Thanks to one of my regular readers for the suggestion this month to visit the web site of the National Institute of Statistics, Cambodia at (http://www.nis.gov.kh/ ). This link takes the user to an English language site and there appears not to be a Khmer version. The Home page neatly fits into one screen but has several graphics deficiencies: at the top left, pictures and text cycle without hyperlinks to press releases or articles; under ‘New events’ the flashing ‘New’ graphics are redundant and distracting and, finally, the graphics at the bottom of the right-hand column cycles through several supposed links – but none are hyperlinked!
The navigation is clear with expansion of tabs or left-hand navigation as appropriate. The main navigation is white text on blue background and the rest in blue text. Within the key figures box, two of the data items are hyperlinked and two not – though these could be linked to the relevant tables from the Census.
Under the About us tab, an organogram is provided but without names or contact details. The Strategic plan shown is that for 2002-07 which should have an introduction noting that it will or will not be updated and when. Several of the files available for the user are very large (over 10 Mb) and no indication of the file size is given before the link is followed.
Some data are available online through the CAMinfo online link within the Online statistics menu in the left-hand navigation. Delivery is through the DevInfo system. I looked at the population data and found quinary age data from the Census 2008 easily – but the data were not presented with thousands separators, making the understanding more difficult. This presentation is not the case in the ready prepared tables from the Census which are well-presented and available either in print ready form or in Excel. The graphics from the Census are in three dimensions and some of the legends on bar charts (particularly the source of light) were unhelpful.
Several links from the site were broken – including the one within Publications to the 2008 Year book. However, the organisation of the earlier yearbooks, with bookmarks at the top of the page, allows the users to navigate easily the available information and extract with they require to Excel. Between 2003 and 2005, it appears that a decision was taken to move the total in tables from the bottom to the top – against intuitive use.
At the end of this review, too many tabs were open in my browser: it should not be necessary to open a new tab for every link followed. Some pages did not have the logo of the Institute at the top of the page – which could be the main hyperlink to the Home page.
The most impressive part of this web site is the metadata section linked through the left-hand navigation and a system called NADA. How many National Statistical Institutes can boast of a system which brings together the questionnaires used for surveys, the field manuals, reports and data (though in a format I could not open).
Happy surfing over the summer. The reviews will return in September …
This review was undertaken by Ed Swires-Hennessy using Internet Explorer version 9.0 on 25 July 2013 at 15.30 hrs. GMT using a 60 Mb link to the Internet on an Intel Core i3-2100 3.1 GHz machine.
This and reviews since January 2009 are published in the blog; earlier reviews are published to my website, http://www.surfingwithed.org.uk