Data themes: General

Resources may include data from subscription databases, publicly available data portals or archived academic projects.

DASL: The Data and Story Library

Provides data from a wide variety of topics so that statistics teachers can find interesting, real-world examples for their students. This website is designed to help teachers locate and identify datafiles for teaching as well as serve as an archive for datasets from statistics literature.


Contains thousands of datasets from financial market data and population growth to cryptocurrency prices.


A digital repository for both archiving and publicly disseminating digital data resulting from research, academic, or administrative work performed by members of the Princeton University community.

Dataverse Project

An online data repository where you can share, preserve, cite, explore, and analyse research data. It is open to all researchers. A Dataverse repository hosts multiple dataverses each containing dataset(s) or other dataverses; each dataset contains descriptive metadata and data files. See some collections:

Eurostat New Cronos Database  

Oxford SSO required to access this resource  This resource requires you to register before use

Contains high quality macroeconomic and social statistics data organised into nine statistical themes; General Statistics, Economy and Finance, Population and Social Conditions, Industry, Trade and Services, Agriculture and Fisheries, External Trade, Transport, Environment and Energy, Science and Technology.

Gallup Analytics

A searchable resource of unique public opinion data and analysis compiled by Gallup, Inc. Analysis of new data and historical trends at country, state and city levels is available via the Gallup World Poll, Gallup Daily Tracking and Gallup Brain databases. Topic areas include: economic confidence, employment, entrepreneurial energy, confidence in leadership, confidence in military and police, religion. food access, corruption, freedom of media, life evaluations. Global tracking data is also available from outside the United States since 2005 for an additional 160 countries. Users are able to create custom tables and export data. Subscription is limited to only one user at a time, please close your browser when finished to allow others to connect.

Please note: the Bodleian subscription does not cover microdata, i.e. unaggregated person level data.

ICPSR (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research)

Maintains a data archive of research files in the social and behavioural sciences, hosts specialised collections of data in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism, and other fields, provides training in data access, curation, and methods of analysis for the social science research community.

International Historical Statistics 1750 – 2010

An interdisciplinary resource providing access to statistics covering a wide range of socio-economic topics. It is a collection of data sets taken from hundreds of disparate primary sources, including both official national and international abstracts dating back to 1750. This edition provides updated statistics to 2010, covering 260 years and Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia and Oceania. There are vital statistics and statistics for population, labour force, agriculture, industry, external trade, transport and communications, finance, prices, education, and national accounts. Statistical analysis can be conducted across both time and geopolitical boundaries. Data tables can be downloaded as ePDFs and/or Excel files.


A comprehensive collection of global data including tools that allow individuals and organisations to discover, visualise, model, and present their and the world’s data.

OECD iLibrary: Statistics 

The online library of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) featuring its books, papers and statistics. It is the gateway to OECD’s analysis and data with online access provided for all publications and statistics released since 1998. The iLibrary covers 17 key themes including development, economics, governance, trade and social issues, migration and health. As of March 2013 content includes 5 billion data points across 42 databases; 44630 tables and graphs; 8330 ebook titles; 30280 chapters; and 1920 key tables.

Open Data Network 

Links members to public information, provides a community platform to network participating organizations with one another, engage in discussion, and contribute to the cause of making data more accessible and usable. Comprising a vast ecosystem of government data repositories, APIs, apps, consumer Internet services, and data-fuelled business innovations—together with intuitive tools to contextualise, visualize, and share data. The Open Data Network is an online destination for open data best practices, benchmarking, civic app development, data-driven story-telling, and research across a variety of disciplines.


You must create a free account on the site to download data

Offers a free platform with financial, economic and alternative (undiscovered data from non-traditional publishers) datasets from various sources via API, or directly into Python, R, Excel and other tools.

Registry of Research Data Repositories

A global registry of research data repositories that covers research data repositories from different academic disciplines.

Social Trends

An established reference source, Social Trends draws together social and economic data from a wide range of government departments and other organisations; it paints a broad picture of British society today, and how it has been changing.

Socioeconomic Data and Application Center (SEDAC)

One of the Distributed Active Archive Centers (DAACs) in the Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) of the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Focusing on human interactions in the environment, SEDAC has as its mission to develop and operate applications that support the integration of socioeconomic and earth science data and to serve as an "Information Gateway" between earth sciences and social sciences.

TransMonEE: Transformative Monitoring for Enhanced Equity Database

A research programme initiated and managed by the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre after the fall of the Berlin wall to systematically monitor indicators of child well-being as well as their economic and social determinants in the transition economies.

UK Data Archive  

Curator of one of the worlds largest collections of social science and humanities digital data. Extensive information is provided on managing, archiving and analysing data but collections access is via its sister organisation the UK Data Service. It holds several thousand datasets from national and international projects including key national and international census data collections, NGO databases and individual project data. Types of deposit includes quantitative and qualitative data. It also offers substantial advice to those creating social science research data or looking for a place of deposit. This covers creating and managing data, the research data lifecycle, confidentiality as well as ethical and legal issues. For assistance in depositing datasets from research projects please contact John Southall, Bodleian Data Librarian, or refer to the Bodleian Data Service for further guidance.

UK Data Service  

Provides access to high-quality social and economic data deposited into the UK Data Archive. Here you will find a single point of access to a wide range of secondary data including large-scale government surveys, international macrodata, NGO databases, business microdata, qualitative studies and census data. Access varies but initial authentication - as an academic researcher - is provided by your single sign on. Actual ability to access data varies between collections, some which may be downloaded or analysed in your browser window (open access), ordered and downloaded after registration (safeguarded access) or supplied following further approval and checks (controlled access). The UK Data Service also operates the ESRC Secure Data Lab as part of offering access to controlled microdata.

Please familiarise yourself with the three tier data access policy (open, safeguarded and controlled) and the conditions of use before searching for data or registering for a user account.

For assistance in acquiring datasets for research projects, please contact John Southall, Bodleian Data Librarian (, or refer to the Bodleian Data Service for further guidance.

UKDS International Data  

Links to data available from the websites of major International Organisations such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the United Nations, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the World Bank.


The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) launched a new internet based data service for the global user community. It brings UN statistical databases within easy reach of users through a single entry point. Users can now search and download a variety of statistical resources of the UN system.

United Nations Monthly Bulletin of Statistics Online

Presents current monthly economic statistics for most of the countries and areas of the world. In addition, a selection of tables that are updated less frequently than the regular monthly tables is included. These tables present annual and/or quarterly data on a variety of subjects illustrating important economic trends and developments. Data is available from 1998.

World Bank Data  

Provides free and open access to a comprehensive set of data about development in countries around the globe, together with other datasets cited in the data catalogue. Broad access to these data allow researchers, policymakers and advocacy groups to make well-informed decisions and measure improvements accurately.

The World Bank World Development Indicators (WDI) contain statistical data for over 600 development indicators for over 200 countries and 18 country groups running from 1960 onwards. The extensive collection of development data includes social, economic, financial, natural resources and environmental indicators.