Statistical Website’s Emerging Standard

ONS (Office for National Statistics, UK) launched its new website. Clean, well structured and with visual and interactive elements.

New statistical websites – like Italy’s Istat in August 2011 and now ONS’ – as well as some older ones – like Swiss Stats (Federal Statistical Office FSO) or French INSEE – follow more and more a kind of standard which is based on a navigation by themes.

But there is no common standard concerning the themes and the sub-themes.


Once a topic chosen further navigation is very similar to one another:

  • Sub-themes
  • News
  • Key figures (sometimes visualised)
  • Publications, studies and analyses
  • Datasets , detailed data  (sometimes with DB access)
  • Guidance and methodology
  • Interactive visualisations (Maps, international comparisons)

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