This exercise is designed to help you find data resources for stories related to a topic of interest.

  1. What topic do you want to search? Write 5 search terms related to your topic.
  2. Think about your topic and search the Data Hub, World Bank, United Nations and UK Data Archive (all referenced here:, as well as (which we didn’t talk about, just looking for you to explore). Identify 2 data sources of interest from each of those sites, and record them and why they are interesting (should be a total of 10).
  3. Use techniques we discussed in class today to find at least ten different interesting data sources on your beat. At least five should be a form of structured data (xls, csv, xlsx), one should be a pdf and two should be others (listed below). Record how you accessed this information (what you entered into Google search) and write 2-3 sentences for each set describing what you found, and how it might be useful). One search should be by site type, one by link, and at least five by filetype.


csv – comma-separated values
xls/xlsx – Excel

pdf – unstructured data

xml – structured data, not spreadsheet
ppt – internal presentations
kmz/kml/shp – geographic data