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Messages - Steven Vale - UNECE

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SDMX Training and Events / Re: SDMX / DDI Dialogue
« on: August 16, 2011, 10:54:47 PM »
Notes from the SDMX/DDI Dialogue teleconference on 4 August are now available at

SDMX Training and Events / SDMX / DDI Dialogue
« on: March 28, 2011, 11:13:02 PM »
The dialogue between the "owners" and users of SDMX and DDI about the potential for cooperation between these two standards will continue in Lisbon on 30 March.

These discussions will take place on the margins of the Final Workshop of the ESSnet project on SDMX (

SDMX Training and Events / Re: SDMX at a DDI meeting
« on: December 22, 2010, 04:45:08 AM »

SDMX Training and Events / Re: SDMX at a DDI meeting
« on: December 15, 2010, 12:39:59 AM »
It was a very interesting meeting - looks like there is plenty of potential for collaboration between DDI and SDMX. Several people have already asked me for a copy of my presentation - I have attached the paper, but the Powerpoint is too big for this message board, so I will add a link when it is posted on the meeting web site.


Content-oriented guidelines / Domain vs Process
« on: June 23, 2010, 10:47:29 PM »
The Content-oriented Guidelines (like most other international statistical collaboration) currently take a domain-based view of statistics. E.g. Cross-domain concepts / code-lists. However, statistical production in many countries is increasingly being organised more according to processes than domains. This is supported by initiatives like the METIS Generic Statistical Business Process Model (, and there is interest in exploring how SDMX can be used for data and metadata flows between different parts of the statistical process.

What implications does this have for the content-oriented guidelines? To what extent are the cross domain concepts and code-lists also "cross-process"? To what extent should standard terminology for describing processes and sub-processes be included in the Metadata Common Vocabulary?

These and related questions will be considered by a new working group on SDMX statistical standards later this year, but it would be good to get some input and ideas from the wider community as well.

Conclusions of the SDMX Expert Group meeting here:

Conclusions of the METIS meeting here:

Papers and presentations are available at the addresses in the opening post.


At UNECE, we are looking into re-using Eurostat's Census Hub, and related SDMX tools for a project on international migration. Nothing to show yet, as we are waiting for the content people to develop Data Structure Definitions, but hopefully we will have at least a prototype later this year.

For more information see:

This meeting will be held back-to-back with the UNECE / Eurostat / OECD Work Session on Statistical Metadata (METIS), also in geneva on 10-12 March 2010. See:

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