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SIMon – Social Indicators Monitor (online) Heinz-Herbert Noll GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences Social Indicators Research Centre Mannheim, Germany

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SIMon – Social Indicators Monitor (online)

Heinz-Herbert Noll

GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences

Social Indicators Research Centre

Mannheim, Germany

Satellite Meeting - Measuring subjective well-being: an opportunity for National Statistical Offices?

Florence, July 23-24


SIMon – Social Indicators Monitor

 Will provide online access to time series data from two indicator systems

 German System of Social Indicators

 European System of Social Indicators

Both developed and maintained by the

“Social Indicators Research Centre”at GESIS

 SIMon developed in close collaboration with kognito gestaltung, Berlin


German System of Social Indicators

Originally developed in the 1970s within the SPES-Project, and continuously elaborated and updated since

13 Life Domains + Total Life Situation

Approximately 450 indicators (objective and subjective) and more than 1000 time series

 Selection of 83 „key-indicators“

 Time series starting by 1950 as far as data available

 East Germany included after reunification


European System of Social Indicators

to be used to monitor well-being and social progress in terms of quality of life,social cohesion and sustainability as well as changes in the social structure across European societies


Structure:13life domains and 8 major dimensions of well-being and social change (currently 9 implemented, covering ca. 650 indicators and 67.000 time series)

 Coverage: EU – member states + Norway, Switzerland, United States, Japan

Time Period Covered: 1980 onwards

Regional disaggregation at NUTS-1 level if data availability allows

 Disaggregation of indicators by various socio-demographic characteristics

 Data Sources: aggregate data from various sources + microdata sets (e.g. ECHP/EU-SILC, LIS, EB, ISSP, World-Value-Survey, European Social Survey)


SIMon - Basic Aims and Objectives

 Provide comfortable access to data from both indicator systems under a single platform

 Allow to browse and select indicators according to users‘ needs

 Allow to visualize data in different ways (e.g. across time; across countries) and formats

 Allow to display data as tables and provide tools for table manipulation

 Provide tools for basic data analysis

 Allow to export data and charts in different formats to be used in other applications (PDF, Excel-Tables, JPG, HTML)

 Provide efficient search and help functions

 Allow bilingual utilization (English, German) for the German Indicator System


What are we talking about?

Screenshots from Preview-Version


SIMon  launch projected for fall 2009

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