(08 June 2017) – Today, Eurostat published a new section on its website dedicated to experimental statistics.
Experimental statistics are compiled from new data sources and methods. For example, for the first time Eurostat is estimating price changes in the food supply chain, from farm to consumer.
Another example is the use of Wikipedia as a new source to produce statistics on the visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This is to measure not only the popularity of the sites but also the public’s ‘cultural consumption’.
It should be noted that these statistics have not reached full maturity in terms of harmonisation, coverage or methodology. This is why they are marked with a clearly visible logo and accompanied by detailed methodological notes.
Users are invited to provide Eurostat with feedback on these data to further improve the robustness of experimental statistics.