Statistics

Increasingly social scientists utilise large quantities of computer data in their research, which can often be derived from a dataset deposited with a data archive. Registration is usually required before these resources can be used.

The Albert Sloman Library Guide To Statistics

Statistics EResources

The Library's eresources are strictly licensed. You may not systematically print or download substantial quantities, or distribute information to unauthorised third parties. [More information on Permitted Use].

This is a listing of our e-resource collections for finding statistics and datasets. See also our complete E-Resource and Database Menu.

General/International Statistics

Cross-National Time Series Data Archive (CNTS) (Library database)

Based on the data resources of the respected Statesman's Yearbook, CNTS offers international and national data & statistics. A wide range of countries and variables are included. Coverage is from 1815 (for some series) to the present day, so particularly useful for historical data.

DataMarket

Portal to national & international statistical data

Dataverse

Major collaborative project to make research data available to the wider community. The Harvard Dataverse is the hub for cross-searching
the various international repositories. Covers all subject areas.

Geohive

Useful website with free access to a range of statistics

Guardian Data Store

Quite useful portal to data, some of which may not be readily available elsewhere

MacroDataGuide

Good portal to high quality statistics & data sets in the social sciences, maintained by the Norwegian Social Science Data Services

Passport GMID (Library database)

Useful source of political, economic & social data, in support of the main function of the database in providing global market business intelligence.

UK Data Service

Provides access to international macrodata (time series and surveys, including IEA, ILO, IMF, OECD, UNIDO & World Bank data), UK & cross-national surveys (includes major UK government datasets such as Labour Force Survey, and General Lifestyle Survey), longitudinal studies (includes British Household Panel Survey), census data, and business microdata. Registration required to access data

UNData

Portal to the extensive data sets of the United Nations. See also UN Statistics Division databases

World Gazetteer

Census data

IPUMS (Integrated Public Use Microdata Series) International

World's largest international collection of micro-level (household/ individual) census data, currently housed at the Minnesota Population Center. Find information and access data variables from 100s of censuses conducted worldwide since 1960. N.B.: registration required

United Nations Demographic & Social Statistics

Excellent starting point for information about population censuses worldwide. It includes links to the websites of national statistical offices plus a useful census Knowledge base

GREAT BRITAIN - CENSUS STATISTICAL DATA

Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research (CCSR)

Specialist research body based at the University of Manchester that plays a key role in developing and disseminating Samples of Anonymised Records. Free access to full text of recent working and conference papers. It is possible to register to get access to some anonymised data from 1991 onwards

Digimap

Digitised maps and geospatial data available to the UK academic community

Office for National Statistics census

Information on the history, content and collection of the census. Data available from the 2011 & 2001 censuses.

Online Historical Population Reports (HistPop)

Access to the complete population reports for Britain and Ireland from 1801 to 1937. In addition to the census the site also contains enumerator's notebooks, essays from historians which set the materials in context and bibliographies to guide further reading

UK Data Service Census Support

Portal to official population census data. Datasets from 1971 onwards can be downloaded (subject to registration)by members of the UK educational community. Offers guidance on how to find and access census datasets (aggregate, boundary, flow & micro data), including Experian datasets at very local level (lower super output area). Links to online guides, training events, census related projects and research groups.

GREAT BRITAIN - PERSONAL RECORDS

National Archives census records

Searchable catalogue of census records from 1801-1911 plus guides to using the census. Online access to most transcripts requires payment. References to record offices which may offer free access are indicated on the website

ScotlandsPeople

Official website maintained in association between General Register Office for Scotland, and the National Archives of Scotland. Contains a searchable catalogue of census materials from 1841 onwards

NISRA

Census information for Northern Ireland.

INDIA

Census of India

UNITED STATES

Census Bureau

All censuses from 1820 can be downloaded, alongside a wealth of other material

Economic & Financial Data

Datastream(Library database)

Economic and financial data providing daily pricing and volume information on hundreds of thousands of: Equities & equity indices; Macroeconomic series from the International Financial Statistics of the IMF, World Bank, OECD and other central statistical offices; Foreign exchange rates; Interest rate series; Options & futures data. Only available in The Library Large Reading Room (ground floor)

FAOSTAT
ILO Labour Statistics
International Monetary Fund data & statistics
OECD Statistics

N.B. This portal offers free statistics, but the Library does not subscribe to OECD.Stat, the main OECD statistical database

UNCTADstat
World Bank Data

For more sources of economic & financial statistics see the Economics subject guide

For sources of company accounts data see theAccounting subject guide

National Statistical Data

GLOBAL

National Statistical Agencies

Portal to official statistical agencies around the world. Compiled by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics

 
In addition, the following may be useful:
SESRIC BASEIND

Basic social & economic statistics for countries belonging to the OIC (Organization of the Islamic Countries)

EUROPE

Eurostat

Official statistics for EU countries, gathered from the national agencies by the European Statistical Office. Its flagship publication is the Eurostat Yearbook

See also:

France

Data Publica

Statistical data from French government & public sources

GREAT BRITAIN

National Statistics (Great Britain)

Official website of the government Office for National Statistics. Huge range of social & economic statistics, including Regional and Local  Statistics and the 2011 CensusNeighbourhood Statistics.

For London see the Greater London Authority's Datastore
Official statistics are also available for:
Scotland from the Scottish Government Statistics website
Wales from theData Unit Wales
Northern Ireland from NISRA

INDIA

MOSPI

Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation

Data.gov.in

Portal to Indian government datasets

MALAYSIA

Data.gov.my

Department of Statistics Malaysia

Economic Plannng Unit

of the Prime Minister's Dept. - has good time series summaries of many useful socio-economicseries down to state level

Population Quick Info

Datasets & Data Archives

GLOBAL

DataCatalogs.Org

The most comprehensive listing of open data catalogs from around the world

Data on the Net

Gateway to sites offering statistical data (mostly US based) and data archives.

Datasets around the World (from the UKDA)

Gateway to international data archives

Dataverse

Major collaborative project to make research data available to the wider community. The Harvard Dataverse is the hub for cross-searching
the various international repositories. Covers all subject areas.

International Social Survey Programme

Details of surveys & data access for over 40 countries

Microdata Library (World Bank)

Datasets on people in developing countries: their institutions, environment, communities, and economies; focusing on specific characteristics such as households, business enterprises, facilities, farms or even geographical areas such as villages or towns characteristics such as households, business enterprises, facilities, farms or even geographical areas such as villages or towns

Open Data Inception

Global mapping approach to listing open data collections

EUROPE

Centre for Comparative European Survey Data (CCESD)

Cross-search major European social survey data sets

Council of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA)

Umbrella organisation for social science data archives across Europe. TheCESSDA catalogue provides access to data sets across Europe.

European Data Portal

Gateway to open access datasets from governments of the EU member countries, such as the UKs Data.gov.uk

UNITED KINGDOM

Data.Gov.UK

Official UK Government portal to data sets hosted by ONS, government departments, and public bodies. Archival data sets also maintained by the National Archives through the National Digital Archive of Datasets (1997-2010)

Digimap

Digitised maps and geospatial data available to the UK academic community

UK Data Service

Provides access to international macrodata (time series and surveys, including IEA, ILO, IMF, OECD, UNIDO & World Bank data), UK & cross-national surveys (includes major UK government datasets such as Labour Force Survey, and General Lifestyle Survey), longitudinal studies (includes British Household Panel Survey), census data, and business microdata. Includes Question bank. Registration required to access data

UNITED STATES

Dataverse Network Project (Harvard University)

Extensive repository of social science data, freely deposited from academic (especially American) research projects

ICPSR

Leading & long-established data archive for the social & behavioral sciences, based at University of Michigan



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