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Journal of Business Cycle Measurement and Analysis
Purpose

 

• To exchange knowledge and information on the theoretical and operational aspects of business and economic cycle research, involving both measurement and analysis.

 

Objectives and outputs

 

• The Statistics Directorate participates as associate editor and chairman of the editorial board of the Journal; provides liaison between the publication system (PAC) the editor in chief located in Zurich (CIRET) and the editorial board.

 

• The journal is a peer-reviewed scientific journal focusing on business cycles. 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.

• Each volume has two regular issues with 4-5 articles, and occasionally special editions. The Journal also provides a calendar of conferences, along with e-information and book reviews which are of interest and within its scope.

 

OECD Statistical DataWarehouse (OECD.Stat)

 

Purpose

 

OECD.Stat is the core element of the 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 (web 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; 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.

 

Today, about 95% of the OECD datasets are loaded into the OECD.Stat Data warehouse.

 

Respecting well-defined access right limitations, the data is available to specific users and groups within the OECD, to all OECD Staff, to member countries government staff via the OLISnet service, to the general public on the Internet, to specific public MyOECD users and to registered customers via the iLibrary commercial channel (including specific formats like Branded Views).

 

The OECD.Stat data warehouse can also be accessed via the OECD analytical software (FAME, SAS, Stata, SPSS, Eviews) and includes a utility for an automated publishing of data in PC-Axis format for the OECD commercial service (iLibrary) as well as SDMX formats.

 

Main Developments for 2013

 

General aspects:

 

OECD.Stat is used by 7 other organisations (ABS, NZL, ISTAT, EC, IMF, Mimas, UNESCO). Many other international organisations, Central banks and National Statistical Offices are also investigating sharing the system. This needs a significant support activity.

 

Publishing from the Statistical Information System

Purpose

To provide a publishing environment for the production of statistical publications and create new statistical dissemination services in the framework of the OECD Statistical Information System. The services include publishing complete databases, ready-made key tables and indicators with dynamic graphs. The publishing environment comprises a publishing tool where the table is defined by the statistical editors in collaboration with authors, and a formatting engine where the data are extracted from OECD.Stat and formatted for multiple outputs such as paper, PDF, Excel, HTML and JSON to feed into Active Charts. 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 publishing process from databases available in the central data base OECD.Stat. Continue to develop new procedures to take into account specificities of these new publications. Create new services to disseminate statistics.

In 2012, Active Charts were launched. Active Charts are simple, shareable, web 2.0 interactive chart data visualizations which are automatically produced through the existing publishing process. In 2012, improvements in the OECD.Stat browser were made available on the OECD iLibrary. New complete databases, Key tables and Active Charts were published. Complete databases were published offline using a centralised process from OECD.Stat.

PAC statistical editors load IEA data (14 datasets updated quarterly and 50 datasets updated annually), which represents the largest volume of data loaded by Directorates, into OECD.Stat. Statistical editors worked with directorates to review and improve the quality of the data and metadata being disseminated from the central data warehouse.

In 2012 PAC used the publishing system to produce 23 statistical publications in two languages, including 2 annual outlook publications, 2 publications which are monthly, 1 quarterly and some 360 key tables. All statistical publications are made available as Excel, PDF, Web and print on demand.

Main Developments for 2013

General aspects:

In 2013, improvements in the OECD database browser will be made available on the OECD iLibrary. Regarding statistical publications, the publishing environment will be used in 2013 to publish updates of publications already produced out of OECD.Stat in 2012 and to apply the procedures to at least 10 additional statistical publications. In 2013, one aim is to improve the discovery of high level indicators and complete databases through a new data portal, "data.oecd.org". The publishing system output will be used to publish more Key tables and mobile apps in 2013 (e.g. Internet Economy Outlook and "OECD data" mobile apps).