So how useful is Data.gov anyway

As per official statistics, not many people download data from it .

Why dont they just donate the data and save taxpayers some money

http://www.data.gov/metric

Summary

Agency/Sub-Agency/Organization Raw Datasets
(high-value)
Tools
(high-value)
Geodata Total Latest Entry # of times downloaded
within the last week*
TOTAL
3,486 (2,163) 1,071 (393) 386,429 390,986 08/24/2011 0

* These numbers represent the number of times a user has clicked on the “XML” or “CSV” (for example) links in the Raw Data Catalogs to download datasets and user downloads of tools in the Tool Catalog available in these categories.

But apparently lots of people like it still

http://www.data.gov/metric/visitorstats/monthlyredirecttrend

More list of public data repositories-

Google http://www.google.com/publicdata/directory

DataMob http://datamob.org/datasets

Amazon http://aws.amazon.com/publicdatasets/

DataMarket http://datamarket.com/

Infochimps http://www.infochimps.com/

From SEC, the Edgar  http://www.sec.gov/edgar/searchedgar/companysearch.html

More lists of lists

http://www.kdnuggets.com/2011/02/free-public-datasets.html

But who  gets more downloads last week than Data.gov !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Google unleashes Fusion Tables

I just discovered Fusion Tables. There is life beyond the amazing Jeff’s Amazon Ec2/s3 after all!

Check out http://www.google.com/fusiontables/public/tour/index.html

Gather, visualize and share data online

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  • Visualize and publish your data as maps, timelines and charts
  • Host your data tables online
  • Combine data from multiple people

data table turns into map

Google Fusion Tables is a modern data management and publishing web application that makes it easy
to host, manage, collaborate on, visualize, and publish data tables online.

What can I do with Google Fusion Tables?

Import your own data
Upload data tables from spreadsheets or CSV files, even KML. Developers can use the Fusion Tables API to insert, update, delete and query data programmatically. You can export your data as CSV or KML too.

Visualize it instantly
See the data on a map or as a chart immediately. Use filters for more selective visualizations.

Publish your visualization on other web properties
Now that you’ve got that nice map or chart of your data, you can embed it in a web page or blog post. Or send a link by email or IM. It will always display the latest data values from your table and helps you communicate your story more easily.

Look at the Fusion Tables Example Gallery

at https://sites.google.com/site/fusiontablestalks/stories

If you are worried about data.gov closing down, heres a snapshot of Fusion Table Public datasets.