Listening to representatives of Gapminder or Swivel one could think official statistics is just naked data, difficult to access and not considering new technologies. Is this true? I don’t think so. There are hundreds of well presented websites of statistcal institutions (see the list) and many interesting forms of presentation. There are interactive graphs, online atlases, podcasts … . However, all this is not always very well known.

Web 2.0 applications like blogs allowing to comment data, wikis or video presentations are rare to find.It would be an absorbing task to to raise an inventory of innovative and popular presentations on official statistical websites.

Why not? Let’s begin to compile a list of official statistic’s innovations (“Innolist”) . Here it comes:

World Bank Learning Center (interactive maps)

Atlas of the European Regions (English version to come soon), Statistics Switzerland

Business Cycle Tracer (needs SVG), Statistics Netherlands

Table Graphs Maps TGM, interactive indicators, Eurostat (Beta version, link to be published soon)

Wikiprogress (project of OECD)

UK ONS Population Pyramid

UK ONS Area Classification for Local Authorities

Statistics Zurich: Babie’s names. It’s not really statistics, but highly popular .. and a fascinating presentation.

OECD Country Statistical Profiles. OECD Data in SDMX Format put into Adobe Flex, interactive. Double Click and you get the country in a second graph, with comparisons.

Comparator, Statistics Switzerland. Choose data from two geographical units and compare them. National and International views. Choose the comparator in the right hand column after opening a region/nation.

Destatis has launched a “Foreign Trade Atlas” by applying the technology of an Internet Map Server (IMS). Interactive maps allow to explore the import and export values for about 200 goods with about 240 tradepartners of Germany.

Statistics Canada: Multimedia vignettes produced as part of the release of the 2006 Census results.
More to come with a little help from my friends sending their proposals to blogstats at gmx dot net….