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The World on a Plate: Making Data Digestible

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Nicholas Syrotiuk
ESDS International, University of Manchester

Intergovernmental data is delivered in many different formats and this is a major barrier to use.  Data aggregators, national data services and data librarians all have a role in making data available on [the] web.  ESDS International hosts over 30 databases from many different intergovernmental agencies including the World Bank, IMF, UN, IEA and OECD.  We deliver the data through a single web interface, and this has proved a very successful strategy in the development of a new user community.  In this paper we describe the underlying structure of the international databanks and how the data is converted into Beyond 20/20 format and made available on the web; i.e. we describe our data-loading and quality assurance procedures, and integration with access management systems.  We also examine the role data librarians can play in liaising with software developers and data providers to create more intuitive and effective interfaces for our user communities.

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