You're searching for data on a particular firm or industry. You want
detailed up-to-date financials, sales, employment information, or to get some
idea of a firm's product line or corporate strategy, or to analyze its
There's a mountain of information buried in EDGAR, the Securities and Exchange Commission's database of financial reports filed by publicly traded
corporations. But sifting through this mountain to find just what you want
has been a real chore, until now.
The accounting firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers has built a terrific software
front end to the Edgar database that let's you easily search Edgar data, and,
even better, generate your own custom reports for particular industries. Want
to rank publicly traded US biotech firms by R&D spending? You can easily do it.
We're pleased to recommend Edgarscan as April's Site of the Month; it's a great
example of how a smart interface can refine a ton of raw data into a few
ounces of pure gold. Give it a try:
We've recently added a number of new links to the site, including:
Annie E. Casey Foundation and Child Trends. Indicators of the well-being of
infants, for states and metro areas, with rankings. Annual report.
-Child & Youth Indicators
Child Trends. Quarterly on-line journal discussing developments regarding
child and youth indicators.
Child Welfare League of America. State data on child welfare conditions and
National Center for Atmospheric Research. Economic impacts of extreme weather
phenomena, including hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, and lightning, by state.
Weather.com. Local data regarding average local weather conditions, including
average temperatures, record temperatures, rainfall, and sunrise and sunset
National Council for Science and the Environment. Links to environmental data
for states and areas, from multiple sources. See in particular, State of
Environment Reports, with links to state- and community-specific reports.
The Brookings Institution. Analysis of the geography of commercial office space
in 13 metro areas (October 2000).
Fannie Mae Foundation. Study measuring dimensions of sprawl in 13 metro
A key factor in many economic development debates is the quality of a state's
infrastructure. A new report, compiled by the American Society of Civil
Engineers, provides a comprehensive dataset and rankings for state infrastructure in several areas, including airports, dams, drinking and
wastewater facilities, roads and bridges, schools and solid waste disposal
facilities. You can search data by state or infrastructure category. Data
for each state include key statistics on infrastructure quality and comments
elicited from a survey of local civil engineers. Detailed tables for each
infrastructure category summarize, for example, state-by-state estimates of
needed spending for drinking water facilities. A good place to look to get
some estimates of infrastructure needs.
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