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Worldwide Open Data Sites

2013 August 8
by Ben Jones

Hi, it’s been a while since I posted last! The Tableau Public team has been busy launching author profiles (here’s mine) and expanding the free application’s data limit from 100k rows to 1M rows, so I haven’t posted very often this summer. After wrapping up another project I’m working on, I’ll pick it back up again here at DataRemixed.

In the meantime, I thought I’d share a handy dandy tool that helps users find Open Data sites around the world.

In researching sites to give users who are looking to find data to play with, I came across a website called “Open Data Sites” that provides a csv file containing a bunch of links to sites (292 294 of them) from different countries (48 50 different ones, to be exact). To get to the sites, you have to download the csv, open it, and click the links. Not the best workflow, so I created this viz to ‘lean out’ the process, which I hope you also find useful:

If you know of other useful sites to find publicly available data sets, I’d love it if you’d leave a comment for everyone else’s benefit.

Thanks for stopping by,

21 Responses leave one →
  1. Josje Spierings permalink
    August 9, 2013

    Hi Ben!

    Really cool that you’ve mapped where you can find open data sets!

    I have two more for you to add:

    Kind regards,

    • August 9, 2013

      Awesome, thank you for the links Josje – I updated the viz so now there are 50 countries included!

  2. August 9, 2013

    Hello Ben,

    take a look at our World Data Atlas by Knoema Here you can find lots of data on over 1000 indicators on all countries in the world .

    And also

    • August 9, 2013

      That is a great resource, Olga, thanks for sharing. What I like about it most is the topical search categories. Very easy to find data about a certain subject.

  3. August 9, 2013

    Hi there, if you’re looking for Open Data Sites you may want to take a look at which if the primary “catalog” of open data websites (portals/catalogs/etc) and has been running since summer 2011. It is curated by folks from Data.Gov, Data.Gov.UK, the Open Knowledge Foundation and elsewhere.

    You can find raw CSV version of that info in this dataset:

    A simple world map of open data catalogs around the world is here:

    • August 20, 2013

      Hi Rufus – thanks for sharing. I’m a big fan of OKFN. You have some great resources at these links.

  4. Gary permalink
    August 12, 2013

    Hi – Here are some good resources for data over Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh respectively.‎

  5. Craig Dewar permalink
    August 13, 2013

    Great work guys.

    Love the glossy flags shapes.

    Is it possible to get a copy we can put into custom shapes?

    • August 20, 2013

      Thanks Craig! Check your email inbox for an early Christmas present. Per my note, I recommend not using Size with these shapes, since they’re 3D and Tableau resizes shapes based on 2D rules, so it skews the perceived sizes.

  6. August 29, 2013

    Great work!
    Where did you get the data for the portals?

    and a small addition: :)

    Looking forward to the evolutions here!

  7. August 29, 2013 biodiversity data Belgium biodiversity data portal Belgium
    and more biodiversity data biodiversity data Flanders


  8. September 6, 2013

    Open data by the City of Brussels in Belgium via

  9. Hannnns permalink
    November 29, 2013

    Hi, nice work!

    I have a simple question: I understand how you put custom shapes in Tableau. But how do you assign the different country flags to appear on the respective countries?

    Thank you!

  10. Hannnns permalink
    November 29, 2013

    I got it. Thx.

  11. July 14, 2014

    Here is a site that shows the data for train accidents since 1997:

  12. Tina Hauser permalink
    October 2, 2014

    Thanks Ben this is great! Is the Glossy Flags shape palette available somewhere we can download? Just trying to save some time creating another shape folder if possible.

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