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DATASETS for WI Public Libraries


Data helps answer questions and tell stories. As Stephen Few, a data visualization guru, quoted: 

“Numbers have an important story to tell.

  They rely on you to give them a voice.” 

New tools, like Tableau, make it easier to explore data for story insights. There is, however, a data glut with access to data (BIG DATA!) that wasn't available 5 years.

As I've been learning Tableau, I've been collecting datasets that can support library initiatives. I was introduced to some of these datasets at workshops, like WiLsWorld 2017: Making the Most of Demographic Data presented by faculty and staff from the UW-Madison Applied Population Lab. The following is my consolidated list of free datasets (so far), which is also available as a handout: goo.gl/55RLkSPlease let me know of other datasets to add to the list!

American FactFinder: factfinder.census.gov

Includes population, age, business and industry, education, governments, housing, income, origins and language, poverty, race and Hispanic origin, and veteran data.

Census Bureau TIGER/Line Shapefiles: census.gov/cgi-bin/geo/shapefiles/index.php

Shapefiles for U.S. census tracts, voting wards, county subdivisions, school districts, and more.  

Census Bureau Data Tools and Apps: census.gov/data/data-tools.html.  

A list of powerful analysis tools such as OnTheMap, QWI Explorer, and Census Geocoder.

County Health Rankings: countyhealthrankings.org/app/wisconsin/2017/downloads

Vital health factor and outcome measures.

FoodShare WI Data: dhs.wisconsin.gov/foodshare/rsdata.htm

Monthly case counts, recipients, and benefits by county and state.

GetFacts: getfacts.wisc.edu

Census and American Community Survey (ACS) data by state, county, or county subdivision.

Global Libraries Data Atlas: glatlas.org

Data visualization portal for tracking performance and impact metrics of international libraries.

Home Based Private Education-Statistics: dpi.wi.gov/sms/home-based/statistics

Enrollment of WI home schooled students by CESA, grade, district, and county.

Homeless Student Enrollment by Public School District: dpi.wi.gov/homeless/data

Enrollment of homeless students by WI school district.

Impact Survey results: impactsurvey.org

Library patron technology survey results.

Kids Count Data Center: datacenter.kidscount.org/data#WI

Data and trend analysis that tracks the well-being of children in the United States.  

Madison Neighborhood Indicators: madison.apl.wisc.edu/profile.php

Madison demographic, housing, public safety, health, economic vitality, and transportation indicators.

Open Enrollment Data and Reports: dpi.wi.gov/open-enrollment/data

Open enrollment data on pupil and aid transfer in and out of each WI school district.  

Pew Research Center Datasets: pewinternet.org/datasets

Raw data from Pew Research.

Project Outcome: projectoutcome.org

Outcome data from library surveys throughout the United States.

Public Library Survey: imls.gov/research-evaluation/data-collection/public-libraries-survey/explore-pls-data

Annual survey results since 1988 on the state of public libraries in the United States.

USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (WI): nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/Wisconsin  

Agricultural statistics that includes a Quick Stats searchable database that can be limited by geographic areas.

WI Department of Administration (DOA) Demographic Services Center: doa.state.wi.us/Divisions/Intergovernmental-Relations/Demographic-Services-Center

Population estimates and projections for all WI towns, villages and cities.  

WI Department of Health Services Data & Statistics: dhs.wisconsin.gov/stats/index.htm

Vital WI health statistics by topic.

WI Food Security Project: foodsecurity.wisc.edu

Data and charts about the food security infrastructure in Wisconsin.

WI Geospatial Data: sco.wisc.edu/find-data.html

A list of resources for downloading commonly-requested WI geospatial datasets including boundary maps.

WI Information System for Education WISEdash: wisedash.dpi.wi.gov/Dashboard/portalHome.jsp

Multi-year education data about WI schools.  

WI Information System for Education WISEdash data resources: dpi.wi.gov/wisedash/help/data-resources

Data sources about students, schools (staff, programs, finance), performance reports, and types of schools.  

WI Public Library Service Data: dpi.wi.gov/pld/data-reports/service-data

Annual public library statistics at the state, county, system, and library levels.

WI School District Performance Report (SDPR): apps2.dpi.wi.gov/sdpr/spr.action

Annual school report with multiple indicators and comparisons to districts in the same athletic conferences.  

WI School Nutrition Program Statistics:  dpi.wi.gov/school-nutrition/program-statistics

Participation in nutritional programs including WI school free/reduced eligibility data.

WI State Legislature Open GIS Data: data-ltsb.opendata.arcgis.com

Open GIS datasets including WI legislative district collections and election data.

WI WORKnet Data Table Menu: worknet.wisconsin.gov/worknet/datablelist.aspx?menuselection=da

WI economic data on employment and unemployment, wages, occupations and industries.


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