30 Places to Find Open Data on the Web
Finding an interesting data set and a story it tells can be the most difficult part of producing an infographic or data visualization. Data visualization is the end artifact, but it involves multiple steps – finding reliable data, getting the data in the right format, cleaning it up (an often underestimated step in the amount of time it takes!) and then finding the story you will eventually visualize. Following is a list useful resources for finding data. Your needs will vary from one project to another, but this list is a great place to start — and bookmark. 1. Data.gov: This is the go-to resource for government-related data. 2. These are the places that house data from all kinds of sources. 3. Usually, the best place to get social data for an API is the site itself: Instagram, GetGlue, Foursquare, pretty much all social media sites have their own API’s. 4. Wunderground has detailed weather information and also let’s you search historical data by zip code or city. 5. 6. 7.