The FiveThirtyEight blog has a podcast called What’s the Point: “A show about our data age. Each week, Jody Avirgan brings you stories and interviews on how data is changing our lives.”
The most recent episode is about polling and religion in America.
The Census Bureau has updated their U.S. and World Population Clock with new visualizations and data:
From the Director’s Blog:
Today, I’m excited to showcase the addition of several new features to the World Population Clock. For the first time, basic population facts and visualizations are available for 228 countries and areas around the world, just as they are for U.S. states.
In addition, World Population Clock users can now get Census Bureau data on international trade in goods by country. It’s amazing to see the range and value of goods that states export to countries around the world – and it’s easy to download, share and embed the data in social media.
Nathan Yau of Flowing Data set out to recreate the original 56 page Statistical Atlas of the United States, first published in 1874 using 1870 Census data. Yau’s version uses current, publicly available government data.
Now that the first 56 maps are complete, Yau has decided to continue the project and produce a more compete Statistical Atlas with more maps and chart. He plans to update these weekly.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation released it’s annual Kids Count Data Book: State Trends in Child Well-Being.
From the website:
The 2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book focuses on America’s children in the midst of the country’s economic recovery. While data show improvements in child health and education, more families are struggling to make ends meet, and a growing number of kids live in high-poverty neighborhoods. In addition to ranking states in several areas of child well-being, the report also examines the influence of parents’ education, health and other life circumstances on their children.
Go to the Kids Count Data Center to look at state data, as well as county, city and congressional district level data.
Jia Zhang of FiveThirtyEight built a Twitter bot which pulls data from the U.S. Census and creates mini-narrative. For example, “I haven’t moved recently. I work for a private company. I was widowed.”
Census data is often seen at a large scale — atlases, research studies and interactive visualizations all offer the view from 10,000 feet. But there are people inside those top-line numbers. And when you start to look at the people in the data sets, you get a glimpse of their lives. Just a few descriptors — how much they work, whom they take care of, where they were born — can give us a sense of the people around us.
Follow censusAmericans here.
Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are working on a project called DataBridge to create an archive for data sets and metadata that would otherwise be lost once the papers they were produced for are published.
Read The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Wired Campus article here.
The Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative published a book on Multidimensional Poverty Measurement & Analysis:
Multidimensional poverty measurement and analysis is evolving rapidly. Quite recently, a particular counting approach to multidimensional poverty measurement, developed by Sabina Alkire and James Foster, has created considerable interest. Notably, it has informed the publication of the Global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) estimates in the Human Development Reports of the United Nations Development Programme since 2010, and the release of national poverty measures in Chile, Mexico, Colombia, Bhutan and the Philippines. The academic response has been similarly swift, with related articles published in both theoretical and applied journals.
The high and insistent demand for in-depth and precise accounts of multidimensional poverty measurement motivates this book, which is aimed at graduate students in quantitative social sciences, researchers of poverty measurement, and technical staff in governments and international agencies who create multidimensional poverty measures.
Draft chapters are available online.
The Library has acquired access to Soshoo 搜數, a major database for China-related statistical data. It provides full search function to all data, covering Mainland, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. As of April 2015, the Chinese-language interface of Soshoo includes 7030 volumes of statistical materials and 1,536,360 tables, and the English-language version contains 258 titles of yearbooks and 114,083 tables. All data can be exported as Excel form.
Access here: http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/39589
(Ann Arbor, Dearborn, and Flint all have access. Handbook is here. Three concurrent users limit.)
Please note: English version of Soshoo can be accessed by clicking this button:
The University of Michigan Library has just acquired access to Sage Stats, a resource for local area statistics:
Sage Stats features data series on U.S. states, counties, cities, and metropolitan areas. Topics covered include the economy, education, crime, government finance, health, population, religion, social welfare, and transportation. Some series go back more than 20 years. Sage Stats makes it easy to download data, compare indicators or create simple visualizations of local area data.
Access is available to the Ann Arbor, Flint and Dearborn campuses at
The University of Michigan has obtained access to the journal Sociology of Development, published by the University of California Press.
Sociology of Development is an international journal addressing issues of development, broadly considered. With basic as well as policy-oriented research, topics explored include economic development and well-being, gender, health, inequality, poverty, environment and sustainability, political economy, conflict, social movements, and more.
Sociology of Development promotes and encourages intellectual diversity within the study of development, with articles from all scholars of development sociology, regardless of theoretical orientation, methodological preference, region of investigation, or historical period of study, and from fields not limited to sociology, and including political science, economics, geography, anthropology, and health sciences.