Lecture Outline

Focus: There is a wealth of data out there to tap into. This lecture / webinar will cover  a small slice of what is available through government agencies.

  • Where to find the data
  • What you or your patron can do with the data
  • What’s useful for classroom activities

State Data

Office of Research in the Ohio Development Services Agency http://development.ohio.gov/reports/reports_research.htm

Crime Mapping Online http://www.raidsonline.com/

Ohio Road Conditions – ODOT – www.ohgo.com

Federal Data – the two biggest data producers are the Census Bureau and US Geological Survey. We will focus on the Census Bureau

Census Bureau – http://www.census.gov  [people & economics]

Census Explorer http://www.census.gov/censusexplorer/censusexplorer.html includes population, population over 65, foreign born population, educational attainment, employment rates, home ownership rates & income

Additional resources:

Social Explorer –  Create slides and presentations of data / statistics from the fed stats 1790 to the present.   http://www.socialexplorer.com/

USGS – www.usgs.gov

Weather. www.noaa.gov

Example of applying Big Data: “Recovery.gov Rapidly Evolves.” ArcNews 32 no. 4 (Winter 2010/2011): 7 http://www.esri.com/news/arcnews/winter1011articles/recovery-dot-gov.html

Recovery.gov tracks US economic recovery as authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 http://www.recovery.gov

Common questions