Message-ID: <963681524.3673.1495523057578.JavaMail.confluence@ece-vmapps> Subject: Exported From Confluence MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: multipart/related; boundary="----=_Part_3672_795061994.1495523057577" ------=_Part_3672_795061994.1495523057577 Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Location: file:///C:/exported.html Maintaining the Common Metadata Framework

Maintaining the Common Metadata Framework

Strategy Paper approved by = the METIS Steering Group - February 2011

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Introduction

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1.         In 2004, the Bureau o= f the Conference of European Statisticians approved the creation of a Commo= n Metadata Framework (CMF) under the supervision of the Steering Group on S= tatistical Metadata (METIS). This initiative is now relatively mature, with= several parts of the CMF now published. As a consequence, the focus of the= work on the CMF will increasingly turning from development to maintenance.= This paper sets out the future maintenance strategy for the CMF, approved = by the Steering Group.

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2.        The CMF currently comprises= four parts, which are at different stages in their development, as outline= d below. It is intended as a living resource for those working with metadat= a in national and international statistical organizations, so it is essenti= al that it is kept up to date, otherwise it will rapidly lose its value.

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3.         Apart from Part A, th= e CMF is published only in electronic format, via the METIS Wiki (http://www1.unece.or= g/stat/platform/display/metis). This means that maintenance and updatin= g can be spread amongst the METIS community. However it also means that cle= ar update schedules and responsibilities are needed.

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Part A - Statistical Metadata in a Corporate Con= text

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4.         The main aim of Part = A is metadata advocacy, explaining the importance of a good metadata manage= ment system for the efficient production of statistics. It is targeted at s= enior managers and subject-matter statisticians, as well as those responsib= le for making business cases to create or enhance statistical metadata syst= ems. It was first published on the Internet in 2006, but was updated and en= hanced by the Steering Group on Statistical Metadata to reflect feedback fr= om various users. The resulting version was published in electronic and pap= er formats, in both English and Russian, at the end of 2009.

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5.         For these reasons, th= e contents of Part A are expected to be the most stable over time. = A five-year revision cycle is therefore proposed, with the next re= view scheduled for 2014. This review will be announced, with a call for inp= uts, at the METIS Work Session planned for spring 2013.

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6.         A short brochure will= be prepared to highlight the key messages from the current version of Part= A.

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Part B - Metadata Concepts, Standards, M= odels and Registries

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7.         There are many intern= ational standards relating to different aspects of statistical metadata, wh= ich can be confusing for those new to the subject. Part B explains the key = features of these standards, their applicability and how they relate to eac= h other. A simple template is used to present this information in a logical= and consistent way, and to provide the reader with links to original sourc= e material for further information.

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8.         During 2009 and 2010 = an informal task force developed Part B to the point where it documents 26 = important standards, and their relationships with each other. The work of t= his task force is now complete, but on-going maintenance of this useful res= ource will be needed.

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9.         Given that the area o= f metadata standards is continually evolving, a two-year revision c= ycle is proposed for Part B, though if standards are known to have= changed, intermediate updates are also encouraged.

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Part C - Metadata and the Statistical Business= Process

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10.       Part C is currently the least de= veloped part of the CMF. It is intended to explore the role of metadata thr= oughout the statistical production process. The main output so far is the G= eneric Statistical Production Process Model (GSBPM). Further work on the ap= plication of the model and its implications for the management of statistic= al metadata is on-going via an informal task force. The work of this task f= orce is focused on providing inputs to a METIS workshop (5-7 October 2011),= where further requirements for Part C will be decided.

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11.       It is therefore a little early t= o talk about maintenance schedules for Part C. The 2010 Work Session on Sta= tistical Metadata agreed that the GSBPM should not be changed for at least = two years. The Steering Group will re-consider the possible mainten= ance schedule for Part C in 2012.

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Part D - Implementation

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12.       Part D comprises a set of case s= tudies from national and international statistical organizations, describin= g their experiences in developing and implementing statistical metadata sys= tems. These case studies follow a standard template and focus on lessons le= arned. They give honest accounts of successes and failures, and are regular= ly updated by their authors, thus providing a valuable resource to help use= rs to benefit from the experiences of others. Some case studies have been a= dded or updated recently, whilst others are already several years old.

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13.       Case studies have been provided = so far by Albania, Australia, Austria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Fin= land, Germany, Latvia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia= , South Africa, Sweden and the United Nations Industrial Development Organi= sation (UNIDO).

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14.       Part D is unique in the sense th= at the content belongs to a number of different organisations, and only tho= se organisations have the authority and competence to maintain their conten= t. The content should therefore be updated whenever anything changes. Howev= er reminders will be sent to authors every two years, star= ting in 2011, and then aligning with the proposed two-year cycle of METIS w= ork sessions from 2013 onwards, to ensure that case studies are updated bef= ore each work session.

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<= strong>Roles and Responsibilities

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15.       Whilst the Steering Group retain= s the overall responsibility for maintaining the CMF, it will be more effic= ient to delegate responsibility for certain parts to specific individuals. = These individuals are normally members of the Steering Group, who undertake= to ensure that the content is reviewed according to the agreed schedule. I= n some cases this involves checking and updating content directly, in other= cases it involves contacting a relevant expert and asking that person to r= eview the content.

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16.       The Steering Group has therefore= approved the following groups to responsibility for the respective parts o= f the CMF:

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