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2016-03-10Data

The Data Structure Project

This new development will provide more intuitive data navigation, with better overview capabilities

The results of our annual customer survey suggested that our users were more satisfied with service, data and functionality than they were with data navigation. To address this, we started a project intended to re-structure how data is presented and navigated. One aim was to present data in a way that mirrors the sources- making it more familiar to many users. The other aim was for users who are unfamiliar with the data and sources to also find, and select data with ease.


This project is something that we will develop on an ongoing basis. At this point, however, we have made enough progress to present it to you. The project is focused on restructuring source data. This will allow you to move between a general, and detailed view of the data available, in a single pane, without having to perform multiple searches. This development is available from version 1.15.44 of the application.


As this is an ongoing project we are happy to hear your suggestions of which sources you would most benefit from having restructured. This way we can prioritize working on the sources most relevant to you. Let us know via the help menu in the application or by using our contact form.


The following example shows data from IMF, BOPS: Australia, IIP. Click on the link to see this view in the application.


Level one of five

When the slider is all the way to the left, at level one, you are provided with a top-level overview, in which you can see the top-level time series from within the set.


Level one of five


With the simple functionality of a slider (seen above), it becomes easy to navigate between, and view the different levels, of data available. The orange dots indicate that a more detailed view of the time series is available.


Level three of five

Level three of five

As always, you are able to quickly view metadata by holding the cursor over a time series.


Level five of five

Level five of five


This view shows the full extent of available series from the source. Those series that are shown in lighter grey text indicate that they are not available for this particular tab/view, in this case, Quarterly, USD.


Click on the links below to see other examples in the application.
BEA: US, GDP & Personal Income.
Economics - by source: US, Domestic Nonfinancial Sectors