Sources for Company and Contact Information

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Public/Private Data Sources

We have located and compiled a list of public and private data sources, from whom companies may find needed information without consulting third-party data vendors. The sources we've found provide financial and economic data, news, industry information, and job listings and employment information.

Notes on Research

The information we've included in this response is preexisting, having been compiled by and culled from several sources. Per the research criteria for this response, we've excluded 3rd party data vendors from our list of sources. However, we have been able to find credible sources that 3rd party vendors are likely using for information, as these sources tend to be readily accessible, particularly public government data sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Security and Exchange Commission sites. Some 3rd party vendors may also use private sites that are up-to-date while being easily accessible, even if there is some registration or membership fee (Ex. Glassdoor Job Search, which offers free access to basic information while offering premium access to job and company information for a fee). In our research we found an example of a third-party data vendor that culls data from both public and private sources: EMSI, a jobs listings site that uses several government sites as sources for job openings.
In researching sources of financial information, we targeted our search to include sources of both financial and economic data. We have found that a few of these sources are inter-sectional, offering cross-over data that is relevant in other categories, as well. Examples include a site listing 100 Best Free Data Sources which offers news, geography, and industry data as well as financial. Another example is Yahoo! Finance, which offers news as well as financial and economic data.

Public Data Sources

We have found several public data sources providing information in the categories of finance/economy, news, industry, and employment (job openings and listings).

Financial/Economic Data:
1) Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development - an intergovernmental economic organization with 35 member countries, founded in 1961 to stimulate economic progress and world trade.
2) Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED) - an online database consisting of thousands of economic data time series from scores of US, international, public, and private sources.
3) U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) - the principal federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy.
4) Financial Forecast Center (forecast.org) - uses artificial intelligence to predict various financial market and economic indicators including global stock market indexes, interest rates, currency exchange rates, prices, and economic series.
5) IVolatility.com - an award-winning data service that provides all the information required by equity options traders for pre-trade analysis, post-trade decision support and risk management.
6) LiveVol, LLC - formerly LiveVol Inc, it provides stock options, analysis and trading tools

News:
1) Forbes Magazine List of Data Sources - provides over 30 free to use public data sources aimed at assisting big data and AI projects.
2) List of 100 Best Free Data Sources - comprehensive list of private and public data sources for a range of topics such as finance, news,
3) GOV.UK - provides news and other relevant government information in the United Kingdom.

Employment (Job Openings and Listings):
1) Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) - publishes a quarterly count of employment and wages reported by employers covering more than 95 percent of U.S. jobs, available at the county, MSA, State, and national levels by industry.
2) Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) - produces employment and wage estimates annually for over 800 occupations.

Private Data Sources

Financial/Economic:
1) AssetMacro - provides macroeconomic indicators, financial data, stocks, and market data for 120 countries.
2) Economagic - offers over 200,000 economic time series for which data and custom charts can be retrieved.
3) Yahoo! Finance - provides financial news, data and commentary including stock quotes, press releases, financial reports, and original content
4) U.S. Stocks Fundamentals API - provides free access to fundamental stock data based on XBRL from SEC. Data is sourced from 12,129 companies and includes 8 526 unique indicators with 20 indicators comparable across most companies, daily updates, five years of data, yearly and quarterly, free and open data.
5) Siblis Research - provides a single source of data for certain research topics that usually require a lot of time-consuming manual collection of information.
6) SimFin - makes fundamental financial data freely available to private investors, researchers and students.

Employment (Job Openings and Listings):
1) Jobspikr - deploys automated crawlers powered by machine learning techniques to extract the latest job listings from the career pages of company websites, job boards and delivers the data feed segregated by geographical regions & industries.
2) Glassdoor Job Search - provides employee reviews about a company of interest.

Conclusion

In summary, we have compiled two lists of data sources, one of public data sources and the other private. These are credible, up-to-date sources of information readily accessible to 3rd party data vendors and to individuals alike. It is our hope that with this information, one may bypass data vendors and oneself of the same information they do.
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