U.S. Government Publications at the University of Wisconsin-Madison : Data
Data library: Data and Information Services Center (DISC)
DISC's data holdings includes sets from both governmental and non-governmental (university, research, etc) organizations.
Data from federal government sources
- Provides public access to high-value, machine readable-datasets generated by the executive branch of the federal government.
- Also covers some data sets by universities and state governments.
- descriptions of datasets (aka "metadata")
- information about how to access the datasets
- tools that leverage government datasets (aka "apps" developed by citizens)
Find more data sets through the libraries web site...
List of datasets from the UW-Madison Libraries databases.
- Available for use in campus libraries, or off-campus use by UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff.
- Provides access to statistical information produced by U.S. federal agencies, states, private organizations, and major intergovernmental organizations.
- Information available in tabular and graphical form; tables and graphs can be reformatted in a variety of ways.
Data & statistics: what's the difference?
How are statistics and data different? The following comparison comes from a presentation by Mike McCaffrey, lecturer at the Faculty of Information of the University of Toronto.
- “Disaggregated” collection of observations with one or more characteristics
- Generally require manipulation or extraction using utilities
- Can be values or observations of characteristics “numerically coded”
- Raw material for statistics
- “Aggregated” and tabulated or cross-tabulated tallies based on data
- Counts, tallies, totals, “averages”
- Can be found in print or electronically
- Normally used as they are presented or retrieved
- “Facts numerically represented”
From: McCaffrey, Mike. “International Statistics: Helping Library Users Understand the Global Community.” Presentation at the American Library Association’s Government Information Round Table Pre-Conference, International Statistics: Helping Library Users Understand the Global Community, Chicago, IL, June 28, 2013.
For additional statistical resources, see the list of statistics databases provided by the UW-Madison Libraries.