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Name of Group:
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Management of Statistical Information Systems (MSIS)


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Contact person / organisation:

Secretariat: Steven Vale, steven.vale@unece.org
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

Reports to:

Conference of European Statisticians

Subsidiary groups:

None

Objectives of work:

The main objectives of the MSIS Organising Committee are:
a) To provide, through regular meetings and other means such as the MSIS Wiki, a forum for exchange of experiences and good practices among information systems managers from national and international statistical organisations.
b) To contribute to the coordination of activities of different national and international organizations in the area of statistical information systems.
c) To facilitate and encourage implementation of international standards and recommendations in the field of statistical computing among national and international statistical organisations.

Frequency of meetings:

Annual

Links to websites / meeting documents:

MSIS Meetings: http://www.unece.org/stats/archive/04.01a.e.htm
MSIS Wiki: http://www1.unece.org/stat/platform/display/msis

Recent outputs:

1) The MSIS Wiki - a public on-line resource for statistical information systems specialists: http://www1.unece.org/stat/platform/display/msis
2) Challenges in managing information systems in statistical organizations – Paper for the Bureau of the Conference of European Statisticians (2009) http://www.unece.org/stats/documents/ece/ces/bur/2009/11.e.pdf

Adoption of outputs:

1) The MSIS wiki is widely consulted from around the world. By the end of 2010 it was receiving almost 2,000 hits per month, and 36 users had editing rights.
2) The paper “Challenges in managing information systems in statistical organizations” was approved by the CES Bureau, and led to the creation of the Sharing Advisory Board, which now operates on the same level as MSIS. It also started the debate which led to the formation of the High-Level Group for Strategic Developments in Business Architecture in Statistics.

Main current issues / areas of work:

• Architectures, models and standards - The principles behind effective business and enterprise architectures emphasize the need for building and reusing sustainable and flexible systems using common tools, practices and reusable modules or components. One of the enablers for reusability is the application of information models and information exchange standards.
• From local to corporate perspective - management issues and as technology and infrastructure improvements which countries are facing when planning and developing statistical information systems. For example changes in organization and funding, outsourcing, software sharing and collaboration with other organizations, as well as management of projects and programmes, including business continuity planning.
• Innovation and related issues - New technologies, new methods, new practices and new management approaches. They may impact any or all parts of the Generic Statistical Business Process Model and its underlying information models.
• International cooperation/collaboration - ways for National Statistical Institutes to collaborate. This includes tools and other means of collaboration, and the organizational change required for collaboration. Recent history has shown that collaboration and cooperation also involves the possession of a common ground between the collaborating partners, so standards are also a subject of interest.

Expected future outputs:

1) Enhancements to the MSIS wiki, including a section to benchmark arrangements for the provision of IT services in different statistical organisations.
2) Annual MSIS meetings to discuss the above topics and others of interest to managers of statistical information systems.
3) The MSIS community contributes to a number of outputs related to software sharing, such as the software inventory. These outputs are reported under the Sharing Advisory Board.

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