Regional Integration Knowledge System (RIKS) 2.0 Launch

20 October 2020

Join us on World Statistics Day on 20 October for the launch of the Regional Integration Knowledge System 2.0, as we delve into the history of the platform, the updates and developments of the 2.0 version, a demonstration of its power and utility as a data source on regional integration, and reviews from leading academics and practitioners on the platform and how it streamlines their work and research.


About RIKS

RIKS is a web-based information and learning platform on regional integration processes worldwide. The RIKS platform contains membership data of regional organisations (ROs) and how it evolves over time, as well as a slew of indicators tracking the level of integration between the member countries.  It also provides information on research and educational resources for those interested furthering their understanding of regional integration processes around the world.

Some of the changes to the new RIKS platform include:

  • Changes to the membership of ROs over time, including a new, user friendly interactive map that allows for the visualisation of these changes over time.
  • Increased level of detail regarding the membership: When did countries negotiate, sign, and ratify the agreement? When did it come into effect? Which members left or had their membership suspended?
  • Expanded indicators tracking the level of integration of member states: RIKS 1.0 only covered trade, RIKS 2.0 also includes migration and foreign direct investment. To compute the latter, the RIKS team worked on bringing together different sources of data on FDI and migration to provide as full a picture as possible.
  • A significantly revamped platform to make it easier to use, despite the increase in amount and complexity of the data it offers.


Schedule (All times in Central European Summer Time) 

13:00 – Introduction and History of RIKS by UNU-CRIS Director a.i. Philippe De Lombaerde

13:10 – An Overview of the Changes by Glenn Rayp

13:20 – Reviews of the Platform from Users in the Field

13:40 – Demonstration of the Features by Samuel Standaert

13:55 – Live Q&A Session


Tuesday 20 October 2020
13.00 - 14.30 
UNU-CRIS, virtual

This webinar is free of cost, but registration is required. Further information will be sent to you how to join this webinar prior to the event.

Please register here.


About World Statistics Day

The third World Statistics Day will be celebrated around the globe on 20 October 2020 with the theme “Connecting the world with data we can trust”. This theme reflects on the importance of trust, authoritative data, innovation and the public good in national statistical systems.

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