UN Makes Its Statistical Data Free and Searchable
Since its foundation, the United Nations system has been collecting statistical information from member states on a
variety of topics. The information thus collected constitutes a considerable information asset of the organization.
However, these statistical data are often stored in proprietary databases, each with unique dissemination and access
policies. As a result, users are often unaware of the full array of statistical information that the UN system has
in its data libraries. The current arrangement also means that users are required to move from one database to
another to access different types of information. UNdata addresses this problem by datapooling major UN databases
and those of several other international organizations into one single Internet environment. The innovative design
allows a user to access a large number of UN databases either by browsing the data series or through a keyword search.