Students in the Faculty of Science and Engineering or in Humanties may find the QUT LibGuides on Datasets useful resources. They contain useful background information on datasets and how to use them as well as links to a number of data portals.
Due to the uptake of the principles of Open Data, there are enormous amounts of freely available datasets on the internet. This means it's very important to have a clear definition of what you're searching for before you begin.
Consider the following:
Data portals provide datasets with a defined scope. Directories of data portals can be useful for finding data if you have details about the kind of dataset you're seeking.
The directories below can be very useful if you know:
Multidisciplinary dataset portals provide large numbers of datasets through a searchable interface. They are different to normal data portals in that they will usually have a broad scope and few restrictions on the types of datasets they will provide links to.
After your literature review, you may find publications that are based on data similar to the data your project requires.
In this case, consider contacting the author or authors of the paper and asking if they would be able to make their data available to you for further analysis. However, be aware that: