As a work of the US government, there isn't any license appropriate for the work, because it's already in the public domain (in the United States). So a license like the Unlicense (or CC0), in which the licensor is entering the covered work into the public domain, doesn't work. Some text that acknowledges the public domain status in the US is helpful (and ...
We started a worldwide crowdsourcing data collection on policy measures, including lockdowns at the admin1 level (region) and the country level. Currently we coded data for ~13 countries and are continously expanding. You can access the data here:
Collaborative Google Sheets on Policy Measures Against Covid19.
These data are free to use for anybody. We rely ...
The basics for FOIA are:
be very clear in your request
Remember that while there are government officials who are hostile to records requests, not all of them are. There are many people in government who want to do the right thing.
There are a few websites designed to help you file FOIA requests. In the US, Muck Rock has been ...
For a wider listing of diplomatic entities, consider using Open Street Maps.
For example, you can use the Tag: amenity=embassy. This data source includes the following dimensions:
Bad manners have nothing to do with it. As a taxpayer, it's your data, and they're making it available for you to download. Your country also benefits from having backups of their dataset floating around out there.
You could take the public service angle of it to the next level by uploading a copy of the full archive to the Internet Archive using their S3-...
Wikidata has a lot of data about embassies and consulates.
I created a Python+SPARQL script that pulls that data and maintains an easy-to-consume CSV file. You can download the CSV file at https://database-of-embassies.github.io.
At this point Wikipedia will have most of the information but not yet machine readable. For a broad data-request on global lockdowns of varying degree, and for an ongoing event, I can't image a machine readable dataset yet.
One example would be using school closures, for which there is a ...
The Open Data Policy and Executive Order are for federal datasets and does not mandate the same for state or local governments, although such policies does influence more local policies.
See http://www.data.gov/opendatasites for a large (but not comprehensive) listing of Open Data sites at the international, state and local levels.
For state-level open ...
We created this API to power GSA's Social Media Registry. http://registry.usa.gov/agencies (see also http://registry.usa.gov/agencies.json)
Here's what it has:
Basically every organization within the executive, legislative, and judicial branches.
Basically every independent organization.
Some sub-agencies that people think are independent, like the FBI, ...
Data.gov is down because of the US government shutdown. You can see almost identcal language on the census.gov website, which explains that the shutdown is causing the site to go offline.
Here is an article explaining more details about what is and is not available during the shutdown.
And if you are interested in seeing what APIs are available for when ...
I just solved a problem exactly like this with the United States' 2012 Census Block Groups. I used ArcGIS to breakdown the borders to their individual line segments (in other words each line that consists of only two vertices), and captured the line length of each segment of each area. I then transformed the lines into midpoints and did an intersect analysis....
There's an Open Plant Hardiness Zones (OPHZ) project on Github where various people have reverse-engineered a pdf of the hardiness zones (pdf, really large) to produce a GIS file (SHP) of the zone boundaries. The ophz-c version is the latest. It's public domain.
You could use GIS software or tools, and a list of the center point of each zip, to find the ...
Just released on Github!!
A parser and resulting dataset for USDA plant hardiness zones. It uses the ZIP-querying API built into the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Plant Hardiness Zone website (e.g., http://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/ZipProxy.ashx?ZipCode=55555
Full data set:
CSV (1 MB) (archive.org link)
MySQL (1.8 MB) (archive....
this is easy if you use the public-use microdata.
the public/private-sector workforce variable in the current population survey (cps) is a_clswkr and the educational attainment variable is a_hga
open up cps or acs, subset by public vs private-firm worker, and calculate educational attainment rates.
cps and acs are both representative at the state-level. ...
Official lists maintained by government bodies:
The dc.gov (Washington, DC) has a dataset for all embassies in Washington, DC:
This data.gov dataset lists all US embassies/consulates in the World:
This open.canada dataset lists ...
There is no one source that I know of for realtime wait times though some larger networks do have apps or mobile sites that you might look into scraping though of course that has many disadvantages.
In terms of historical data, ProPublica has some great data and analysis at https://projects.propublica.org/emergency/
I believe the sole source of the ...
You can start with the US Bureau of Justice Statistics: Corrections page.
In particular: State and federal prisoners and prison facilities
And perhaps of interest: Annual Survey of Jails Data Series - (2014 edition)
Also related: Criminal Hall of Justice
What about this database? It includes government measures...
ACAPS COVID-19: Government Measures Dataset
The COVID-19 Government Measures Dataset puts together all the measures implemented by governments worldwide in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Data collection includes secondary data review. The researched information available falls into five ...
The Sunlight Foundation makes a lot of Congressional Record data available through its Capitol Words API:
It's focused on speeches, and doesn't bring much order to chaos beyond that.
But you're also looking for votes, and bills, and bill text? Rather than plumb the depths of the Congressional Record, you can get that from ...
I couldn't find one dataset for both of your request.
Here is the ITOworld project which contains data about speed limits.
And here is a dataset for UK about traffic. Maybe from this dataset you can find the density.
Try the Highway Performance Monitoring System (HPMS) from the US Federal Highway Administration. Esri shapefiles available here: http://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/sites/rita.dot.gov.bts/files/publications/national_transportation_atlas_database/2013/zip/hpms.zip. Full National Transportation Atlas Database (NTAD) available here: http://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/sites/...
The US Government's Digital Analytics Program (DAP) has been working on unified Web analytics for federal agencies for a couple of years
Recently they launched a nice web site that displays the top data:
There are many sources of surveys/administrative in the United States data you might find useful.
Unemployment Insurance Claims - the number of people in a given week who: newly file for unemployment insurance, are continuing their unemployment insurance. This would be the most timely data.
Current Population Survey (CPS) - (reference period, data source) ...
In accordance with the inimitable "logic" of the Census website, the files in question are not located with the other block assignment files. Rather they are on a "113th & 114th Congressional and 2012 & 2014 State Legislative District Plans" page under "Redistricting Data". Even on this page, do not be fooled into thinking that the section labeled "...
The U.S. Government Manual provides Agency canonical names, a hierarchy of each agency, HQ addresses, agency homepages, and names of agency leaders. It's available in XML and PDF. You can download the entire current (2013) edition, or separately download individual sections, from the Government Printing Office website.
These seems like objections for a government that hasn't started making data public. If that's the case, then the key thing is go get them to make a start.
Real time data is great, but there's lots of really valuable data that changes very slowly, can be easily exported. GIS data and budget data are often good targets, but choose something that makes sense ...