1. GSIM V1.0 is the first internationally endorsed reference framework for statistical information. This over-arching framework will play an important part in modernizing, streamlining and aligning the production and standards associated with official statistics at both national and international levels.
2. GSIM V1.0 is the result of extensive, multi-disciplinary development and consultation across the international statistical community. Over time it is expected that GSIM will be refined as a result of implementation experience and further development.
3. It is expected that statistical organizations will progressively adopt and implement this reference framework and the 'common language' it provides. It is intended that GSIM may be used by organizations to different degrees.
4. This User Guide is part of the first public release of GSIM. The document contains information to help users understand what a conceptual model is. It provides guides to help understand the model, explains how GSIM can be used as a communication tool and describes the steps to be taken to implement GSIM at a business and technical level. The document also includes information on how some early adopters of GSIM intend to use the model.