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Name of Group:
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Metadata Working Group


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Contact person / organisation:

August Götzfried (Head of Unit)
European Commission
August.goetzfried@ec.europa.eu

Reports to:

The ESS Directors' Groups for Methodology and IT (DIME and ITDG)

Subsidiary groups:

Ad-hoc task forces working on particular metadata issues installed if needed

Objectives of work:

The Metadata Working Group is the main working group working dealing with metadata within the European Statistical System and beyond. Strongly linked to the ESS joint strategy based on the Commission Communication 404/2009, the working group deals with metadata standardization, production, exchange and dissemination of metadata. This work is also linked to the international SDMX technical and statistical standards and to the international METIS group dealing with statistical business processes. The working Group brings together producers and users of metadata from EU Member States, acceding countries and other countries.

Frequency of meetings:

Once per year

Links to websites / meeting documents:

Meeting documents accessible through CIRCA: http://circa.europa.eu/Public/irc/dsis/Home/main;

Recent outputs:

• ESS legislation and recommendations and other proposals defining the standardisation, production, exchange and dissemination of metadata
• Creation of standards for different types of ESS reference metadata such as the ESMS, ESQRS and others
• Improvement and further integration of the Eurostat and ESS national metadata systems;
• Harmonisation and implementation of structural metadata (code lists);
• Contributions to the SDMX standards and guidelines;
• Contribution to the general ESS strategy for business process integration;
• Creation and implementation of the ESS Metadata Handler;
• Contributions to international metadata standards and meetings;
• etc.

Adoption of outputs:

Many of the results achieved have been adopted within the European Statistical System or even beyond. This process will continue in the future

Main current issues / areas of work:

• ESS legislation;
• Further development of ESS metadata standards;
• Improvement and further integration of the ESS metadata systems;
• Further harmonisation and implementation of structural metadata (code lists);
• Contributions to the SDMX standards and guidelines;
• Contributions to the general ESS strategy for business process integration;
• Broader implementation of the ESS Metadata Handler;
• Contributions to international metadata standards and meetings;

Expected future outputs:

• More ESS legislation on metadata;
• More ESS metadata standards;
• Better integrated ESS metadata systems;
• More harmonised structural metadata (code lists) used in data structure definitions;
• More contributions to the SDMX standards and guidelines;
• More contributions to the general ESS strategy for business process integration;
• Full use of the ESS Metadata Handler;
• More contributions to international metadata standards and meetings;
• DDI and SDMX;
• Etc.

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