A unique approach weaves background information about data with practical, hands-on lessons that develop fundamental research skills all students should understand. Easy-to-follow tutorials provide readers with step-by-step instructions to quickly begin analyzing data without having advanced knowledge of data analysis or statistics. Extensive illustrations throughout the book demonstrate to readers how to understand data. End-of-chapter On Your Own exercises challenge readers to develop their skills through easy-to-use data files and questions to reinforce the chapter learning objectives. Student Study Site includes data sets that readers can use to test their data literacy

Identifying and Requesting Offline Data

As we saw in the previous chapter, government agencies are posting a growing number of data sets on the Internet. However, most governmental data sets are held offline for a variety of reasons, such as lack of financial or human resources, political sensitivity and the perception that the public might not be interested in the data. Finding online data can be tough, but it can be even more challenging to identify and successfully obtain databases that government agencies store offline. In this chapter we will learn some approaches for further developing a data state of mind to become more aware of these offline data sets. We’ll also learn how to use federal and ...

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