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Cancellation Notice - EIU Country Data

Rationale for Cancellation of Library Resource

April 9, 2020 

Title of resources: Country data from EIU.com

Cost of resources:  $ 28,645.50 CAD

Reasons for cancellation: Country datasets are readily available through many other resources, both licensed and freely available. These are much more cost-effective tools.

Date access will cease:  April 30, 2020

Alternate resources: The various indicators that comprise country data with a global scope can be found from a variety of sources:

Socio-economic data:

  • OECD iLibrary
  • Passport
  • IMF eLibrary
  • Statista

Economic and trade indicators:

  • IMF eLibrary
  • World Bank Open Data
  • OECD iLibrary
  • GEO Data Portal United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • Penn World Tables
  • WTO Data
  • Bloomberg (in-library workstation)

Business and market data:

  • Passport
  • Bloomberg (in-library workstation)
  • FAO Country Profiles
  • Statista

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact: Pamela Jacobs, Head, Collections & Content Team <pjacobs@uoguelph.ca>


General Criteria for Cancellation of Electronic Resources

Cancellation decisions are in most cases based on one or more of the following criteria:

  • Cost: The inflationary costs of scholarly information continue to rise annually. In addition, the Library’s budget is particularly impacted by currency fluctuations (over half of the Library’s scholarly resources are paid for in U.S. funds)
  • Overlap: Significant content overlap with other Library resources
  • Usage: Past usage of the resource by University of Guelph (including University of Guelph Humber) students, faculty and staff
  • Scholarly need: Alignment of a resource with the University’s curricular and research programs; The scholarly importance of the resource (its centrality to the discipline and to accreditation requirements); the Library will prioritize keeping full-text (e.g. journal subscriptions) over indexes (e.g. BIOSIS, Communications Abstracts)