Free Big Data Sources
From our client work, as well as from our teaching at Macromedia University Munich , we know the value of free big data sources. They can be used to gain further insight from external data, such as weather data for example. Thereby, business efficiency can be extremely increased, without having to pay for expensive data. Another possible usage of the data available for free lies in our project work with students. In this way, they are able to found their projects on real big data for free.
That is why we decided to present you with a brief overview of available, free Big Data sources:
The U.S. Government provides data about several sections: agriculture, finance, and business.
The U.S. Census data on population, detailed down to block level.
The government of the United Kingdom makes data for economics, finance, health, and agriculture publicly available.
Eurostat is the statistic organisation of the European Union. They provide data covering census data, business data, migration data, economy, agriculture, and health.
The German, statistic organisation Statistisches Bundesamt offers data-sets for economics, population, education, and finance.
Amazon provides data-sets for free, although the computing power on their EWS platform is charged. Available data includes satellite imagery (updated daily), climate data, the million song collection of 28 music data-sets, social media data, genome data from the Human Genome Project, and many more.
Kaggle is a website covering a wide variety of topics related to data science. The offered data-sets are for free and include soccer data, 5000 movie data-sets, US election data, and many more.
Some of the data available at Azure are for free, some are charged. This link guides you to the list of available sets.
The European Organisation for Particle Physics CERN provides data on numerous science projects and experiments, e.g. on their Large Hadron Collider (LHC).
World Bank Group
The World Bank provides economic, development, and financial data for nearly every country/region in the world.
Bank of England
A huge range of banking, monetary, and financial statistics in the Statistical Interactive Database is offered by the Bank of England.
The OECD provides national accounts, finance, agriculture, development, international trade, labour, prices, public management, and short-term economic statistics. This data is available for all 30 members.
Open Street Map
Open Street Map is an open-source project of individuals all over the world collecting, processing, and offering geographical data for free.
All the above-mentioned big data sources represent great opportunities to enrich your company's database, perform new business cases, or run "small" Big Data cases yourself.
We offer the following services for all data sources that are presented in this blog post:
- Data Source Identification
- Business Case Development
- Proof of Concept
- Data Enrichment
- Implementation of Databases
Please feel free to contact us with any type of data source related questions.