Wednesday, July 04, 2007

The UNESCO Institute for Statistics

The UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) is a critically important international organization. It provides global leadership in the standardization, collection and distribution of statistics on education, science and culture. Without the efforts of UIS it is difficult to see how comparisons among nations could be made in these important sectors. How would we monitor progress towards key goals such as those of the Millennium Development Goals without the work UIS has done over the past decades to standardize indicators and its continuing efforts to collect information from member states and disseminate that information globally?

The UIS Data Center has recently been launched.

Go to the UIS Data Centre.

After a worldwide consultation process, the UIS has recently published its "Immediate, Medium and Longer-Term Strategy in Science & Technology Statistics".

Check out:
* Science & Technology Statistics Bulletin N°1 - by UIS in collaboration with INRS
This issue analyses Research and Development (R&D) expenditure worldwide over the last decade of the 20th Century. It presents figures and trends for the various world regions, including both developed and developing countries. >>More
* Science & Technology Statistics Bulletin N°2 - by UIS
This issue of the UIS Bulletin on Science and Technology Statistics presents a bibliometric analysis of 20 years of world scientific production (1981-2000), with a particular emphasis on developing countries.>>More

The UIS Culture and Communication Statistics Unit has recently launched two international questionnaires on media statistics to all its Member States. The first questionnaire on newspaper statistics covers such areas as the circulation of newspapers, on-line newspaper titles, journalists, community newspapers and news agencies. It was launched in December 2005 and results will be released by early 2007. The second questionnaire on radio and television broadcasting statistics covers diverse aspects of the radio and television industries, including the number of journalists and media organizations as well as national content issues and regulations.

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