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Association of Public Data Users (APDU) (Association of Public Data Users (APDU))
APDU is a membership organization for users, producers, and disseminators of U.S. government statistical data. In addition to information about membership, conferences, and publications, the APDU web site includes archived webinars, federal appropriations updates regarding statistical agencies, and calls for public comment on federal data collection issues.

Association of Research Libraries Statistics & Assessment (Association of Research Libraries)
The Association of Research Libraries (a major organization in the field of academic librarianship) website includes this section related to library data, particularly regarding collections, staffing, expenditures, and university library characteristics. Annual tables from the general ARL statistics are available as Excel files; law library statistics and health science library statistics are presented in PDF tables (see Publications & Resources page).

Background Notes (U.S. Department of State)
These text reports, updated periodically, provide information on countries and international organizations.

Bowling Alone: Research (Robert D. Putnam)
This web page links to the data that Robert Putnam used in his groundbreaking 2000 classic on social capital "Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community." DDB Lifestyle data (1975-1998) can be downloaded directly from the page, as can 14 state-level measures of social capital and the Comprehensive Social Capital Index. The page also links to data available from the Roper Center (UW-Madison subscribes).

Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics (COPAFS) (Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics)
Since 1980, the Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics has provided an open dialog between its members and the Federal statistical agencies. Member organizations include professional associations, businesses, research institutes, and others interested in Federal statistics. Their site includes links to other Federal and international statistical agencies and also provides access to their excellent newsletters.

DataCite (DataCite)
DataCite is a global organization, based in London, that helps researchers to find, access, and reuse data. It provides persistent identifiers, Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) for research data to make them visible and accessible.

European Social Survey (ESS) (European Commission and European Science Foundation)
The European Social Survey (ESS) is a new survey encompassing 19 European nations and focusing on public attitudes and values related to the ongoing change in social institutions. An initial round of data collection was completed in 2001, using a core questionnaire and two rotating modules. The microdata was released in August 2003 via the NESSTAR system at http://ess.nsd.uib.no/nesstarlight/index.jsp. Funding for a second round of data collection has also been obtained, with data release scheduled for 2005.

Funded Research (COS Pivot)
Pivot offers a number of services, such as the Funding Opportunities database, the latest news and trends in awards/funding, researcher profiles, and the Papers Invited database that includes information about publishing opportunities. The interactive Keyword Statistics feature provides information about the amount of funding available for various areas of research at any given time The COS Funding Opportunities database includes research grants in all subject areas worldwide, and can be searched by keyword, sponsor, deadline, amount, citizenship or residency, and more. Results include links to email and web addresses when available. The Funding Alert service offers to its subscribers customized email updates of funding in all areas of expertise. Free login required. However, University of Wisconsin clientele are automatically considered subscribers to the database.

International Association of Social Science Information Service & Technology (IASSIST) (International Association of Social Science Information Service & Technology (IASSIST))
IASSIST is an international organization of professionals who work in and with information technology and data services to support research and teaching in the social sciences. In addition to information about membership, conferences, and publications, the IASSIST site includes a "toolbox" of data utilities and links to user guides for data products.

International Labour Organization (ILO) (International Labour Organization)
Available in English, French and Spanish, this site provides information on international labor standards and human rights, information services, programmes, as well as conferences, governing body and meetings. In addition to some facts-and-figures pages, data highlights include the freely-available LABORSTA database on labor statistics from 200 countries, the fee-based Key Indicators of the Labour Market; and links by country to labor-force survey web pages.

International Studies Compendium Project Datasets (The International Studies Association)
International Studies Compendium Project compiles a list of links to datasets for international studies. They are organized by topics, such as Interstate Conflict Data, Event Data, Interstate Rivalry, Contentious Issues, Intrastate, Civil, and Ethnic Conflict Data, Human Rights and Repression, Terrorism, Conflict Management Data, Geographic Data Contiguity and Distance, Conflict Location Data, Individual Political Leaders, Power and Capability Data, Minorities/Diversity/Heterogeneity, International Law Data, and Prominent Replication Data Sets.

International Telecommunications Union (ITU) (International Telecommunications Union)
International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies. ITU disseminates more than 180 indicators on telecommunication infrastructure, ICT services prices, revenue and investment, and access to and use of ICTs by households and individuals for more than 200 economies from 1965 to 2015.

LABORSTA (International Labor Organization)
This database provides employment and consumer price statistics from the International Labor Organization. An online application allows you to select years and tables, and then either view in HTML or download as an Excel file. Not every variable is available for every country and year (though some go back as far as 1969). The International Labour Migration Database was integrated into LABORSTA in as of January 2008.

National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS) (National Center for Charitable Statistics)
The National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS) is the national repository of data on the nonprofit sector in the United States. Its mission is to develop and disseminate high quality data on nonprofit organizations and their activities for use in research on the relationships between the nonprofit sector, government, the commercial sector, and the broader civil society. IRS Business Master Files, NCCS Core Files, Digitized Data Files, and IRS Statistics of Income Division Exempt Organizations Sample Files are avaialbe from NCCS Data Archive. It also offers tools and reports for visitors to learn more about the nonprofit sector. Visitors can find nonprofit organizations by geographic areas like state, county or zip code; view IRS Form 990 images; analyze financial data on the sector; look at trends in charitable giving; or download data. NCCS site also has the National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) and the Nonprofit Program Classification System (NPC) for nonprofit organizations.

National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) (National Science Foundation (NSF))
The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) within the National Science Foundation's web site provides thematic links to reports, tables and data about science and engineering resources in the United States. Topics include research and development; science education; federal government; and workforce. Highlights include the biennial Science and Engineering Indicators report to Congress and also the Scientists and Engineers Statistical Data System (SESTAT) tool (longitudinal data on the education and employment of the college-educated U.S. science and engineering workforce.) See also the NCSES list of survey names and descriptions.

ProPublica Data Store (ProPublica)
ProPublica based in New York City is a non-profit corporation that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. Its data store disseminates datasets used in its reports. Datasets from government websites and other public sources are linked to the original sites. For the datasets that are compiled by ProPublica, there is a reasonable fee charged. You need to agree to its terms of use before you can download the data.

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) (United Nations Children's Fund)
This is the official home page for UNICEF. There is a wealth of information available, as well as statistical data broken down by country, in addition to various world maps for selected indicators. Statistics may be accessed under the "Information Resources" link.

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO))
This site offers information on current events, publications, information services, programmes, statistics, and legal instruments.

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