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Daily Archives: May 23, 2014

Google Public Data Explorer

This Google search tool allows user to query for open data sets from 131 organizations that produce big data, including: Eurostat, Destatis, Statistics Ireland, US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Central Statistics Office (Ireland), the World Bank, the OECD, the World Economic Forum, WHO, OMB, and the IMF. Users may compare data sets and create visualizations.

  • “The Google Public Data Explorer allows users to upload their own datasets for visualization and exploration.
    To get started:
    1. Describe your dataset using the Dataset Publishing Language (DSPL), an open, XML-based metadata format optimized for data visualization. See the documentation on Google Code for more information.
    2. Bundle your data and metadata into a single Zip file, and upload it using the button below.
    3. Preview, share, and publish your dataset for others to see and use.
    If you’re an official data provider and you would like to add your data to the directory, please follow this link.
    If you have questions or feedback, please post a message in the DSPL discussion forum.”



Consumer Expenditure Survey – BLS

“The Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE) program consists of two surveys, the Quarterly Interview Survey and the Diary Survey, that provide information on the buying habits of American consumers, including data on their expenditures, income, and consumer unit (families and single consumers) characteristics. The survey data are collected for the Bureau of Labor Statistics by the U.S. Census… Continue Reading

Libya: Transition and U.S. Policy – CRS

Libya: Transition and U.S. Policy. Christopher M. Blanchard, Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs, May 19, 2014. “More than three years after the start of the 2011 anti-Qadhafi uprising in Libya and more than 18months after the September 2012 attacks on U.S. facilities and personnel in Benghazi, Libya’s security situation is dire and the direction of its political transition… Continue Reading

UK CCTV code of practice – revised

“This revised code of practice on CCTV is intended to replace the last revision which was published in 2008.  The aim of this revision is to reflect the developments in existing technologies that have taken place since the last revision, to discuss the emergence of new surveillance technologies and the issues they present, to reflect… Continue Reading

National Foundation for Credit Counseling Survey – Financial Weaknesses Among Military Servicemembers

News release: ” In recognition of Military Appreciation Month, a new financial survey of military personnel was released today. Commissioned by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC®) and sponsored by Pioneer Services, a division of MidCountry Bank, the survey revealed some troubling financial behaviors among servicemembers. Consider the following survey findings: Seventy-seven percent of servicemembers have… Continue Reading

Women in the Labor Force: A BLS Databook

“Women’s participation in labor force activities has greatly expanded since the end of World War II. Immediately following the war, less than one-third of women were in the labor force. However, women soon began to participate in greater numbers, and their labor force participation rose rapidly from the 1960s through the 1980s before slowing in… Continue Reading