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13 thousand data sets, 100 million time series, 600 million facts

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DataMarket logoWe’re live!

Just over 2 years and countless cups of coffee after we started coding, launches with international data. You can now find, visualize and download data from many of the world’s most important data providers on our site.

Admittedly we launched last May with Icelandic data. We’ve gotten a lot of good feedback, been able to hunt out the nastier bugs and quirks, and most importantly built a substantial revenue stream from the local market. However, we consider today’s upgrade to be the milestone where we step into the real world.

We’ve integrated with Open Data collections from data providers such as the UN, World Bank, Eurostat, Gapminder and more than 30 others.

To our knowledge this data has never before met in a single place. Here’s a video that gives an insight into what kind of possibilities this opens up:

Here are links to the time series mentioned in the video, as they appear on DataMarket:

This is obviously just the beginning. In the next few months we’ll integrate to dozens of other private and public sector data providers. Nevertheless, the scope of the current data collection is rather impressive. Here are some statistics on the amount of data available at the time of launch:

Number of data sets (e.g. Historical inflation in all countries) 13,012
Number of time series (e.g. Historical inflation in Poland) 99,594,725
Number of facts (e.g. The inflation in Poland in 1978) 575,307,402

(In case you were wondering, the inflation in Poland that year was 8.1%)

If you want to check out any of the other 575,307,401 facts (and counting), go ahead and give DataMarket a spin.

We’d love your feedback, either in comments below, on our help forums or just directly in email.

Written by Hjalmar Gislason

January 23, 2011 at 11:45 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Jeremy Wagstaff, Jói Sigurðsson. Jói Sigurðsson said: Awesome global launch by @datamarket (575 million unique facts) […]

  2. […] Gislason today launched an international version of previously Iceland only (now This means users can now use the service to find, visualize and access data from around the […]

  3. Congratulations – this is also great news for statisticians in this country (Iceland) who have had a hard time to access and maintain valuable datasets. Hopefully DataMarket will take up constructive co-operation with the Universities – so that our students can learn more efficiently to harness data – analyse it in order to make good decisions later in life.

    Gudrun Johnsen

    January 25, 2011 at 9:57 am

  4. Hey folks, congrats on launch. Would love to know how this is differentiated from Factual, InfoChimps, etc. Email me?

    Marshall Kirkpatrick

    January 25, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    • Reply, also sent in email:

      Thanks Marshall,

      I categorize, Factual, InfoChimps, Windows Azure Marketplace DataMarket and several others as belonging to the emerging field of data markets. We’re all roughly going after the same business idea: Building active marketplaces for data. However, I believe we’ll see these data markets specialize and find their niches before we see them consolidate or generalize (see prediction #1 in this blog post).

      Our niche is that of statistics and quantitative data (measurements, etc.) while others seem more focused on geo-data, structured data that’s not necessarily statistics and so on.

      That sort of focus enables us to provide users with more value added services on top of the data and aim for well defined target audiences. We provide service to end-users, enabling them to come to a single place and search for statistics from dozens (and eventually hundreds) of data providers to visualize, combine, compare and eventually download or even integrate to their data using our API. We see ourselves as data retailers, selling data directly to consumers while many of the others are wholesalers, whose target audiences are developers that want to use the data in their applications; or hard core data geeks that use their own analytics tools to work with the data. In that sense our business models are complimentary to theirs rather than competitive. In fact we’re already talking to a few of the other data markets on reselling the parts of their data that fit to our service.

      Our goal is that within 5 years we will be – in the field of statistics – what Google is in web content. That is, a user can come to our site, type in a search query and if there are statistics out there that match the query the user can be pretty confident it will show up in our results. The difference – however – is that while any open and freely available data will still be open and free on DataMarket, users will also find premium data from market research companies, financial markets, research analysts and so on, only available to those that have paid for access to it.

      Hjalmar Gislason

      January 25, 2011 at 11:32 pm

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  12. […] and numerical data from various public and open data providers. As a matter of fact more than 13 thousand data sets holding more than 100 million time series of more than 600 million facts – and growing […]

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