Key national statistics on demographic and economic indicators such as Gross Domestic Product (GDP), or unemployment and population statistics. See our methodology section for more information.
The submitter assessed the usability of the data as follows (3 - little to no effort needed, 1 - extensive effort needed): 3
CSV, HTML, JSON, XLS
|Openly licenced||Yes||Very tough to answer. 1. GDP (BEA): No explicit open license policy, but the data are freely available, and BEA has several specific open data commitments that would imply compliance with a general open licensing commitment (https://www.bea.gov/about/policies.htm) 2. Unemployment (BLS) has no stated openness policies. 3. US Census site has the following, " Copyright protection is not available for any work of the United States Government (Title 17 U.S.C., Section 105). Thus you are free to reproduce census materials as you see fit. We would ask, however, that you cite the Census Bureau as the source," but the site doesn't enable you to directly link to the page with that text. Very unclear, therefore, if there is a true, concrete, explicit "open license."|
|Downloadable at once||Yes||Again, the wording makes it seem like I am supposed to have found one dataset, not 3 unique datasets.|
|Up-to-date||Yes||General question: How should respondents answer this question if some of the 3 data types are up-to-date, but others are not? This question wording still makes it seem like I am looking for one dataset. Again, if I had not spoken with OKF directly, I would not have know I was searching for 3 unique data types. Specifics: 1.Population-- hard to say if up to date, since I'm not sure what exact type of "population" data OKF is referring to. Full release schedule here (as you'll see, only some population data are up-to-date at the year mark: http://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/popest/about/schedule.html 2. Unemployment: Up-to-date, according to: https://www.bls.gov/cps/lfcharacteristics.htm#unemp 3. Unemployment: Believe it's up to date because data are updated quarterly, but the data don't have a timestamp, so I can't be absolutely sure it's within 3 months (https://www.bea.gov/newsreleases/national/gdp/gdpnewsrelease.htm)|
|Available free of charge||Yes||Again, the wording makes it seem like I am supposed to have found one dataset, not 3 unique datasets.|
|In an open and machine-readable format||CSV, HTML, JSON, XLS|
|findable||3||At first, I thought I was supposed to be looking for one central database with all 3 data types (GDP/unemployment/population). Had I not requested help from OKF directly, I wouldn't have understood what, exactly, I was supposed to be evaluating, and would have filled out this survey completely differently. Once I understood I was actually evaluating 3 different data types that could come from 3 unique data sources, it was very easy to find and evaluate the data.|
|findable_steps||1.) Reviewed Census.gov to look for central dataset that contained all 3 data types (GDP/unemployment/population). Site very hard to navigate, and I made no progress. 2.) Spoke directly with OKF to tell them I didn't understand why I couldn't find the data, and they informed me I had misunderstood the survey tool entirely. 3.) Now understanding what information I was supposed to be providing, I ran 3 quick Google searches to find each data type on their respective official source sites (BEA, BLS, Census)|
|licence_url||https://ask.census.gov/prweb/PRServletCustom/YACFBFye-r||Again, the wording makes it seem like I am supposed to have found one dataset, not 3 unique datasets. This link will not work, but if search the Census site (https://ask.census.gov) for the term "copyright," you can find the statement. Update: also see https://ask.census.gov/prweb/PRServletCustom/YACFBFye-rFIz_FoGtyvDRUGg1Uzu5Mn*/!STANDARD - 'All U.S. Census Bureau materials, regardless of the media, are entirely in the public domain. There are no user fees, site licenses, or any special agreements etc for the public or private use, and or reuse of any census title. As tax funded product, it's all in the public record.'|
|Collected by government||Yes|
|usability||3||Data are sometimes in very clean, usable formats like JSON or CSV, but are sometimes hidden in very messy formats like HTML or even JPEG (see the 3rd quarter BEA GDP data: https://www.bea.gov/newsreleases/national/gdp/gdpnewsrelease.htm)|
|collector_name||United States Census Bureau; Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA); Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)|
|characteristics||Gross Domestic Product, National unemployment, National population|
|location||https://www.bea.gov/national/index.htm#gdp - GDP, https://www.bls.gov/bls/unemployment.htm - National unemployment, http://www.census.gov/topics/population.html - National population, https://www.census.gov/ - United States Census Bureau||Update: added link to main US statistics website, the Census Bureau|
God help us.
This submission is valid, thank you Katherine Wikrent for contributing to the Global Open Data Index. Added additional information to B7.1.