New: The evaluation period is over and http://data.un.org can now be accessed without password protection. Have a look and give your comments!
This new release comes just in time for the the thirty-ninth session of the United Nations Statistical Commission to be held from 26 to 29 February 2008. See the United Nations Statistics Division Website.
Two interesting documents concerning dissemination and metadate are presented at this session:
Report of the Secretary-General on collection and dissemination of statistics by the United Nations Statistics Division E/CN.3/2008/12
Report of an initiative to foster open standards for the exchange and sharing of data and metadata E/CN.3/2008/13