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Open-Source Data

Postby Jonathan Nitzan » Sun Aug 09, 2015 1:44 pm

Many data sources, such as WRDS, Bloomberg, Datastream, GFD and Datainsight, are protected by high-pay walls. Here are three alternatives that harvest open-source information:

https://www.quandl.com/
https://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/
http://knoema.com/

Any other suggestions?
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Re: Open-Source Data

Postby blairfix » Sun Aug 09, 2015 8:47 pm

These are excellent sites. I find that I do most of my research from primary government sources, which are all free.

Its nice to have everything centralized, though ... knoema has a very nice layout. I've been using US census data lately. There is an immense amount of data there, but very difficult to navigate. Governments seem to do a nice job of dissuading researchers!

For quick and easy visualization of World Bank data, nothing beats gapminder.org
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Re: Open-Source Data

Postby joefrancis » Thu Oct 29, 2015 7:13 am

Something I think is needed is open source data on mergers and acquisitions in the USA. I updated the buy-to-build indicator using Thomson One Banker, which I have since lost access to... It would be very useful to find a free –- or at least cheap -- alternative. Does anyone have any ideas?
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Historical Databases

Postby Jonathan Nitzan » Mon Feb 01, 2016 8:22 am

For those interested in quantitative historical studies, a good starting point is HistoricalStatisticsOrg: http://www.historicalstatistics.org/.

The site offers a wealth of historical data for Sweden, along with multiple links to other countries.
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Re: Open-Source Data

Postby blairfix » Fri Mar 04, 2016 10:37 am

In a different vein, here's a website that allows scientists to make their own research open source:

http://www.runmycode.org/home

Its free to use, allowing any researcher to upload their code and data as a companion to a paper. I'm definitely going to try to use this in the future.
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Re: Open-Source Data

Postby rsalisbury » Wed Nov 30, 2016 7:02 am

I never got into academia so I don't know the details about research data. What is it that prevents more of these publicly-accessible, shared databases from existing? Is it just that nobody has built them, or that there are restrictions on sharing data that make it legally/financially difficult? I'm a web developer and I work primarily on database-driven programs; I've always thought it would be great to have a site like Gapminder for CasP.
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Re: Open-Source Data

Postby max gr » Wed Nov 30, 2016 10:36 am

rsalisbury wrote:I never got into academia so I don't know the details about research data. What is it that prevents more of these publicly-accessible, shared databases from existing? Is it just that nobody has built them, or that there are restrictions on sharing data that make it legally/financially difficult? I'm a web developer and I work primarily on database-driven programs; I've always thought it would be great to have a site like Gapminder for CasP.


This article relates to some aspects regarding your question:
http://www.thecanary.co/2016/08/30/jere ... n-history/

What about the BIS database? Anyone familiar with it?
https://www.bis.org/
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Re: Open-Source Data

Postby Jonathan Nitzan » Wed Nov 30, 2016 5:57 pm

rsalisbury wrote:I've always thought it would be great to have a site like Gapminder for CasP.


Indeed.
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Re: Open-Source Data

Postby blairfix » Wed Jun 14, 2017 7:49 pm

Check out Sci-Hub:

https://sci-hub.io/

It's got 63 million scientific articles that have been liberated from paywalls. It's moto: "To remove all barriers in the way of science".

So next time you find an article behind a paywall, plug the web address or DOI into Sci-Hub and chances are you can get it for free.
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Re: Open-Source Data

Postby blairfix » Sun Jul 23, 2017 10:15 am

The Open Science Framework is a new repository that allows sharing both papers and data.

https://osf.io/

You can create a project with a paper and supporting data and then host the preprint on SocArXiv:

https://osf.io/preprints/socarxiv

The whole process is seamless.
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