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Journal of Business Cycle Measurement and Analysis

Purpose

To exchange knowledge and information on the theory and operation of business and economic cycle research, including both statistical measurement and analytical aspects.

Objectives and outputs

The themes covered by the Journal comprise: analysis and explanation of cyclical fluctuations; business cycle specification, definition and classification; statistical approaches to the development of short-term economic statistics and indicators; business tendency, investment and consumer surveys; use of survey data or cyclical indicators for business cycle analysis.
The Journal is closely linked to the well known statistical and methodological research work carried out in this area by the OECD and by the Centre for International Research on Economic Tendency Surveys (CIRET), in particular to the work produced by the OECD Short-Term Economic Statistics Working Party (STESWP) and by joint research in economic statistics with other institutions such as the European Commission and Eurostat, whereas CIRET encompasses a wide variety of researchers whose work results in the most up-to-date insights in this field.
The Journal also provides a calendar of conferences, along with e-information and book reviews which are of interest and within its scope.

Main Developments for 2009

General aspects:

Typesetting the journal is expected to be carried out by PAC with the following changes to production/dissemination: article-by-article publishing (printed issues will follow later); a single proofing cycle; a layout that conforms to standard OECD format.


OECD Statistical DataWarehouse (OECD.Stat)

Purpose

OECD.Stat is the core element of the new OECD Statistical Information System as it is the central repository and retrieval tool for the Organisation's statistical information resources. OECD.Stat is designed to contain the validated datasets to be shared and/or published, a special dataset for "Reference Series", all the statistical metadata associated with these datasets, and the glossary of statistical terms.

Objectives and outputs

OECD.Stat consists of a closed data warehouse with its standard entry and exit gates and a user front end (browser). OECD.Stat is the basis of the new corporate tools for the statistical publications and electronic dissemination.
The main objectives and benefits for statisticians are: improved efficiency of statistical processes; improved quality, timeliness, visibility and accessibility of OECD's statistical resources; recording of historical data; harmonisation effect of statistical classifications etc.; new and easier horizontal data products such as "Statistical Yearbook" and "OECD in Figures"; simplified and harmonised user access right management.
The data warehouse is physically independent from production systems and permits an easier management of connections from production databases (when new database versions or platforms), avoiding multiple interlinks between different production platforms.
Main objectives and benefits for analysts are: fast and user-friendly tools for locating and retrieving verified statistical data and metadata; availability of Reference Series and joint display of data from different OECD sources; easier interpretability of data; easier gathering of data to support horizontal projects; pre-defined executive reports; accessibility in-house and on the Internet without additional installations.
During 2005 80% of the OECD datasets were loaded into the OECD.Stat Data warehouse.
As of May 2005 the data was made available to all OECD Staff via a Web Browser. As of November 2005, the Web Browser was made available to member countries government staff via the OLISnet service. A limited amount of free data is available via the Web Browser to the general public on the Internet and the service is also available in 'beta' via the SourceOECD commercial channel.
The OECD.Stat datawarehouse can be accessed via the OECD analytical software (FAME and SAS) and includes a utility for automatically publishing data in Beyond2020 format for the OECD commercial service (SourceOECD).

Main Developments for 2009

General aspects:

Starting in 2008, OECD.Stat is used by the IMF as part of a collaboration project. Other international organisations, Central banks and National Statistical Offices are also investigating sharing the system.
OECD.Stat will be incorporated into the commercial dissemination system (SourceOECD)


Publishing from the Statistical Information System

Purpose

To provide a publishing environment for the production of statistical publications and create new statistics dissemination services in the framework of the new OECD Statistical Information System. This project creates three new services to disseminate statistics from OECD.Stat. The services include publishing complete databases, core data ready-made tables and facts and figures indicators with dynamic graphs and commentary. The publishing environment comprises an authoring tool where the table is defined by the authors, and a formatting engine where the data are extracted from OECD.Stat and formatted for multiple outputs such as paper, PDF, Excel and HTML. The environment improves the efficiency of the publishing process and the quality of final publications in print and electronic format.

Objectives and outputs

Produce publications through the new process as the databases are migrated into the central database OECD.Stat. Continue to develop new procedures to take into account specificities of these new publications. Create new services to disseminate statistics using data from OECD.Stat. In 2008, improvements in navigation and ergonomics of the OECD.Stat browser were made available in the commercial dissemination system (SourceOECD). Statistical editors reviewed all of the data and metadata being disseminated from the central data warehouse and work is ongoing with directorates to improve quality. Technical development work is ongoing for complete databases which will be introduced progressively in 2009. The new authoring tool was completely re-designed with a modular architecture and implemented into the production environment. A new approach for an XML-based user interface was conceived to create statistical publications from the data in OECD.Stat.

Main Developments for 2009

General aspects:

In 2009, improvements in the OECD.Stat browser will be made available in the commercial dissemination website (OECD iLibrary). The complete databases will be made available to users in the new OECD iLibrary platform. Regarding statistical publications, the new publishing environment will be used in 2009 to publish updates of publications already produced out of OECD.Stat in 2008 and to apply the new procedures to a number of additional statistical publications. Further objectives of 2009 aim to communicate the new publishing environment to authors.

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