About the Datasets
All datasets have been collected by professional scientists or research agencies who have kindly shared their data with Hudson Data Jam. Each dataset contains a link to a Google Sheet with the data and a brief introductory section describing the research.
You can view and sort the 30+ datasets at the bottom of this page.
For a Google Drive folder of sample graphs to guide student exploration, advisors can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
New This Year
- Want to use a unique dataset not listed in our collection? Email us a message (email@example.com) that includes a link to the proposed dataset, or attach a file. Cary Educators will evaluate whether the dataset may be used in the competition.
- Some datasets were removed from Data Jam. In an effort to improve our collection and the student experience, we carefully selected and updated many of our datasets for the 2023 competition. This includes removing datasets that were either rarely used and/or needed substantial updates. However, if you notice a dataset missing that you had really wanted to work with, please email us! Your feedback is important.
How to work with a dataset: When you open a Google Sheet, click "File" in the upper left corner. From the drop-down list, either 1) Click "Download," which will download it as a Microsoft Excel file or 2) Click "Make a Copy" and save a copy of the Google Sheet to a personal Google Drive folder. Please do not "Request Access" to the dataset's Google Sheet. Thank you!
You can also work with select datasets within TUVA - see details below.
Tuva & the Hudson Valley Data Portal
We’ve created a partnership with TuvaLabs, Inc. to host many* of our Data Jam datasets on their interactive graphing platform. Students can drag and drop the variables right onto the axes and build graphs in seconds without the complexity of manipulating a spreadsheet.
*Note: Many, but not all, of our datasets are on the TUVA platform. More of the Level 1 and Level 2 datasets are available on TUVA, and fewer Level 3 datasets. If a Data Jam dataset is available in TUVA, there will be a link to it on its associate webpage.
Explanation of Levels
Dataset levels are derived by looking at the number of factors in the dataset and by the sheer amount of data collected. We suggest that elementary students begin with Level 1 datasets, especially if it's their first competition. Most middle schoolers will be successful with a Level 1 or 2 dataset, and the appropriate level for your high schoolers depends on their data experience and determination. Drop us a line if you need help selecting an appropriate dataset for your student.
Level 1= Easy
Level 2= Moderate
Includes an additional PDF with background information and extra resources. These topics are a good starting place for students who are new to data analysis.
Air Temperature at Poughkeepsie
Looking at air temperature records can tell us about the climate of a certain location. In this case, we are looking at Poughkeepsie, a city in the Hudson Valley that is located right near the Hudson River
Change in Sea Level at Battery Park
These data come from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Battery Park monitoring station in New York City, and cover the years 1856-2014.
Lyme Disease Connections
This dataset will allow you to explore connections between tick populations, their mouse hosts, and the acorns that feed the mice.
Spring Bird Migration Dates in Dutchess County
Data show a 123-year record (1885-2008) of first arrival date of select migratory birds in Dutchess County, NY.
Zebra Mussel Populations
Zebra mussels were first detected in the Hudson in 1991. By 1992 they had spread throughout the freshwater and slightly brackish parts of the estuary.
Oxygen Levels and Invasive Aquatic Plants
Healthy aquatic habitats usually have dissolved oxygen levels at or above 80% saturation. Most fish and other organisms cannot live below 30% dissolved oxygen saturation, which is considered hypoxic.
Hydrology in the Wappinger Creek
This dataset shows the stream depth, conductivity, discharge, and temperature of the Wappinger Creek. Looking at abiotic factors such as stream temperature, stream depth and conductivity can indicate the health of the stream as well as the surrounding land.
Hurricane Sandy and the Hudson River
Using data from the Hudson River Environmental Conditions Observation System (HRECOS), you can track the storm and its effect on the river.
Hurricane Irene and the Hudson River
Hurricane Irene caused extensive flood and wind damage as it traveled across the Caribbean and up the East coast of the United States. Using data from the Hudson River Environmental Conditions Observation System (HRECOS) you can track the storm and its effect on the river.
The Impact of Drought on the Hudson River
Using data from the Hudson River Environmental Conditions Observation System (HRECOS) you can look at the impact of drought in the Hudson River by comparing two years with different PDSI scores.
Glass Eels in Hudson River Tributaries (Eel Project)
The glass eel is the juvenile life stage of the American eel. This is a simplified dataset created from the full data collected by the Eel Project.