The blog is an example on how to extract and visualise Eurostat statistics. It is a Statistics Sweden prototype within the Eurostat project called “Sponsorship on Communication”. The project is initiated by the Spanish NSI during their present EU chairmanship. All member countries have been invited to contribute.
The idea from Statistics Sweden is to focus on Sweden in the European statistical context in a blog based on publishing from Eurostat, e.g. Statistics in Focus and other European data . Information and data connects to social media functionality. It can be RSS flows based on regular Eurostat and Statistics Sweden publishing and on blog and Twitter searches. Any other country within EU can apply the approach to their own country from this framework.
The search functions are from Google. The information flow in the blog list is constructed from Google Blogger widgets. New ones can be added and obsolete ones can easily be replaced. They automatically update the flow of information once they are defined.
In the module “Latest Search Results about Eurostat and Sweden” pre-defined search terms are presenting results directed to different media like images, videos, news, blogs, updates, books and discussions. They can also be categorised in time, geography and related to different search terms.
By enter key words at “Search this blog” extended alternatives are presented to widen the scope of search to sites linked from the blog, the blog list, Statistics Sweden and Eurostat publishing and finally the whole web. So universal search is combined with more narrowly defined search destinations depending on how the blog is organised.
There is also news roll displaying information from different news media continuously through a widget. Also this information is updated automatically and search words can be changed or extended.
The scope and functionality will be tested and developed. It has been presented to journalists and media so far. We have recently included also an example of interactive publishing including statistical story telling through Vislets, developed by Professor Mikael Jern, NCVA, Linköping University, Sweden. Click on picture below for only this entry or on Sweden in Eurostat for the entire blog.