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OECD Enhances Access to Statistics

OECD ( announced the launch of a new beta service for accessing OECD Statistics called OECD.Stat. Following 5 years of behind-the-scenes work to combine OECD’s databases into a single system, OECD.Stat will enable users to search for and extract data from across OECD’s many databases for the first time. The launch of OECD.Stat in SourceOECD, OECD Publishing’s iLibrary (, is the first step in an extensive project to enhance OECD’s publishing services. Over the next year, OECD will launch a number of major improvements to its online services covering both statistical and analytical publications.

OECD.Stat offers three key features:

  • Discovery: Users can search for complex statistical data across OECD databases with one click access to the datasets themselves from the search results.
  • Mix and Merge: For the first time, users can extract data from across all 50 databases in one enquiry. New functions enable users to gather and assemble data from various data sets in unique and customizable tables.
  • Metadata: Improved metadata down to the level of each data point means that users can understand the origins of each number and the overall context, aiding comprehension.

Source: OECD

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