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Data management and federal funding: What researchers need to know

scholcomm-logo2When: Tuesday, September 27, 2011, 12:00 PM
Where: Presidential Rooms 2 & 3, Faculty House
Refreshments will be served.

New requirements from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and other federal agencies have brought data management and sharing into the spotlight. This trend will continue as more research sponsors, and the general public, demand increased access to federally-funded research data. This event will examine the goals of these requirements and explore the technical, scientific, and professional challenges resulting from efforts to preserve and share data.  See the Scholarly Communication Program website for more information.

This event is sponsored by the Scholarly Communication Program at Columbia University in conjunction with the office Office of Research Compliance and Training.

New database: Datamonitor 360 (formerly “Business Insights”)

datamonitor 360Datamonitor 360 (formerly known as “Business Insights”) provides coverage and analysis on over 3,000 industries and over 30,000 companies.  According to Datamonitor, this database provides information on topics as described below:

“Reports and briefs:

A wide range of in-depth research content, including market overviews, market trends analysis, company and industry case studies, and focus reports examining new growth opportunities, technologies, concepts, and more.


Datamonitor Group analysts give their expert opinions on major industry events and their likely impacts.


Live news feed that enables you to stay abreast of the latest market and company developments.


Analyses of over 30,000 companies, with SWOT analyses for the largest 2,500, which can be used to analyze and benchmark companies, track corporate developments, and understand corporate strategies.


Information on market size, market share, and the leading companies in multiple markets, including over 3,000 industry profiles across more than 25 geographies and 200 markets.


Reports and statistics on the political, economic, social, technological, legal, and environmental landscape of all major countries.”

Census 2010 Data by Tracts

Census 2010 Summary File 1 data is now being released by state.  New York State data was
released on July 14th 2011.

Summary File 1 (SF1) reports on all the characteristics asked on the census.  These include counts of persons by age, race, sex, and Hispanic origin;  counts of  households by type; and counts of housing units by owner/renter status and vacancy status.  There are also counts based on cross-tabulations among characteristics.

Data is reported at all geographic levels including blocks, block groups, tracts, counties, cities, towns, state legislative districts, 111th congressional districts, school districts, metropolitan areas and ZCTAs (zip code approximations).

Data are published in formatted tables that come in presentation-ready formats (PDF or formatted Excel) and in “database-compatible” format (comma-delimited format).   The American FactFinder2 is the Census Bureau’s web interface for selecting and downloading data tables.

Besides the American FactFinder2 web portal, other web sites are publishing tailored reports and data files to meet specific needs.  Cornell University’s Program Applied Demographics has already published a report called, 2010 race/age/sex in New York which is based on Summary File 1.  It looks at the whole state and regions within the state.  It is an excellent example of the type of analysis that can be done with the SF1.

For more information about Census 2010, Summary File 1, American FactFinder2 and other sites that report on Census 2010, visit our Census 2010 web page or visit the Digital Social Science Center’s Data Service in Lehman library.

A new search engine for finding data and statistics!

logo_barsLooking for data? Need that perfect statistic for your paper?

Try the new search engine, Zanran!

According to the website: “Zanran helps you find ‘semi-structured’ data on the web. This is the numerical data that people have presented as graphs and tables and charts. For example, the data could be a graph in a PDF report, or a table in an Excel spreadsheet, or a barchart shown as an image in an HTML page. This huge amount of information can be difficult to find using conventional search engines, which are focused primarily on finding text rather than graphs, tables and bar charts. Put more simply: Zanran is Google for data.”

Sustainability Info Expo


Interested in learning about resources related to sustainability?

Join us in the Lehman Social Sciences Library for the Sustainability Information Expo, Thursday, 2/3, 11:30am-1:30pm.

Free lunch and raffle prize!

Learn about data/GIS, government, social science, business, and science information resources related to sustainability.

Questions?  Email dssc@libraries.cul.columbia.edu.

New database: Mintel global market navigator

mintel global market navigatorMintel global market navigator (GMN) provides easy and fast access to detailed market data on thousand of consumer goods across the global, covering market size, market share and segmentation data, as well as trend forecasts.

Mintel’s description of GMN data:

“*Market size: quickly check market conditions in an unfamiliar industry, region or country.
 *Market share: identify main players, spot threats, risks…and opportunities!
 *Market forecast: add reliable forecast data to support your business plans and goals.
 *Segmentation: gain a thorough insight to the structure and size of a category.
 *Socio-economic data: benchmark against population, GDP and CPI to create an overall illustration of market   potential. “

Database of the Month: Roubini Global Economics

RGERoubini Global Economics (formerly RGE Monitor) was founded by renowned New York University economist Nouriel Roubini in 2004. The database provides detailed coverage and timely updates on international macroeconomic, financial and banking, geo-strategic and geo-political topics, including original research and analysis of the world’s most important economies, emerging markets, frontier markets, and asset classes.

Contents are sourced from news, research, analysis, blogs, important speeches, and data.  Users can subscribe to receive email newsletter on particular topics or countries or to the RGE Economonitors via RSS.