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.

Food and Nutrition Service

SNAP Retailer Locator API provides location, details and directions for retailers that welcome SNAP Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) customers.

Agricultural Productivity in the United States

Increased productivity is the main contributor to growth in U.S. agriculture. This data set provides estimates of productivity growth in the U.S. farm sector over the period 1948-2008, and estimates of the growth and relative levels of productivity across the individual States for the 1960-2004 period.

Coastal Flooding

Release of Infrastructure and Geographic Map Data for Climate-Preparedness

To help communities and citizens plan for the risks of coastal flooding and other climate-change-related impacts, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and the U.S. Geological Survey are releasing today a collection of non-sensitive datasets containing mapping information on hundreds of thousands of the Nation’s infrastructure units and geographical features, including bridges, roads, railroad tunnels, canals, and river gauges. These data are being made available via user-friendly mapping services on Geoplatform.gov and Climate.data.gov.

Climate Data in Action

These post-Superstorm Sandy maps for New York City and New Jersey and New York states show how the floodplain will change under different scenarios of sea level rise.

Surging Seas uses government data to project sea level rise scenarios for the coastal United States.

NASA and NOAA Launch Coastal Flooding Innovation Challenge

Want to solve an innovation challenge to address climate change? The International Space Apps Challenge is an international mass collaboration offering four climate-related challenges, including…

Coastal Inundation in Your Community
Coastal communities are becoming increasingly vulnerable to the risk of damage and danger from flooding. Your challenge is to create tools and provide information so communities can prepare for coastal inundation. Through the use of data, visualizations, citizen engagement, and simulations, you can help people understand their exposure to coastal inundation hazards and their increased vulnerability due to population increase and sea level rise.

Space Apps is a two-day event (April 12-13, 2014) that has about 40 challenges organized around Earth and space themes. Teams of technologists, scientists, designers, artists, educators entrepreneurs, developers and students across the globe collaborate and engage with publicly available data to design innovative solutions for global challenges. Visit the resources tab to find datasets, web services, and tools that will help you compete in the Space Apps Challenge on the coastal impacts of climate change.

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.

SEC Open Data on Public Companies and Mutual Funds

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) oversees an investor disclosure system to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation. The SEC releases two major datasets related to this disclosure system: public company financial statements and mutual fund fee, risk, and return information. Go to the SEC’s Interactive Data Home.

Data in Action

One investment company uses SEC data on mutual funds and exchange-traded funds to provide personalized advice on investments and fees.

Another company offers tools to analyze, compare, and understand the financial reports that different companies have provided to the SEC in XBRL form.

Open Retirement and Employee Benefit Plan Data

The Form 5500 Annual Report is the primary source of information about the operations, funding, and investments of about 800,000 401(k) plans and other employer-sponsored retirement and welfare benefit plans across the United States. This report is jointly developed by the Department of Labor, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.

Data in Action: Open Data for a Secure Retirement

One company compiles data about the retirement plan market from numerous sources, including Form 5500 data and SEC data, and uses this data to rate 401(k) and 403(b) plans across quantitative metrics. The company also gathers data about financial advisors from the SEC, FINRA, and state insurance departments.

One investment advice company uses federal data to compare the investment offerings and fees charged by different retirement and investment plans.

One service offering financial advice to employees uses data from federal sources to provide financial guidance.

MyData for Education

The Department of Education’s MyData Initiative seeks for every student (or parent of an underage student) to have access to his or her own academic data in a machine-readable format. This is possible through the participation of schools and software developers who enable students to download their own data to create a personal learning profile that they can keep with them throughout their learning career. In addition, developers are encouraged to created customized services and tools for students based on the information available in their personal learning profile.

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.

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

Open Bank Data

There is extensive data available about banks and other financial institutions, such as credit unions. For example, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Institution Directory comprises all FDIC-insured institutions with locations, operating status, and key financial information. The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) Central Data Repository provides free financial and structural information for most FDIC-insured institutions in tagged, interactive data formats.

Datasets include the FDIC Institution Directory, the FFIEC Central Data Repository, and other major bank datasets.

SEC Open Data on Public Companies and Mutual Funds

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) oversees an investor disclosure system to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation. The SEC releases two major datasets related to this disclosure system: public company financial statements and mutual fund fee, risk, and return information. Go to the SEC’s Interactive Data Home.

Data in Action

One investment company uses SEC data on mutual funds and exchange-traded funds to provide personalized advice on investments and fees.

Another company offers tools to analyze, compare, and understand the financial reports that different companies have provided to the SEC in XBRL form.

MyData for Education

The Department of Education’s MyData Initiative seeks for every student (or parent of an underage student) to have access to his or her own academic data in a machine-readable format. This is possible through the participation of schools and software developers who enable students to download their own data to create a personal learning profile that they can keep with them throughout their learning career. In addition, developers are encouraged to created customized services and tools for students based on the information available in their personal learning profile.

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.

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.

Manufacturing

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

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.

MarineCadastre.gov

MarineCadastre.gov is a joint Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) initiative that provides authoritative data to meet the needs of the offshore energy and marine planning communities. The website provides access to authoritative data from multiple agencies, including offshore boundaries and physical, biological, ocean use, and cultural information. Users can create, view, and print maps from this free, easy-to-use viewer, or can directly link to the web map services through their own GIS applications.

NOAA Releases Tool to View Sea Level Rise Potential

Developed by the NOAA Coastal Services Center, the sea level rise viewer offers access to data and information about the risks of sea level rise, storm surge, and flooding along the coastal United States. NOAA’s sea level rise viewer allows community planners, city officials and coastal residents the opportunity to identify flood-prone locations in their area.

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

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.

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.