Dear Depository Librarian,
The United Nations Statistics Division is pleased to announce the launch
of UNSTATS UN Common Database for statistics, accessible on the Internet
The UNSTATS Database uses a Web browser interface to access hundreds
of statistical series for all countries and areas of the world, with descriptions
of the international sources and methods used in compiling the data. The
series can be accessed alphabetically, by sources or by topics. For each
series international sources and definitions of terms are given.
The UNSTATS Database has been developed to meet the demand for comprehensive
international data at one Internet site. It draws selectively on statistics
from throughout the UN system and brings them together using a common platform
and interface, and global statistical standards.
It contains more than eight million data elements in more than 300 statistical
series. In most cases time series are available from 1970 or 1980 and many
series are disaggregated to show underlying distributions. It draws on
more than 30 sources in DESA and the United Nations system. The UNSTATS
Database is unique among large Web databases in providing for each series
comprehensive footnotes and meta-information on sources, definitions and
frequency of updates. Because a true relational database underlies the
Web interface, updated data and meta-information is immediately available
Among the main data sources are the Statistics Division's own databases
in merchandise trade, national accounts, demography and population, energy,
status of women and industrial commodities production; and statistics from
the Population Division, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs'
Project Link, FAO, ILO, IMF, ITU, OECD, UNESCO, WHO, WIPO, World Bank and
World Tourism Organization, among others.
The UNSTATS Database also provides meta-information never before available
in such a comprehensive database. Technical definitions and standards are
provided verbatim from their original sources as approved by an oversight
inter-governmental body. New tools are used to fully integrate this meta-information
with the statistics.
The Database is fully Web-enabled for access using a standard browser
such as Internet Explorer or Navigator. You can instantly view selected
data or country profiles, compile graphs and distributions of selected
series, calculate certain derived measures and export data to your desktop
in several popular formats for further analysis. You can also view key
series compiled in country profiles covering a variety of economic and
Users can browse through the series in a single consolidated list, or
list series by source or by topic. Single series (many with substantial
disaggregation) for up to ten countries can be chosen and immediately viewed
in HTML. For more than one series and country, the user has several options
using “Advanced Data Selection”: retrieval and viewing in Excel (most small
queries take only a few seconds to process and Excel can be launched on
demand within the program), or export as Excel or database files.
The UNSTATS UN Common Database is a unique statistical resource of the
UN system. More series and sources will be added by the Statistics Division
as experience is gained and on the basis of user feedback.
For more information on the data, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Subscriptions
may be ordered from email@example.com.
1-year with 1 password/IP address: US$ 350
Additional Passwords: US$ 40 each
Up to 500 access stations: US$ 750
Over 500 access stations: US$ 900
1-Year with 1 password/IP access: US$ 250
Additional Passwords: US$ 30 each (User ID/Password only)
Up to 3,000 access stations: US$ 500
Over 3000 access stations: US$ 650
1-Year User ID/Password: US$ 100
All customers: 50% off the above rates (see above).
Developed Countries: 25% discount off Academic Rate (see above)
Developing Countries: 50% discount off Academic Rate (see above)
Academic rate will apply (see above).
Permanent Missions, Statistical Offices: Free access
All other Customers: Academic rate will apply (see above)