Agriculture

ERS Food Access Research Atlas API

Food access indicators for census tracts using 12-mile and 1-mile demarcations to the nearest supermarket for urban areas, 10-mile and 20-mile demarcations to the nearest supermarket for rural areas, and vehicle availability for all tracts are estimated and mapped.

National Agriculture Statistics Service QuickStats

Official aggregate estimates related to U.S. agricultural production. National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) develops these estimates from data collected through hundreds of sample surveys conducted each year covering virtually every aspect of U.S. agriculture and the Census of Agriculture conducted every five years providing state- and county-level aggregates. QuickStats is available as an online database, or you can use the newly released API to access the data programmatically.

Business

U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services

This monthly report provides national trade data including imports, exports, and balance of payments for goods and services. Statistics are also reported on a year-to-date basis. Data are continuously compiled and processed. Documents are collected as shipments arrive and depart, and are processed on a flow basis.

Cities

Seattle Real-Time Fire 911 Calls

Provides Seattle Fire Department 911 dispatches updated every 5 minutes.  Available in an easy to explore, interactive format.

Climate

Microsoft Launches “Innovation Challenge” around Food Resilience

WASHINGTON, July 27, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture is partnering with Microsoft to launch the “Innovation Challenge,” a competition to develop software applications that help farmers, agriculture businesses, and consumers explore how climate change will affect their food systems.

The Innovation Challenge was formally launched on July 27th at a conference of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association in San Francisco. Challenge participants have 3 months to create their applications, with a top prize of $25,000 going to the most creative application that best exploits USDA data sets that are now being hosted on Microsoft Azure, Microsoft’s cloud computing platform.

Entrants are invited to develop and publish new applications and tools that can help users analyze multiple sources of information, including key USDA data sets. In addition, Microsoft is granting cloud computing awards to aid university researchers and students that are looking to take part in the challenge.  Challenge winners will be announced in December 2015.

Full details of the challenge can be found at >http://usdaapps.challengepost.com<.

First International Conference on Surface Transportation System Resilience to Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events

September 16-18, 2015

The National Academy of Sciences Building
Washington, DC

The Transportation Research Board will host a conference September 16-18, 2015 to provide transportation professionals with information about emerging best practices and research results on how to adapt surface transportation networks to the potential impacts of climate change and extreme weather events. The conference will examine efforts to mainstream consideration of climate change and extreme weather resilience in all aspects of the transportation sector, including planning and programming, capital improvements, and operations and maintenance.

Coastal Flooding

A multi-university initiative makes global climate information more accesible to farmers

Useful to Usable (u2u) offers a suite of online tools created to help farmers and agricultural advisers manage increasingly variable weather and climate conditions across the Corn Belt. They provide historical climate data that help inform purchasing, marketing and activity planning throughout the growing cycle. Data in all tools are updated regularly, even daily in some cases.

U2U is composed of 50 faculty, staff and students from nine universities who specialize in applied climatology, crop modeling, agronomy, cybertechnology, agricultural economics and other social sciences. It is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

NASA launches Earth Science Challenges

Through the Open NASA Earth Exchange, NASA is challenging innovators to use data from Earth’s satellites in new and creative ways, including for applications that help people understand climate change. Learn more.

Consumer

Financial Services Consumer Complaint Database

The Consumer Complaint Database contains data from the complaints received by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on financial products and services, including bank accounts, credit cards, credit reporting, debt collection, money transfers, mortgages, student loans, and other types of consumer credit. The database contains over 100,000 anonymized complaints and is refreshed daily. Data available about each complaint includes the name of the provider, type of complaint, date, zip code, and other information. The CFPB does not verify the accuracy of all facts alleged in the complaints, but takes steps to confirm a commercial relationship between the consumer and the identified company exists.

Data in Action: Combatting Fraud

One company uses big-data analytics to find grey charges on users’ credit cards and debit cards by drawing upon billing dispute data from the web, banks, and the CFPB’s open consumer complaint database.

Product Recalls

The Safety community contains product recall data from around the Federal government. It includes recalls related to cars and many different kinds of products – from household products to outdoor, sports, and recreation products to child-related products.

Data in Action:

SAP Recalls Plus allows consumers to create watch lists or specific product alerts around government created product safety recall lists.

We Make it Safer uses government recall history to let users compare products they own to products on safety recall lists.

Counties

Montgomery County Employee Salaries

Salary information for all active, permanent employees of Montgomery County, Maryland, as of January 15, 2013. This data will be updated annually. This is presented as an interactive, easy-to-explore dataset.

Developers

Financial Services Consumer Complaint Database

The Consumer Complaint Database contains data from the complaints received by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on financial products and services, including bank accounts, credit cards, credit reporting, debt collection, money transfers, mortgages, student loans, and other types of consumer credit. The database contains over 100,000 anonymized complaints and is refreshed daily. Data available about each complaint includes the name of the provider, type of complaint, date, zip code, and other information. The CFPB does not verify the accuracy of all facts alleged in the complaints, but takes steps to confirm a commercial relationship between the consumer and the identified company exists.

Data in Action: Combatting Fraud

One company uses big-data analytics to find grey charges on users’ credit cards and debit cards by drawing upon billing dispute data from the web, banks, and the CFPB’s open consumer complaint database.

Disasters

Taking Action for Disaster Preparedness: Technology and Innovation in Support of America’s PrepareAthon!

As this week’s earthquake in Nepal reminds us, disasters can drastically impact our communities without warning. To help address the challenges from severe weather and other disasters, the White House encouraged entrepreneurs, makers, technologists, and creative #DisasterTech innovators to get involved, unleash innovation, and share how they are using technology and new approaches to strengthen preparedness.

Read more

Launching Disasters.Data.Gov to Empower First Responders and Survivors with Innovative Tools and Data

Ecosystem Vulnerability

A multi-university initiative makes global climate information more accesible to farmers

Useful to Usable (u2u) offers a suite of online tools created to help farmers and agricultural advisers manage increasingly variable weather and climate conditions across the Corn Belt. They provide historical climate data that help inform purchasing, marketing and activity planning throughout the growing cycle. Data in all tools are updated regularly, even daily in some cases.

U2U is composed of 50 faculty, staff and students from nine universities who specialize in applied climatology, crop modeling, agronomy, cybertechnology, agricultural economics and other social sciences. It is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Launch of Ecosystem-Vulnerability theme of Climate.Data.Gov

The U.S. government has released a collection of data and tools that will advance planning capabilities for the impacts of climate change on our nation’s ecosystems. The data and tools will provide information and will help to stimulate innovation in preparing for climate impacts on fire regimes, water availability, carbon sequestration, biodiversity conservation, ocean health, and the spread of invasive species. Here are some examples of how the data and tools could be used:

  • Help communities and natural resource managers determine if they are currently at risk from wildfires and if they will be impacted in the future due to wildfires becoming more prevalent and severe;
  • Provide information to the public on their sources of water and their sensitivities to climate change;
  • Aid in the public understanding of the role that ecosystems play in mitigating rising carbon dioxide levels due to their absorbing and storing of carbon, as well as how land management activities may influence storage capabilities;
  • Identify the potential impacts of climate change on rare and endangered species, iconic species, and ecosystems;
  • Identify which invasive species may threaten specific locations and their impacts on local communities and their economies. This effort will contribute to early detection, rapid response activities.

Ecosystems

Education

Higher Education Datasets

Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDs) includes information from every college, university, and technical and vocational institution that participates in the federal student financial aid programs. Datasets include year-over-year enrollments, program completions, graduation rates, faculty and staff, finances, institutional prices, and student financial aid.

Examples of this data in action are:

Alltuition makes college more affordable by matching prospective students with the grants, scholarships, and loans they qualify for based on their demographic data.

Simple Tuition uses higher education data to match students with the most affordable college loans and repayment options.

Open Badges

Open Badges is an innovative infrastructure that allows colleges and industry organizations to award micro-credentials (badges) to students who demonstrate proficiency in specific competencies. A student may earn a particular competency badge by demonstrating prior experience, or by participating in courses or informal learning experiences. Because the technology behind the badges is open, a learner can collect badges from any number of different organizations and showcase them in one single place.

Examples of these datasets in action

Energy

APIs from the Energy Information Administration

The Energy Information Administration collects statistics on energy generation, distribution and consumption in the United States. Their new APIs provide developers easy access to EIA’s extensive data on electricity, petroleum, natural gas, and more.

Energy Infrastructure

A multi-university initiative makes global climate information more accesible to farmers

Useful to Usable (u2u) offers a suite of online tools created to help farmers and agricultural advisers manage increasingly variable weather and climate conditions across the Corn Belt. They provide historical climate data that help inform purchasing, marketing and activity planning throughout the growing cycle. Data in all tools are updated regularly, even daily in some cases.

U2U is composed of 50 faculty, staff and students from nine universities who specialize in applied climatology, crop modeling, agronomy, cybertechnology, agricultural economics and other social sciences. It is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

NASA launches Earth Science Challenges

Through the Open NASA Earth Exchange, NASA is challenging innovators to use data from Earth’s satellites in new and creative ways, including for applications that help people understand climate change. Learn more.

Finance

Small Business Lending with Open Data

Data in Action: Bringing Capital to Main Street 

Open data is helping bring capital to Main Street businesses. For example, one fast-growing lender is combining data from a wide range of government sources to make working capital loans to small businesses. Using open data on industry-level economic trends, the company is able to build finer-tuned predictive models. Another data analytics startup is working with banks to unlock insights about businesses from new government sources. Critical data about businesses are buried in unexpected places. For example, it is possible to estimate the number of employees a given company has based on existing, publicly available data about participants its retirement plan.

Check out our extensive data, including the BLS Producer Price IndexCensus data on manufacturing and trade inventories and salesmonthly and annual retail trade survey data, the NAICS business data classification system to start innovating to bring capital to America’s small businesses today!

Federal Student Loan and Financial Aid Open Data

Food Resilience

A multi-university initiative makes global climate information more accesible to farmers

Useful to Usable (u2u) offers a suite of online tools created to help farmers and agricultural advisers manage increasingly variable weather and climate conditions across the Corn Belt. They provide historical climate data that help inform purchasing, marketing and activity planning throughout the growing cycle. Data in all tools are updated regularly, even daily in some cases.

U2U is composed of 50 faculty, staff and students from nine universities who specialize in applied climatology, crop modeling, agronomy, cybertechnology, agricultural economics and other social sciences. It is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

NASA launches Earth Science Challenges

Through the Open NASA Earth Exchange, NASA is challenging innovators to use data from Earth’s satellites in new and creative ways, including for applications that help people understand climate change. Learn more.

Geospatial

AirAtlas: Air Quality in National Parks

AirAtlas is a series of web maps that show estimated air quality statistics for atmospheric deposition, ozone, and visibility in the contiguous U.S. The maps also show National Park Service (NPS) units and monitoring locations for each of those air pollutant categories. Specific estimates of each statistic are available for every NPS unit in the contiguous U.S.

Everything you ever wanted to know about earthquakes? Yeah, we’ve got that.

The USGS Earthquake Hazards program has everything you ever wanted to know about earthquakes and more — from maps to tips to trivia to data in a multitude of formats, serving everyone from your neighbor to your neighborhood scientist. The USGS locates about 50 earthquakes each day and 20,000 a year, and 75 million Americans in 39 states live in places that are at risk of earthquakes. Where do you live?

Global Development

Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index: Proof of Concept

The index tracks change in women’s empowerment that occurs as a direct or indirect result of Feed the Future interventions in targeted geographic zones within the initiative’s 19 focus countries. Data for the WEAI will be collected every two years in all 19 countries, and baselines were collected in 2011 and 2012. USAID and partners will conduct data analyses to understand the relationships among empowerment, livelihoods, and food security, as well as relationships among the various components of the index.

Demographic and Health Surveys

The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) program has collected, analyzed, and disseminated accurate data on population, health, HIV, and nutrition through more than 300 surveys in over 90 countries. These surveys cover AIDS indicators, gender, malaria indicators, youth, family planning, health facility provisions, benchmarking surveys, key indicators, geographic details, and qualitative interviews.

Health

Hospital Charge Data

Data are being released that show significant variation across the country and within communities in what providers charge for common services. These data include information comparing the charges for the 100 most common inpatient services and 30 common outpatient services.  Providers determine what they will charge for items and services provided to patients and these charges are the amount the providers bills for an item or service.

Human Health

A multi-university initiative makes global climate information more accesible to farmers

Useful to Usable (u2u) offers a suite of online tools created to help farmers and agricultural advisers manage increasingly variable weather and climate conditions across the Corn Belt. They provide historical climate data that help inform purchasing, marketing and activity planning throughout the growing cycle. Data in all tools are updated regularly, even daily in some cases.

U2U is composed of 50 faculty, staff and students from nine universities who specialize in applied climatology, crop modeling, agronomy, cybertechnology, agricultural economics and other social sciences. It is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Launch of Health theme of Climate.Data.Gov

(April 7th 2015) The U.S. Government has released a collection of datasets to help individuals and communities plan for the impacts of climate change on the public’s health. These resources can help answer a number of relevant questions, including:

  • In what ways does the changing climate affect public health where I live?
  • What risk factors make individuals or communities more vulnerable to climate-related health effects?
  • How can public health agencies, communities, and individuals plan for uncertain future conditions?

Jobs & Skills

Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey

The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) program produces data on job openings, hires, and separations, providing an assessment of the availability of unfilled jobs, and information to help assess the presence or extent of labor shortages in the United States.

Law

EPA Consent Decrees

What are the latest actions by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to enforce environmental laws like the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act? The EPA Consent Decree dataset provides updated information on EPA enforcement actions to stop violations of environmental laws. The settlements and consent decrees dataset provides full information about the location of the violation, the company involved, the settlement terms and penalties, and the health and environmental benefits that will result from the enforcement action.

Local Government

Local Severe Weather Warning Systems in Missouri

List of severe weather alert systems throughout Missouri provided by local governments, media outlets, and other sources. This is an easy-to-explore, interactive dataset.

Montgomery County Employee Salaries

Salary information for all active, permanent employees of Montgomery County, Maryland, as of January 15, 2013. This data will be updated annually. This is presented as an interactive, easy-to-explore dataset.

Manufacturing

Federal R&D Facilities for Entrepreneurs and Innovators

As part of the Administration’s Lab-to-Market initiative, agencies are publishing machine-readable data on over 700 Federal R&D facilities that may be utilized by entrepreneurs and innovators to research, prototype, and test new technologies. These facilities, operated by NASA, the Department of Energy (DOE), and the National Institute of Health (NIH), include cutting-edge research tools and together represent billions of dollars of taxpayer investment.

Each facility has its own set of use policies, so a contact person is included in the data wherever possible. For example, some entrepreneurs may be able to access NASA’s National Center for Advanced Manufacturing to produce the high-strength, defect-free joints required for cutting-edge aeronautics, or DOE’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for collaborative projects in additive manufacturing, composites and carbon fiber, and other leading clean energy technologies. Learn more…

Manufacturing and Construction Statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau

The Census Bureau collects a variety of statistics on the manufacturing industry in the United States, including shipments, inventories and orders, energy consumption, plant capacity, exports, and more.

Ocean

Water Column Sonar Data Collection

NOAA collects and uses active acoustic (or sonar) data for a variety of mapping requirements. As the national archive for multibeam bathymetric data, NGDC manages over 15 million nautical miles of ship trackline data from sources worldwide. In 2011, NGDC, in partnership with NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), initiated a new archive for high resolution data collected with sonars capable of mapping the water column.

Water column sonar data are collected on NOAA fishery survey vessels and academic and international fleets, and are used to assess the physical and biological characteristics of the ocean. Primary uses include 3-D mapping of fish schools and other mid-water marine organisms, assessing biological abundance, species identification, and habitat characterization. These data are also useful for evaluating underwater gas seeps, remotely monitoring undersea oil spills, and bathymetry.

NGDC is working with scientists at NMFS and the Joint Hydrographic Center to ensure the long-term preservation and world-wide dissemination of these data.

Maritime Limits and Boundaries of the United States

NOAA is responsible for depicting on its nautical charts the limits of the 12 nautical mile Territorial Sea, 24 nautical mile Contiguous Zone, and 200 nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The outer limit of each of these zones is measured from the U.S. normal baseline, which coincides with the low water line depicted on NOAA charts and includes closing lines across the entrances of legal bays and rivers, consistent with international law.

Safety

Product Recalls

The Safety community contains product recall data from around the Federal government. It includes recalls related to cars and many different kinds of products – from household products to outdoor, sports, and recreation products to child-related products.

Data in Action:

SAP Recalls Plus allows consumers to create watch lists or specific product alerts around government created product safety recall lists.

We Make it Safer uses government recall history to let users compare products they own to products on safety recall lists.

Science & Research

Federal R&D Facilities for Entrepreneurs and Innovators

As part of the Administration’s Lab-to-Market initiative, agencies are publishing machine-readable data on over 700 Federal R&D facilities that may be utilized by entrepreneurs and innovators to research, prototype, and test new technologies. These facilities, operated by NASA, the Department of Energy (DOE), and the National Institute of Health (NIH), include cutting-edge research tools and together represent billions of dollars of taxpayer investment.

Each facility has its own set of use policies, so a contact person is included in the data wherever possible. For example, some entrepreneurs may be able to access NASA’s National Center for Advanced Manufacturing to produce the high-strength, defect-free joints required for cutting-edge aeronautics, or DOE’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for collaborative projects in additive manufacturing, composites and carbon fiber, and other leading clean energy technologies. Learn more…

Food Price Outlook

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) for food is a component of the all-items CPI. The CPI measures the average change over time in the prices paid by urban consumers for a representative market basket of consumer goods and services. While the all-items CPI measures the price changes for all consumer goods and services, including food, the CPI for food measures the changes in the retail prices of food items only.

States

Local Severe Weather Warning Systems in Missouri

List of severe weather alert systems throughout Missouri provided by local governments, media outlets, and other sources. This is an easy-to-explore, interactive dataset.

Transportation

First International Conference on Surface Transportation System Resilience to Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events

September 16-18, 2015

The National Academy of Sciences Building
Washington, DC

The Transportation Research Board will host a conference September 16-18, 2015 to provide transportation professionals with information about emerging best practices and research results on how to adapt surface transportation networks to the potential impacts of climate change and extreme weather events. The conference will examine efforts to mainstream consideration of climate change and extreme weather resilience in all aspects of the transportation sector, including planning and programming, capital improvements, and operations and maintenance.

A multi-university initiative makes global climate information more accesible to farmers

Useful to Usable (u2u) offers a suite of online tools created to help farmers and agricultural advisers manage increasingly variable weather and climate conditions across the Corn Belt. They provide historical climate data that help inform purchasing, marketing and activity planning throughout the growing cycle. Data in all tools are updated regularly, even daily in some cases.

U2U is composed of 50 faculty, staff and students from nine universities who specialize in applied climatology, crop modeling, agronomy, cybertechnology, agricultural economics and other social sciences. It is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Water

A multi-university initiative makes global climate information more accesible to farmers

Useful to Usable (u2u) offers a suite of online tools created to help farmers and agricultural advisers manage increasingly variable weather and climate conditions across the Corn Belt. They provide historical climate data that help inform purchasing, marketing and activity planning throughout the growing cycle. Data in all tools are updated regularly, even daily in some cases.

U2U is composed of 50 faculty, staff and students from nine universities who specialize in applied climatology, crop modeling, agronomy, cybertechnology, agricultural economics and other social sciences. It is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Launch of Water theme of Climate.Data.Gov

To help communities and individuals plan for the risks of climate-change-related impacts on water resources, the U.S. Government is releasing today a collection of datasets containing information relevant to this important issue. Select data are also being made available via mapping services on Geoplatform.gov. The resources provided here can be used to help answer a number of relevant questions, such as:

  • How are human and natural components of the hydrologic cycle changing?
  • How can communities and water managers plan for uncertain future conditions?
  • How will changing water resources affect food, energy, ecosystems, and human health?

Weather

Weather Service Data

The National Weather Service provides weather, water, and climate data, forecasts and warnings. A National Mosaic view of National Weather Service (NWS)’s radar imagery allows interactivity with the display providing you with the ability to customize the way you “look” at weather. Called RIDGE2 (Radar Integrated Display with Geospatial Elements, version 2), the radar image can be layered with geospatial elements such as topography maps, highways, state/county boundaries, and weather warnings. Outside of this interface, a user can also make use of this radar mosaic image overlay to add to user’s geobrowser of choice.

See this data in action at:

The Weather Channel broadcasts weather forecasts and weather-related news over their cable channel and web properties.

Climate Corporation offers weather insurance that helps farmers protect their potential profits against bad weather that can cause yield shortfalls.