Here are some highlights of the new product:
- On the main page of the OECD ilibrary, you can look up information by theme or country. This includes themes like Education and Health that people may not associate with the OECD.
- iLibrary includes book, journal/papers, working papers (which are unofficial reports by researchers associated with the OECD), the well-known fact books, and, your favorite, STATISTICS!
- iLibrary still includes tons of the OECD books, so check there often. We hope to have the books available through the Library Catalog by December. If you think we might have an OECD publication, just ask our librarians!
- Pretty much everything seems to have an RSS feed now, which is really helpful. You could do a RSS for a journal, the main economic indicators, the latest releases in a particular theme, your favorite table, pretty much whatevs. They also provide citations for each individual piece.
- OECD.stat within iLibrary is the statistical warehouse. It provides access to wide range of OECD data sets from economic indicators to health issues stats. Metadata are available for all datasets and provide source information. Keep in mind that OECD's role is to aggregate and harmonize data, so they are getting most of it from the country's source agency.
- And speaking of health, OECD Health Data 2010 is out and is still quite comprehensive. It is linked on the front page and no longer requires downloading an application.
Those are just some highlights. I encourage you to consult OECD iLibrary for any international or comparative work with a social focus. Next month I will do a short tutorial demonstrating some of these features. In the meantime, have fun! Great stuff!