Web Exercises

The website https://www.data.gov/ houses all of the open data from the U.S. Government, according to the site, “Here you will find data, tools, and resources to conduct research, develop web and mobile applications, design data visualizations, and more.” General categories of open data include agriculture, climate, consumer, ecosystems, education, energy, finance, health, local government, manufacturing, maritime, ocean, public safety, and science & research.

  1. Navigate to a general category of open data that interests you and select it. Select “Data” from the navigation bar to bring up several datasets. Identify and list one of the datasets that interest you. Provide the direct link to the dataset.
  2. Summarize what type of data is included in this dataset.
  3. Identify at least five variables, define the variables, identify the level of measurement for each of the variables, and explain why each variable is that particular level of measurement.
  4. Identify which of the five variables would make good dependent variables and which would make good independent variables?
  5. Explain how you could use this data to create a hypothesis.