Earlier this week, USCIB organized a media roundtable in Washington, D.C. that offered a hands-on how-to lesson in using the OECD’s unmatched data and statistical resources to better inform coverage of the economy, education and a range of issues. A dozen journalists from several top-tier media outlets took part in the session.
Dan Morrison, the OECD’s head of media relations, and Miguel Gorman, press officer with the OECD’s Washington Center, joined Jonathan Huneke, USCIB’s vice president for communications and public affairs, in providing a detailed overview of the OECD’s impressive resources.
With over 50 years of shared knowledge and policy insights from its member governments, the OECD has a variety of resources that enable news organizations to develop reliable, comparative cross-border data. Its public website
and iLibrary service let users delve deeply into the OECD’s extensive data records – both up-to-the-minute and historical. The OECD’s StatLink service provides searchable access to OECD data so users can develop customized tables and charts, while the soon-to-be-unveiled OECD Data Lab will provide a range of compelling and Web-friendly visualizations of key OECD metrics.
“We at USCIB are always very impressed with how the OECD’s 2,300 economists are able to collect, display and interpret data on issues like trade, taxation and energy in new and intriguing ways,” said Huneke. “One terrific example is the new OECD Services Trade Restrictiveness Index, which helps us make the case for greater openness in services trade. The index shows that, when the added value from inputs are factored into services trade, the share of services that is traded across borders in the OECD area rises from a quarter to half of all services produced.”
Staff contact: Jonathan Huneke