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Research datasets are typically collections of data which have been used for scientific study and then archived afterwards. In addition to general statistics collected by governments and NGOs, research data can be another source for projects.
Microdata are individual records from large datasets, and a solid knowledge of statistics is very helpful before using a microdata set.
Find a repository. Each repository may itself have a collection of different datasets inside; often organized by topic or country.
NOTE: A search picks up only words in the summary of the repository. So think broadly, e.g., search "Japan" instead of "Tokyo" or "environment" instead of "dung beetle."
A collection of datasets for research in the social sciences, including political science, sociology, demography, economics, history, education, gerontology, criminal justice, public health, foreign policy and law.
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Try "site:.gov" or "site:.edu" to pull information from government or higher education websites
Try "filetype:.csv" for excel files or "filetype:.pdf" for pdf summaries.
If you can't find a topic in the databases above, try searching for "Tokyo railway dataset" or "Tokyo railway data" (in multiple languages, if necessary). "open data" "research data" or "dataset" may all be good terms to use.
Social Explorer is an online research tool designed to provide access to current and historical census data and demographic information. Users can create maps and reports to better illustrate, analyze and understand demography and social change.
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