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Attention BEA Data Hounds: Our Interactive Tables Look a Little Different, But They Function the Same Way

Eagle-eyed folks using our interactive data tables have probably noticed they look a tad different.

Despite some differences in the way they look, BEA’s interactive data tables operate in the same way.

The changes are part of a BEA upgrade to the next generation of language used to create Web pages, called HTML5. This upgrade will make it easier for BEA to develop applications that are more robust and design Web pages that are more responsive to our online visitors.

The design changes are a shift in look and feel for parts of our interactive database entry points, but are not a redesign of the entire database itself.  How BEA’s data is developed and disseminated didn’t change.

When you click on the interactive tab at the top of BEA’s home page, this is what you’ll see:1

The groupings seen in blue are the same as before the upgrade. The difference: They are displayed in different colors and moved to the right-hand side of the page. By clicking on one of the blue buttons, you will begin your journey to the interactive tables.2

As was the case before the upgrade, you’ll click on the blue “Begin using the data” button to continue your journey to the interactive data tables.  Before the upgrade, this button was in the middle of your computer screen.

You also will notice that the icons look different—although they perform the same functions as before.34

In an effort to build a responsive design, some of the option windows display all options on one page. Scrolling down will show more options if they are applicable.5

For more information, questions can be sent to customerservice@bea.gov.

BEA Wins Award for Interactive Data Tables

The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) is being recognized for an innovation that makes our data easier for people to access.

The Center for Digital Government is presenting BEA with its 2012 Driving Digital Government Award at an event today in San Francisco. BEA was honored for its interactive data tables, which are available on BEA’s public Web site.

The interactive tables provide a uniform way to tap into BEA data. They also make it easy to create, customize, and modify tables; create custom charts; share tables and charts via social media; download data to files; and save queries. This year, BEA added a mapping function for regional data.

The award recognizes outstanding government agency Web sites and applications based on innovation, functionality, and efficiency.

The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. The center is a division of e.Republic, a national publishing, event, and research company focused on smart media for public-sector innovation.

BEA launched the interactive data tables on www.bea.gov in 2011 as part of a drive to make BEA data as open as possible.

Building on that effort, the Census Bureau rolled out its first mobile app in August that includes BEA data—specifically gross domestic product, personal income and spending, and U.S. trade in goods and services—a report that is produced jointly with Census.