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Statistical projects are planned and compiled in four subject matter div=
isions. The survey manager is responsible to compile a standard-documentati=
on. When electronic questionnaires are used for raw data collection, the co=
rresponding e-Quest metadata are defined by the subject matter divisions as=
Statistics Austria does not have a unit which is responsible fo= r centralised metadata systems. The responsibilities for specific types of = metadata are distributed among various organizational units.
An important role is played by the "Registers, Classifications and = Methods" department (approximately 70 persons). One of its sub-units, = the GIS unit (Geographical Information Systems), is concerned with metadata= because of the EU directive "INSPIRE".
The administration of the statistical database ISIS is done by a unit at= tached to the Directorate-General.
Regarding the topic "quality of statistics", a "Total Qua= lity Management (TQM) board" was established in 2000, consisting of fi= ve members. In 2003, a quality management unit (consisting of two persons) = was installed, which is directly subordinate to the Directorate-General. Th= e tasks of this unit are to initiate, to plan, to co-ordinate, to implement= and to control TQM measures in consultation with the Directors General and= in close co-operation with the TQM Board.
It is the particular duty of the quality management unit - in co-operati= on with the TQM Board - to define actual quality projects within all TQM ar= eas, and it is responsible for the co-ordination, the planning and manageme= nt of projects (for example, the implementation of an in-house system for q= uality reporting and of so called "feedback talks", staff opinion= surveys, etc.).
With respect to metadata, the IT department plays a very important role.= As was mentioned above, the initiative for many projects related to metada= ta originated in this department. Members of the IT department have a leadi= ng function in the conceptual planning and realization of metadata systems = (for instance, e-Quest, ISIS and ISIS New, Publication Database, conceptual= design of the IMS architecture).
See section 6.1
The training programme of Statistics Austria includes two courses relate= d to metadata:
As part of TQM, once a month the standard documentation of a certain sta= tistical project is discussed by a group of experts and the quality subgrou= p of the Statistical Council. After the discussion the concerned standard d= ocumentation is reworked according to the proposals resulting from the disc= ussion.
Some metadata projects were conducted in cooperation with the well-known= expert for metadata Prof. Fröschl (University of Vienna).
Members of Statistics Austria participate in international conferences a= nd work sessions (METIS, Metadata Working Group).