The DevInfo Monitoring situation and development of municipalities was originally released in September 2012 and was designed to help individuals, primarily at the local (municipal) level, to improve the availability of data and data use. This second improved version contains 55 updated indicators with most recent data, as well as 10 new indicators that have been requested by users and come from the Population Census 2011 and Serbia Business Registers Agency. Indicators include “Costs and expenditures in local government budgets, per capita” and “Students enrolled in primary school.” Municipal profiles, updated regularly and available to all, are based on the content of this database and are being used extensively on the field.
The Municipal database will be updated twice a year, in April and October. The Population database will be updated once a year, in July, after the official vital statistical data are officially published for the previous year on June 30th.
DevInfo Database Administrators from the unit for social indicators shared the process involved in updating the large municipal database. In the four-step process, “We first very carefully plan the next database release by discussing with our users, colleagues from the Statistical Office, Ministries, UNICEF and other institutions on the indicators that should be in the new version of this database. Second, we send the data entry spreadsheet to the institutions that provide data and metadata for the DevInfo database, in order to add/update those files. Third, we get the updated indicators back and check them thoroughly and finally we create the new database and profiles, place them on the Statistical Office website and inform our users by email.”
Both databases can be accessed online at http://devinfo.stat.gov.rs or downloaded as desktop editions from the DATABASES section of the Statistical Office DevInfo web site, http://devinfo.stat.gov.rs/diSrbija.
The next database update will take place in October 2013.
For more information, please contact Jovanka Stojanovic, Head of the Unit for Social Indicators or Vladica Jankovic, DevInfo Database Administrator, Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia, at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.