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Data-Planet Now at 35 Billion Data Points – and Growing!

Over the past year, the Data-Planet repository has grown from 25 to 35 billion data points from 4.9 billion public and licensed datasets. These numbers represent a phenomenal 40% growth in the number of statistics in Data-Planet.

Some of the datasets added over the past year include:

  • Penn World Table 9.0 (Groningen Growth and Development Centre)
  • Global Historical Climatology Network – Daily (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
  • American Community Survey, 5-year estimates (US Census Bureau)
  • Population Statistics (UN High Commissioner for Refugees)
  • Main Economic Indicators (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development)
  • World Economic Outlook (International Monetary Fund)

For a full listing of datasets added in the past year, click here. On this page, you’ll also find information on our coverage policy.

Suggestions on datasets to add to the Data-Planet repository are always welcome! Please contact us at info@data-planet.com.

Bethesda, Maryland — August 18, 2016

Charleston Advisor Review Scores Data-Planet™ 4-1/8 out of 5!

We are proud to announce publication of a review of Data-Planet in the Charleston Advisor April 2015 issue. Reviewer Jennifer Starkey of Oberlin College in Ohio offers a thorough and thoughtful assessment of the Data-Planet repository of statistical data, and assigns a composite score of 4-1/8 stars out of a possible 5 for Content, User Interface/Searchability, Pricing, and Contract Options.

Ms. Starkey recognizes that “there are no products that directly compete with Data-Planet, but there are a number of resources specializing in access to statistical information that are available to libraries.” She concludes that “Data-Planet rates highly in comparison, with its broad coverage of subjects, focus on time series data, provision of raw data that can be downloaded or viewed using the analytical tools, and the overall number of data sources available.” The full text of the review is openly available on the Charleston Advisor website.

The Data-Planet repository provides access to over 3.9 billion structured and harmonized datasets sourced from authoritative public and private organizations.  Detailed descriptive metadata are applied to the datasets, and the Data-Planet platform offers a robust suite of visualization, search, and analysis capabilities. Data and views can be exported via multiple formats; and DOI links ensure continued access to the view at the time it was created. The Data-Planet platform also facilitates storage, accessibility, usability, maintenance and archiving of institutional and researcher data as part of a data management plan.

Contact us at info@data-planet.com for further information.

Bethesda, Maryland — May 7, 2015

Information Advisor’s Guide to Internet Research Reviewer Is Impressed with Data-Planet!

Co-Editor Robert Berkman presents a detailed discussion of the Data-Planet repository and platform in his review, “Data-Planet Offers a Universe of Statistical Information,” published in the Information Advisor’s Guide to Internet Research  in May 2015. Following a thorough analysis of the platform, Berkman makes a positive evaluation of its content and functionality, and offers insightful recommendations for enhancements.

Berkman concludes that ““We were extremely impressed with Data-Planet. It seems to have done (nearly) everything right. It has culled some of the best public datasets available, did an outstanding job of normalizing the data for a seamless browse and search experience, provides superb value-added features, including the overlay and calculation, and is well-thought-out and intelligently designed throughout. The intense attention to quality, clarity, and detail is evident, and the online help and assistance pages are excellent as well.”

The Data-Planet repository provides access to over 4.3 billion structured and harmonized datasets sourced from authoritative public and private organizations. Detailed descriptive metadata are applied to the datasets, and the Data-Planet platform offers a robust suite of visualization, search, and analysis capabilities. Data and views can be exported via multiple formats; and DOI links ensure continued access to the view at the time it was created. The Data-Planet platform also facilitates storage, accessibility, usability, maintenance and archiving of institutional and researcher data as part of a data management plan.

Contact us at info@data-planet.com for further information.

Bethesda, Maryland — September 3, 2015

Paratext Completes Integration of Data-Planet DataSheets

An extensive collection of Data-PlanetTM DataSheets is now indexed, linked, and integrated into Paratext­­­TM Public Documents Masterfile­­­­­­ TM.  Researchers can now query over 150,000 metadata records representing authoritative publicly and privately sourced datasets.

Libraries who subscribe to both services will link directly from the search results in Public Documents Masterfile to Data-Planet’s DataSheets, which provide a cleanly formatted visual representation of the data, links to the underlying data, and contextual descriptions of the data source, indicator, and dataset from which the indicator derives. Public Documents Masterfile users not subscribed to Data-Planet will link directly to the DataSheet statistical abstract and citation.

Public Documents Masterfile provides electronic, single-search access to United States government publications from 1789 to present. It is designed to unlock new original research material for American Studies programs, government data repositories, and Congressional, Executive and Legislative branch information.

The Data-Planet repository contains more than 18.9 billion data points from more than 70 source organizations. There are millions of charts, maps, views, rankings, time series and tables available for use in the Data-Planet repository. All of the data have been standardized and structured, and are described with up to 37 fields of metadata, including a controlled vocabulary.  The datasets cover topics across 16 broad subject areas, including Agriculture and Food; Banking, Finance, and Insurance; Criminal Justice; Education; Energy Resources and Industries; Government and Politics; Health; Housing and Construction; Industry; Commerce; International Relations; Labor; Defense; and more. The extensive Data-Planet repository is searchable in the new Statistical Ready Reference interface designed specifically for quick searching of statistical data, as well as in the powerful Data-Planet Statistical Datasets platform.

President Matt Dunie remarked: “Adding our DataSheets to Public Documents Masterfile streamlines the search process for those interested in finding statistical data relevant to government documents. We’re delighted to provide another avenue for researchers to surface statistical data.”

Eric Calaluca, Paratext CEO commented­­­: “As each month passes, Paratext receives additional requests for granular, highly focused content from federally funded government datasets. Data-Planet has no equal in delivering this kind of content, and incorporating the full extent of their content into our Public Documents Masterfile service enriches research at all levels of inquiry.”

About Data-Planet

Data-Planet delivers officially sourced statistical data made usable by applying standards to data that does not adhere to standards, harmonizing disparate datasets, and applying descriptive information and metadata to make data more findable. The result, built over several years, is Data-Planet: a very large dynamic repository with the ability to ingest massive amounts of statistical data combined with descriptive content and a robust suite of visualization, search, and analysis capabilities on a single platform. For more information, see www.data-planet.com.

Managing Editor:    Jill Blaemers     jblaemers@data-planet.com

About Paratext

Paratext, founded in 1993, is an independent library information company based in Northern Virginia. Paratext produces authoritative research databases, in History, Major Reference Works, and US Government Documents. Paratext products are used within academic, public, and specialized libraries in North America and throughout the world. For more information, see www.paratext.com.

Communications Manager:       Sara Allen          sara.allen@paratext.com

Bethesda, Maryland - October 22, 2014

Upcoming Data-Planet Outreach Webinars

Data-Planet is hosting several webinars in coming weeks to support instructional efforts.

Data-Planet Overview, a 45-minute session scheduled for Tuesday, September 30, 1:30 pm and 3:00 pm ET, will provide an overview of the Data-Planet statistical repository, highlighting specific datasets, along with the features and functionality of the new Data-Planet Statistical Datasets UI. Attendees will leave with tips for searching, manipulating, and exporting the time series in the Data-Planet repository.

Data-Planet Outreach Tools, a 45-minute session scheduled for Wednesday, October 1, 1:30 pm and 3:00 pm ET, will cover tools developed to help instructional librarians educate patrons about how and when to use Data-Planet to enhance their research. Also overviewed will be Data-Planet’s 250+ statistical search guides,180,000K+ metadata records, and more - tools designed to help users efficiently and effectively access the Data-Planet repository and the millions of data points it contains.

Registration is open; click here to sign up. Contact info@data-planet.com for more information.

Migration to Data-Planet™ Statistical Datasets New Java-free UI Effective August 8, 2014

In previews since March 2014, the new user interface for Data-Planet™ is now the primary access point for users of Data-Planet Statistical Datasets, the largest statistical aggregation currently available on the market. This Java-free UI offers new features and functionality, including cleaner usability, more charting options, and the integration of a more powerful search capability. Visualizations also now appear in-line with statistical abstracts.

Many customers have already elected to use this interface as their primary access point to Statistical Datasets. As of August 8, 2014, all customers are transitioned, with log-in links automatically redirected from previous access URLs to: http://statisticaldatasets.data-planet.com/dataplanet/. No action is necessary on the part of customers or users to effect this change. The older Java version will be sunsetted by October 1, 2014. 

“With this seamless transition, our users will be able to access the vast Data-Planet repository in a Java-free environment,” reports President Matt Dunie. “We built this interface in collaboration with our customers and we are delighted with the new features and functionalities that the new UI delivers.”

The Data-Planet repository of statistical content currently holds more than 18.9 billion data points presented in in multiple visualization options (maps, trends, tables, rankings). The datasets are sourced from reputable public and private organizations and cover topics across 16 broad subject areas, including Agriculture and Food; Banking, Finance, and Insurance; Criminal Justice; Education; Energy Resources and Industries; Government and Politics; Health; Housing and Construction; Industry; Commerce; International Relations; Labor; Defense; and more. The extensive Data-Planet repository is also searchable in the Statistical Ready Reference interface designed specifically for quick searching of statistical data, as well as in the powerful Data-Planet Statistical Datasets platform. For more information, contact info@data-planet.com .

About Data Planet

Data-Planet delivers officially sourced statistical data made usable by applying standards to data that does not adhere to standards, harmonizing disparate datasets, and applying descriptive information and metadata to make data more findable. The result, built over several years, is Data-Planet: a very large dynamic repository with the ability to ingest massive amounts of statistical data combined with descriptive content and a robust suite of visualization, search, and analysis capabilities on a single platform. For more information, see www.data-planet.com .

Bethesda, Maryland — August 8, 2014

Release of Preview of Data-Planet Statistical Datasets NEW UI

Data-Planet™  is delighted to announce the availability of a PREVIEW of the new Data-Planet Java-free user interface. The new UI has cleaner usability, more charting options, new mapping, and the integration of a more powerful search capability. Visualizations also now appear with statistical abstracts that describe the data content, similar to Data-Planet DataSheets.

Subscribers are able to authenticate to the preview of the new Data-Planet Statistical Datasets UI via http://preview.data-planet.com/statistical/ . If you don't have access to the Data-Planet repository,  contact Data-Planet at info@data-planet.com to set up your institution with a trial.

Visit the Preview user guide for more detail about features and functionality. The release currently available is a preview - development will be ongoing during the preview period.

About Data Planet

Data-Planet delivers officially sourced statistical data made usable by applying standards to data that does not adhere to standards, harmonizing disparate datasets, and applying descriptive information and metadata to make data more findable. The result, built over several years, is Data-Planet: a very large dynamic repository with the ability to ingest massive amounts of statistical data combined with descriptive content and a robust suite of visualization, search, and analysis capabilities on a single platform. For more information, see www.data-planet.com .

Bethesda, Maryland – March 4, 2014

Data-Planet™ Statistical DataSheets to Be Indexed in Paratext’s Public Documents Masterfile™

DataSheets providing a visual representation, links to data, and contextual descriptions of indicators in the vast Data-Planet repository of statistical data will be accessible for Public Documents Masterfile subscribers.

Data-Planet™ is pleased to announce that it has recently signed an agreement with Paratext, a leader in providing access to United States government documents, to index an extensive collection of Data-Planet DataSheets representing US federal datasets information, in Public Documents Masterfile (PDM).

Libraries who subscribe to both properties will link directly from search results into more than 150,000 Data-Planet DataSheets, complete with a chart, map, or graph, statistical abstract, and downloadable datasets. Public Documents Masterfile users without a subscription to Data-Planet will link directly to the DataSheet statistical abstract and citation.

The Data-Planet repository of statistical content currently holds more than 3.9 billion time series presented in maps, trends, tables, and/or rankings. The datasets are sourced from reputable public and private organizations and cover topics across 16 broad subject areas, including Agriculture and Food; Banking, Finance, and Insurance; Criminal Justice; Education; Energy Resources and Industries; Government and Politics; Health; Housing and Construction; Industry; Commerce; International Relations; Labor; Defense; and more. The extensive Data-Planet repository is searchable in the new Statistical Ready Reference interface designed specifically for quick searching of statistical data, as well as in the powerful Data-Planet Statistical Datasets platform.

Public Documents Masterfile provides electronic, single search access to United States government publications from 1789 to present. It is designed to unlock new original research material for American Studies programs, government data repositories, and Congressional, Executive and Legislative branch information.

“We are excited to offer this access for PDM searchers and really excited to work with Paratext,” President Matt Dunie remarked. “Adding our DataSheets to PDM helps surface relevant statistical datasets for searchers of government documents, and supports our overriding objective of making statistical data more widely discoverable to a diverse population of library users.”

Eric Calaluca, Paratext CEO commented: “The deployment of Data-Planet’s unique statistical DataSheets via our Public Documents Masterfile is a substantial enhancement to the PDM service.  This addition means researchers can now simultaneously query vast quantities of officially sourced data easily alongside US historical and contemporary government documents through a single platform.”

About Data Planet

Data-Planet delivers officially sourced statistical data made usable by applying standards to data that does not adhere to standards, harmonizing disparate datasets, and applying descriptive information and metadata to make data more findable. The result, built over several years, is Data-Planet: a very large dynamic repository with the ability to ingest massive amounts of statistical data combined with descriptive content and a robust suite of visualization, search, and analysis capabilities on a single platform. For more information, see www.data-planet.com .

About Paratext

Paratext, founded in 1993, is an independent library information company based in Northern Virginia. Paratext produces authoritative research databases, in History, Major Reference Works, and US Government Documents. Paratext products are used within academic, public, and specialized libraries in North America and throughout the world. For more information, see www.paratext.com .

Bethesda, Maryland — January 21, 2014

Data-Planet Statistical Ready Reference Released to Production!

Data-Planet™ is delighted to announce that the new Data-Planet Statistical Ready Reference interface is out of beta and ready for production release. The release follows further development undertaken in response to input obtained from 5,502 user sessions across 108 organizations during June through August of 2013.

 Based on evaluation of that feedback, the basic search front screen has been modified and several new capabilities added: 

  • Category, International, and State Navigation Tabs --Use these to quickly discover overview statistics by subject or geography.
  • Map Navigation -- Make quick search selections by clicking on geographic entities in a map.
  • Data-Planet Statistical Snapshots --- Generated daily, a snapshot overview of topical indicators has been added on the front screen.  Each Snapshot has a DOI and links to related statistics mapped from the Data-Planet controlled vocabulary.
  • DataSheet enhancements include the option to provoke a new search and refinement of Related Content categories.
  • The type-ahead feature in basic search has been further refined to provide very precise searching of the Data-Planet repository.

According to Matt Dunie, Data-Planet President, “Through the course of the open beta, it has been wonderful to hear the excitement from users as they explore our vast repository of data, infographics, and statistical abstracts. As one of our testers remarked, other products that aggregate statistical reports provide some of what we want, Data-Planet takes us straight to it and so much more!”     

Data-Planet Statistical Ready Reference is available for all Data-Planet subscribers free of charge. Use this interface to quickly isolate variables of interest and export to DataSheets containing infographics and statistical abstracts. From the DataSheet, users can also access Data-Planet Statistical Datasets, with its powerful capabilities to dynamically compare and manipulate the tens of billions of statistical indicators available in the Data-Planet repository.     

The Data-Planet repository of statistical content currently holds more than 3.9 billion datasets viewable as maps, trends, tables, and/or rankings. The datasets are sourced from over 70 reputable public and private organizations and cover topics across 16 broad subject areas, including education, population and income, industry, commerce, trade, housing and construction, and much more. All of the data have been standardized and structured, and are described with 37 fields of metadata.

Subscribers can access Data-Planet Statistical Ready Reference directly at http://readyreference.data-planet.com/dataplanet/. Visit the Data-Planet subject guides, including a new outreach kit for libraries, for more information and search help. Sign up here to schedule overview webinars for library staff and users.

Contact us at info@data-planet.com for further information.

Bethesda, Maryland — September 13, 2013

Data-Planet™ Statistical Content to Be Covered by the Primo Central Index

Datasets from public and private sources will be available to all Primo Central users. 

Data-Planet™ is pleased to announce that it has recently signed an agreement with Ex Libris® Group, a world leader in the provision of library technology solutions, to include its extensive collections of original datasets in the Primo Central Index. More than 12,000 summary-level data records from Data-Planet will be available in the Primo Central Index, allowing all PCI users to link directly to Data-Planet DataSheets. This number will quickly grow to more than 120,000 records.

The Data-Planet repository of statistical content currently holds more than 3.9 billion time series presented in billions of views (maps, trends, tables, rankings). The datasets are sourced from reputable public and private organizations and cover topics across 16 broad subject areas, including Agriculture; Banking, Finance, and Insurance; Criminal Justice; Education; Energy Resources and Industries; Government and Politics; Health; Housing and Construction; Industry; Commerce; International Relations; Labor; Defense; and more.

 Offered as a cloud-based service to institutions around the globe, the Primo Central Index gives users access to hundreds of millions of scholarly e-resources of global and regional importance.

 “This partnership with Ex Libris is an exciting move for Data-Planet,” President Matt Dunie remarked. “Adding our datasets to Primo Central supports Data-Planet’s overriding objective of making statistical data more widely available to a diverse population of library users.”

 Michal Gindi, director of publisher relations at Ex Libris, commented: “We are pleased to be able to offer Data-Planet’s unique statistical datasets to all Primo Central users. This agreement will make officially sourced data easily discoverable by students and researchers around the world at over 1,900 institutions using Primo.”

About Data-Planet

Data-Planet delivers officially sourced statistical data made usable by applying standards to data that does not adhere to standards, harmonizing disparate datasets, and applying descriptive information and metadata to make data more findable. The result, built over several years, is Data-Planet: a very large dynamic repository with the ability to ingest massive amounts of statistical data combined with descriptive content and a robust suite of visualization, search, and analysis capabilities on a single platform. For more information, see www.data-planet.com .

 About Ex Libris

Ex Libris is a leading provider of automation solutions for academic, national, and research libraries. Offering the only comprehensive product suite for electronic, digital, and print materials, Ex Libris provides efficient, user-friendly products that serve the needs of libraries today and will facilitate their transition into the future. Ex Libris maintains an impressive customer base consisting of thousands of sites in more than 80 countries on six continents. For more information about Ex Libris Group, see www.exlibrisgroup.com.

Bethesda, Maryland - August 27, 2013

Data-Planet™ and EBSCO Provide Mutual Customers with Access to Statistical Data via EBSCO Discovery Service™

EBSCO and Data-Planet™ have reached an agreement that for the first time provides statistical DataSheets within a discovery service. A growing collection of more than 5,000 summary-level data records from Data-Planet will be available within EBSCO Discovery Service™ allowing mutual customers to link directly to Data-Planet DataSheets.

The Data-Planet repository of statistical content currently holds more than 3.9 billion time series presented in billions of views (maps, trends, tables, rankings). The datasets are sourced from reputable public and private organizations and cover topics across 16 broad subject areas, including education, population and income, industry, commerce, and trade, housing and construction, and much more. All of the data have been standardized and structured, and are described with 37 fields of metadata including DOI, summary-level visualizations of the data, descriptions, titles, geographic entities, data-specific elements, and standardized citations. Users can access all the available views for each data series and download the data from each DataSheet.

Data-Planet President Matt Dunie says the agreement with EBSCO is a natural extension of Data-Planet’s mission. “Our mission is to make statistical data more findable and more usable and this effort is in sync with the overall objective of discovery.”

In addition to being accessible via EBSCO Discovery Service, the Data-Planet repository is searchable via two complementary interfaces: Data-Planet Statistical Datasets and Data-Planet Statistical Ready Reference .

Now available direct from the producer and technology provider, Data-Planet can be accessed directly at http://data-planet.conquestsystems.com/statistical/ip. Contact us at info@data-planet.com for further information.

Bethesda, Maryland — May 16, 2013

 

DATA-PLANET STATISTICAL DATASETS DISTRIBUTION NEWS

Data-Planet™ by Conquest Systems, Inc., the owner and provider of ProQuest Statistical Datasets has terminated its distribution agreement with ProQuest effective December 31, 2012. Customers and users of Data-Planet Statistical Datasets will not have any interruption in service. The product has been produced and supported by Conquest Systems since its inception in 2006. Existing subscription agreements will be honored and supported throughout their term. There is nothing an existing customer needs to do to in order to retain access to the product.

Important Points of Information

1. All subscriptions entered into with ProQuest will be honored and serviced for their full terms.

2. Existing trials will continue.

3. Effective January 1, 2013, academic and public libraries interested in Data-Planet Statistical Datasets will be dealing directly with the producer and technology provider, Conquest Systems. Click here to request information or trial access.

Background

ProQuest acquired the exclusive distribution rights to Statistical Datasets for the academic and public library markets in 2010 as part of an acquisition. The product was marketed as a re-branded offering, ProQuest Statistical Datasets. The product is now available directly from Data-Planet by Conquest Systems (branded as Data-Planet Statistical Datasets) for academic and public library market segments and continues to be distributed by LexisNexis (branded as LexisNexis Statistical Datasets) for non-academic and non-public library market segments.

Data-Planet Statistical Datasets, and the technology upon which it is based, have been available for subscription access since 2006. The Data-Planet repository of statistical content currently holds ~3.9 billion time series containing billions of data points presented in as maps, trends, tables, and/or rankings. All of the data have been standardized, structured, and described with 37 fields of metadata and controlled editorial descriptions. Data-Planet products enable users to find and identify a statistical time series; view it as a table, chart, map, or graph; perform computations and statistical analyses; generate data overlays from multiple sources; or retrieve a citable piece of data and use it in their workflow and work product. The products are used in multiple industry segments, including academia, government agencies, business, and news organizations.

Data-Planet’s mission is to hasten access to statistical data by enhancing its findability and usability.

Going forward, more direct communication between the producers of Data-Planet and the library marketplace will provide maximum service and value to our customers.

To learn more about Data-Planet, please visit www.data-planet.com . We welcome your input to our products, and all suggestions regarding new data and functionality. Meanwhile, we will be issuing updates to the transition and product news on a regular basis.

For further information, contact:

Matt Dunie, President

Conquest Systems, Inc.

mdunie@data-planet.com

301-556-2451

 

Bethesda, Maryland — December 27, 2012

Recession Bars Now Available in Data-Planet™ Statistical Datasets

Data-Planet is pleased to announce that National Bureau of Economic Research Business Cycle Reference Dates are now available in the Data-Planet repository. Known as recession bars, the time series provides a graphical representation of business cycles in the United States economy dating to 1850, based on cycle begin and dates defined by the NBER Business Cycle Dating Committee. The Committee considers a “recession” or contraction as a period of diminishing (vs diminished) activity and an expansion as a period of increasing economic activity.

The bars display in Data-Planet as a trend showing periods when the economy is in a period of contraction vs expansion:

Manipulation of the bars using the powerful Statistical Datasets technology that allows the user to create overlays of multiple indicators revealing relationships among them. For example, compare housing starts to recession trends:

The Data-Planet repository provides direct access to more than 3.9 billion time series from more than 70 source organizations, covering 16 topical areas, ranging from agriculture and food, to banking, finance, industry, population and income, and much, much more.

 

 The repository is accessible via two interfaces:

 

  • Data-Planet Statistical Datasets provides powerful capabilities to dynamically compare and manipulate the billions of statistical indicators available in the Data-Planet repository.
  •  The new Data-Planet Statistical Ready Reference is built on the same content repository, but is designed for quick statistical lookups with the ease of a simple search box. Statistical Ready Reference is currently in beta testing and we would be delighted to have you participate: register here for more details.

 

Data-Planet can be accessed directly at http://statisticaldatasets.data-planet.com/dataplanet/. Contact us at info@data-planet.com for further information.

 

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