One of the great things about the Internet is just how much reference data is being put on line these days. Organisations such as the OECD, the UN, governments, industry bodies – the list goes on and on.
The downside is just how much data there is out there, and tracking down information from that mass of data is increasingly time-consuming. But I came across what looks to be a very useful site: NationMaster. The organisation behind the site has compiled data from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, United Nations, World Health Organization, World Bank, World Resources Institute, UNESCO, UNICEF and OECD. The site has easy to use tools to provide comparisons between nations, using over 4,600 different statistics.
It’s a terrific resource, and one which will be up alongside Wikipedia in my bookmarks.