“Knowledge raises awareness and is empowerment. For this reason we created GlobalStat: a public information tool for users around the world that will expand and evolve over time. It offers an incredible amount of statistical data free of charge from international sources for all 193 UN member states, from 1960 to present day, and presents them in a user-friendly way for each and every one of us to learn more about how we live, the freedoms we enjoy and the limitations we face in our globalised world.”
Gaby Umbach, GlobalStat Director
What can you learn from GlobalStat?
GlobalStat adopts a ‘beyond GDP’ approach and presents statistical data on economic, environmental, political, social, societal and cultural performance of nations. It enables you to develop interlinked views on diverse phenomena, to assess the performance of nation states over time, to gain insight into the many dimensions of policy challenges related to globalisation, to interconnect processes of globalisation and human development, and to be informed about human well-being and the quality of life around the world.
Author: Laura Bartolini
Editing: Eleonora Carcascio
Voice: Mia Saugman
Use GlobalStat in 7 Steps! (tutorial)
With its ‘3-click to data’ approach, GlobalStat facilitates the search for, access to and use of data collected from various sources. You can access a comprehensive collection of data in which indicators are disaggregated as far as possible (for example into different gender or age groups). Country level data is presented for the 193 UN countries and for the longest period available, starting from 1960.
The website allows for multiple visualisations of data. Tables, rankings, bar and line charts offer different graphical representations of the indicators chosen. Filters by period (selection of years) and by groups (selecting countries, continents and/or other entities) are available for targeted in-depth analysis. GlobalStat also includes export functionalities that allow for data, metadata and graphics download.
Infographic Video on Women in Europe and The World
Explore with this GlobalStat infographics video what recent data can tell us about the situation of women in Europe and the World. The video was produced for the EUI’s State of the Union 2016 conference in Florence, 5 May 2016.
Author: Caterina Francesca Guidi
Realisation: Giorgio Giamberini
GlobalStat at a glance
Learn more about GlobalStat’s approach, content and structure.
Author: Caterina Francesca Guidi
Realisation: Giorgio Giamberini
GlobalStat has recently released a series of infographics sheets in cooperation with the EPRS, to provide essential data on existing economic relations between the EU and other big world’s economies. PDFs are also available under our Publication Section.
GlobalStat has prepared an Infographic Factsheet on Women in Europe and the World for the EUI’s State of the Union 2016 conference in Florence, 5-7 May 2016.
GlobalStat was present at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia from 6 to 10 April. The workshop “Data Journalism Training on GlobalStat” was held at 9.30am on 7th of April
25 November 2015, New Blogspot: The Importance of Statistics in Public Health Sector Analysis
Written by Caterina Francesca Guidi and Gaby Umbach, both GlobalStat, in cooperation with Nicole Scholz, EPRS
From 13 to 15 October 2015 GlobalStat was represented in the ‘Spotlight Sessions’ and the Exhibition Hall of the 5th OECD World Forum on Statistics, Knowledge and Policy in Guadalajara/Mexico.
05 October 2015, New Blogspot: Empowerment Through Knowledge: GlobalStat Database Available Soon On The EPRS Website, Written by Laura Bartolini and Gaby Umbach (both GlobalStat)
7 May 2015, State of the Union: Official launch video of GlobalStat
Statistics play an increasingly vital role in many domains of our political and societal life. As a consequence, the astonishing proliferation of statistics and the widespread use of indicators as instruments to evaluate our societies increase the demand for reliable and publicly available statistical resources. However, the enhanced relevance of statistical data only slowly translates into a transparent visibility of statistics within the public domain. In order to close this gap, new tools are needed to improve the clarity and speed with which statistical data can be accessed in order to promote the use of these important independent sources of information within the wider public.
This need for visibility and accessibility is even more vital in the era of globalisation, in which sources of information multiply at a speed that is hardly traceable by the individual. Within this process, not only the number of sources amplifies every day. Also the areas, issues and processes affected and affecting the individual do so. Moreover, as a fundamental process impacting on most different aspects of our daily lives, globalisation constitutes a phenomenon that goes far beyond global economic interrelations and integration. Through dense inter-linkages it impacts on the personal, societal, social, cultural, political, economic and environmental spheres of human lives. This broad impact extends the need for information beyond political and economic data and puts knowledge on environmental, societal and cultural developments to the core of the need to learn more about the sustainability of global interrelations.
Presenting data as diverse as income distribution, water resources, dwellings, migration, land use, food production, nutrition, or life expectancy materialises this broad view on globalisation. With this approach, GlobalStat contributes to a better understanding of the interrelations between human living conditions and globalisation trends.
GlobalStat indicators are grouped in 12 thematic and three horizontal areas. Each thematic area is divided into sub-themes that include statistical data series. Horizontal areas offer insight into data on sustainable livelihood, national wealth, human well-being and quality of life.
Metadata, that means information explaining the statistical data, is an integral part of GlobalStat. It is compiled and presented for every single indicator to better explain what the figures exactly represent. Definitions of concepts, the methodology adopted by the original sources, the statistical operation to produce data, notes on data relevance, on specific years and countries are provided alongside the data table together with the original data and web source. In this way, GlobalStat makes every effort to accurately describe the ‘story’ behind every indicator, in order to help users understand the context and to access the original source for further information if desired.
Transparency and accountability of GlobalStat’s data collection and aggregation methods are essential in order to make data easy to use, understand and compare. Therefore, a comprehensive Methodological Guide provides a full explanation of the statistical methods applied by GlobalStat.
GlobalStat’s data collection process benefitted from the collaboration with many international experts who, on behalf of their institutions, cooperate with GlobalStat. More than 80 international institutions and entities contribute to GlobalStat, underlining their commitment to disseminate their information to the wider public. GlobalStat’s collaboration partners include among many others Eurostat, the Food and Agriculture Organisation, the Fund for Peace, the Legatum Institute, the International Labour Organisation, the International Monetary Fund, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the Sustainable Society Foundation, Transparency International, the United Nations and the World Bank.
With its particular features and characteristics, GlobalStat brings together the expertise of the European University Institute’s Global Governance Programme and the Francisco Manuel dos Santos Foundation. It strongly benefits from the broad range of the GGP’s global governance research and the FFMS’s experience with online statistical databases, namely PORDATA, POP and Conhecer a Crise.
GlobalStat is a public information tool for users around the world. It will expand and evolve over time further after the online launch (The State of The Union, May 2015). All data and metadata are accessible free of charge for personal information purposes and research.