More free data on Singapore's population and economy to be available on SingStat website

SINGAPORE - More data will soon be available for free on the Singapore Department of Statistics' website from Sunday.

This includes including approximately 5,000 more data series, bringing the total data series available for free access to about 12,000.

The data series span multiple topics within the two broad themes of population and economy. They can be accessed on the SingStat website (www.singstat.gov.sg) and theGovernment's Open Data Portal (www.data.gov.sg) from March 1.

The move is in line with the Government's intention to make more data available to the public as Singapore builds a Smart Nation, SingStat said in a statement on Friday.

"The free access to more data, especially historical time series data, will encourage research and lead to better planning, more informed decision-making and the creation of new solutions."

Users will be able to customise data tables, view the data in chart form, and download the data in reader-friendly formats for further analyses on the SingStat website (www.singstat.gov.sg/tablebuilder).

Apart from the online statistical database, the website also contains a wealth of statistical information disseminated in various forms, including analytical papers and infographics, to cater to a diverse group of data users.

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