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The Database of International Statistical Activities (DISA) lists the activities of over 30 statistical organizations active in the UNECE region. Updated every year, DISA is a coherent catalogue of planned work in international statistics over the coming year.  

4.1 Metadata (Eurostat)

Theme 6.05 - Data and metadata structural definition

Fields of activities covered by the theme

The main activities are:

• Maintain and update the reference database Eurobase;
• Manage, disseminate and convert the Eurostat and national reference metadata to the ESS standards;
• Use and improve the Eurostat Metadata Handler;
• Improve and implement the SDMX statistical standards and guidelines for the exchange of data and metadata;
• Disseminate external data other than the data produced by Eurostat to the Commission;
• Monitor the integration of the national metadata systems;
• Keep up-to-date the Eurostat data navigation tree;
• Prepare cross-cutting legislation on metadata and
• Organise financial support to countries for the integration of statistical business processes.

This work contributes substantially to the implementation of the ESS Joint Strategy on the production method of EU statistics as adopted in May 2010.

The processes and projects to be undertaken will create an increasing standardisation and harmonisation within the ESS; they lead to a reduction of the burden on the data or metadata producers both at national or international level.

Also the accessibility of data and metadata by users will be improved.

Most of the activities listed will create more vertical and horizontal integration (i.e. the integration between Eurostat and Member States and the integration between statistical domains) within the European Statistical System.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Financial support is organised with grants to Member States;
• The Eurostat data navigation tree is permanently updated and restructured with new tables, new dimensions and new branches. Also the quality of existing data tables is permanently improved.


4.1 Metadata (UN Statistics Division)

Sources and Definitions

• Continues to develop comprehensive standardized metadata on sources and definitions for the Millennium Development Goals Indicators database, to provide user-friendly public and agency access to authoritative metadata on sources and definitions for international statistics, available at: http://mdgs.un.org.
• UNSD is finalizing the second edition of the Handbook on MDG Indicators, in both printed version and electronic version, in a wiki-type application. (See: http://mdgs.un.org).


4.1 Metadata (UNECE STAT)

Description and objectives

A Steering Group on statistical metadata is developing a set of standards and good practices in the form of a Common Metadata Framework. The efficient management and use of statistical metadata - the information that describes and defines statistical data - is recognised as an important topic by the CES. The main tasks for 2012 will be to enhance the documentation of good practices, and to consider the impact of the "semantic web" on official statistics. The Common Metadata Framework is a living reference tool, mostly published only in electronic format, so that it can be rapidly updated to reflect new ideas and technologies. It includes the generic statistical business process model, an important tool for standardisation and benchmarking of statistical production that has rapidly become a global standard, and has been adopted by the major partners of the UNECE.


4.1 Metadata (World Bank)

DDI

Together with the International Household Survey Network (IHSN), the World Bank is advocating and supporting the use of the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) metadata specification for the documentation and dissemination of microdata. With input and support of the Bank's Data Group, version 2.5 of the DDI Codebook specification was released by the DDI Alliance in 2011. In 2012, the data Group will support the development/upgrade of software applications compliant with this new version of the metadata standard.


4.2 Classifications (CIS-STAT)

CIS Classifications

Ongoing work:

• Consultations in the course of the implementation in the Commonwealth countries of model classifications.
• Maintenance, improvement and harmonization of model statistical classifications for CIS statistical services: Classification of Kinds of Economic Activities (OKED-3) based on the second revised version of NACE and Statistical Classifier for Products based on CPA (2008 version).
• Maintenance of a base of problem issues arising with national statistical services during the implementation of national classifications of products (goods and services) and kinds of economic activities.
• Analysis of the state and development of national systems of classifications and statistical business registers in the CIS countries.
• Conduct of the survey of the state and development of national systems of classifications and statistical business registers of the CIS countries, preparation of the review on this subject.


4.2 Classifications (FAO)

Classifications

Activities 2011:

The FAO proposal to undertake a revision of the CPC (update CPCVer. 2.1) to better meet the needs of Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture and Forestry production domains has been accepted and submitted for information the 43rd session of the UNSC.

Priority objectives 2012:

Development of an expanded CPC for Food and Agriculture to be included as an official annex to the CPC.


4.2 Classifications (ILO)

ISCO-08

• The ILO Department of Statistics provided technical support to Eurostat and member states on the implementation the International Standard Classification of Occupations, 2008 (ISCO-08) in European and national statistical collections. This was achieved primarily by means of a Web forum hosted by Eurostat but also involved direct assistance to a number of countries.

• Data on occupation have been classified according to ISCO-08 in all relevant European Union collections from 2011 onwards.

• The English version of ISCO-08 will be released as an ILO publication early in 2012.  Documentation is available on the ILO Website in English, French and Spanish. http://www.ilo.org/public/english/bureau/stat/isco/isco88/index.htm.

• All inquiries should be addressed to ISCO@ilo.org.


4.2 Classifications (UN Statistics Division)

International economic and social classifications

Ongoing activities:

• UNSD continues to maintain the Classifications Hotline which provides assistance to national statistical offices and others with regard to interpretation, structure and use of ISIC, CPC and the Classifications of Expenditure According to Purpose;
• UNSD continues to maintain the UN Classifications Website and Registry;
• UNSD continues the publication of a Classifications Newsletter.

Activities for 2012:

• Development of complimentary tools and documentation for the revised classifications, including alphabetical indexes and correspondences to other versions of the classifications as well as to other activity and product classifications such as NACE, CPA, PRODCOM and HS;
• Preparation of other training materials to facilitate the implementation and use of ISIC and CPC.


4.2 Classifications (UNESCO)

Classifications

Work Programme

The current programme of the UIS includes:

• Training workshops for national statisticians on the implementation of the newly revised ISCED 2011;
• Collaboration with the EU in the adaptation of their Classification of Learning Activities to non-EU countries;
• Collaboration with EU and OECD on standards for adult and non-formal education.


4.2 Classifications (WHO (Headquarters))

WHO Family of International Classifications (WHO-FIC)

• WHO Family of International Classifications (WHO-FIC):
WHO, in collaboration with national and international partners, has developed an integrated suite of health and health-related classifications. International Classification of Diseases (ICD) and International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) are the two main reference classifications. WHO will enhance use of ICD in most high mortality countries and carry out revisions, updates and development of e-health applications.
• Health and mortality classifications: specific updates and tools to enhance dissemination and use, as electronic training, planning the revision strategy.
• Contribute to the improvement of the International Classification of Occupations for health related occupations in collaboration with the International Labour Organization.
• Consult process of classification of Traditional Medicine.
• Conduct the process for the International Classification of Patient Safety.
• Produce a strategy towards an International Classification of Health Interventions.
• Revision of the ICD-10 has begun with massive international collaboration in order to produce a revision over the next few years that will be informed by the best evidence.


4.3 Data sources (ECB)

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4.3 Data sources (Eurostat)

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4.3 Data sources (UN Statistics Division)

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4.3 Data sources (UNECE STAT)

Description and objectives

The UNECE secretariat has been asked by the Conference to prepare proposals for an expert group meeting on statistical data collection and the use of non-statistical data sources. Subject to the decision of the CES Bureau, this meeting is planned to be held in autumn 2012. For the first time, it will bring together data collection experts from across the UNECE region to share best practices, and identify needs for further work on this topic. Reorganization of data collection is taking place in many countries. This implies changes in organizational culture, technology and relationships with data suppliers. A key issue in this work will be how to utilise economies of scale by using common tools and methods in data collection.

Meeting to be organized in 2012:

Meeting of Data Collection Experts, Geneva, 31 October - 2 November.

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4.3 Data sources (UNICEF - CEE CIS)

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4.3.1 Population and housing censuses and registers of population, dwellings and buildings (UNECE STAT)

Description and objectives

In the field of population and housing censuses, UNECE promotes the implementation of the Conference of European Statisticians Recommendations for the 2010 Censuses of Population and Housing. A population census, if carried out in the traditional way, is often the most complicated and expensive statistical operation that a country undertakes. The global cost of the 2010 round of censuses was estimated at USD 32 billion. All the same, population censuses represent the very foundation of statistical systems, providing baseline information for other statistics, and for planning public infrastructure and services.

The UNECE works with member countries to promote efficiency and innovation in census taking. Two expert meetings will be organised in 2012 to exchange experiences with the current census round and start revising the recommendations for the 2020 census round. Special attention will be paid to innovative methods for census-taking and, in particular, to the use of data from registers. UNECE will also organise a seminar on population censuses at the 2012 session of the Conference. The activities are carried out in close cooperation with the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Eurostat. UNECE continues to participate in the international monitoring mission in preparation for the next population and housing census in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Meeting to be organized in 2012:

Expert Group Meeting on Register-based Censuses, Geneva, 22-23 May.
Group of Experts on Population Censuses, Geneva, 24-25 May.


4.3.1 Population and housing censuses, registers of population, dwellings and buildings (ILO)

Economic characteristics in Population Censuses

• The Department of Statistics will continue actively promoting the jointly published UN Statistics Division/ILO Handbook on the Measurement of the Economically Active Population through Population Censuses through training and seminars and providing technical advice, upon request.


4.3.1 Population and housing censuses, registers of population, dwellings and buildings (UN Statistics Division)

2010 Programme on Population and Housing Censuses

• Serving as the Secretariat of the 2010 World Programme on Population and Housing Censuses, continued to coordinate global and regional activities aimed at achieving the goal of the 2010 World Programme to ensure that all countries and areas conduct a population and housing census at least once in the period 2005-2014.
In general, UNSD will continue updating the 2010 world programme resource center with information about census taking worldwide and technical documentation on census good practices. A free software, CensusInfo, is developed in partnership with UNFPA and UNICEF to help countries disseminate their census results.

Methodological work:

• Finalized the Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses, Rev. 2 and published it in print form in 2008 and on the web.
• Maintains the 2010 Census Knowledge Base - http://unstats.un.org/unsd/censuskb/.
• Maintains a website for the 2010 World Population and Housing Census Programme http://unstats.un.org//unsd/demographic/sources/census/2010_PHC/default.htm.
• Published the Handbook on Geospatial Infrastructure in Support of Census Activities in 2009.
• Published the Handbooks for Census Reports and Data Editing Rev. 1 in 2009.
• Published the Handbook on Measuring the Economically Active Population and Related Characteristics in Population Censuses, in collaboration with the ILO, in 2009.
• Published the technical report, Post-Enumeration Surveys: Operational Guidelines, in 2010.


4.3.1 Population and housing censuses, registers of population, dwellings and buildings (UNESCO)

Work Programme

The current programme of the UIS includes:

• Participation in ECE and UN expert groups charged with revising census guidelines. The UIS has a special responsibility in the preparation of guidelines for education and is contributing to the development of guidelines for the topic of ICTs;
• Improve the process of exchanging data between the UIS and other organizations through the implementation of SDMX.


4.3.2 Business and agricultural censuses and registers (Eurostat)

Theme 3.06 - Business registers

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Business Registers (BR);
• EuroGroups Register (EGR).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Processes to improve the efficiency of Business Registers for supporting Business Statistics.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Establishment of a network of statistical business registers in the EU for the registration of Multinational Enterprise Groups;
• Profiling of large and complexe enterprise groups: analyse the legal, operation and accounting structure of an enterprise group at national and international level ("profiling").



4.3.2 Business and agricultural censuses and registers (FAO)

World Census of Agriculture 2010

FAO World programme for the Census of Agriculture 2010, providing guidelines for national agricultural censuses to be conducted in the decade 2006 - 2015 have been prepared and published. FAO has worked closely with UNECE in developing the relationship between the population and housing census and the agricultural census so that a common approach is included in both the Eurostat/ECE guidelines on Population and Housing Censuses and the FAO Programme. An advanced draft of the "Methodological Review -2000 World Census of Agriculture" is already available and will be published in 2011. FAO will continue its work on providing more information on national agricultural census methodologies through its Internet site: http://www.fao.org/economic/ess/ess-wca/wca-guidelines/en/.


4.3.2 Business and agricultural censuses and registers (OECD)

Business Registers

Purpose

To contribute to reinforce statistical systems and improve globalisation analysis through the upstream design of better integrated business registers and links to administrative sources.

Objectives and outputs

Provide a forum for discussion/contribute to expert fora addressing the design and concrete implementation of registers, including multinational registers.

Main Developments for 2012

General aspects:

The OECD hosted in September 2011 the joint Eurostat/OECD/UNECE Seminar on Business Registers; the event was co-organise with the partner organisations.

The meeting recommended the preparation of International Guidelines on Business Registers. This proposal received subsequently the support of the Conference of European Statisticians; a Task Force 2011 was created by CES in November 2011 to prepare draft Guidelines.

The activity in 2012 will therefore focused on the preparation of the draft Guidelines.


4.3.2 Business and agricultural censuses and registers (UN Statistics Division)

Statistical Business Register

Priority objectives:

• Compilation of country practices in establishing, maintenance and use statistical business register; the work will be done in cooperation with UNECE and other regional commissions.

Ongoing work:

• Consultations with developing and transitional countries on use of administrative data and on statistical business register in order to begin preparation of a report on good practices in this area.


4.3.2 Business and agricultural censuses and registers (Wiesbaden Group)

Priority objectives

The Wiesbaden Group on Business Registers is a UN city group and the successor of the International Roundtable on Business Survey Frames (IRTBSF). The purpose of the Group is to provide a forum for the exchange of views and experiences on business registers. The Group also conducts joint work on the development, maintenance and use of business registers with the aim to support a more integrated approach to business statistics, survey sampling and other statistical measures related to the production of business statistics.

The focus of work of the Wiesbaden Group is determined by a Steering Group, composed both by National Statistical Institutes and international organisations. Current members of the group are Eurostat, France, Germany, OECD, UNECE, United Kingdom, United States (U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). The Steering Group has the following functions:

• Promotes global, integrated, statistical system design in countries and international organizations;
• Ensures the pertinence of Wiesbaden Group meeting agendas and coordination with meetings on related topics;
• Promotes the exchange of experiences between producers and users in developing Business Registers to support economic statistics, enterprise profiling, the treatment of enterprise groups, business demography statistics design, entrepreneurship indicators, etc;
• Advertises the output of the Wiesbaden Group in other international and national fora and seeks feedback;
• Actively engages the UN Statistical Commission, Conference of European Statisticians (CES), Committee on Statistics of OECD (CSTAT), and other senior management forums and seeks their inputs regarding future activities.

Ongoing methodological work

During 2011 annual progress reports were collected from 27 countries. The individual progress reports and a summary are posted on the EU Communication and Information Resource Centre website: http://circa.europa.eu/Public/irc/dsis/businessurvey/library.

New work to be undertaken in 2012

The group supported the creation of a Task Force to develop International Guidelines on Statistical Business Registers. The Task Force reports to the Conference of European Statisticians. Drafts of the report will be circulated and discussed at the 2012 Wiesbaden Group meeting.

Meetings to be organized in 2012

The 23rd meeting of the Wiesbaden Group will be hosted by the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, September 17-20 and will be held in Washington D.C. Planning meetings will be held with the steering committee as needed. The frequency of meetings is set to every two years - alternating with the joint UNECE/OECD/Eurostat seminar on business registers.

If you have any questions please contact Eddie Salyers, U.S. Census Bureau (Email Eddie.Joe.Salyers@Census.GOV (mailto: Eddie.Joe.Salyers@Census.GOV), Telephone: (301) 763-2638).


4.3.3 Household surveys (ECB)

• Methodology and organisation of the euro area survey on household finance and consumption. This survey will provide micro-level data to policy-makers and researchers on households' (financial and real) assets and debts, alongside complementary information on income, consumption, employment, pension entitlements, savings and inheritances.


4.3.3 Household surveys (UNICEF - CEE CIS)

Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey

i) Ongoing methodological work

The Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) is a household survey programme developed by UNICEF to assist countries in filling data gaps for monitoring the situation of children and women. It is capable of producing statistically sound, internationally comparable estimates of these indicators. The MICS was originally developed in response to the World Summit for Children to measure progress towards an internationally agreed set of mid-decade goals. The first round of MICS was conducted around 1995 in more than 60 countries. A second round of surveys was conducted in 2000 (around 65 surveys), and resulted in an increasing wealth of data to monitor the situation of children and women. For the first time it was possible to monitor trends in many indicators and set baselines for other indicators.

The third round of MICS, which was carried out in over 50 countries, including 13 countries in CEECIS Region in 2005-06, has been an important data source for monitoring the Millennium Development Goals with 21 MDG indicators collected through MICS3 (particularly indicators related to health, education and mortality). MICS3 was also a monitoring tool for other international goals including the World Fit for Children, the UNGASS targets on HIV/AIDS and the Abuja targets for malaria.

The results of the fourth round of MICS (2009-2012) are expected to be available from 2011 on. As in previous rounds, the MICS4 questionnaire was developed through consultations with relevant experts from UN organizations, inter-agency monitoring groups and the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Programme. The MICS4 questionnaire includes some new topics such as tobacco and alcohol use, access to media and technology, and life satisfaction.

More than 45 countries around the world have already committed to participate in the fourth round of MICS. In CEECIS Region, 9 countries are implementing MICS4 (Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, FYROM, Kazakhstan, Republic of Moldova, Serbia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan) with final reports of Serbia and Kazakhstan being currently finalized.  In three countries (Serbia, BiH and FYROM) MICS was also conducted among the Roma sample, selected independently from the national sample.

Additional information can be obtained from www.childinfo.org.

ii) Priority objective and new activities for 2012

UNICEF will support MICS4 countries in the region, which are at different stages of implementation, with training, fieldwork, data analysis and report writing. For MICS4 countries with the final set of tables, a Data Dissemination and Further Analysis workshop is going to be organized. In parallel to the work with MICS4, preparations for MICS5 will be initiated with the questionnaires for MICS5 to be piloted during the first half of 2012 and preparatory work expected to be finalized by the end of the year. With MDG reporting deadline approaching, there is an expected increase in the household survey activities around the world.


4.3.3 Household surveys (UNODC)

Crime Victim Surveys (CVS)

Taking into account the experience of the International Crime Victim Survey (ICVS) and the EU International Crime Survey (EUICS), UNODC aims at supporting courtiers to implement internationally comparable crime victim surveys. It promotes the UNODC-UNECE Manual on victim surveys and provide technical support to requesting countries. Development of methodology in the area of both general population and sector-specific corruption and anti-corruption surveys.


4.3.3 Household surveys (WHO (Headquarters))

WHO Study on Global Ageing and Adult Health (SAGE)

• WHO has completed the first round of data collection from SAGE.
• Data sets from these studies are now available upon request. A public release data set with all metadata was made available by mid 2011.
• The pilot testing has been completed in the three European SAGE-like surveys. The main field work was completed in 2011.

Other survey related activities

• WHO will work closely with the International Household Survey Network (IHSN) and international experts to develop a standard set of modules for use in health interview surveys for priority health outcomes. A meeting has been held to start the process with the module on health expenditures but resource constraints may considerably delay this project.
• A set of health examination surveys in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, building on the World Health Survey, have been completed in five countries. The last survey will be completed in 2011.


4.3.3 Household surveys (World Bank)

International Household Survey Network (IHSN)

The World Bank participates in the governing body of the International Household Survey Network (IHSN), established in September 2004 (with various UN agencies, regional development banks, PARIS21, and other bilateral and multilateral partners), and coordinates the IHSN secretariat. (http://www.surveynetwork.org/) IHSN advocates better survey planning, promotes harmonization and development of data collection instruments, provides survey data dissemination tools and guidelines, and maintains a central survey and census catalogue. The IHSN is developing a new version of its survey catalog. In 2012, a new survey catalog, compliant with the DDI metadata standard, will be launched. The catalog will cover all low and middle-income countries. The World Bank has developed a Survey Data Dissemination Toolkit, in cooperation with IHSN, aiming to provide developing countries with software and guidelines for proper preservation, documentation and dissemination of survey micro data. The Toolkit is based on the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) standard. The Toolkit is by a large number of agencies in over 60 countries. The World Bank, in partnership with PARIS21, is providing training and technical support to statistical agencies and other national and regional data producers and curators on the use of the DDI standard. In 2012, this technical support program is expected to cover an increasing number of countries in Easter Europe and Central Asia.

The World Bank and IHSN have initiated the development of microdata anonymization tools and dissemination guidelines, building on the work by the UN-ECE Task Force on Confidentiality and Microdata. This work will continue in 2012, in collaboration or coordination with European-based agencies (EUROSTAT, OECD, University of Vienna, and others).

The World Bank and IHSN will continue the development of methodological guidelines related to the implementation of household surveys and the use of survey data. These guidelines will include i) the documentation of microdata management and dissemination good practices; ii) a global assessment of the relevance of household food consumption survey data, with recommendations for improving data collection methods (with FAO), and iii) guidelines for the implementation of the Generic Statistical Business Process Model (GSBPM) in the specific context of household survey implementation.

Living Standards Measurement Survey

• Living Standards Measurement Survey Database contains all information on LSMS surveys that have been carried out. Documentation, questionnaires, manuals and other basic information can be downloaded from the site. The actual data can either be downloaded directly from the site (where countries have given permission) or may be requested from the database manager. Each survey data set contains constructed welfare measures that can be used for poverty analysis. To increase the ease of use and accessibility of the LSMS data sets two new tools are being constructed. The first is a searchable metadata file that allows researchers and analysts to identify those surveys that meet their research needs. A further effort to expand the use of the LSMS data sets is an interactive multi-survey data base that allows for on-the-fly tables and other analyses of the data for those who do not have the skills or time to analyze full household surveys.

• The World Bank continues to provide assistance in planning, designing, implementing and analyzing the Living Standard Measurement Study (LSMS) surveys. The LSMS surveys represent one piece of larger, integrated efforts to improve the overall statistical system of each country by providing quality household level data.

•  The WB ISTAT and the PRSP unit have supported efforts to determine the feasibility of using the HBS to measure welfare in future years.

• Regional work is being carried out in analyzing welfare data and how LSMS and HBS surveys are similar and dissimilar and the implications this has for welfare analysis over time.

• The LSMS group has developed a program of research investigating methodological issues related to the measurement of key concepts, how to improve data quality and ways in which LSMS survey data can be linked to other data bases. In the region, steps have been taken in designing experiments on the measurement of consumption.

•  Assistance in planning, designing, implementing and analyzing LSMS surveys is provided by staff in DECRG-Poverty Group. Assistance includes technical advice on all stages of survey work, from deciding on the need for an LSMS survey, how best to design and implement such a survey, to how the resulting data can be analyzed. The goal is to foster increased use of household data as a basis for policy decision-making. The LSMS is working to develop new methods to monitor progress in raising levels of living, to identify the consequences for households of past and proposed government policies, and to improve communications between survey statisticians, analysts, and policy makers. A variety of printed and electronic materials are also available to survey planners and analysts. Several of these are:
i) the book on Designing Household Survey Questionnaires for Developing Countries: Lessons from Fifteen years of the LSMS Surveys, that link the policy questions to be answered to the actual data that must be collected.
ii) a Manual for Planning and Implementing LSMS Surveys, that covers all phases of an LSMS survey, from budgeting, to sampling, field work and data management and analysis;
iii) examples of questionnaires, manuals and other field work material from all countries where LSMS surveys have been done;
iv) case studies on how to increase the analytic capacity in country;
v) databases from more than 88 LSMS surveys.

• Formal training courses on survey design and implementation along with hands-on-training are provided, both within and outside the Bank.
New techniques in small area estimation for poverty mapping are being developed that link census and household survey data. Training in these techniques as well as technical assistance in their implementation is also provided by DECRG-PO.

• The Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) web site provides access to documentation and data from LSMS surveys done in the region, including Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic, Romania, Russia, Serbia, and Tajikistan. For more information, visit the LSMS site.


4.3.4 Business and agricultural surveys (UNODC)

Crime and Corruption Business Survey (CCBS)

Based on previous business surveys (International Commercial Crime Survey, 1994-96 and International Crime Business Survey, 2000) and within the framework of the recent cooperation agreement with the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), UNODC has produced a questionnaire and methodology for international standardized Crime and Corruption Business Surveys (CCBS). The questionnaire addresses bribery/ corruption, fraud, extortion and several forms of crime, which impact on business and industry. Pilot surveys were conducted in 2005/06 Bulgaria and Canada with small samples of businesses. Results were analyzed in view of further refining the methodology, assessing the average length of interviews, and addressing any problems encountered (language, sensitive issues, etc...).


4.3.5 Other administrative and non-survey sources (WHO (Headquarters))

Data sources for population health measures

WHO Study on Global Ageing and Adult Health (SAGE)

• WHO has launched a study of health and health-related outcomes and their determinants in older adults in six countries in nationally representative samples. The study has been designed as a longitudinal cohort study and includes health examinations and biomarkers.
• Data sets from these studies will be made available in the public domain in 2009.
• The study will be extended to three additional countries in 2009. Possible extension to additional countries will be explored in the future.

Other survey related activities

• WHO will work closely with the International Household Survey Network (IHSN) and international experts to develop a standard set of modules for use in health interview surveys for priority health outcomes. The first set of these modules is expected to be finalised in 2009.
• A set of health examination surveys are being undertaken in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries building on the World Health Survey. Three of the surveys have been completed and the rest are to be completed in 2009. These surveys will also develop new measurement strategies.

Non-survey sources for health statistics

• Vital registration with causes of the death and other information: development and application of sample vital registration systems, validation studies for verbal autopsy, link with ICD.
• Sentinel clinics: work with countries to establish sentinel sites with small lab, investment in information and communication technology, and staff for health information; develop tools and protocols.


4.3.5 Other administrative and non-survey sources (ECB)

• Assess and respond to the potential statistical implications of the implementation of international financial reporting and supervisory standards in Europe.


4.3.5 Other administrative and non-survey sources (UN Statistics Division)

Civil registration and vital statistics

Ongoing methodological work:

Disseminate widely and systematically the handbook series on the development and maintenance of civil registration and vital statistics systems. The following publications have been issued since 1998:
• Handbook on the collection of Fertility and mortality Data, Sales No. 03.XVII.11, United Nations, New York, 2003;
• Handbook on Training in Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems, Sales No. E.02.XVII.10, United Nations, New York, 2002;
• Principles and Recommendations for a Vital Statistics System Revision 2, Sales No. E. 01.XVII.10, United Nations, New York, 2001;
• Handbook on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems: Management, Operation and Maintenance, Sales No. E.98.XVII.11, United Nations, New York, 1998;
• Handbook on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems: Preparation of a Legal Framework, Sales No. E. 98.XVII.7, United Nations, New York, 1998;
• Handbook on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems: Developing Information, Education and Communication, Sales No. E.98.XVII.4, United Nations, New York, 1998;
• Handbook on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems: Policies and Protocols for the Release and Archiving of Individual Records, Sales No. E.98.XVII.6, United Nations, New York, 1998;
• Handbook on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems: Computerization, Sales No. E.98.XVII.10, United Nations, New York, 1998.

Priority objectives:

Improve the coverage of vital registration systems and the capacity of countries to provide vital statistics from registration systems.

Ongoing work:

UNSD organized the Expert Group Meeting on civil registration and vital statistics in June 2011. Consequently, the UNSD currently undertakes a revision of the Principles and Recommendations for a Vital Statistics System, Revision 2, based on the recommendations emanated from the meeting.

UNSD maintains the Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Knowledge Base documents at: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/vitalstatkb and disseminates United Nations methodological guidelines, demographic research articles and country practices and activities in the area of civil registration and vital statistics. It facilitates the international exchange and sharing of knowledge and information, provides guidance to countries, and monitors progress made on civil registration and vital statistics at national level.


4.4 Data editing and data linkage (UNECE STAT)

Description and objectives

Statistical data editing is currently a very resource-intensive activity for national statistical organizations. It includes the validation and correction of incoming data, and methods to deal with missing data. In line with the vision for industrialising statistical production, a work session will be organised in autumn 2012 to share ideas and good practices in the automation of data editing. To maintain momentum between work sessions, an electronic knowledge-base has been created, which will be further expanded and updated during 2012.

Meeting to be organized in 2012:

Work Session on Statistical Data Editing, Oslo, 24-26 September.


4.5 Dissemination, data warehousing (CIS-STAT)

Dissemination

Ongoing work:

• CIS-STAT disseminates statistical data in printed forms (statistical abstracts, statistical bulletins, reports, press releases) and in electronic form (statistical abstracts on compact discs, data base on CD-ROM "Official Statistics of the CIS Countries", data base "CIS Statistics"). CIS-STAT's web-site in Internet contains and maintains in updated form most important macroeconomic indicators by CIS countries, including time series by months for a number of years, press-releases of CIS-STAT, information on the Council of Heads of Statistical Services of the CIS, main information about statistical services of the CIS and CIS-STAT, data base "CIS Statistics", information about publications and electronic products and much of other useful information. As a rule, this information is disseminated in two languages (Russian and English).

• The main part of printed editions and electronic products is provided to regular users - government bodies, statistical services, and interstate bodies of the CIS countries. The rest part is provided to international organizations, mass media, scientific organizations, subscribers, selected companies on the basis of enquiries or agreements.

There are plans to publish the following editions in 2012:

Operative editions:

• Report "Socio-Economic Situation in the Countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States" (monthly);
• Statistical bulletin "CIS Statistics" (one issue monthly);
• Press releases in Russian and English (monthly), including the press-release dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the activities of CIS-STAT.

Statistical abstracts:

• "Commonwealth of Independent States in 2011" (a digest of provisional statistical results), Russian - English version;
• " Commonwealth of Independent States in 2010" (statistical yearbook)-Russian-English version;
• "Commonwealth of Independent States, 2000-2011", (concise statistical abstract);
• "External Trade of the Countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States in 2011" (statistical abstract of provisional results) in Russian;
• "External Trade of the Countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States in 2011" (Russian-English version);
• "National Accounts of the CIS Countries", Russian-English version;
• "Finances, Investments and Prices in the Countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States", Russian-English version;
• " Labour Market in the Countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States", (concise statistical abstract), Russian-English version.

All publications may be disseminated in a paper and electronic form.

Statistical information on CD-ROM:

• "Official Statistics of the Countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States"; Russian-English version (17th edition);
• "Commonwealth of Independent States in 2011" (statistical yearbook), Russian-English version;
• "20 years of the Commonwealth of Independent States", Russian-English version.

New activities:

There are plans for 2012 to publish:

• " Methodological Provisions of 2010 Population Censuses  of the CIS Countries".
• " Macroeconomics and Finances of the CIS Countries and  Selected Rest of the World Countries" (booklet, Russian-English version).
• "Population of the CIS Countries and Selected Rest of the World Countries" (booklet, Russian-English version).
• "Social Indicators of the  CIS Countries and Selected Rest of the World Countries" (booklet, Russian-English version).
• "External Trade of the CIS and EU Countries" (booklet, Russian-English version).

Data warehousing:

• Statistical information is verified, aggregated and included into general information system of CIS-STAT in working tables of the personnel, in electronic versions of the publications, in automated databases, on network-attached data storage (Data bank of CIS-STAT), on the web-site of CIS-STAT in Internet, in electronic archive on compact discs.


4.5 Dissemination, data warehousing (ECB)

• Further develop the Statistical Data Warehouse, a user-friendly and comprehensive online data delivery service for ESCB statistics through the ECB's website.

• Enhance the SDMX web services implemented, for facilitating the integration of ECB data into user applications including support for SDMX/version 2.1.

• Continue optimising the framework for a joint and simultaneous dissemination of euro area aggregates and its national contributions to these aggregates on the ECB's website and on the websites of euro area NCBs (in their own languages and 'look and feel').

• Set up the data exchange and dissemination infrastructure for the ESRB.

• Further develop the Principal Global Indicators website, which focuses on the G20 economies, including the euro area. This work is undertaken by the Inter-Agency Group on Economic and Financial Statistics comprising the BIS, the ECB, the European Commission (Eurostat), the IMF, the OECD, the United Nations and the World Bank.


4.5 Dissemination, data warehousing (Eurostat)

Theme 8.01 - Communication

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Relations with the media;
• Internal communication.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Publication of the ESS magazine.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Migration of Eurostat's intranet in My IntraComm Portal;
• Preparation, validation and dissemination of  Eurostat news releases;
• Publication of Eurostat and EU27 NSIs news on INSite.


4.5 Dissemination, data warehousing (ILO)

Dissemination

• The ILO's statistical Website (http://laborsta.ilo.org) has continued to be maintained and updated on a weekly basis. This site gives users access to a broad range of data contained in the ILO's statistical databases and makes it possible to view and download information free of charge. The associated national meta-information for each series is also available on-line on the Web site. The website is trilingual in English, French and Spanish, and it will continue to be maintained and developed in these three languages.

• The Department of Statistics website including the databases and dissemination applications have been reviewed and restructured in 2011 in accordance with the anticipated changes in data collection methods. The new relational database, named ILOSTAT, will be interactive, more user-friendly and offer more up-to-date information on decent work. It is expected to be launched publicly during the first quarter of 2012, including the Yearly data for 2009 and 2010 not collected the last year.

• In line with the collection of new statistical material, the entire program of dissemination through printed publications and CD-ROMs will be revised and enhanced. The main dissemination tool will be the Department's new data dissemination website, which will be updated weekly.

• Short Term Indicators database, launched during 2010 comprising monthly and quarterly information from about 100 countries and territories, will be fully integrated to the new ILOSTAT database.

• The possibility of collecting and disseminating data through SDMX (Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange) will be implemented as to give users and data providers the possibility of interchanging data electronically.


4.5 Dissemination, data warehousing (OECD)

Glossary of Statistical Terms

Purpose

The aims of the OECD Glossary of Statistical Terms are:

• To provide a highly visible and readily accessible source of statistical terminology and definitions that are derived from international standards for use by OECD author areas in the development of questionnaires and other data collection instruments and for inclusion in published output. The Glossary also has wide application for external government and non-government agencies;
• To provide a set of target definitions based on existing international statistical standards that will ultimately be linked to data located in the OECD's Statistical Information System (SIS);
• To be the catalyst for the development of consistent international statistical standards by highlighting existing inconsistencies between existing standards.

Objectives and outputs

The OECD Glossary of Statistical Terms contains a comprehensive set of definitions of the main data items collected by the Organisation. The Glossary also contains definitions of key terminology and concepts and commonly used acronyms.

Over 6 700 definitions currently included in the glossary are primarily drawn from existing international statistical guidelines and recommendations that have been prepared over the last two or three decades by international organisations such as the OECD, IMF, ILO, Eurostat, United Nations working with national statistical institutes.

Work in 2007 entailed the addition of new definitions prepared by a number of OECD statistical working parties and expert groups, as well as definitions published by other international organisations, and the insertion of extensive information into the "context" field of the glossary, explaining the uses and limitations of many of the definitions included.

New Glossary facilities include the possibility to identify new definitions included in the Glossary or existing definitions modified. The facility to download the entire Glossary from the web in as a WORD file and PDF has also been developed.

References to the Glossary is now included in over 170 000 web pages of national statistical agencies, central banks and academic institutes.

Databases

OECD Glossary of Statistical Terms

Main Developments for 2012

General aspects:

There is an ongoing need to change the platform in which the Glossary is currently stored. Discussions are ongoing with SIMS/ITN.

Journal of Business Cycle Measurement and Analysis

Purpose

To exchange knowledge and information on the theoretical and operational aspects of business and economic cycle research, involving both measurement and analysis.

Objectives and outputs

The Statistics Directorate participates as associate editor and chairman of the editorial board of the Journal; provides liaison between the publication system (PAC) the editor in chief located in Zurich (CIRET) and the editorial board.

The journal is a peer-reviewed scientific journal focusing on business cycles. The themes covered by the Journal comprise: analysis and explanation of cyclical fluctuations; business cycle specification, definition and classification; statistical approaches to the development of short-term economic statistics and indicators; business tendency, investment and consumer surveys; use of survey data or cyclical indicators for business cycle analysis.

Each volume has two regular issues with 4-5 articles, and occasionally special editions. The Journal also provides a calendar of conferences, along with e-information and book reviews which are of interest and within its scope.

OECD Statistical DataWarehouse (OECD.Stat)

Purpose

OECD.Stat is the core element of the OECD Statistical Information System as it is the central repository and retrieval tool for the Organisation's statistical information resources. OECD.Stat is designed to contain the validated datasets to be shared and/or published, a special dataset for "Reference Series", all the statistical metadata associated with these datasets, and the glossary of statistical terms.

Objectives and outputs

OECD.Stat consists of a closed data warehouse with its standard entry and exit gates and a user front end (web browser). OECD.Stat is the basis of the new corporate tools for the statistical publications and electronic dissemination.

The main objectives and benefits for statisticians are: improved efficiency of statistical processes; improved quality, timeliness, visibility and accessibility of OECD's statistical resources; harmonisation effect of statistical classifications etc.; new and easier horizontal data products such as "Statistical Yearbook" and "OECD in Figures"; simplified and harmonised user access right management.

The data warehouse is physically independent from production systems and permits an easier management of connections from production databases (when new database versions or platforms), avoiding multiple interlinks between different production platforms.

Main objectives and benefits for analysts are: fast and user-friendly tools for locating and retrieving verified statistical data and metadata; availability of Reference Series and joint display of data from different OECD sources; easier interpretability of data; easier gathering of data to support horizontal projects; pre-defined executive reports; accessibility in-house and on the Internet without additional installations.

Today, about 95% of the OECD datasets are loaded into the OECD.Stat Data warehouse.

Respecting well-defined access right limitations, the data is available to specific users and groups within the OECD, to all OECD Staff, to member countries government staff via the OLISnet service, to the general public on the Internet, to specific public MyOECD users and to registered customers via the iLibrary commercial channel (including specific formats like Branded Views).

The OECD.Stat datawarehouse can also be accessed via the OECD analytical software (FAME, SAS, Stata, SPSS, Eviews) and includes a utility for an automated publishing of data in PC-Axis format for the OECD commercial service (iLibrary) as well as SDMX formats.

Main Developments for 2012

General aspects:

OECD.Stat is used by 5 other organisations (ABS, NZL, ISTAT, EC and IMF). Many other international organisations, Central banks and National Statistical Offices are also investigating sharing the system. This needs a significant support activity.

Main focus in 2012 will be on qualitative data, data acccessibility, web accessibility, and SDMX 2.1.

Publishing from the Statistical Information System

Purpose

To provide a publishing environment for the production of statistical publications and create new statistical dissemination services in the framework of the OECD Statistical Information System. The services include publishing complete databases, ready-made key tables and facts and figures indicators with dynamic graphs and commentary. The publishing environment comprises a publishing tool where the table is defined by the statistical editors in collaboration with authors, and a formatting engine where the data are extracted from OECD.Stat and formatted for multiple outputs such as paper, PDF, Excel, HTML. The environment improves the efficiency of the publishing process and the quality of final publications in print and electronic format.

Objectives and outputs

Produce publications through the publishing process from databases available in the central data base OECD.Stat. Continue to develop new procedures to take into account specificities of these new publications. Create new services to disseminate statistics.

In 2011, improvements in the OECD.Stat browser were made available on the OECD iLibrary. Complete databases, Key tables and facts and figures were published. Complete databases were published offline using a centralised process from OECD.Stat.

PAC statistical editors are now loading IEA data (14 datasets updated quarterly and 50 datasets updated annually), which represents the largest volume of data loaded by Directorates, into OECD.Stat. Statistical editors worked with directorates to review and improve the quality of the data and metadata being disseminated from the central data warehouse.

Regarding statistical publications, the new publishing system was used in 2011 to produce new online table collection publications in Excel, PDF, Web and print on demand, effectively transitioning the production of statistical publications from the Statistics Directorate to PAC. In 2011 PAC produced 20 statistical publications in two languages, including 2 publications which are monthly and 1 quarterlyand some 140 key tables.

Main Developments for 2012

General aspects:

In 2012, improvements in the OECD.Stat browser will be made available on the OECD iLibrary. Regarding statistical publications, the publishing environment will be used in 2012 to publish updates of publications already produced out of OECD.Stat in 2011 and to apply the procedures to a number of additional statistical publications. In 2012, data visualizations will be made available. Further objectives of 2012 aim to improve the discovery of high level indicators and complete databases by wiring them together on OECD's website.


4.5 Dissemination, data warehousing (UN Statistics Division)

Dissemination

• Maintains Internet access systems for its databases in international trade and national accounts, to provide more efficient public, governmental and international agency access;
• Maintains processing systems and is preparing Internet access systems for its databases in energy, environment and industrial commodities to provide more efficient public, governmental and international agency access;
• Maintains MDG Indicators Database, including detailed cell-level and indicator-level metadata and other reference material for use by the general public and government agencies who need references for their national MDG monitoring exercise;
• Maintains UNdata and provides free access to databases, tables and glossaries containing over 60 million data points cover a wide range of themes including Agriculture, Crime, Education, Employment, Energy, Environment, Health, HIV/AIDS, Human Development, Industry, Information and Communication Technology, National Accounts, Population, Refugees, Tourism, Trade, as well as the Millennium Development Goals indicators.


4.5 Dissemination, data warehousing (UNCTAD)

UNCTAD Statistical Information system (USIS)

Purpose:

The UNCTAD Statistical Information System (USIS) is designed as a tool to validate, store, process and share reference datasets used by the economists of the secretariat and disseminated through the UNCTAD Handbook of Statistic and UNCTADstat on the Internet. Methodologies and procedures used to process statistics and to calculate derived indicators were reviewed accordingly. Sources, concepts, definitions, classifications and processes have been documented and made available to users. Great attention is devoted to the provision of metadata at all levels.
Principle 4 of the 'Principles Governing International Statistical Activities' is a guiding benchmark during the development and implementation of USIS.

Objectives and outputs:

Improvement of the quality and consistency of the statistics prepared and released by UNCTAD. More efficient, secured and documented procedures are used for the compilation, processing, storage and dissemination of statistics. The capacities for the calculations of indicators requiring important IT resources are being improved.


4.5 Dissemination, data warehousing (UNECE STAT)

Description and objectives

Following a recent in-depth review by the CES Bureau, and in response to country requests, the Steering Group on statistical dissemination and communication is developing a new guide to improving statistical literacy. This new guide will be finalised in 2012, and will complement the existing three volumes in the very popular Making Data Meaningful series. Other topics identified by countries as priority areas for the work of this group in 2012 include the use of social media, and communicating statistics via mobile devices such as smart-phones, iPods, etc.

Meeting to be organized in 2012:

Work Session on Statistical Communication, Geneva, 27-29 June.


4.5 Dissemination, data warehousing (UNICEF - CEE CIS)

TransMonEE database: data for understanding the situation of children in Central and East European and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CEECIS) region

The TransMonEE Database, which captures a vast range of data relevant to social and economic issues situation and wellbeing of children, young people and women in countries of Central and Eastern Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States (CEECIS). The data represent a particularly useful tool for governments, civil society organization, funding institutions and academia in considering their decisions, policies, programmes and agendas. The database is updated every year thanks to the collaboration of National Statistical Offices (NSOs) in the countries of CEECIS. The published database presents only a selection of the larger amount of indicators annually collected. The key messages of the 2010 update as well as the supporting database are available at www.transmonee.org (also available in Russian) and using DevInfo platform at http://www.transmonee.org/moneeinfo2011/en/  (also available in Russian).

Priority objective and new activities for 2012:

The Regional Office of UNICEF will continue to support TransMonEE and improve the accessibility of data.


4.5 Dissemination, data warehousing (World Bank)

Dissemination

The Development Data Group of the World Bank uses the following systems for data retrieval and dissemination:

• As part of the World Bank's new open data initiative (ODI), the Bank launched a new website http://data.worldbank.org in April 2010 to provide free, open and easy access to over 5,000 indicators in four languages: English, Spanish, French and Arabic. Visitors to the site can easily find, download, manipulate, use, and re-use the data compiled by the World Bank, without restrictions. They can also take advantage of graph and mapping tools. Over the past year more World Bank datasets, such as for example, Climate Change, Projects and Operations, Finance and Microdata have been added to the data repositories that have joined the ODI. The site allows individuals, groups, and organizations to create applications, programs, visualizations, and other tools that will help monitor and measure progress of various development initiatives and projects. Additionally, the data can be used to create new and innovative solutions for international development, helping with the World Bank's mission to reduce poverty across the globe. One of the components of the new Open Data is the data retrieval system called the DataBank providing access to about 30 databases. The Data Bank is the external version of what we have as an internal Bank system, DDP (see below for information on DDP). Some of the links available from the DataBank on various topical databases include:
   - Gender at http://databank.worldbank.org/ddp/home.do?Step=12&id=4&CNO=283;
   - Education at http://databank.worldbank.org/ddp/home.do?Step=2&id=4&CNO=1159;
   - Health-Nutrition-Population HNPStats at http://databank.worldbank.org/ddp/home.do?Step=12&id=4&CNO=311;
   - Etc.

•  Development Data Platform (DDP), a web-based statistical data collection and dissemination system,providing access to many databases under one umbrella.

• A web-based system, Data Platform (DP), is part of the DDP suite of products developed to help clients and partners to manage and disseminate their data based on their preferences and needs. It provides a framework for the use and management of quantitative data and their metadata. The system is especially useful for any organization with a need to publish statistical data on the web.

• The Gateway initiative is envisioned as a portal website on development issues, from which users will be able to access information, resources and tools, and into which they will be able to contribute their own knowledge and experience http://www.developmentgateway.org/.

• As part of the World Bank's new Access to Information Policy and building on the success of the Open Data initiative the Mapping for Results Platform was launched on October 7th, 2010 by the World Bank Institute and AidData in partnership with various World Bank departments (AFTSD, LCSDE, DECDG, OPCS) to geo-reference and visualize the geographic location of World Bank financed projects and international aid programs at the sub-national level. See http://maps.worldbank.org/.

•  The Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) web site provides access to documentation and data from LSMS surveys done in all regions, including ECE Region. http://www.worldbank.org/lsms/lsmshome.html.

• The World Bank Microdata Library (http://microdata.worldbank.org) provides access to survey and census data and metadata. The number of surveys and censuses listed in this catalog is expected to grow significantly in 2012.

•  Data Visualizer, is new visualization tool creating animated charts using the most widely used and official development data. New tools and emerging techniques are providing new opportunities for visualizing data and making it more interesting to users. Adding animation to this only increases its impact. To use this new tool, see http://devdata.worldbank.org/DataVisualizer/.

• The new version of the World Bank's DataFinder 2.5 is now available for the iPhone, iTouch, and iPad at Apple's App Store. This application is part of the World Bank's Open Data Initiative to make development data more accessible and easier to use. This is an offline application and does not require a 3G or WiFi connection to the World Bank's Open Data website. Users can are presented with a pre-selected set of indicators for a country/country grouping or for a thematic topic (e.g. environment, gender, trade etc.). Data can be charted or viewed on an animated map. Users can also select a development indicator from a list of over 200 and view it for all countries. Users can also compare indicators for two countries. All tables, charts, maps can be shared via email or via social media software such Facebook and Twitter.

• The DataFinder 3.0 mobile app will be released in January 2012 on three platforms - iPhone/iPad, Android and Blackberry. Besides having all the features of the DataFinder 2.5 described above, the DataFinder 3.0 has an Advanced Query Feature that allows users to create their own data tables and charts from 50 years of World Bank data on more than 1,100 global social and economic indicators for over 200 countries/economies and country groups - all of which can be used in presentations, projects, and shared via email. it also contains improved visualizations including a map with zoom-in features. Since the launch of the first DataFinder application, major improvements have been made, including the ability to switch between tables, lines and bar charts; view data in tabular forms; display charts with more than one country and more than one indicator; navigate forward/backward between countries and indicators, etc. will be downloadable in 2012 from Apple, Google and the Blackberry stores.

•  EdStats has just launched the World Bank EdStats DataFinder, the new iPhone/iPad application. This free app is a comprehensive mobile data and analysis source for key topics in education with over 2,000 education indicators for more than 200 countries and regional/income groups. The app's Data tab allows one to conduct a fast, customized data query, chart/ visualize the resulting data, and share the data. The Book tab presents a data profile of a selected country, region or income group. The EdStats DataFinder holds data on Pre-Primary, Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary education from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS); Learning Outcomes from international learning assessments including PISA, TIMSS, PIRLS, LLECE, PASEC, and SACMEQ; Education Equity from DHS and MICS household surveys; Education Expenditures and Teachers from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS); etc.

•  Bulletin Board on Statistical Capacity (BBSC) has been developed. It aims to improve measuring and monitoring of statistical capacity of IDA countries in close collaboration with countries and users. The database contains information on various aspects of national statistical systems and includes a country-level statistical capacity indicator based on a set of criteria consistent with international recommendations. To access Country Profiles, click here. To see the site, go to http://www.worldbank.org/data/bbscGeneral.

• Together with the IMF, the World Bank will continue to work on the General Data Dissemination System (GDDS) which provides guidelines to the countries in the dissemination of economic, financial and socio-demographic data to the public and establishes a broad framework for countries seeking improvements in their statistical systems. The World Bank has developed guidelines for the preparation of metadata covering the following areas: population, education, health, poverty assessment and monitoring. The World Bank, as part of phase one of this project, in collaboration with the IMF, has been participating in regional seminars and in preparation of the GDDS metadata for participating countries, as well as providing technical support from headquarters or in the field to staff of member countries participating in the GDDS.

• For WITS and Trade visualizers, see section 2.6.


4.6 Statistical confidentiality and disclosure protection (Eurostat)

Theme 6.11 - Data security and statistical confidentiality

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Revise Regulation (EC) No 831/2002;
• Develop confidential data release infrastructures;
• Ensure support on SDC in specific domains.

This is a very sensitive and especially complex dimension of Eurostat - and ESS, at large - work programme. It involves different dimensions such as physical and logical protection of confidential data (statistical disclosure control - SDC), harmonisation of principles and guidelines and design of efficient infrastructure (IT and procedure) for releasing confidential data (tabular or micro data) to ESS partners and Research community.

The related work aims at critically improving the production methods of EU statistics and places on Eurostat the responsibility for the coordination of Sectoral initiatives for the release of confidential data for scientific purposes, especially methodological support and tool development, the promotion of correct and coherent application of rules and the design of generic infrastructures for the sharing of confidential data with users and partners while ensuring their adequate protection. This is overarched by adequate governance of statistical confidentiality in the ESS governing the vertical integration of processes by proposing to Member States a framework for the standardisation and harmonisation of SDC related processes.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Development of ESS wide infrastructure (access facilities and organisational/methodological framework) for the release of confidential data for scientific purpose.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Information Security management (LISO): analysis of the security requirements of Eurostat Information system and adaptation of the policy on the security of information systems.
• Draft of a first version of an Information Security Management System (ISMS) to be adopted by IT Steering Committee.
• Detection of intrusion of information systems (LISO): regular monitoring and provision of recommendations for improving security of Information Systems.
• Making confidential data available to scientific purposes (LISO): ensure access to confidential data for researchers either though the Eurostat Safe Centre or through the development of a secured remote access facility.
• Setting up a network of safe centres allowing researchers to access confidential EU microdata sets - feasibility study and pilot implementation.
• Support to Eurostat units for dealing with Statistical Disclosure Control (SDC).
• Revise Regulation 831/2002 on access to confidential data for scientific purposes: coordinate activities related to the release of confidential data for scientific purpose.
• Develop confidential data release infrastructures: Widening and simplification of access to confidential EU microdata sets for scientific purposes. A framework allowing for new modes of access to EU confidential microdata sets, simpler and closer, better fitted to research needs is developed.


4.6 Statistical confidentiality and disclosure protection (OECD)

Pension Monitoring

Purpose
In order to ensure that pension reforms are both financially and socially sustainable, it is essential to monitor the outcomes of changes in pension system parameters and rules. The activity uses a microeconomic approach which is particularly suitable for international comparison of pension policies. Prospective individual benefit entitlements from mandatory pension arrangements are modelled for full-career workers at different earnings levels. The framework uses the same economic assumptions for all countries and thereby abstracts from non-pension factors, which often distort international comparisons of pension systems. See www.oecd.org/els/social/ageing/PAG .

Objectives and outputs

To monitor pension systems and pension policies in OECD countries, to collect, up-date and analyse information on pension system rules and parameters and to model prospective pension entitlements for standard retirement, early retirement and interrupted careers. The output of this activity is published in regularly updated reports.

The second edition of Pensions at a Glance Asia/Pacific will be released in early 2012. The Women and Pensions report will be published in March 2012. Regional reports covering LAC and ECA will be produced during the year and work will commence on an update to Pensions Panorama.

In 2011:

• The main Pensions at a Glance publication was released and is available at www.oecd.org/els/social/pensions/PAG
• Key data were disseminated in OECD.Stat via http://stats.oecd.org/Index.aspx?DataSetCode=ELSPENSIONS
• An on-line Pension calculator was updated, via http://www.oecd.org/document/12/0,3343,en_2649_34757_43024076_1_1_1_1,00.html
• Most indicators related to pensions are available on-line in MS-Excel format via www.oecd.org/els/social/pensions/PAG.

The fifth edition of Pensions at a Glance will be published in early 2013. The report will include updates of the models with 2010 parameters.

Non-member countries involved in the activity:

Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Ecuador, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Peru, Romania, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Thailand, Uruguay, Venezuela.

Databases

Pension monitoring database

Main Developments for 2012

General aspects:

The range of countries covered under the Pensions at a Glance umbrella is constantly expanding with the update for PaG Asia being released in early 2012. Additional regional publications are also planned to cover the LAC and ECA regions with an update of Pensions Panorama also beginning later in the year. Further areas of analysis will concentrate on periods of career absense because of unemployment as well as the release of the Women and Pensions report in March 2012.

Data management:

The number of indicators covered in the data will be increased leading to the creation of a pensions database.


4.7 Data analysis (Eurostat)

Theme 6.10 - Statistical research and methodology

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Promote research in Official Statistics;   
• Facilitate methodological collaboration, networking and competence building;
• Ensure co-ordination of methodological works in the ESS (including ESSnets' monitoring);
• Support standardisation process in the ESS;
• Embed methodology in Vision implementation processes;
• Encourage methodological development: design and test of specific methods and supporting tools;
• Ensure methodological support to production process.                                               

The challenges posed by the enforcement of the Joint ESS Strategy demand substantial gains in productivity and major achievements in terms of process integration that only heavy investment in methodological developments could permit.  This is much depending on the adequate use of the results of ongoing research in official statistics and on properly articulating main NSI needs as regards Official Statistics in future strategic research frameworks. It also pre-supposes to evenly address all aspects of the integration process: As regards horizontal integration, the co-ordination of methodological developments should create conditions to identify, test and use cross-cut methodologies. Vertical integration would require substantial efforts in process standardisation throughout ESS. The overall sustainability of this continuous improvement process would be liable to two extreme conditions: the (upstream) transformation of new knowledge into new methods and techniques and the (down-stream) support to production steps in the absorption of the methodological developments (innovations), both at Eurostat and ESS level.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Contribution to ESSnet projects, ESS collaborative development of key methodologies for Vision implementation and improving efficiency of statistical production.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Support standardisation process in the ESS: integration of EU production processes (ESS and Eurostat) including Sponsorship on Standardisation.
• Contribution to improved production processes.
• Software design, testing and development for implementing ESS methodological guidelines and testing.
• Promote, emulate research in official statistics.
• Research and ESSnet results dissemination, support collaboration among researchers and with official statisticians, using web portals (e.g. Cros) and training/further education means (LDF), developing and consolidating Web 2.0 mechanisms for collaboration.
• Strategic guidance for ESS/Estat integration of methodological work.
• Developing handbook for  Modern Business Statistics - Methodological development in new areas.


4.7 Data analysis (OECD)

eXplorer web-based interactive charts

Purpose

Provide an online animated and interactive graphical component for advanced data analysis and combines maps and graphs with stories allowing users to examine time developments and interrelations between indicators. A Vizlet version of this interface will be fully integrated with the OECD.Stat web browser allowing users to select the data to analyse (dynamic graphic).

Objectives and outputs

New production versions according to new user requests in different substantive directorates.

Full integration into OECD.Stat.

Main Developments for 2012

General aspects:

Deploy light eXplorer with OECD.Stat Web Browser and maintain application.

eXplorer web-based visualisation software

Purpose

Promote use of the eXplorer online data visualisation tool. This dynamic graphics package for advanced data analysis and combines maps and graphs with stories allowing users to examine time developments and interrelations between indicators. The interface will be fully integrated with the OECD.Stat web browser allowing users to select the data to analyse.

Objectives and outputs

Complete integration of eXplorer graphical components (maps, bubble charts, histograms, parallel coordinates plotters etc) with OECD.Stat interface. Work with data producers to produce animated data 'stories' for the web.

Main Developments for 2012

General aspects:

Increase use of eXplorer tool for data visualisation throughout OECD. Release integrated explorer graphics on OECD.stat public site.