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Data Sources: Home

This resource contains information primarily about openly accessible sources of data.

Purpose of this Guide

The primary purpose of this guide is to gather resources that will help faculty and student researchers locate data sets that are freely available or openly accessible. There is also information about text mining and how to create data management plans.

How to get assistance

There are many discipline specific data resources. For more specialized assistance identifying these, contact your library instruction team. Or contact the Research and Information Desk at 419.372.6943.

TED Talk

Artist Aaron Koblin takes vast amounts of data -- and at times vast numbers of people -- and weaves them into stunning visualizations. From elegant lines tracing airline flights to landscapes of cell phone data, from a Johnny Cash video assembled from crowd-sourced drawings to the "Wilderness Downtown" video that customizes for the user, his works brilliantly explore how modern technology can make us more human.

Aaron Koblin is an artist specializing in data and digital technologies. His work takes real world and community-generated data and uses it to reflect on cultural trends and the changing relationship between humans and technology.