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Statistics Canada is undergoing an agency-wide modernization initiative = to promote organizational efficiency, increase robustness of systems and pr= ocesses and shorten implementation time for new projects. One of the = key principles guiding this review is: Create metadata at the beginning= of every process and use them throughout the project life cycle. &nbs= p;A working group with members representing all phases of the statistical b= usiness process has been developing a strategy for statistical metadata man= agement and an action plan to support these principles. The goals bei= ng considered for the strategy relate to four themes: drive, make available= , structure and manage. Actions required to implemen= t the strategy are expected to cover:=20
The strategy for statistical metadata managem= ent and high-level actions are being reviewed by senior management. I= mplementation of activities identified in the action plan is expected to be= gin in spring 2013. This includes the adoption of GSIM as a rec= ommended reference model for the Agency. Some of the anticipated chal= lenges to implementing the strategy and GSIM include limited resources, on-= going work, transitioning to a SOA and Government of Canada initiatives (i.= e., Open Data project). Establishing governance, assigning a pr= oject manager to lead implementation and validating GSIM through a pilot pr= oject are key steps to realize a metadata-driven environment.