SOURCE: Swivel

April 16, 2007 09:00 ET

OECD and Swivel Invite Curious People to Explore, Discuss and Debate the OECD Factbook

Exploring High-Quality and Timely Global Indicators Is Easy via Swivel's Web Site

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 16, 2007 -- Swivel, a data exploration Web site for curious people, today announced that The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) will make its 2007 OECD Factbook available on Swivel's site, www.swivel.com. The OECD is an intergovernmental organization that facilitates discussion among its member countries on economic, social and environmental issues. Now, inquisitive people can easily obtain the most accurate and current set of economic, social and environmental indicators worldwide and discuss them openly with a community of interested peers.

"Loading our core data on Swivel helps the OECD extend the discussion of its valuable economic facts and figures beyond our traditional audiences; this helps meet our goal of building knowledge based on fact," stated Enrico Giovannini, director of statistics and chief statistician of OECD. "We are happy to make the 2007 OECD Factbook available on Swivel's Web site, as well as on our own, so new audiences can explore and discuss a unique global overview of world economic, social and environmental trends."

In the past, it was often difficult for people to discuss and compare data from different sources and explore their relationships. Swivel's mission is to make exploring all of the world's data fun and insightful for everyone. Graphical representations of data and relationships between different data sets make the information clearer and easier to understand at a glance.

"We want to give our community the broadest and most accurate data available across a multitude of industries," commented Brian Mulloy, Swivel co-founder. "In adding trusted and recognized data from the OECD, we are ensuring that the highest quality and most current economic and development data is available to our visitors."

For more than 40 years, the OECD has been one of the world's largest and most reliable sources of statistical, economic and social data. OECD databases span areas as diverse as national accounts, economic indicators, trade, employment, migration, education, energy, health and the environment. Much of the data is published, and some has already been loaded by other Swivelers.

"Our goal is to encourage a dialogue among those who use our data so we can learn more about the data they need," said Toby Green, head of OECD Publishing. "Having our information included as part of Swivel's community enables us to raise the visibility for our core data among a new audience and see how they react, communicate and share their thoughts in a creative and open environment."

About Swivel

Swivel is a Web site for uploading, exploring and sharing data. Individuals and organizations worldwide can easily add their data to Swivel, compare it with other data, and share their insights via email, Web sites and blogs. Along with the currently available free edition for public data, Swivel will also offer a professional edition for private data, allowing businesses to gain insights through comparisons of public data with their secure private data. Funded by Minor Ventures in December 2005, co-founders Brian Mulloy and Dmitry Dimov lead Swivel's mission of making the world's data fun and insightful for everyone at www.swivel.com.

About Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

The OECD groups 30 member countries sharing a commitment to democratic government and the market economy. With active relationships with some 70 other countries and economies, NGOs and civil society, it has a global reach. Best known for its publications and its statistics, its work covers economic and social issues from macroeconomics, to trade, education, development and science and innovation. For more information on the OECD, please read http://www.oecd.org/about.

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