To find reliable data for presentations and infographics, you need to branch out beyond your everyday Google searches. The best data comes directly from the original source of the information, and your average Google searches typically only produce second-hand sources.
For quality data that you can confidently reference in your presentations, infographics, and other content pieces such as Ebooks and podcasts, check out the 10 resources below.
1. The Guardian Data Blog (official site)
Data journalism and data visualization from the Guardian
Tip: If you want to take your data savviness to the next level, sign up for the Presenting Data Master Class offered by The Guardian.
2. The United States Census Bureau (official site)
Quick, easy access to facts about people, business, and geography
Tip: If you prefer to review data in a visual form, you’re in luck; The U.S. Census Bureau has a Data Visualization Library.
3. Kaiser Family Foundation Global Health Facts (official site)
Non-partisan source of facts, analysis and journalism for policymakers, the media, the health policy community and the public
Tip: Visit the graphics and interactive section of this site for videos, quizzes, and interactive infographics.
4. World Health Organization (official site)
WHO’s portal providing access to data and analyses for monitoring the global health situation
Tip: If you’re not sure where to begin on this tremendous site, start by reviewing the Publications section.
5. Data.gov (official site)
Home of the U.S. Government’s open data
6. Google Scholar (official site)
A simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature
Tip: After you enter your search query, use the filters to the left of the search results to weed out unusable materials.
7. Topsy (official site)
A social search and analytics tool
Tip: Before you jump right into a search query via the homepage search bar, check out the Social Analytics section.
8. HubSpot Marketing Statistics and Data (official site)
All the marketing statistics you need
Tip: Download HubSpot’s resource, 120 Awesome Marketing Stats, Charts, & Graphs.
9. Nielsen (official site)
Insights and data about what people watch, listen to and buy
Tip: To get started, check out the Top 10 lists.
10. Radicati Group (official site)
Quantitative and qualitative research on email, security, instant messaging, social networking, information archiving, regulatory compliance, wireless technologies, web technologies, unified communications, and more
Tip: Download the free executive summaries of their most recent reports.
About the Author:
Leslie Belknap is the marketing director for Ethos3, a presentation design and training company. For more information about the organization’s services, visit www.ethos3.com