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Ten Amazing Databases

The Ten Most Amazing Databases in the World from Popular Science November 2011: Data is Power

The Combined DNA Index System: FBI master DNA database

The Encyclopedia of Life / Smithsonian Institution, ... et al.Information on 40% of the planet's 1.9 million species.

FAOSTAT: Food and Agriculture Organization statistics databaseOver a million statistics, over 5 decades, 245 countries / territories

The Genographic Project / National Geographic Society and IBM420,000 human DNA profiles

International Panel on Climate Change's Data Distribution Centre

MD:Pro malware archive

OKCupid's OKTrendsdating site collects data on human behaviour

The Sloan Digital Sky Surveycollection of astronomical images

Wayback Machine150 billion web pages archived from 1995 to present

WorldCat Bibliographic information from 72,000 libraries in 170 countries.

What's New

  • Data Liberation Initiative - Web Data Server
    Besides providing information on Statistics Canada Surveys, this Beta site for the Data Liberation Initiative provides direct access to a great deal of aggregated data, via the "DLI Beyond 20/20 Web Data Server". Users just need a web browser in order to access and manipulate this data.
  • Education indicators in Canada: an international perspective / Statistics Canada
  • Statistics Canada. Persons with disabilities and employment.
  • Statistics Canada Biobank - Canadian Health Measures Survey
    Call for proposals for the CHMS biobank
    From November 1 to December 31, 2014, Statistics Canada is inviting researchers to apply for access to blood, urine and DNA samples from the CHMS Biobank for use in health studies. For more information and a brief summary on how to access the CHMS biospecimens please contact the Data Librarian. Further details about the application and review process may be found by visiting the Biobank section of the Statistics Canada website or by contacting the CHMS biobank coordinator at

  • Child abuse and mental disorders in Canada
    Afifi, Tracie O. ... et al. Canadian Medical Association Journal. April 22, 2014.
  • Where you live matters: Canadian views on health care quality
    Health Council of Canada. Results from the 2013 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of the General Public
  • OECD PISA 2012 results
    Programme for International Student Assessment
  • Manitoba. Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol.
    Bernt Rydgen report on the proposed Keeyask generating station.
  • Canada's digital imperative: measuring digital platforms' labour market and economic impact
    Information and Communications Technology Council, Sept. 2013. Sector has 79,000 jobs, contributes 7.3 billion to the Canadian economy.
  • Poverty or prosperity: Indigenous children in Canada
    Macdonald, David and Wilson, Daniel. 2013. Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Report deals with Aboriginal child poverty.
  • International Historical Statistics
    International Historical Statistics is a collection of statistical data from around the world covering a wide range of socio-economic topics, especially in the subject areas of Business, Economics, Environmental Studies, Geography, History, Politics, Sociology and Statistical Studies. The collection includes data on the Americas and Europe, but also hard-to-find data on Africa, Asia and Oceania ranging from 1750 to 2010. IHS Online updates the 2007 print edition of the International Historical Statistics, which was published as a 3-volume set. This new online resource provides users with a number of features, including:
    -Inclusion of 260 years of data collected between 1750-2010
    -Ability to compare data by year or geographic region
    -Data downloading capability as either PDF and/or Excel file, allowing users the capability to manipulate and customize large sections of data
  • Statistics Sources (Gale - ebook)
    "This easy-to-use alphabetically arranged dictionary serves as a guide to current sources of factual quantitative information on more than 20,000 specific subjects, incorporating almost 135,000 citations and more than 1,600 sources. Statistics Sources provides the widest possible range of print and nonprint, published and unpublished, and electronic and other forms of U.S. and international statistical data on industrial, business, social, educational, financial and other topics."
  • Statistics Canada - Program adjustments to meet budgetary savings
    Budget cuts have forced Statistics Canada to cut many programs and publications. As well, many surveys will no longer have a Public Use Microdata File created.

Statistics and Data

Data Library Services will assist users in identifying and accessing data, including: aggregate data, survey data, and spatial data. The purpose of this guide is to provide information about, and access to, a wide variety of data resources. Please feel free to browse, or contact the Data Librarian for assistance. Requests can be dealt with using email where possible, or an appointment can be made to meet where more mediation is required.

Aggregate data is often found in the form of tables and charts in publications. A selection of the more important online publications and titles can be found by clicking on the publications link above.

The University of Manitoba Libraries subscribe to many sources of aggregate statistical data, with many more sources being freely available. The more important sources are listed under this statistical databases tab found above.

Census data tab: has information about the Census of Canada, population and agriculture.

Survey data tab:  has information about the DLI and ICPSR subscriptions to survey data resources.

New GIS Library Guide:  The GIS Librarian is Cynthia Dietz. She has created a new GIS Library Guide for the University of Manitoba Libraries. This GIS Library Guide can be accessed at:

The Aboriginal Statistics tab provides information about and links to a wide variety of resources about the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada. This includes Statistics Canada and other sources, aggregate and survey data, that deal with all aspects of this topic.

The Polls tab above provides information on public polls by various agencies, and those run by the Government of Canada, plus a selected list of books about public opinions and what people beliefs.

For help in finding and citing data products, please see the links below or contact Data Library Serivices:

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