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Database trial – Statista

May 28th, 2014 by

The Library has a trial for a new database called Statista for a short time.

Access Statista   (http://www.statista.com)

Statista is a portal that includes data from government agencies, business and associations.  It integrates data on over 60,000 topics from over 18,000 sources onto a single  platform. Categorized into 21 market sectors, Statista.com provides companies, business customers, research institutions, and the academic community with direct access to quantitative data on media, business, finance, politics, and a wide variety of other areas of interest or markets.  One of the features of Statista is the infographics – data can be visualized in charts, and can be downloaded in a variety of formats.

While historical and time series data are not a focus of Statista, the metadata about each table provides all the necessary information to go to the table’s source, where historical information may be available.

Comments?  Please let me know what you think.

Marcia Meister, mlmeister@ucdavis.edu

Social Explorer license

January 12th, 2012 by

The library has licensed a new resource which provides easy access to current and historical census data and demographic information.

Social Explorer : http://www.socialexplorer.com/pub/home/home.aspx

From the description:

The easy-to-use web interface lets users create maps and reports to better illustrate, analyze and understand demography and social change. In addition to being a comprehensive data resource, Social Explorer also offers features and tools to meet the needs of both demography experts and novices. From research libraries to classrooms to the front page of the New York Times, Social Explorer is helping people engage with society and science.

Key content
  • Provides easy access to current and historical demographic data:
    • Including over 40 billion data elements, 200,000 variables and more than 18,000 interactive maps from 1790 to 2010.
    • The entire US Census from 1790 to 2000, plus the first 2010 census data release.
    • All annual updates from the American Community Survey.
    • InfoGroup data on religious congregations for the United States for 2009, including maps for counties, and special census areas, as well as point maps of the actual congregation locations (to be updated yearly).
    • The Religious Congregations and Membership Study (RCMS) from 1980 to 2000. (To be updated in 2012.)
    • Carbon Emissions Data for 2002 from the Vulcan Project.
  • Creates thematic and interactive maps that make it easy to visually explore all historical and modern US census data across the centuries and even down to street level detail where available.
  • Creates reports at all geographic levels including the state, county, census tract, block group, zip code and census place (where the data exist).

American Factfinder redesigned

December 22nd, 2011 by

The familiar version of American Factfinder will be discontinued January 20, 2012.

Data from the 2005-2010 American Community Survey, 2005-2010 Puerto Rico Community Survey, 2006-2009 Annual Population Estimates, and 2004-2010 Economic Census and Annual Surveys are available at factfinder2.census.gov. Datasets for earlier years will be available in an archived format.

The new version of American Factfinder will become the “official” source for the latest Census data.

factfinder2.census.gov

Factfinder2 is quite a bit different in looks and functionality from the original American Factfinder Census data delivery system.

We’ll try to help you with Census data from the new and legacy American Factfinder.  Please contact us:

Marcia Meister,  mlmeister@ucdavis.edu or Juri Stratford, jtstratford@ucdavis.edu

Factfinder2 home page image below:

Are the rich really getting richer?

November 15th, 2011 by

The Congressional Budget Office has compiled the data and published a new report:  Trends in the Distribution of Household Income Between 1979 and 2007.

The CBO finds that between 1997 and 2007,  income grew by:

  • 275 percent for the top 1 percent of households,
  • 65 percent for the next 19 percent,
  • Just under 40 percent for the next 60 percent, and
  • 18 percent for the bottom 20 percent.

So, now when you hear that income disparity is growing in the United States, you’ll have evidence from the Congressional Budget Office that after-tax income did grow more for highest-income households.

Find this and other CBO publications here:  http://www.cbo.gov/publications/

Congressional Budget Office online publications are included in the UCD Library Harvest Catalog.