R tools for ILOSTAT: Rilostat and SMART

M. Villarreal-Fuentes (villarreal-fuentes@ilo.org)
Department of Statistics, International Labour Organization (ILO)
S. Ding (ding@ilo.org)
Department of Statistics, International Labour Organization (ILO)


This article presents Rilostat and SMART, two statistical tools developed by the Department of Statistics of the International Labour Organization (ILO) to facilitate the user interaction with ILOSTAT, the largest repository of labour-related indica-tors. The package Rilostat allows data users around the world to access, extract and manipulate information from ILOSTAT. This document presents a description of the package, including detailed explanations of all its functionalities, examples of reproducible data visualization and a Principal Component Analysis application car-ried out using information extracted with Rilostat from the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) collection available in the database. The Statistics Metadata-driven Analysis and Reporting Tool (SMART) allows National Statistical Offices world-wide to easily generate and automate the production of analytical reports (such as national SDG reporting) defined by means of an SDMX Data Structure Definition (DSD), either from processing micro-level data or from aggregated data by means of transcoding. It is a hybrid application that employs the .NET framework to build the user interface and R as the computational and reporting engine. These two R-based tools for ILOSTAT take advantage of all the benefits of the R software to give ILOSTAT data users simplified access to what they need.

Keywords: Official Statistics, data dissemination, data visualization, analytical reporting automation, GUI programming.
JEL Classification: C81, C88

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Romanian Statistical Review 4/2019