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Selected Sources of Data
Selected sources of already collected data that may be re-used for other analyses:
- Demographic information for US communities
Find popular facts (population, income, etc.) and frequently requested data about your community
Database of the US government’s open data. Provides federal, state and local data, tools, and resources to conduct research, build apps, design data visualizations, and more.
New England Economic Indicators
Provides current and historical economic data for the six states in the First Federal Reserve District (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont), large metropolitan areas in the region, New England as a whole, and the United States. Assembled by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s New England Public Policy Center.
ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political & Social Research)
This data archive acquires, processes, and provides access to social science data for research and instruction. ICPSR data cover many disciplines, including political science, sociology, history, economics, gerontology, demography, criminal justice, public health, education, law, and international relations.
Note: Users must register for an account. UNH users are eligible for direct downloading of all datasets. Set up ICPSR MyData login account by clicking on the link in the upper right corner of the homepage.
OpenDOAR - Directory of Open Access Repositories
OpenDOAR is an authoritative directory of academic open access repositories. Each OpenDOAR repository has been visited by project staff to check the information that is recorded here.
Provides a catalog of public data that includes access to “raw” data in CSV (comma-separated) and/or KML formats. Datasets are searchable by category, agency, and keywords.
NH State Data Center
Provides direct access to numerous files that contain data about New Hampshire. Most of the data are from the Bureau of the Census, but several other sources are included as well. Usually these files have been modified by the Office of Strategic Initiatives to maximize their efficient use.
Visualizations of data with a geographic aspect can be effective in communication. Selected starting points include
A “GIS tool for non-GIS experts” for those who need to visualize large amounts of data quickly and easily, often down to the census tract or block group level. Included is an extensive data collection, with 15,000+ indicators used to understand communities, organized into general categories including demographics, income and spending, housing, lending activity, quality of life, economy, education, health, federal guidelines, and other analysis
For assistance with using maps and geospatial data:
Data Management & Responsible Conduct
Data constitute the core of a research project. Data management involves establishing strategies for the creation, use, secure storage, and ongoing accessibility and preservation of research data. Data management activities contribute to organizing, documenting, finding, archiving, and sharing and re-using your data. To learn more about data management and support available at UNH: