This month west coast database makers Peacock Data mark the released of a new version of their international reference and demographics database software, pdCountry. It is available in Pro and Standard editions from their website.
According to a company spokesperson, “the new product was delayed about three weeks to await the results of the Scottish independence referendum. We did not want the software to become instantly out-of-date.”
The world is becoming a smaller place and a handy collection of key country data is invaluable. The new pdCountry version 2.0 fits the bill in good fashion representing the entire globe. This easy-to-use, comprehensive, and up-to-date reference package provides core country information, GeoCoding data, and a host of useful demographic variables.
The Pro version covers demographic information from 1970 through 2012 while the Standard edition covers 2003 through 2012. Both cover 29 United Nations-defined regions (including the World as a region itself) and 211 countries, plus some former countries.
CORE COUNTRY INFORMATION
- ISO Numeric Country (or Area) Code
- Country (or Area) Name
- ISO, FIPS, and IOC Country Abbreviations
- National Capital
- Citizenry (Noun and Adjective)
- National Currency
- ITU Country Calling Code
- Internet Portals
- Latitude and Longitude Coordinates
- Land and Water Area
- GDP and its breakdown
- Value Added By Economic Activity
- Implicit Price Deflators
- Exchange Rates
A total of 156 fields of information are available including 117 devoted to the demographic variables. Statistics are calculated in multiple ways, including in the national currency, US dollars, current prices, constant 2005 prices, rates, and/or shares. They are drawn from United Nations aggregate statistical data and are the latest information available.
Uses for this database are innumerable, and no company or organization that does international business should be without it. Financial companies, travel agents, webmasters, news agencies, research institutions, schools, students, and government will find it of particular value.