Key national statistics such as demographic and economic indicators (GDP, unemployment, population, etc). To satisfy this category, the following minimum criteria must be met:

  • GDP for the whole country updated at least quarterly
  • Unemployment statistics updated at least monthly
  • Population updated at least once a year

Data Location

Comments has data on a wide variety of national statistics including all major demographic and economic indicators (population, GDP etc etc). Tabular data is generally provided in machine-readable formats such as Excel (an open format such as CSV would be preferable but we still consider this acceptable). The data is also available "in bulk" in the sense that ther e are complete files plus data is available via automated access on an FTP site at (where CSV files are often available). One point to note is that there are other sources of such data within the US government including the Bureau of Economic Analysis (, the Bureau of Labor Statistics ( etc.

The data are in the public domain.

Reviewer comments

I changed the licence url to a location that pointed to the public domain nature of US Census data

Data Availability

  • Y Openly licensed
  • Y Is the data available for free
  • Y Is the data machine readable
  • Y Available in bulk
  • Y Is the data provided on a timely and up to date basis
  • Y Is data in digital form
  • Y Publicly available
  • Y Does the data exist
  • Y Is the data available online
  • Yes
  • No
  • Unsure
  • No data


Date the data became available   Unknown
Format of data   XLS, CSV, pdf
Reviewer   Tracey P. Lauriault
Submitters   Tracey P. Lauriault
Last modified   Fri Nov 28 2014 07:00:39 GMT+0000 (UTC)