International Macro Data from Unesco

We are delighted to announce we have begun releasing UNESCO statistics via UKunesco-2DS.Stat.

As the statistical branch of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), the Institute for Statistics (UIS) produces cross-nationally comparable statistics on education, science and technology, culture, and communication for more than 200 countries and territories and is often used as a reference dataset for many other IGO’s data publications.  The data are being made available as open data and are a valuable addition to the UK Data Service international macro data portfolio.

The first two datasets to be released via UKDS.Stat are the UNESCO Education Statistics and the UNESCO Innovation Statistics:

  • The UNESCO Education Statistics dataset includes over 1600 indicators for 290+ countries and territories from 1970 onwards. From pre-primary school enrolment to tertiary graduation rates, it covers all education levels and allows research into key policy issues such as gender parity, teachers and education financing
  • The UNESCO Innovation Statistics dataset includes over 600 indicators for 70+ countries from 2005 onwards.  The UIS collects R&D data from more than 200 countries and territories through its biennial research and experimental development survey and partnerships with other statistical organisations, such as Eurostat, Red Iberoamericana de Indicadores de Ciencia y Tecnología (RICYT) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

The following UNESCO datasets will be released over the coming months – ‘Research and experimental development’, ‘Feature Films’, ‘Cultural Employment’, ‘Communication and Information’ and ‘Demographic and socio-economic’ datasets.

These data releases have come about as a result of membership of the Statistical Information Systems Collaboration Community.  Set up by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the SIS-CC is a group of international institutions (such as the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the International Labour Organization and UNESCO Institute of Statistics) working together to share experiences, expertise and to enable cost effective innovation in large-scale data dissemination.  We became a SIS-CC member organisation in 2012 and since then have been working collaboratively with the SIS-CC to develop UKDS.Stat.

Access the data at UKDS.Stat

UKDS.Stat is the data platform for UK Data Service international macrodata. The interface (which uses OECD data warehousing technology) provides many exciting features, including: integrated metadata, searching across datasets from different providers (IMF, OECD, International Energy Agency, World Bank, UNIDO and UNESCO), data visualisation options and the ability to save and share queries.

See our UKDS.Stat user guide and FAQs for help in accessing the data. Let us know if you have any problems finding and accessing the data or have any feedback on the service.


UKDS.Stat user guide

UNESCO Education Statistics dataset user guide

UNESCO Innovation Statistics dataset user guide

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