For your topic area, what are the best sources of data available? Link to the ones that are online, and describe the ones (with links that get you as close as possible) that are not. When I say data, I’m looking for things that can be quantified — such as numbers of all kinds including financial information, markets, etc. For example, if I’m writing about the city of Phoenix, I’d be using — among other things — data that the city makes available, Census information, etc.
This assignment was a little harder for me, because my subject of interest is fashion (fashion trends, DIY projects, the fashion industry, etc). What I was able to come up with are different ways to find certain products that you see on television or online with no sources, that you would like to buy. I know it has happened to me before; I will be watching a television show or looking at street style blogs and a shirt, or a pair of shoes will catch my eye. Then the problem arises that I have no clue where that person bought that item or if it is still available. One site that I love for this very reason is Polyvore.com. It is a website that allows people to post outfit ideas or pictures of other people’s outfits and links to where each item can be found. For example, everyone was raving about Rihanna’s outfit on the Jonathan Ross Show (picture shown below).
When you go to Polyvore.com there is a post that shows each piece, where she got it, and how much it is. If you aren’t looking for an exact outfit, instead you are looking for a pair of metallic heels for instance, you can type “metallic heels” in the search box at the top, right of the page. Pages and pages of metallic heels will pop up on your browser. You can organize the selection by the price you are willing to pay, the brand you want, or the size of the shoe, etc. Each shoe shown will have a price and link to the website you can get them from.
Another site I use to find fashion data is http://www.modeaparis.com/en. This may not pertain to many people in the United States, but while I was studying in Paris this site came in handy when trying to find information about different fashion shows going on in the area during Paris Fashion Week. The site includes schedules and designer information for Ready-to-Wear, Haute Couture, and Men’s fashion shows going on in Paris. The site also contains information for press contacts, and after party events for Paris Fashion Week. The website is very informative if you want to research fashion in this particular area. It is also useful if you are interested in learning about designers and the particular line they are showing.