It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, but I thought it would be nice to restart with a bit of information about publicly available data. Although it is important for any PhD to gather data, sometimes the data is already available.
For instance, Google is building up a public data site, with various datasets and metrics. Most of them are at country or regional level, but they are nevertheless interesting. There is for instance a dataset on the number of new businesses registered, or male/females ratios in manufacturing, population trends, power cars, etc etc etc. It’s all up to you to figure out if any of them are interesting. Google even allows you to upload your own data set, should you want to do so.
The EU also has its own public data website, PublicData.EU with information on various topics such as finances, social, education, communication, economy, health, population, environment, transportation etc. Even Amazon has its own data website, available here. It is rather varied and not so orderly, but if you know what you’re looking for, it’s easier to manage.
Does anyone use a public data source? If yes, do you find it easy to manage?