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 ...
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 ...
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/...
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.
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 "...
I hope this helps. If you are looking for counts I think that can be found at some city sites. If you are looking for counts and speed you may need to buy the data.
So this might be a start. Chicago has an open data project. Which includes Average Daily Traffic Counts.
Average Daily Traffic refers to the number of vehicles traveling through a ...
open budget and open spending are what you are looking for:
openspending csv format is basic, but still quite confusing, at least for me:
you only need three columns: date, amount, unique id. from what i can tell, there is no way to automate this, and you're going to have to literally ...
This question is hard to answer. There is no database providing a single figure. However, there are some international databases which provide the information for individual countries.
If you want a good coverage of countries, try the Worldbank's Public Sector Statistics. Scroll down a bit and click on the Databank Button. For some countries the data is ...
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.
I would checkout govtrack.us. They make their datasets available as 'public domain'.
Any data files we make available from the Source Data page for which we own the copyright we release into the public domain.
This is the type of question that wolframalpha.com is really handy for.
Enter "total government expenditure" in the input box, and see the results. The results also provide the information sources used.
You are looking for SIC codes (e.g., Used by Bureau of Labor) and NAICS codes (e.g., Used by US Census). The NAICS is gradually replacing the older SIC system. It is updated every 5 years and is developed/maintenance in conjunction with Canada and Mexico (hence the name North American Industry Classification Standard). One good place to start is at this US ...