Section 1 About

1.1 Project goals

Open Trade Statistics is an independent project that values reproducible research and provides tidy trade data. We are heavily inspired by R community values and Open Licenses views on freedom.

We focus on commodities data and our added value, unlike many other good trade data projects, is that we focus on data processing and reproducibility instead of data visualization.

We advocate for openness and collaboration, so our contribution is focused on:

  • Releasing all of our source code on GitHub
  • Releasing snapshots of the software we use
  • Sharing curated data (direct download and API)

Besides open data we don’t track users, we don’t want your personal information and we use https to protect your navigation and our service.

Our goal is to ease data analysis, promote a reproducibility culture, and do something towards a better internet.

1.2 Code of Conduct

Before you proceed to download the data, please read this carefully.

No matter your gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices you are able to use this data for any non-commercial purpose, including academic.

In general, our software is released under GNU license and our datasets and contents are released under Creative Commons license.

Commercial purposes are strictly out of the boundaries of what you can do with this data according to UN Comtrade dissemination clauses.

Except where otherwise noted, content on this site is licensed under the Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 License. Besides CC-BY-NC, when downloading datasets you also agree to the usage conditions explained both to UN Comtrade Online Usage Agreement.

The dashboard and R package are released under GNU General Public License v3.0, which follow the license recommendations from The R Project.

1.3 Data availability

We used different trade classifications according to the data availability.

Classification Availability
HS rev 1992 1992 – 2017
HS rev 1996 1996 – 2017
HS rev 2002 2002 – 2017
HS rev 2007 2007 – 2017
SITC rev 1 1962 – 2017
SITC rev 2 1976 – 2017

These datasets were used all together in order to create a unified data series for the period 1962-2017 with all products classified under HS rev 2007.

1.4 Sources

All of the product data shown on the OTS site is classified using either SITC (Standard International Trade Classification) or HS (Harmonized System), the raw data was obtained from UN COMTRADE and its under their authorization that we share claned versions of the original raw datasets.

1.5 Code

We made all the scripts available on GitHub. Pull requests and new ideas are always welcome!

1.6 Contact

1.7 Contact

This project has received contributions from different people, some of them from rOpenSci: Joshua Kunst, Natalia de los Santos, Elio Campitelli, Emily Riederer, Mark Padgham, Amada Dobbyn, Jorge Cimentada and Erasmo Marín.

1.8 Open Source Sponsorships

This project is hosted on DigitalOcean. Under their Open Source Sponsorships they are subsidizing 25% of the yearly server costs. Thanks DigitalOcean!

If you register with this link, you’ll get free credits to try DigitalOcean and we also get credits for the project:

Referral Link

1.9 Buy us a coffee

If you like this work, buy us a coffee, it shall be used to produce more of it. Thank you for your support!