Monday, January 31, 2011

Statistics Sweden: Maps and regional analysis

Statstics Sweden launched today a new site, sofar only in Swedish, with a lot of interactive graphics developed by NComVA. 

However, the site has been translated by Google: Go to the translated site into English or the original Swedish site and have a look!

The Joy of Stats

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Attention all users of statistics!

Attention all users of statistics!

If you are a user of statistics, we welcome your responses to the issues brought up in this questionnaire. You may view the questions in the questionnaire as a checklist, and you may give your responses in a free format, if you like. The important thing is that you provide us with ideas how statistics produced by different agencies and organisations could be made more accessible and useful for all kinds of users of statistics: citizens, entrepreneurs, students, teachers, researchers, journalists, analysts, politicians, etc.

Please send your responses to project leader Bo Sundgren,, and also feel welcome to publish your comments on our blog, managed by Alf Fyhrlund,

Sunday, January 23, 2011

OECD: Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2009

PISA, the Programme for International Student Assessment, which evaluates the quality, equity and efficiency of school systems in some 70 countries that, together, make up nine teenths of the world economy. PISA represents a commitment by governments to monitor the outcomes of education systems regularly within an internationally agreed framework and it provides a basis for international collaboration in defining and implementing educational policies. The results from the 2009 PISA assessment reveal wide differences in educational outcomes across countries. The education systems that have been able to secure strong and equitable learning outcomes, and to mobilise rapid improvements, show others what is possible to achieve.

Figure: This visualization allows you to interactively investigate mean scores for educational performance in your country for Reading, Mathematics and Science. Select a country with mouse click. The country is highlighted in both views. You can select more than country simultaneously by pressing CTR button at the same time. The (?) icons give you more information how to navigate these two graphs.

Top-performing countries or economies in reading literacy include Hong Kong-China (with a mean score of 533), Singapore (526), Canada (524), New Zealand (521), Japan (520) and Australia (515). The Netherlands (508), Belgium (506), Norway (503), Estonia (501), Switzerland (501), Poland (500), Iceland (500) and Liechtenstein (499) also perform above the OECD mean score of 494, while the United States, Sweden, Germany, Ireland, France, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Hungary, Portugal, and partner economy Chinese Taipei have scores close to the OECD mean.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Welcome to the Public Room 2011!

To the web site by Google Translate: Welcome to the Public Room 2011!

Trollhättan is honored to host the Public room May 24 to 26th in 2011. We welcome old and new participants.

What is public space?

Public Room is an annual conference that highlights how the public sector - state and local governments - both can expand the public space and develop a cohesive management through information and communication technology.

When and where organized public room in 2011?

Public room starts with Networking Day with OR-Academy n May 24 at University West. external link . The various networks have ankytning the public domain. New this year is that we will complete with a theme of knowledge gathered under the name OR the Academy. Meeting days are on 25-26 May and held at the People's House of Culture in Trollhättan. external link  is updated as information comes in, so please visit the website periodically.
Kanalbilsd Trollhattan Photographer Joakim Nyvall
Photographer Joakim Nyvall

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Citizen-centric access to statistics - project summary

The project will investigate the possibilities to define an easy-to-use, powerful, and flexible standard interface for communication of statistical data and metadata between the dissemina­tion databases of statistics producers (statistical agencies) and citizen-centric applications, developed by entrepreneurs or by citizens themselves.