"Research is creating new knowledge." -Neil Armstrong
- U.S. Department of Education
- Centers of Disease Control and Prevention
- Global Health Observatory Data Repository
- Open NASA
The U.S. federal government's portal for open data provides access to a lot of datasets and offers the option to browse by topics, such as health, public safety, and agriculture. The site also links to data collected by cities, counties, and states.
For projects with an international perspective, the United Nations' data portal not only provides access to international datasets on topics from agriculture to tourism, but also has links to the data portals for many countries around the world.
This site collects data related to the Department of Education, which means that it offers a number of datasets that might interest students, librarians, and teachers. It also offers a link to the National Center for Education Statistics' Create-A-Graph tool, which is aimed at younger students.
For health data at a global level, you can also look to the World Health Organization's data site, called the Global Health Observatory. Here you'll find datasets of health problems around the world and related topics, such as air quality and road safety.
Space exploration is always an exciting and inspiring topic, so why not incorporate NASA's data and visualization activities? With the open datasets available on NASA's data portal, your data project can visualize meteorite landings.
- Fact Check
- Media Matters
- News Busters
- Open Secrets
- Sunlight Foundation
- Washington Post Fact Checker
This nonpartisan, nonprofit project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by U.S. political players, including politicians, TV ads, debates, interviews and news releases.
This Pulitzer Prize winning website rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials. Run by editors and reporters from the independent newspaper Tampa Bay Times, Politicfact features the Truth-O-Meter that rates statements as “True,” “Mostly True,” “Half True,” “False,” and “Pants on Fire.”
This independent, nonprofit newsroom has won several Pulitzer Prizes, including the 2016 Prize for Explanatory Reporting. ProPublica produces investigative journalism in the public interest.
This independent, nonpartisan website run by professional researcher and writer David Mikkelson researches urban legends and other rumors. It is often the first to set the facts straight on wild fake news claims.
Although the Washington Post has a left-center bias, its checks are excellent and sourced. The bias shows up because they fact check conservative claims more than liberal ones.