Major data update - December 20

Over last 2 weeks, we have published 25 datasets that includes Monthly Interest Rate updates from ECB/IMF, Economic Outlook-December 2011, Russian Regional Economic Monitoring and several datasets from OECD & African Development Bank:

New Datasets:
ECB - Long-term interest rate statistics for EU Member States, Monthly, Jan 1993 to Oct 2011, November 2011
IMF - Long & Short Term Interest Rates from Principal Global Indicators (IFS), 2011
OECD - Health Data - Non-Medical Determinants of Health
OECD - Health Data - Health Care Quality Indicators
OECD - Health Data - Health Care Utilisation
OECD - Health Data - Health Status
OECD - Health Data - Health Care Resources
IFA - IFA database 2011
FSSS - Russian Regional Economic Monitoring, October 2011
WB - World Bank Quarterly Public Sector Debt, October 2011

Updated Datasets:
OECD - Economic Outlook No 90, December 2011
EIA - International Energy Statistics, November 2011
UIS - UNESCO Institute for Statistics data, October 2011
UNSD - UN Industrial Commodity Statistics Database 2011
TI - Corruption Perceptions Index 2011
WSA - World Steel Production 2011, November2011
OECD - Annual Labour Force Statistics Summary tables Population and Labor 2011, November 2011

Datasets from African Development Bank:
AfDB Socio Economic Database 2011
African Development Bank, Country Database, 2011
Making Finance Work for Africa
African Development Bank, Food Security, December 2011
African Development Bank, Food Security, Prices, Monthly, December 2011
African Development Bank, Bank Operations 2011
AfDB Country Policy and Institutional Assessment
Africa Millennium Development Goals

Milestone 2 - Open Data for Africa platform

Today December 16, 2011 - 46 days from the time we went live, is the second significant milestone for the Knoema team. Today Knoema in partnership with the African Development Bank (AfDB) launched the Open Data for Africa platform. The platform will serve as a knowledge center for collecting, accessing and sharing data and foster collaboration between users.

To access Open Data platform for Africa click here

More information about the Open Data platform for Africa release can be accessed at:

AfDB promotes statistical development with the launch of the Open Data for Africa platform

AfDB - Open Data for Africa

Major data update - December 3

This week, we have added 23 datasets that includes several new datasets from FRED, IFA and other sources. 

New Datasets:
US Treasury Interest Rate Statistics, End of Month Treasury Rate, October 2011
China Global Investment Tracker: 2011, Updated on 5-July 2011
World Bank Climate Change 2011
IFA - Fertilizer Use by Crop
IFA - Production and Trade 2011
Power Reactor Information System 2011
Economic Research Division, Exchange Rates, Annual & Monthly Series, November 2011
Economic Research Division, Gross Domestic Product(GDP) and Components: Annual, Quarterly & Monthly Series, November 2011
Economic Research Division, Financial Data, Monthly Series, November 2011
Economic Research Division, Monetary Aggregates, Quarterly & Monthly Series, November 2011
Economic Research Division, Prices, Annual & Monthly, November 2011
Economic Research Division, Reserves and Monetary Base, Monthly Series, November 2011
Economic Research Division, U.S. Trade and International Transactions, Annual, Quarterly & Monthly Series, November 2011
Economic Research Division, Employment and Population, Quarterly & Monthly Series, November 2011
Economic Research Division, Business/Fiscal, Annual, Quarterly & Monthly Series, November 2011
Economic Research Division, Banking, Quarterly & Monthly Series, November 2011
Economic Research Division, Interest Rate - Monthly Update, November 2011

Monthly Update:
WB - Commodity Forecast Price data, November 2011
BIS - Property price statistics October 2011
Platinum Today - Prices for Platinum group metal, November 2011
JODI Oil dataset, November 2011

Updated Datasets:
EC - Annual Macro-Economic Database 2011, November 2011
UNFCCC - Greenhouse gas database 2011, October 2011

Euro crisis - should Germany be the one to break out?

Over last few months the risk of Euro breakup has been one of the hot topics of discussion. Multiple organizations across the globe joining hands to respond to the crisis have so far not been very successful in jump-starting the Euro economy. The markets have been responding continuously faster than all these efforts together. 

Knoema Team against Waterfall

This post is has a mix of fun and seriousness. The fun side is about the way we spent yesterday. After working hard for months towards making the first public version of Knoema, the entire team was taken for a retreat and a fun trip to Shivasamudram Falls, close to Bangalore where our team is located. This place is spectacular and worth a visit. Waterfalls are awesome, very refreshing and fun to stay in.

Living beyond means

What really went wrong with Greece!!!....

Greece has been living beyond its means for more than a decade. The Greek government kept borrowing heavily and was on a spending spree after it adopted the euro. After being bailed out twice the debt-strapped country is going to be bailed out once more by a rescue package by European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Public spending has been on a rise and on the other side the income has big dent due to allover tax evasion.

Many other countries in the Europe have a similar pattern like Greece, where they have huge debts and experienced high rises in the wages. The economic turmoil is making it difficult for the repayment of debts and high wage level in these economies are making them less competitive. Surprisingly the key economies in Europe are having not only very high debts but also a high debt per capita, almost comparable to the United States.

Oranges, limes and sweet limes

Yesterday Balaji, Rahul and I were having a lunch together. At some time Rahul took a fruit out of refrigator which was looking like orange, but he said it's lime, sweet lime. For me it was something new so I asked what is the difference. Nobody was able to explain clearly and discussion switched to oranges somehow. I mentioned that very likely no oranges are produced at production scale in my country (Russia) because of its tough climate. We are nowhere close to climate in India, may be just a few areas like Sochi - the capital of future 2014 winter Olympics. Then suddenly I realized that Knoema can be a good thing for casual discussions like this one.

Death while making Powerpoints

All of us have heard the popular saying “Death by powerpoint”, but not many of you will associate yourself with “Death while making powerpoint”.

This is something very common with people who primarily work with data and need to prepare data intensive powerpoints either for themselves or for their bosses. Many times, these presentations contain tons of charts and tables with data, which gets updated monthly, weekly and quite often daily. Imagine the time and effort it takes to recreate and check the content of these presentations every time when there is a data update.

Vladimir and I share more than three decades of experience working with data, data tools and data enthusiasts around us. For some time a few years back, I got the opportunity to work closely with the office of the CXO of one of the organizations. That’s when I realized the time and effort spent in making/updating the presentation every time when there is a data update. Occasionally things going crazy when the data changes happened today and the boss need a presentation tomorrow. Always wanted to solve this pandemic problem and finally Knoema gave us the opportunity.

Data update

206 datasets ~ 6,030,000 time series ~ 115,000,000 data points and growing

Our data team at Knoema is in a continuous process of bringing in new datasets and updating to the newer versions. All the latest updates can be accessed using our "Dataset Browser". We have seven datasets published today:
Stay tuned for more.....

World reaches 7 billion

October 31, 2011 will always be remembered by us at Knoema, as the day when Knoema went live. Interestingly Knoema shares its day of birth with the 7 billionth baby born in Philippines. 

We go live......

This is the first blog post from Knoema after going live.

October 31, 2011 is a big milestone for all of us in Knoema. After almost a year of hard-work, sweat and planning we have made our presence public. It's not far back when we started talking about what Knoema is all about. We spent days after days on drawing boards discussing functionality, layouts, content and what not..... And today we have Knoema.

"Is it the same what was discussed a year back?" The answer is "NO". While we started development and the content creation, we never stopped asking ourselves the question is this what our user would want and kept the ideas always flowing. There are many areas where we lost the counts of reworks and refinements to get to this stage. In coming blogs we will be sharing interesting events and trivia that had significant impact on our approach.

Knoema offers tools to capture most aspects of a data life cycle: accessing data from multiple sources, bringing relevant indicators into a common environment, visualizing figures, applying analytical functions, creating dashboards, and presenting the outcome. We have plans to keep adding more features and tools to help our users in their data work.

Please use Knoema and help us improve our capabilities by sending us your feedback at

Welcome to Knoema

We at Knoema believe that we are working on building a unique knowledge platform, that will offer opportunity for users to contribute and collaborate, allowing them to share their views and analyze problems. Started in the US, the founders of Knoema bring in many years of domain, industry and technology experience and are fully committed towards its success. We have aggressive plans to make a public presence later this fall. We are in process of ramping up our teams and will soon be making our presence public. For more stay tuned. If you are interested you can find more information about us or check job opportunities in Knoema.