By Lillian Pierson

Knoema (pronounced no-mah) purports to be the largest repository of public data on the web. The Knoema platform houses a staggering 500+ databases, in addition to its 150 million time series — 150 million collections of data on attribute values over time, in other words. Knoema includes, but isn’t limited to, all of these data sources:

  • Government data from industrial nations: Data from Data.gov, Canada Open Data, data.gov.uk, and Eurostat.

  • National public data from developing nations: Data from countries such as India and Kenya.

  • United Nations data: Includes data from the Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Health Organization, and many other UN organizations.

  • International organization data: There’s more to the international scene than the United Nations, so if you’re looking for data from organizations such as the International Monetary Fund and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, Knoema is where you want to be.

  • Corporate data from global corporations: Knoema offers data made public by private corporations such as British Petroleum, BASF, and so on.

Knoema is an outstanding resource if you’re looking for international data on agriculture, crime statistics, demographics, economy, education, energy, environment, food security, foreign trade, health, land use, national defense, poverty, research and development, telecommunications, tourism, transportation, or water.

In addition to being an incredible data source, Knoema is also a multi-faceted tasking platform. You can use the Knoema platform to make dashboards that automatically track all of your favorite datasets. You can use the platform’s data visualization tools to quickly and easily see your data in a tabular or map format.

You can use the Knoema Data Atlas to drill down among categories and/or geographic regions and quickly access the specific datasets you need. As an individual, you can upload your own data and use Knoema as a free hosting service. Above and beyond all of this, Knoema even offers the Knoema Market — a place where you can go to get paid just for being part of data-driven projects.

Although a lot of Knoema’s data is pretty general, you can still find some ­surprisingly specific data, as well. If you’re having a hard time locating data on a very specific topic, you might have luck finding it on the Knoema ­platform. The following figure illustrates just how specific Knoema data can be.

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