Archive for August, 2009

WHO Statistical Information System (WHOSIS)

By Kieron L Jones, on 18 August 2009

World Health OrganizationWHOSIS, the WHO Statistical Information System, is an interactive database bringing together core health statistics for the 193 WHO Member States. It comprises more than 100 indicators, which can be accessed by way of a quick search, by major categories, or through user-defined tables. The data can be further filtered, tabulated, charted and downloaded. The data are also published annually in the World Health Statistics Report released in May.”

Pew Global Attitudes key Indicators database

By Kieron L Jones, on 12 August 2009

Pew Global Attitudes The Pew Global Attitudes Project is an initiative of the Pew Research Centre for the People and the Press which is using public opinion surveys from over 55 nations worldwide to examine trends in public opinion. It is possible to access and download free of charge a large number of the datasets and indicators. Topics cover a wide range of political, economic and social topics. These include confidence in the U.S. President, opinions and images of specific nations (including the USA, China and Russia, Iran), attitudes towards Islamic extremism / radical Islam, quality of life in individual households and economic globalization. The website provides information on the methodology and links to associated research reports.

Global Terrorism Database

By Kieron L Jones, on 12 August 2009

GTD The Global Terrorism Database is a free open access database on terrorism which is maintained by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), a center associated with the US government Department of Homeland Security. It provides information on terrorist attacks, bombings and incidents worldwide from 1970-2007 (with planned future annual updates). It is possible to search the database for incidents in specific geographical regions, by particular groups or using particular weapons. Individual entries include numbers of casualties and background information on the perpetuators. It is possible to view some graphs / charts of trends in terrorism. Information on the compilation and sources of the data is provided on the website.

Library of Economics and Liberty

By Kieron L Jones, on 4 August 2009

library of economics and liberty The Library of Economics and Liberty includes an internet data directory, with sections on US data sources (primary sources, secondary sources and Numbers Now!) and world data sources (primary sources: government agencies and secondary sources: international agencies).