Data Sets and Data Infrastructure Resources

Data Infrastructure Resources for Social Science

A list of infrastructure resources created by researchers supported by the National Science Foundation's Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate presented with the goal of advancing research in all areas of social, behavioral and economic research

EarthData - Gateway to NASA Earth Observation Data
The Earth Science Data Systems (ESDS) Program provides full and open access to NASA’s collection of Earth science data for understanding and protecting our home planet.


Earth Observation Data for NSF-Funded Researchers
High-quality commercial Earth observation data is available to NSF-funded researchers at no additional cost through the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Commercial SmallSat Data Acquisition (CSDA) Program. The Dear Colleague letter linked above describes the process for gaining access to this imagery, the currently available datasets, and related training resources.


Federal LCA Commons
LCA Commons is a central point of access to a collection of data repositories for use in Life Cycle Assessment research methods. This community of practice collaborates to share expertise and methods to move toward common Federal data modeling conventions and make Federal data sets freely available through a web-based data repository.

Collaborating Agencies:

Federal LCA Collaborating Agency logos



Food and Agricultural Education Information System

FAEIS is a federally mandated survey that compiles nationwide higher education data for the life, food, veterinary, human, natural resource, and agricultural sciences. These data include student enrollment, degrees awarded, transfer, and placement at all degree levels by gender and race/ethnicity. FAEIS also collects faculty counts and salaries by gender, race/ethnicity, and rank.


National Agricultural Library Research Tools

Ag Data Commons
A data catalog and repository helping the agricultural research community share and discover USDA-funded research data and meet Federal open access requirements

i5k Workspace@NAL
A platform for communities around ‘orphaned’ arthropod genome projects to access, visualize, curate and disseminate their data

NAL GeoData
A catalog of location-based agricultural research data, imagery, research location context, and more

Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases
Databases facilitate in-depth plant, chemical, bioactivity, and ethnobotany searches using scientific or common names

FoodData Central
Search for food terms to find expanded nutrient profile data and links to related agricultural and experimental research

Food Safety Research Projects Database
Locate food safety projects funded by federal, non-federal, private, and non-profit food safety organizations

Over 5 million records encompassing all aspects of agriculture and allied disciplines and covers current literature to printed works as far back as the 15th century

Contains full-text articles and citations to peer-reviewed journal articles in the agricultural sciences with links to sources for full-text access, when available

Manuscript Collections Search
Guides to historical materials associated with the USDA and agricultural organizations

National Agricultural Library Thesaurus (NALT)
NALT 2022 is a state-of-the-art multischeme concept space with added structural features for enhanced scalability and machine readability


National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)          NCBI Resources Overview

The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) provides many databases, services and analysis tools to the research community, most of which are readily accessible through the NCBI homepage.



Web portal for discovering and requesting access to restricted microdata from federal statistical agencies that can be searched by agency and by topic. 

Offers single point to apply for access to protected data sets maintained by 16 federal agencies. Scientists can search the site to find the data set they want, file an application, and then track the status of their request.

Resources included:

  • Bureau of Economic Analysis
  • Bureau of Justice Statistics
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Bureau of Transportation Statistics
  • Census Bureau
  • Energy Information Administration
  • FRB Microeconomic Surveys Unit
  • IRS Statistics of Income Division
  • National Center for Education Statistics
  • National Center for Health Statistics
  • National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics
  • SAMHSA Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality
  • SSA Office of Research, Evaluation, and Statistics
  • USDA Economic Research Service
  • USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service
  • USDA National Animal Health Monitoring System


US Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service Datasets

Agricultural Research Service programs generate many publicly accessible data products that are catalogued in the Ag Data Commons. These databases, datasets, and data collections may be maintained by ARS or by ARS in cooperation with other organizations. Links organized by the current ARS National Programs are provided.

   Related resources:

USDA Fruit and Vegetable Market Reports
Agritourism in the United States - State & National Factsheets


US Department of Commerce Data and Reports

The Commerce Department collects, stores, and analyzes a wealth of information, including data on the Nation’s economy, population, and environment.  It also provides an overview of the public data maintained by the Department of Commerce and its bureaus and offices, with public links to those data sets.  DOC Bureaus and Offices include:

  • BEA            Bureau of Economic Analysis
  • BIS             Bureaus of Industry and Security
  • CENSUS    US Census Bureau
  • EDA           Economic Development Administration
  • ITA             International Trade Administration
  • MBDA        Minority Business Development Agency
  • NIST          National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • NOAA        National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • NTIA          National Telecommunications and Information Administration
  • NTIS          National Technical Information Service
  • USPTO      US Patent and Trademark Office