Data Source Handbook: A Guide to Public Data
The Data Source Handbook by Pete Warden provides a concise and handy guide to some of the main sources of public data accessible on the web today. It’s a very short book of 40 pages. This in itself does not stand against the book. These sources are rapidly changing and compiling and committing an exhaustive survey to a printed volume would damn it to almost instant obsolescence. It would also prevent any treatment of individual datasources in any useful detail.
As it is, Warden is able to pick a select few and identify strengths and available APIs in a useful fashion. He organises the type of sources into logical categories and identifies some key sources for each:
He selects the key open providers of data in these areas and systematically shows how to access the information along with simple programmatic instructions. In a volume of such limited length you would not expect to find extensive instructions or discussion – and you won’t. What you have is a very concise survey identifying the key players and giving a nutshell indication of what you can use the datasources for.