Best Practices for Sourcing Data and Vendors

With Big Data now an established part of the way successful businesses think about the world, it’s important to look at the best ways of sourcing data and data vendors. Today we’re going to do just that, and offer a few of the best practices for this important job. Read more

Best Data Sources | Mining Social Media

There are many reasons why it can be very useful to drill down into the details of what society is thinking. You might want to extrapolate broader cultural trends in order to formulate your business strategy. You might want to dig down into market segmentation. You might want to get a clearer picture of who your customers are. The data that people provide about themselves via social media is one incredibly rich source of this kind of information.  Read more

5 Great Data Sources For Corporate Finance (UK)

It’s not always easy to know where to start when looking for strong data sources. We recently, we came across a great interview with a UK-based Corporate Finance professional in which she revealed her preferred data sources. We thought this was a great idea, and so we’re giving you our assessment of the sources she recommends, as well as suggesting one or two of our own as a special bonus!

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Why data-mining doesn’t have to be painful!

Data-mining isn’t usually the most exciting job to do. Sometimes it can even be somewhat painful, if not downright boring. However, there are trends developing which can make analytics fascinating and even fun. Here’s how.

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Core Data Sources for Japan

Do you need to source data about Japan’s economy or political scene? It can be hard to know where to start when searching for data so we’ve come up with three suggestions for places to start. Japan is the world’s third largest economy. Because of its importance to the global economy there is a wealth of data to be found. We’ve chosen these data sources because they represent a good balance between private and governmental data provision. They also offer a wide range of data from financial to governmental to demographic.

 The Statistics Bureau is the government of Japan statistics hub. It’s the place to go to if you’re looking for statistics on population, economics, inflation or even surveys of people’s leisure activities.

 The Ministry of Finance is the first hub you should look at for financial data such as Balance of Payments or Foreign Currency Reserves, this website is the place to go. It’s from the government of Japan’s Ministry of Finance and so is a reputable source.

 The folks at Yale have compiled this useful database of statistical resources about Japan. As well as ‘statistical yearbooks’, containing over 750 different types of statistical data, it offers historical statistics and even current public opinion polls.

If you have Japan-specific data sources you like and trust let us know through the comment section.