Dissemination of Statistics
International Statistical Institute Conference
Durban, South Africa, August 13 - 23, 2009
The Current Environment
“Traditional” products in print, online, & CD-ROM
• National Accounts Statistics
• Population Statistics
• Trade Statistics
♦ Consumer Price Index Statistics
♦ Labour Statistics
Supporting statistical materials in print and the web
♦ Manuals and Guides
♦ Official Reports
The Current Environment
Online products but different
♦ Economic and Social Indicators by
♦ Static online tables:
♦ Price Statistics
♦ Web site for large downloads
Striving for Communication Rather than
• How to balance traditional print products in an
increasingly electronic world?
• How to send important messages to clients?
• How to develop effective products for many different
• How to balance commitment?
New and enhanced online products
♦ Release of Methodologies online
♦ Enhanced web interface
■ Cosmetic facelift
■ More FAQs
■ New online help facility
■ New online tutorials
■ Expanded database documentation
Statistics Newsletter (October)
■ Our Vision, Mission
■ Our services and products
■ On-Going Developments
Where to begin?
♦ Commencement of a project to develop a statistics portal
to present data in a coherent fashion.
♦ Implement a metadata-driven environment.
♦ Understand and strengthen communications with key
♦ Track and analyze the questions received
National Strategy for the Development of Statistics (NSDS)
National Statistical Systems (NSS)
Best practices in communications:
♦ Design a statistics portal that focuses users’ needs.
♦ Develop complementary print and electronic products.
♦ Offer sufficient metadata in clear English (“the
democratization of metadata”).
♦ Provide robust search capabilities based on everyday
terms as well as expert taxonomies.
♦ Survey users regularly.
♦ Provide helpful customer service.
E.G Environmental Information System (EIS)
♦ Design a user-centric web
♦ Review content to meet user needs
♦ Develop new options for access
♦ Strengthen client support
♦ Create a client board
♦ Balance public good vs. revenues
♦ Develop outreach and education
IMF Economic Information
Data Data Data Data
Collection Management Warehousing Dissemination
Statistics IMF.Stat PubStat?
EDF/ DMX IMF.ORG
Publishable Data Statistics
IFS, WEO, REOs, etc. Portal
National Sources Depts Databases
Internally Shared Data
ICS (Excel/ SDMXML) DMX/Other? Area & Functional Depts.,
Intl’l Organizations, Publications
OECD, World Bank, etc.
TBD? Limited Sharing
Bloomberg, Global Insight,
Haver Analytical, etc. SDMX
Data Analysis/ Visualization
Econometric Tools Dynamic/Interactive
Fame, Eviews,Stata 8 Graphics
IMF Data Mapper
Fund-wide Metadata Standards (MetaStore, DSBB, SchemaLogic)
Key Driving Initiatives
SDMX WEO Production Redesign Economic Data Dissemination
Structural Metadata (SchemaLogic)
Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics…
•What do you think?
Thank You for your attention