1 Introduction

When approaching the challenge of systematically maintain data ingestion from Eurostat with few DevOps resources, one can use Eurostat’s Bulk Download Facility

Updates are done twice a day, at 11:00 and 23:00, and the data is available in two formats: tsv (tab separated values) and SDMX (Statistical Data and Metadata eXchange).

Those allow access to updated “plain text” versions of table of content (TOC) of their data structure and data sets using (REST requests) patterns available, which can be easily implemented in “R/Phyton-minded” research projects.

There are 3 simple steps to retrieve data from Eurostat using R:
1. Search in Eurostat’s TOC to retrieve time series codes. 2. Fetch data-sets or time-series. 3. Retrieve related information from dictionaries.

Although there’s is a recommended previous step which is understanding how Eurostat structures things.

2 Basics of Bulk Download Facility.

Have a look at the Bulk Download Listing .

Here you will easily understand what information is available. Specially review the PDF document BulkDownload_Guidelines.pdf.