Eurostat regional yearbook 2013 [PDF as Topic Map Interface?]

Eurostat regional yearbook 2013

From the webpage:

Statistical information is an important tool for understanding and quantifying the impact of political decisions in a specific territory or region. The Eurostat regional yearbook 2013 gives a detailed picture relating to a broad range of statistical topics across the regions of the Member States of the European Union (EU), as well as the regions of EFTA and candidate countries. Each chapter presents statistical information in maps, figures and tables, accompanied by a description of the main findings, data sources and policy context. These regional indicators are presented for the following 11 subjects: economy, population, health, education, the labour market, structural business statistics, tourism, the information society, agriculture, transport, and science, technology and innovation. In addition, four special focus chapters are included in this edition: these look at European cities, the definition of city and metro regions, income and living conditions according to the degree of urbanisation, and rural development.

The Statistical Atlas is an interactive map viewer, which contains statistical maps from the Eurostat regional yearbook and provides the possibility to download these maps as high-resolution PDFs.

PDF version of the Eurostat regional yearbook 2013

But this isn’t a dead PDF file:

Under each table, figure or map in all Eurostat publications you will find hyperlinks with Eurostat online data codes, allowing easy access to the most recent data in Eurobase, Eurostat’s online database. A data code leads to either a two- or three-dimensional table in the TGM (table, graph, map) interface or to an open dataset which generally contains more dimensions and longer time series using the Data Explorer interface (3). In the Eurostat regional yearbook, these online data codes are given as part of the source below each table, figure and map.

In the PDF version of this publication, the reader is led directly to the freshest data when clicking on the hyperlinks for Eurostat online data codes. Readers of the printed version can access the freshest data by typing a standardised hyperlink into a web browser, for example:, where is to be replaced by the online data code in question.

A great data collection for anyone interested in the EU.

Take particular note of how delivery in PDF format does not preclude accessing additional information.

I assume that would extend to topic map-based content as well.

Where there is a tradition of delivery of information in a particular form, why would you want to change it?

Or to put it differently, what evidence is there of a pay-off from another form of delivery?

Noting that I don’t consider hyperlinks to be substantively different from other formal references.

Formal references are a staple of useful writing, albeit hyperlinks (can) take less effort to follow.

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