Finding raw data or the statistics generated from those data can be a daunting task. There is not “Books in Print” for data. Two recent developments should help.
- OpenMetadata.org Community Site Launched, by Christine Connors, Information Today (June 18, 2012).
A new web portal was announced at the recent IASSIST conference in Washington D.C. Designed to make working with metadata easier, OpenMetadata.org (OM) is the product of Metadata Technology North America and Integrated Data Management Services, which created the site to “facilitat[e] access to standards based innovative technologies for the management of socio-economic, scientific, and other statistical data.” Though the site is still in its initial deployment, the goal is for it to become a go-to resource for discovery, access, and tools for using statistical metadata.
The site currently focuses on two metadata standards: the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) and the Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange (SDMX) standard.
DataCatalogs.org aims to be the most comprehensive list of open data catalogs in the world. It is curated by a group of leading open data experts from around the world – including representatives from local, regional and national governments, international organisations such as the World Bank, and numerous NGOs.
See particularly: the OpenMetadata Survey Catalog, a portal aggregating information on surveys from data producers and archives around the globe. The catalog enables you to perform complex searches across studies and variables and browse through comprehensive metadata.
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