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Economics

This is a general guide to resources for economics research.

United States economic data and statistics

International economic data and statistics

Data archives

Open Data Portals

What are open data portals? 

Some government entities make their data available to the public using open data portals. These portals may contain geospatial data sets to download. 

How to find open data portal

  • You can search for these in your favorite internet search engine - try searching for the name of the place and "open data" or "open data portal". 
  • Use the Global Open Data Index to find and evaluate how usable and transparent the data portal might be.   
  • DataPortals.org claims to be the most comprehensive list of open data portals in the world. It is curated by a group of leading open data experts from around the world - including representatives from local, regional and national governments, international organisations such as the World Bank, and numerous NGOs.

Barriers to open data portals

Open Knowledge International notes three major environmental constraints that cintribute to a lack of openness in government data sharing:

"1. Lack of capacity of government to maintain infrastructure and websites; incomplete and inaccessible published official information.
2. Limited open data knowledge from the respective government officials.
3. Limited capacity and open data knowledge of CSOs to take advantage or to ask for open data."

Some examples of open data portals

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