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Polar data catalogue (PDC)

The Polar Data Catalogue is a database of metadata and data that describes, indexes and provides access to diverse data sets generated by Arctic and Antarctic researchers. The records follow Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) standard format to provide metadata exchange with other data centres. The records cover a wide range of disciplines from natural sciences and policy, to health and social sciences. This geospatial search tool is available to the public and researchers alike and allows searching data using a mapping interface or other parameters.

Gapminder: data

Gapminder is a non-profit venture – a modern “museum” on the Internet – promoting sustainable global development and achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.


Datahub is an open network from the Open Knowledge Foundation, which allows people to upload and share their data. Datahub runs on the CKAN platform. 

CIRI human rights dataset

The CIRI Human Rights Dataset contains standards-based quantitative information on government respect for 15 internationally recognized human rights for 195 countries, annually from 1981-2010. Contains measures of government human rights practices. The dataset contains both disaggregated measures of specific human rights practices, which can either be analyzed separately or combined into valid and reliable indices, as well as two already-aggregated indices.

Global Financial Database (GFD)

Financial and economic data covering over 150 countries and over 6,500 historical and current data series. Bonds, T-bills, unemployment, GDP, commodity prices, exchange rates, and more. Economic data: 1624+ ; Stock Market data: 1693+; Real Estate Data 1830+. 

To access, off campus users will be promted to login with their utorid, then you must create an account on the GFD website with your U of T email address.