Data has acquired an increasingly central role and significance in defining business strategies in recent years. And in fact, data-driven strategic choices are increasingly numerous, that is, based precisely on data. But what are the sources of the data, and where can it be found?
Where To Find The Statistical Data
In the era of big data, data production sources are genuinely infinite and constantly increasing. But big data is not just an endless amount of data stored in the servers (accesses, registrations, clicks, views). Still, it can be transformed into tangible insights, thus acquiring a fundamental role for marketing and communication. Some of these data are also structured in databases and available in open-source mode. We, therefore, present some sites and databases where it is possible to find statistical data.
The Istat site is undoubtedly a prosperous source of information to consider if you need to find aggregate statistical data. In particular, the StatBase service is a new dissemination system created starting from the information assets in the Istat database to facilitate access to the most critical information. The data is presented by theme and sub-theme in multidimensional tables that users can export in Xls format. The extractions can also be customized.
The StatBase Databases
On statbase, it is possible to find statistical data relating to:
- Environment and energy
- Characteristics of the territory
- Population and families
- Economic conditions of families and inequalities
- Health and healthcare
- Assistance and pension
- Education and training
- Culture, communication, travel
- Justice and security
- Daily life and citizens’ opinion
- National accounts
- Industry and Construction
- Public administrations and private institutions
- Foreign trade and internationalization
- Work and wages
Still, within the Istat site, another critical database is that of I.Stat. Here, too, the data is presented in the form of tablets, and users can:
- Modify them
- Export them
- Directly query machine-to-machine data via web service
On I.Stat, it is possible to find databases relating to:
- Youth Stat
- Seniors. Stat
- Immigrants. Stat
- Public Administration Stat
- Human Capital. Stat
- Violence on women stat
Moving on to different and more specific themes and topics, NASA’s Earthdata is undoubtedly a handy database for data on the Earth’s atmosphere, solar radiation, the cryosphere, the oceans, the Earth’s surface, and anthropogenic environments. The system is called EOSDIS Earth Observing System Data and Information System and provides Earth science data from satellites, aircraft, and field measurements.
Big Data And Healthcare: GHO Global Health Observatory
The GHO data repository – also known as the World Health Observatory, is WHO’s gateway to health-related statistics for its 194 member states. Provides access to over 1000 indicators on priority health issues, including mortality and disease burden, the Millennium Development Goals (infant nutrition, infant health, maternal and reproductive health, immunization, HIV / AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, neglected diseases, water, and sanitation), non-communicable diseases and risk factors, epidemic risk diseases, health systems, environmental health, violence and injury, equity among others.
Google Dataset Search
In this shortlist of online databases, we cannot fail to mention the search service offered by Google. In addition to making datasets universally accessible and helpful, the main goals of Google Dataset search are:
- Create a data-sharing ecosystem that encourages data publishers to follow best data storage and publication practices.
- Provide data scientists with a way to show the impact of their work by citing the datasets they have produced.
The Google Public Data search system is set by languages and displays only the results translated into the selected language.
Among the various databases that can be consulted by selecting the Italian language, there are:
- World Bank
- National Institute of Statistics