The Pacific Community (SPC) Statistics for Development Division (SDD) has just released their new website in a beta version. This website hopes to make it even easier for users to find information and data related to statistics in the Pacific region. It will also inform users about Pacific statistics governance and the wide-ranging technical assistance provided by SDD.
The new website is the culmination of two years of hard work which started with a User Focus Project or User Engagement Project that provided SDD with a clearer understanding of what our SDD statistics users wanted from our website. As a result SDD undertook a review of all its existing SDD websites and online dissemination platforms from a “user’s perspective”. Find out more about the redevelopment process here.
Users looking for data are often interested in data related to a theme such as “Population”, or data related to a specific country such as “Fiji”. For this reason the new website focuses on arranging “Stats by Topic” and “Stats by Country”. These pages are all content and data driven which means that articles, documents and reports are tagged with keywords that determine which (one or more) pages they appear on. The website is integrated with the Pacific Data Hub SDG Dashboard, the Pacific Data Hub Microdata Library, the SPC Digital Library, and is also being integrated with the Pacific Data Hub .stat indicator platform.
Launching the new website at the SPC headquarters in Noumea, SDD Acting Director David Abbott said: “This is a very exciting development for SDD, and one that will benefit statistics users across the whole of the Pacific region and beyond. We will continue to develop our website as we move forward and will work with the national statistics offices in our member countries to improve data dissemination at all levels for all users”
Support for this work was provided from Statistics New Zealand, the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Thanks also is due to the numerous partners and users who provided feedback through the user engagement work and redevelopment process.
Phil Bright - GIS, Innovation and Dissemination Lead, SDD | Email: [email protected]