The new UIS website offers compelling, innovative ways to find – and use – the best available information on what is happening in education, science, culture and communication worldwide.
The new site represents a radical shift in the way we present our data. Rather than sending our visitors to complex databases, the new site focuses on the kind of information that people want in the era of the Sustainable Development Goals, packaged in the way that is most useful for them.
The biggest innovation has been to ‘unpack’ the UIS database, breaking down the once separate siloes of hard data, analysis (reports) and the story-telling provided by data visualisations and other tools. Now our web users can see the data in context.
The new site offers three different ways to explore and use UIS data:
Technical audiences and expert researchers can still access our database, which will remain intact (data.uis.unesco.org). But the new site features ‘indicator pages’, where people can gather all the materials they need for a multitude of uses. These pages let readers play with and explore a whole range of topics. For example, the reader can ‘slice’ data on rates of children out of school by gender or level of education. They can then create a visual version of their results by building charts or tables that can be stored (with a new ‘pinboard’ option) and shared easily.
The indicator pages also present key reports and news articles, as well as related indicators. With each chart updated automatically, readers can be confident that they have the latest available information. The indicator pages are currently presented in English and Spanish (French is forthcoming).
For more general audiences, we now have a series of topic pages. These pages span from Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4) and learning outcomes to women in science and cultural employment. They provide background as well as related indicators and products, such as reports and fact sheets.
Data by country
The new site also features country profiles of our key data broken down by region and income level – recognising that general audiences are often searching for national facts and figures.
Download, pin and share UIS data
Every report, data table and chart on the UIS website can be easily shared and "pinned" for future reference. More advanced users will also benefit from our new API (application program interface) providing access to UIS data and metadata.
The French version of our new website will go live in March 2017. In the meantime, please visit: http://www.uis.unesco.org/Pages/defaultFR.aspx
We welcome your feedback and any suggestions to help us improve this new resource, which is part of our commitment to meet the evolving needs of the people using our data – from policymakers to engaged citizens.