Production of statistics

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Transcript Production of statistics

The production process of
statistical releases in
Statistics Finland
Study visit of the State Statistical Service of
Ukraine 21 - 24 September 2015
Markku Huttunen
Production of statistics
- Statistics Finland produces about 190 different statistics
on 26 topics (>)
- Some statistics are compiled monthly or quarterly,
some annually or less frequently
- New statistical data are released comprehensively and
free-of-charge on the Internet. Roughly 600 releases are made
per year in Finnish and Swedish, 440 in English (>)
- Each set of statistics has its own homepage containing the
releases, reviews, tables and figures of the statistics as well as
information on data collection methodology and data sources, etc.
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Dissemination the data of official statistics
- Publication
– An entity that describes a single set of statistics at a certain
reference time in one package (HTML, PDF)
– Statistical release + a more extensive text section + table + figure
annexes + standardised quality description = publication
– Publications are made and published by statisticians in the
statistical units according to common rules and tools
- Database
– Tables in statistical database (StatFin/PX-Web) for all sets of
statistics
- The role is to release basic data on the official statistics
– Publication and database tables are interlinked
– Both publications and database tables are archived for later usage
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Changing over from a printed statistical system
of data dissemination to an electronic one
- Statistical information has been reported, released and disseminated
in the form of printed publications
- Statistics Finland’s oldest statistical publication series has been
published for over 250 years (>)
- Now the traditional form of publishing has disappeared
– That is: tables and the information needed in their interpretation in one
volume in a publication series of official statistics
– Challenge: how will the statistical data published today only in
electronic format be available in 10 or 30 years’ time?
– Solution: we must keep published publications and data permanently
accessible to users is an essential element of a good information
service in time (>)
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Roles of an electronic statistical publication
and a table database (1)
- Tables in databases are different than tables in publications
(printed or electronic)
– Database tables are not archived as text, tables and graphs
published in printed-, HTML- or PDF-publications are
- In database tables, data on older observations are always
published according to the latest situation
- Linking an electronic publication to the related database tables
is a problem: data only correspond with each other at the
moment of publishing
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Roles of an electronic statistical publication
and table database (2)
- Publications and related database tables are archived
– All PC-Axis files published in the PX-Web database are saved
– Database archive is not yet opened to the public, though
- When electronic publications and the related database tables are
archived (unchanged) -> two advantages:
– 1) It makes sense to link the tables published in the database
to the publication
– 2) A comprihensive database archive is created for the tables
published in the PX-Web database (>)
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Multichannel data dissemination
- The channels and formats in dissemination
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Publications: HTML, PDF
Database: PX-Web, PX-file
Map services: Map animations (Statistics eXplorer)
Notifications: E-mail, RSS
Social media: Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook , SlideShare, Blog, YouTube,
Instagram
– Information service: LiveZhat
- Devices users use
– Desktop computer, tablets, mobile phones, phaplets, apps for
IOS/Android/Windows Phone, etc...
- Different standards
– W3C accessibility standards, open data, SDMX data transfer, etc…
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Strengths and weaknesses of different
formats : print / pdf A4 / tablet / mobile
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XML based dissemination process - XML
and PC-Axis
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Figure: Harri Lehtinen
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Further information
- Official Statistics of Finland (>)
– Recommendations of the Advisory Board of Official Statistics
of Finland (>)
- Common Structure of Statistical Information (CoSSI)
– Technical documentation and DTD´S of the XML publication
system (>)
– Some papers about the implementatation of the XML-based
publication process (>)
- Any questions?
– [email protected]
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