DATABASE: All-American Data Trove

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Science  22 Aug 2003:
Vol. 301, Issue 5636, pp. 1025
DOI: 10.1126/science.301.5636.1025e

The DataWeb provides access to a host of economic, health, and demographic databases from the U.S. government and private organizations. The new portal comes from two of the government's avid data collectors: the Census Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The offerings cover topics as diverse as attitudes toward AIDS and family income. Scientific and medical researchers can glean statistics on U.S. births and mortality, rates of reportable diseases, and eating habits from sources such as CDC's National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. To burrow into the cache—13 data sets so far—you need to download a free program called the DataFerrett.

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