Just the Facts

The OECD (the not-for-profit Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) has more numbers than you can ever crunch, and there’s more coming. Toby Green, head of OECD Publishing, just announced the launch of OECD.Stat in beta that will let researchers search for statistics and gather data across OECD’s 50 databases. OECD.Stat is now part of SourceOECD, OECD’s iLibrary. “Users can search through OECD.Stat for free while it’s in beta,” says Green. Access to this world of statistics will later be subscription-based.

But for those who aren’t familiar with the Paris-based OECD and its mission, here’s some history in a nutshell: The OECD is a forum that was established in 1961 with the goal of helping governments support economic growth, boost employment, raise living standards, maintain financial stability, and contribute to world trade. For years, the OECD operated “under the radar” and pursued economic development for its members. Now, the 30 member governments collaborate in addressing the economic, social, and environmental challenges involved in globalization.

“The OECD is a think tank of countries that share their experiences and come to agreement through peer pressure,” says Green. Such collaboration has resulted in establishing regulations and guidelines that benefit the members as a whole. But with such a storehouse of data in its banks from the organization’s team of 1,000 researchers, the OECD is ready and willing to share stats and facts the organization has compiled and analyzed over the years from inflation rates to climate change. For more on the project and the OECD, visit www.oecd.org.

Barbara Brynko
Editor in Chief
Information Today

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