Surfing to .. Mexico

Unlike when using Google to search for the website of the Statistical Office of the Slovak Republic last month with the link found in the top two references, that for the National Institute of Statistics and Geography of Mexico ( ) was the eleventh reference. The site is available only in Spanish but the browser readily translates what it can. The difficulty here, though, is that where graphics are displayed (and there are a lot on this site), the browser does not translate the text in them! The Home page is roughly one and a half screen depths – with some important links below the part initially visible. Four different parts of the Home page contain cycling elements though each does have the option to cycle through at user speed. The central part of the Home page is a map (well, this is a joint Statistics and Geography organisation) with each locality hyperlinked to summary data for that area and the whole of Mexico. The data shown are right justified with commas for thousands separators unlike the population data for the country in the graphic in the right-hand column which is left justified and with a space for thousands separators. At the foot of the table is a link to allow the user to download the data into Excel: the result is left-justified data without thousands separators and in unformatted columns (which hides some of the text).

At the bottom right of the central column, the user can look at charts of various economic indicators. Again, the text was not translated by the browser. I looked at Exports (Exportaciones) and the chart displayed indicated the latest figure to be for October at 32,244.28 million dollars. I am not clear why there are two decimal places shown – they are unnecessary. To the left of these charts is a list of price indices with various period changes. Here the black text is the link – unlike the underlined text on the right-hand section!

From the top navigation, the Estadistica tab opens many more links both to statistics, databases, topic areas and a mass of metadata (glossary, questionnaires, methodologies, etc.). I tried some of the databases for population and prices and was impressed with the amount of information available. Sadly, consistency of presentation was not present. In the population table from the 2010 Census, the total figure had a space for the thousands separator but the figures for males and females did not have separators. Worse, some of the data had a full stop as a separator and one figure a comma! Exporting the data to Excel, however, produces a consistently formatted table. From the database table, an icon at the top allows the user to chart the data. I tried this and had a bar chart produced with the total for the country, sub-totals and all of the districts with the scale of millions (in full figures): not very useful.

This site does have some interesting features and a great deal of statistical information. The main issue is consistency of presentation.

Happy surfing …

This review was undertaken by Ed Swires-Hennessy using Internet Explorer version 9.0 on 28 November 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,

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