Login

The purpose of registering is to allow you to create and save your private data groups (My Data Groups) or reports (My Reports). to the registration consists of inserting a valid e-mail address and a password. The password must have eight or more characters that contain a mix of upper and lower case characters, digits and special characters.

New Users

On initial registration, you must supply an e-mail address and a password. The e-mail address must be valid, because you will be sent an "activation" e-mail. This contains a link, which you must click on if you wish to activate your registration. If you attempt to use the SDW system without activating the account, you will be sent a further activation e-mail.

Forgotten Your Password?

If you have forgotten your password, click on the link "Forgotten your password? Click here" on the login page. You will then receive an email with further instructions that will contain a “verification” link. This link will redirect you to a page where you will be able to change your password. This procedure must be completed within the same calendar day; otherwise the same steps would need to be carried out again.

My settings

The My Settings page provides the possibility of customising the appearance of data displayed in the Data Table, Data Chart or Quick View pages and the number of decimal places available in the data exported in Excel, CSV or XML formats. It can be accessed at any time by clicking on My Settings links in the service navigation menu located at the top of the page.

Please be aware that all of the data that you view or export from the moment when changes were made will be affected by these settings. To see the data with your new settings you need to refresh/reload the current page.

Setting display options

Display Data by Frequency

By default, data presented on the Data Table page are grouped together and displayed separately by frequency. The alternative presentation mode displays all selected series, regardless of frequency, on a single page (this, for example, leads to gaps in the presentation of quarterly data that are displayed next to monthly data). To change your frequency display preference, check/uncheck the Display Data by Frequency checkbox, click on the "Apply Settings" button and refresh/reload your current page.

Highlight non-normal values

When displaying series on a Data Table page you can instruct SDW to highlight all observation values which are not classified as standard observations (e.g. estimations). To activate/deactivate this option, check/uncheck the "Highlight non-normal values" checkbox, click on the "Apply Settings" button and refresh/reload your current page. In order to display the status assigned to each observation you should activate the Display Observation Details option, also available on the My Settings page.

Display Observation Details

To display observation details - that is, observation-level attribute such as the observation status - on the Data Table page, check the Display Observation Details checkbox, click on the "Apply Settings" button and refresh/reload your current page. A legend for observation details will be provided in the Data Table. To hide observation details, click on the "Reset Settings" button or uncheck the corresponding box and refresh/reload your current page.

Show codes in filters

This option affects filter boxes displayed on Data Selection and Advanced Filter pages. By default, the boxes display only descriptions of available items and are ordered alphabetically. By activating this option you can change the display and add respective codes next to the description. The list will be ordered alphanumerically by code value.

Observation Decimal Places

To change the default number of decimal places for time series observations (according to the decimals attribute of the time series), select the desired number of decimal places from the dropdown menu, click on the "Apply Settings" button and refresh/reload your current page. To return to the default number of decimal places, click on the "Reset Settings" button or select "Default" from the dropdown list and click on "Apply Settings". To view the data with new settings, refresh/reload your current page

Ignore missing values in frequency transformations

When using SDW frequency conversion functions, you can control the way in which missing values are treated. The "Ignore missing values" option is by default set to true (i.e. the corresponding checkbox is marked) and instructs the SDW to ignore missing values and, accordingly, drop them from the calculation. For example, when dealing with daily exchange rates you will notice that the daily series does not have any values for Saturdays and Sundays (exchange rates are calculated only during working days!); in other words, it has some missing values. If you instruct the SDW to ignore them, you will, when converting the daily series into, for example, monthly series, obtain a time series showing an average exchange rate for each month. (Note that you will also obtain a value for the current month which is still incomplete, unless you are using the convert function on the very last day of the month!). If you instruct the SDW not to ignore missing values (i.e. uncheck the corresponding checkbox), then, whenever a missing value appears within a specified period, the SDW will not calculate any value for that period. In such a case, the exchange rate example described above will yield only empty series. However, such settings can be useful in the event of converting, for example, a monthly series with observations available up to August 2006 into quarterly series when you do not want a value for the third quarter of 2006 to be calculated on account of the unavailability of data for September 2006.

Compiling, Storing and Managing My Reports

The My Reports function can be used to create and manage your own personalised PDF publications. It can be accessed at any time by clicking on the My Reports option from the left-hand navigation menu. My reports enable you to create your own baskets of predefined reports from the Reports part of the SDW. Check the Viewing Reports part of this help to learn more about how to view reports.

Within the content of the My Reports page you will find a link to Manage My Reports, the page which enables managing all Report Groups created by you. To view a Report Group, click on the "Browse" button, to edit it click on "Edit" button and to delete it from the MyReports, click on the "Delete" button.

You can (1) “Edit” the title of the My Report Group displayed in the navigation hierarchy, (2) add comments to the My Report Group, (3) change the order of PDF pages in the report, and (4) delete unnecessary PDF pages from the My Report Group.

To add a new batch of selected pages to My Reports you have to choose an existing report or group of reports in the Reports section of the SDW. Click on the "Add to My Reports" button. You will then be asked to either add your chosen page(s) to an existing Reports group that you have created previously, or to specify a name for a new group.

To store your reports selection in a new reports group, enter a name for the new report group and click on the "New Group" button. To add your selection to an existing reports group, select the desired group and click on the "Add to Group" button. Your selection will be added to the reports already present in the reports group. To replace the contents of an existing reports group with your new selection, select the desired reports group and click on the "Replace Group" button. The existing pages will be permanently deleted from the reports group and replaced with your new selection.

Compiling, Storing and Managing Data Using My Data

The My Data Groups function can be accessed at any time by clicking on the My Data Groups option from the left-hand navigation menu. If you have not logged in to your SDW account, you will be redirected to the login page.

Within the content of the My Data Groups page you will find a link to Manage Data Groups, the page which displays all data groups created by you. Each group is identified with its assigned name and the date/time the group was last updated. To view a data group, click on the "Browse Data" button. If the selected group contains fewer than 25 time series, you will be directed to the Data Table page. If the group contains more than 25 time series, the data will appear on the Data Selection page. These pages are no different from those accessible through the SDW Browse and Search functions, and may be used to modify/filter data selections as well as view and export data and their explanations (metadata).

To delete a data group from the Manage Data Groups page, click on the "Delete Group" button. Your group will be permanently deleted.

There is no explicit function to duplicate existing groups. However, this is easily performed by selecting a data group and adding it as a new or existing group in My Data through the Data Selection page.

To add a new batch of selected time series to My Data, click on the "Add to My Data" button on the "data functions toolbar". If you are not logged in to your SDW account, you will be asked to log in using your user name and password. You will then be asked to either select an existing data group that you have created previously, or to specify a name for a new data group.

To store your data selection in a new data group, enter a name for the group and click on the “New Group” button. To add your data selection to an existing data group, select the desired group and click on the “Add to Group” button. Your data selection will be added to the data already present in the group. To replace the contents of an existing data group with your data selection, select the desired group and click on the “Replace Group” button. The existing data will be permanently deleted from the group and replaced with your data selection.

In each case, the Manage Data Groups page displaying all data groups created by you, will appear.

Notification Service

This functionality is available on My Data Groups page and applies to private data groups only.

E-mail notification

You can subscribe to this service after creating at least one data group. To activate the service click on "Edit" button on Manage Data Groups page and set "E-mail Notification Event" to "Time series in data group updated". You will then receive an e-mail each time a time series within your group is updated. The e-mail will contain a link to a "delta file" which will show only the latest data. There are three types of "delta files" available: CSV, XML or SDW page. The latter will lead you to your data group page where the newest observations will be marked with a special icon. The other two types of "delta files" will lead you directly to a CSV or XML file with the data. Note that due to limitation of export functions (max. 50 series) notification e-mails for data groups containing more than 50 series will always lead to the SDW Data Selection page. To unsubscribe from the service, go to Manage Data Groups page, click on "Edit" and set "E-mail Notification Event" to "None".

HTTP notification

To activate the service click on "Edit" button on Manage Data Groups page and set "HTTP Notification Event" to "Time series in data group updated", provide a valid URL without parameters in "Notification URL" and click on "Save". After saving the URL provided will be tested and should return an HTTP response with the string "SDW" in order to be validated and notifications activated. The provided URL will then receive an http get request each time a time series within your group is updated and the data group id will be passed as a parameter. To unsubscribe from the service, go to Manage Data Groups page, click on "Edit" and set "HTTP Notification Event" to "None".