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Maybe this is useful: oecd - statistic portal and the cia world factbook, but I am sure Migeru will have better sources for you. :-)

That's and interesting challenge you got there, with your students. Must be often fun and frustrating at the same time.

by Fran on Sat Jun 21st, 2008 at 01:56:04 AM EST
From the CIA world fact book you want the Rank Order Pages which are
resorted lists of data from selected Factbook data fields. Rank Order pages are generally given in descending order -highest to lowest - such as Population and Area. The two exceptions are Unemployment Rate and Inflation Rate, which are in ascending - lowest to highest - order. Rank Order pages are available for the following 49 fields in six of the nine Factbook categories.
Wikipedia and NationMaster have lots of tables. The problem with WIkipedia's tables is that they are HTML and contain lots of extraneous stuff which makes copying and pasting them into Excel or a text file a real pain. Nationmaster is a good place to look for CIA World Fact Book fields which are not in the "Rank order pages".

When the capital development of a country becomes a by-product of the activities of a casino, the job is likely to be ill-done. — John M. Keynes
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Jun 21st, 2008 at 07:24:12 AM EST
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The problem with Wikipedia's tables is that they are HTML and contain lots of extraneous stuff which makes copying and pasting them into Excel or a text file a real pain

Not sure if I've actually tried it at Wikipedia, but I've had very good luck in general extracting table info from web pages using the TableTools extension in Firefox.

We all bleed the same color.

by budr on Fri Jul 11th, 2008 at 07:14:25 AM EST
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But Excel can load html pages, and once they are loaded, then saved as Excel files, its reasonably easy to clear out all the extraneous stuff.

So "save page" (or whatever your browser calls it) rather than copy and paste, and load it with Excel.


I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Mon Jul 14th, 2008 at 01:10:22 PM EST
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US government agencies:
You can probably find some cool data here.

When the capital development of a country becomes a by-product of the activities of a casino, the job is likely to be ill-done. — John M. Keynes
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Jun 21st, 2008 at 11:21:55 AM EST
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