Category Archives: 2011

Surfing to .. France

The Home page of the website for the French National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (http://www.insee.fr/en/) is clear, simple, easy to navigate and provides the required key data and most recent press releases. The number of releases shown on … Continue reading

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Surfing to .. UK

For many years users of the website of the UK Office for National Statistics (www.ons.gov.uk ) have complained that it was hard to find anything, that it was poorly organised and that it was not as good as others. Indeed, … Continue reading

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Surfing to … Turkey

Having just returned from Turkey, I thought that would be an appropriate site to review for this month. The Turkish Statistical Institute site can be found at http://www.turkstat.gov.tr/Start.do and should open in English. If not the language switch is where … Continue reading

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Surfing to … New Zealand

Over the last few days I have been reviewing a lot of statistical websites to assess them against the design guidance criteria published on this blog site. I was particularly struck by two – New Zealand and Norway. The first … Continue reading

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Surfing to .. Japan

The sun is very bright here in Wales today and I was reminded of the flag of Japan – so the review this month is of the website of the Statistics Bureau of Japan which can be accessed at http://www.stat.go.jp/english/. … Continue reading

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Surfing to .. Romania

It is many years since I was offered the chance of downloading an 18 Mb file of the Yearbook of the Romanian Institute of Statistics just to get a population figure. And that was on a dial-up line! How different … Continue reading

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Surfing to .. Egypt

I was hoping this month to review the new version of the UK’s Office for National Statistics web site (www.ons.gov.uk ) but, alas, it is not going to be ready for some months yet. One of the avid readers of … Continue reading

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Surfing to … Serbia

A newly redesigned sit for the statistical office of the Republic of Serbia can be found at http://webrzs.stat.gov.rs/WebSite/. The first time users visit the site, the basic text is Cyrillic and, unlike most other multilingual sites, the language choice is … Continue reading

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Surfing to … Singapore

Even though the site for Statistics Singapore (http://www.singstat.gov.sg/ ) is an official site, its colours make it look more inviting to the ordinary person. The Home page is of fixed width with about one and a half screens’ depth. Navigation … Continue reading

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Surfing to … Georgia

Vast development has taken place on the website of the National Statistics Office of Georgia (http://www.geostat.ge/). It may be that some readers of this review will not see the proper view of the Home page because of an issue with … Continue reading

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Surfing to … Finland

The website of Statistics Finland (http://www.stat.fi/index_en.html ) has always been one of my favourites. Revisiting the site for this review instantly confirms that this site is one to be in the lead of statistical offices’ sites. Why? Read on! The … Continue reading

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