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Name of Group:

Statistical Open Standards (SOS) Group


Contact person / organisation:

Statistics Denmark (CHAIR 2011)
Søborg, Torben

Statistics Finland
Björkqvist, Sven
Lehto, Kari

Statistics Iceland
Arnkelsdóttir, Hrafnhildur
Sigurðsson, Björgvin

Statistics Netherlands
Braaksma, Barteld
Vucsan, Marton

Statistics Norway
Gløersen, Rune
Kristoffersen, Lill

Statistics Sweden
Irebäck, Hans
Nilsson, Gösta

Reports to:

Director Generals of the member countries

Subsidiary groups:

Possibility to establish technical groups. None are active at the moment.

Objectives of work:

SOS has been a consortium of National Statistical Institutes (NSIs) since 1998 with the objective to facilitate better cooperation in the field of development of software and uptake of IT related standards within the respective statistical production systems. SOS also comprises the Nordic NSI network on IT related matters. The revised terms of reference shall reshape SOS to ensure sufficient alignment of the IT strategies with the business strategies of the NSIs, by merging senior business and IT managers/architects together in a common advisory board.

The main objective is to increase the possibilities to share experiences and best practises and re-use statistical software components for the total statistics production model in the member NSIs.

To achieve this, the mission of the SOS is to act as advisors for the top management of the member NSIs in the field of ICT and Business Process innovation and standardisation.

SOS will report to, and derive its legitimacy from the Group of Chief Statisticians of the member NSIs.

The main objectives are:

  • To establish and maintain common understanding of the statistical business process models and architecture in order to create solid basis for discussions and understanding of the members implementations.
  • To contribute to a sufficient high-level harmonization and understanding of the relevant principles of the Enterprise architecture, such as IT Architecture principles and Information Architecture principles.
  • To share experience and establish common understanding of the IT Governance model, organisation and strategy within the member NSIs.
  • To give guidance on the use of standards to ensure efficient support to the various Business processes
  • To share best practices of methodological solutions and ease the re-use of implementations
  • To share tools, components and experiences in order to gain awareness and efficiency in the area of development and maintenance of statistical ICT, including ICT infrastructure and use of common commercial software.
  • Form a common arena for discussing opportunities and consequences when aligning business to the requirements set out on European level (the ESS) or on national level (e-Government).
  • To look for possibilities to share ICT related work between two or more NSI
  • Act as steering group and coordinator of working groups that will be established according to a yearly working program

Frequency of meetings:

4 meetings a year (1-2 face to face, 2-3 video conferences)

Links to websites / meeting documents:

Recent outputs:

Benchmarking study on IT of two members
Revised Governance structure and mandate
Reports on possibilities for sharing tools and prerequisites for sharing (i.e. Report on Business architectures)
Country reports describing recent developments in the domain of IT in member countries
Guidelines for video conferencing within the group
Yearly report of activities (2010, to be adopted by DG’s of the member countries)

Adoption of outputs:

Main current issues / areas of work:

Review the work of the CORA, CORE and the Statistical Network and adapt or adopt the results by taking the next step in dealing with preconditions of sharing: focusing architecture work on information architecture and to continue working on definitions of common high-level information architecture.
Coordinate the work of the technical groups (if any)
Define and implement the necessary tools for co-operation
Establish a Benchmark Library for Benchmarking studies of the IT of member NSIs
Continue benchmarking of the IT of the member NSIs by adding at least one light benchmarking study of two member NSs to the SOS benchmark library
Exchange experiences and plans regarding the IT strategies, governance, infrastructures and architectures.
Coordinate and report from relevant international activities where SOS members are involved.

Expected future outputs:

Benchmarking reports, country reports, possible cooperative projects

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