Last week I was asked to retrieve data collected by an agency within the federal government and had the chance to take a closer look at the revamped DATA.gov website.
Data.gov is an integral part of President Obama’s Open Government Initiative and was developed by the Federal CIO Council. Data.gov increases the public’s ability to find, download, and use datasets that are generated and held by the Federal Government.
This website offers different types of catalogs and especially the “raw data” feature with its instant view/download of platform-independent, machine readable data makes it interesting for anyone conducting empirical research. Links to authoritative source information from the sponsoring agency's website assure reliability, and the ”local/state” link allows access to data collected by some states.
Take a look, you won't regret it!