Data.gov is a government website launched earlier this year to increase public access to high value, machine readable datasets generated by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. Data.gov provides access to data in three ways: through the “raw” data catalog, the tool catalog and the geodata catalog. Data.gov helps users to find, access, and download non-sensitive Government data and tools in a variety of formats. Some of the many topics covered include the following: births, deaths, marriages and divorces; energy and utilities; geography and the environment; health and nutrition; income, expenditures, poverty and wealth; labor force, employment and earnings; natural resources, population, prices; social and human services; and transportation.
These datasets are potentially useful to students in a broad range of majors in the sciences and social sciences and potential uses as additional datasets are added.