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Silk: a data tool for your research

Please consider using this product, Silk, for your data gathering needs. Silk is a place to publish your data, watch this brief 80 second video from them:


Be aware that this data will be curated by Silk for commercial purposes in the future.

Here are some examples of Silk  used by media organizations:


Also, here are some data projects by media and research organizations, including Silk themselves:

https://ijnet-journalism-safety.silk.co/ – icfj.org started this one

data.fatalencounters.org (this is actually on the fatal encounters domain)
http://lgbt-rights-hrw.silk.co/ (this is a project for HRW)
http://clematis-street-restaurants.silk.co/ – this was built by Palm Beach Post with two Silk embeds
http://smex.silk.co/ – This is a data story by a leading arabic digital rights NGO
http://naming-the-dead.silk.co/ – This story was done on Silk and was named one of three MJ Bear Fellows from ONA for young journalists.
http://google-self-driving-car-incidents.silk.co/ – This is Silk’s own data story using Google Car Crash Data (trapped in PDFs – we liberate into Silk)



New Resource: Research Alert

We now subscribe to Research Alert. If you’d like to check out the latest issue, please come to the Research Center, and ask for the latest issue, which is located behind the Service Desk.

What is Research Alert? From their website, “Research Alert is your inside track to what Americans are buying, watching, eating, wearing, insuring, recycling, driving. What they’re listening to, afraid of, looking forward to. How they’re relaxing, staying fit, saving. Their hobbies. Their dreams. And more. Research Alert also incorporates a special Focus On Emerging Majorities, reporting the latest statistics about Hispanic, Black and Asian American consumer behavior. The easy-to-read format includes critical highlights from more than 20 reports, surveys and studies in every issue.”


STAT-USA to cease operations

After September 30, we will no longer have access to STAT-USA. STAT-USA provides vital economic, business, and international trade information, including the National Trade Data Bank, produced by STAT-USA, an agency in the Economics and Statistics Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce

The information available via STAT-USA will still be available, you will just need to search and bookmark particular web links to find it.

To help with the transition, please visit the STAT-USA/Internet Transition page, listed on the STAT-USA homepage before Friday, October 1, 2010.

These links will be archived and saved on our Subject Guides Wiki within the coming weeks for convenience’s sake.

Spotlight on Polling Resources

We’ve decided to spotlight some of our polling resources. Polling resources are not only beneficial during election season, polling data is conducted year-round, and on a variety of topics. The Research Center subscribes to Gallup Brain. This resource is accessible via the J-School Databases page.

Consider digging around in Gallup Brain.  A searchable database of archived Gallup Polls (from 1935 onward) and Gallup Management Journal articles (up to 2007), GB puts the fruits of Gallup’s decades-long public opinion excavation and analysis on display in a way that encourages the development of comparative perspectives.  For instance, in order to gain some unique historical insight on the present you might use the database to juxtapose current topics and trends in public opinion with others that emerged during earlier periods marked by similar social, economic, and political stresses.  (In which case, now might be a good time to revisit this poll.)  You might also break search results down demographically to track shifts and divergences in the views of different populations on a particular issue or a set of related issues over time.

There are also resources that are available freely on the web. We’ve complied a list, and it is housed on the Presidential Election Wiki. But, these polling resources are not exclusive to election season as mentioned. Polling resources give you a handle on public opinion  and historical significance as also mentioned above. This list includes polling data from Gallup, Zogby, Rasmussen Reports, Quinnipiac and Marist Polls and others, take a look here @ Polling Data.

If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask for further assistance at the Research Center.

-with Joel Jennings