If you are not familiar with data sources, it is best to start with global sources that may contain regional data that you are looking for. You may also want to compare the same data on global sources with regional sources to minimize biased or even inaccurate information.
Collected and managed by World Bank, data sets on World Bank Open Data are very diverse with an intended focus on people's well-being. Data sets can be pulled out by country, topic or indicator, with various download options.
Managed by the United Nations, UNdata serves as a single point to retrieve selected data collected by UN's numerous departments. After clicking "Datamarts," you can retrieve data sets by topic or departmental source.
Nevertheless, individual UN departmental websites oftentimes provide much more data on relevant topics. For example:
Being a digital project managed by the University of Oxford, Our World in Data takes a scholarly approach to data collection, sharing and discussion. Through exploring various topics, the website aims to give a global overview of changes in living conditions over a very long run.
Different from ordinary public data archives, this data archive managed by Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research reviews and enhances deposited data sets before making them publicly available. This archive contains more than 250,000 files of research in the social and behavioral sciences.
https://www-statista-com.lib-ezproxy.hkbu.edu.hk/ SUBSCRIBED BY LIBRARY
Statista provides access to statistics gathered by market researchers, trade organizations, scientific publications, and governments on over 600 industries. It is a comprehensive portal for business and industry statistical data.
Managed by the University of Pennsylvania, WRDS provides extensive data on accounting, banking, economics, and finance. Although data is freely available to the public, users have to register for an account in order to get access to the data.
Managed by the International Labour Organization, ILOSTAT provides global labor data including labor force, unemployment, working time, safety and health at work.
https://www.imf.org/en/data PARTIALLY FREE
Managed by International Monetary Fund, IMF Data provides various types of global financial data or statistics. However, not all data sets are freely available online. Highlighted free data sets include International Financial Statistics, Government Finance Statistics, and Direction of Trade Statistics.
http://www.wptdatabase.org.lib-ezproxy.hkbu.edu.hk/ SUBSCRIBED BY LIBRARY
WPTD provides a range of data on the newspaper industry worldwide, including circulation, readership, revenue, advertising expenditure, etc. in each country. Go to "Custom Reports" for data that goes back to 2000.
https://www-warc-com.lib-ezproxy.hkbu.edu.hk/data SUBSCRIBED BY LIBRARY
WARC gives data on advertising expenditure, media consumption, and media costs by channel and country. Only statistical reports and charts are provided without raw data.
Co-managed by Rutgers University and University of California, San Diego, RCSB PDB is an open access digital data resource in biology and medicine, providing access to over 147,000 sets of 3D structure data for large biological molecules.
Managed by U.S. National Library of Medicine, TOXNET is a group of databases covering chemicals and drugs, diseases and the environment, environmental health, toxicology, etc. It also provides links to PubMed.
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