Data Everyone Can Use

Or at least data everyone should use.

My small efforts at putting together useful data has recently been dwarfed by Steve Ballmer's latest project: This site has collected up a vast amount a governement data and made it readily accessible. It is truly wonderful.


What is the Inflation Rate, and How is it Measured?   (accompanying spreadsheet: inflation.xls)

Population   (accompanying spreadsheet: population.xls)

Gross Domestic Product (GDP)    (accompanying spreadsheet: GDP.xls)


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