Category Archives: Statistics

Statistics 4 beginners

Do you need statistical information for your assignments but find the information difficult to understand?  Well  Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, does not only produce material for confident, skilled users.  There is a section called Statistics Explained  presenting articles on statistical topics in an easily understandable way.  In addition you can go to one of the workbooks in Statistics 4 beginners for help.

Eurostat publishes freely available harmonised statistics on the EU.  Data is collected from national statistical authorities using standardised methodologies enabling genuine comparisons to be made between countries or regions.

The University of Aberdeen is recognised as a ‘research entity’ by Eurostat. This allows researchers at the University of Aberdeen to request access to microdata , the units of data that aggregate statistics are compiled from, by submitting research proposals to Eurostat.

The EU Open Data Portal


Visit the EU Open Data Portal
Do you need to find and reuse EU Data for your research?

The EU Open Data Portal offers, a free, single point of access to a wide range of data held by EU Institutions and bodies. In general you can reuse data free of charge, for commercial or non-commercial purposes, provided you acknowledge the source.

One of the advantages of this portal is that it enables you to link data from various sources automatically that can then be used in a new and creative way.

Useful leaflets about the EU Open Data Portal are available from the EU Bookshop: EU open data portal: The data hub of the European Union and Unleash the potential of your data with the EU open data portal.

Here’s a short explanatory video from the European Commission:

And you can click on the image below to have a look at an example of Open Data Portal reuse.

open the visualisation

Eurobarometer: Surveys to monitor public opinion over time

call that a robit?
Someone forming an opinion about a robot. © Image Copyright normalityrelief and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Ever wondered what Europeans feel about robots?

Do you need real people giving real opinions on issues relating to the European Union for your research?

Eurobarometer is a series of surveys regularly performed on behalf of the European Commission since 1973 and is a useful way for monitoring public opinion over time.

The Standard Eurobarometer survey is carried out each autumn and spring. The range of questions has been expanded over the years but most of the survey has remained the same so that data is comparable over time.

Special Eurobarometer Surveys investigate attitudes to a wide range of topics.  Recent ones have been on attitudes to data protection, passenger rights, tobacco, humanitarian aid and security.

Flash Eurobarometer Surveys are ad-hoc telephone interviews conducted at the request of any part of the European Commission. These give results relatively quickly and focus on specific groups.