, engsoccerdata. The SPI informs the world of soccer with predictions and is used by many platforms like ESPN.
  9. Living while black: The “living while black” dataset was collected by Baratunde Thurston. He talks about this topic in a fantastic TED talk, and I encourage everyone to visit, https://www.baratunde.com/livingwhileblack. This is a very original and unique dataset.
  10. Gapminder: The Gapminder dataset accompanies the fantastic book Factfulness. The goal of the gapminder dataset and the book is to provide a more fact-based view of the world. The overdramatized picture, as shown on media, does not particularly help our world view.

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