FAO revamps its statistical system
New FAOSTAT to better serve users
27 July 2006, Rome - The FAO announced today the launch of its new FAOSTAT system. It is the first revision of the system in more than a decade.
“We have redeveloped FAOSTAT to better serve our users and give them more time for analysis,” the Director of FAO’s Statistics Division, Haluk Kasnakoglu, said.
“The new FAOSTAT consists of an integrated core database and satellite databases feeding and supporting it. The thematic databases cover areas such as agricultural production, consumption, trade, prices and resources,” Mr Kasnakoglu also said.
The new FAOSTAT is already available from the FAO website. It comes with complete global coverage, cross-domain integration, a fully refined user interface and increased data transparency.
A new national version, CountrySTAT, has been under development and is being released in a score of pilot countries. It will offer a two-way bridge between national and international statistics on food and agriculture.
10 million records downloaded every day
FAOSTAT is currently the world’s largest and most comprehensive statistical database on food and agriculture. It contains over 1 billion data points, 40 million of which are updated annually.
The current core of FAOSTAT contains a full matrix of integrated and compatible statistics coverage of 200 countries, a period of 15 years, and more than 200 primary products and input items.
The FAOSTAT site receives over 10 000 daily hits and 10 million records are downloaded every day. “This is a twenty-fold increase just over the last 5 years,” Mr Kasnakoglu indicated.
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