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This guide gives you an overview of some of the major sources of statistics. The resources listed are a mixture of freely available data and services for which the University has paid and for which you will have to login using your University username and password.
Nearly all nations maintain an official government agency to collect and maintain statistics to support the work of the government but which are also made available for others to use. In the United Kingdom the principal statistical agency is the Office for National Statistics whose primary aim is to collect, analyse and disseminate statistics about the UK's economy, society and population. As part of this work it is responsible for the UK census.
Office for National Statistics
The Office for National Statistics is the UK’s largest independent producer of official statistics and is responsible for collecting and publishing statistics related to the economy, population and society at national, regional and local level.
However, not all official statistics are provided by the ONS and other government departments and the devolved governments maintain their own statistical services.
Agcensus contains grid square agricultural census data for England, Scotland and Wales which gives realistic estimates of: what was produced; how much was produced; and where it was produced.
Comparative international statistics
The services listed below provide access to statistics across varying numbers of nations. They will provide you with comparable data to illustrate differences or similarities between nations or regional groupings.
Eurostat is the statistical office of the European Union and provides access to data on all member countries as well as some data on candidate member countries.
International statistics relating to food and agriculture.
International Historical Statistics Online
International Historical Statistics is a large collection of statistical data from around the world, covering a wide range of socio-economic topics. The collection includes data on the Americas and Europe, but also hard-to-find data on Africa, Asia and Oceania.
Data and metadata for OECD countries and selected non-member economies in a wide range of areas including GDP, health, employment, trade, income distribution, finance, economic outlook etc.
Quandl is a freely available index of over 7 million time-series datasets, covering subjects such as commodity prices, health statistics, education statistics, demographics, etc. Quandl pulls together its data from over 400 freely available sources. Data can be downloaded in a number of formats.
Provides quantitative data and statistics on over 80,000 topics from more than 22,500 sources.
UK Data Service
Key economic and social data, both quantitative and qualitative.
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