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ProQuest Expands Resources for Study of Global Data

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ANN ARBOR — On the heels of its acclaimed resurrection of the Statistical Abstract of the United States, ProQuest will debut two major data resources in 2013.

ProQuest Statistical Abstracts of the World, which takes the classic U.S. reference to
a global level, will be released in early August. Additionally, a new collaboration
between ProQuest, the industry-leading DataMarket and Oxford Economics, one of
the world’s foremost independent global economic firms, will enable researchers to
search, compare, visualize and share time series, survey responses and other
research data on hundreds of topics through a single interface. ProQuest International
DataSets will be released in September.

“Creating resources that can support in-depth data mining takes a unique skill set,”
said Susan Bokern, ProQuest vice president of information solutions. “Matching the
strengths of ProQuest’s team of statistical data experts with those of DataMarket and
Oxford Economics is a particularly rich and expansive resource. Further, ProQuest Statistical Abstracts of the World will be a flexible and powerful resource, providing a full range of research techniques and analytic tools to help advance the work of researchers.”

While both international products will include the global macroeconomic data compiled
by the United Nations, the European Union, and other international organizations, the
scope of the ProQuest products will go beyond these familiar benchmarks. Featured
content will include population and industry data for 2600 major cities around the world,
as well as for selected states/provinces; production and employment trends for 100
industries in the BRIC countries; data on ethnicity, religion, consumer spending, health
care, income levels for selected countries; and expert long-term forecasts for 190
countries.

“Information centers often struggle to find granular and reliable data on industries and
cities in major and emerging markets. ProQuest International DataSets fills this critical
information need with a best-of-breed data analytics tool, which draws on Oxford
Economics unparalleled city coverage,” said Lou Celi, President of Oxford Economics
USA.

“Our goal is to give people one place where they can get the data they need to
understand the world around them. We are thrilled to be bringing together our
technology and data collections with those of ProQuest and Oxford Economics,” said
Hjalmar Gislason, founder and CEO of DataMarket. “This is the start of a long-term
partnership, and our shared ambition is to create a world-leading gateway to global
data and information.”

ProQuest’s International DataSets will bring complex and diverse data together from
hundreds of sources in one place and one format, enabling data to be searched,
compared, visualized and shared. The resource will combine the full content set and
technology architecture from DataMarket along with content from both ProQuest and
Oxford Economics’ renowned array of quantitative and qualitative research. ProQuest
International DataSets will be fully interactive, allowing users to create their own charts
and reports from diverse sources and also embed context and commentary with them.

ProQuest Statistical Abstracts of the World will have the same look and feel as
ProQuest’s Statistical Abstract of the U.S., while serving a larger purpose. This online
resource will enable researchers to compare and contrast countries indicator-by-
indicator and over time. The rich technology supporting the data provides line-item
access to tables and table-specific capabilities for narrowing results by source, data
date, subject, type of data breakdown. Edited by ProQuest’s team of statistical
experts, Statistical Abstract of the World will be updated monthly.

ProQuest’s statistical editorial team is renowned for its ability to gather and edit data
that enables rich mining for new discoveries. To learn more visit http://www.proquest.com

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