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UN launches a huge new database by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
March 5, 2008, 5:49 pm
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We’re a huge fan of GapMinder, and it seems that they have made a step forward in their quest to get the UN’s databases online and accessible.

UNData “has just launched a new internet-based data service for the global user community. It brings UN statistical databases within easy reach of users through a single entry point. Users can search and down load a variety of statistical resources of the UN system.”

“The UN-system has accumulated over the past 60 years an impressive amount of information. UNdata, developed by the Statistics Division of DESA, is a new powerful tool, which will bring this unique and authoritative set of data not only to the desks of decision makers and analysts, but also to journalists, to students and to all citizens of the world, ” says Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs.

The project has been developed in partnership with Statistics Sweden, the Gapminder Foundation and with partial financial support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency. This is huge – it puts an enormous quantity of great information out there – go explore, and post back with the highlights that you find!

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