The data centre consists primarily of two statistical databases, Annual core indicators and Short-term indicators for Asia and the Pacific. The Annual core indicators database includes time series data for selected indicators covering a wide range of issues such as migration, education, health, poverty, gender, employment, economy, government finance, employment, transport, and environment. Among other indicators, this database contains data published in the Statistical Yearbook for Asia and the Pacific 2008. The time series are generally longer and more complete in the database. The Short-term indicators for Asia and the Pacific database contains time series data for 31 of the regional members and associate members of ESCAP, and is designed to provide up-to-date monthly (or quarterly) data to assess economic trends for countries or areas in the region. The online database covers the period from January 2003 and is updated every quarter.