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(a) Integrated Metadata Base (IMDB)=20
The IMDB is based on the ISO/IEC 11179 Metadata Registries and = the Corporate Metadata Repository model (CMR). The metadata layer extends a= cross all phases of the statistical business process and can support dissem= inated data, analysis, archived datafiles, and the planning and design of s= urveys. Metadata in the IMDB is beginning to be linked to some data warehou= ses, which hold both micro- and aggregate data; and can be potentially used= for data analysis including data benchmarking and data confrontation.= =20
(b) Integrated Business Surveys Project (IBSP)=20
The business statistics program includes approximately 250 surveys and a= dministrative-based programs. The IBSP was initiated in April 2010 to make = use of shared and generic corporate services and systems for collecting, pr= ocessing, disseminating and storing statistical information. Co= ntent for business surveys is to be harmonized wherever possible an= d the approach to data analysis streamlined across programs.
(c) The Common Tools P= roject
The goal of the Common Tools Project is to implement a harmon= ized set of processes and tools to support social surveys. The = project is divided into two primary environments, the Social Survey Metadat= a Environment (SSME) and the Social Survey Processing Environment (SSPE). S= SME uses four tools to feed information to and from a metadata repository.&= nbsp; This allows metadata to be documented once and reused throughout the = process to improve quality and generate efficiencies.=20
 A project to harmonize content for business surveys will be = undertaken in 2013.
Detailed costs associated wit= h implementing these projects are not yet available. Benefits from es= tablishing the IMDB include more rigorous information and metadata manageme= nt, harmonization and standardization of concepts, knowledge sharing and re= use of information assets.
The IBSP has incorporated good metadata m= anagement and is starting to integrate systems that are metadata-driven and= that optimize the use of corporate services such as collection and methodo= logy. Reuse of content modules, increased use of administrative data = and the adoption of electronic questionnaires are expected to reduce micro-= editing, standardize methods and processes and lead to operational efficien= cies.
Creating a metadata environment (SSME) within the Common Tools= project has facilitated the transfer of information between business proce= sses through a suite of tools for survey documentation.
Overall, the= se projects are reducing system maintenance, development and training costs= while improving sharing of standards and best practices.
(a) Integrated Metad= ata Base (IMDB)
The IMDB has been implemented using a "step-wis= e" approach with three development phases and future opportunities to = re-use metadata and expand the IMDB metadata model to link to other informa= tion systems in the Agency.
Phase 1 produced a set of static web pag= es displaying data sources and methods for each statistical program and sur= vey. These were accessible to external users through hyperlinks from data t= ables and publications on the Statistics Canada website. Internal use= rs could browse the full inventory through the Agency=E2=80=99s Intranet si= te.
In 2000, Phase 2 began collecting reference metadata including s= urvey methodology and data accuracy. Information was formatted and va= lidated by subject matter areas before being loaded into the IMDB. Li= ke the initial phase, Phase 2 information is available to external users th= rough hyperlinks on the website and an internal version on the Intranet sit= e. Updates are triggered by new data releases so that metadata = accompanies every release.
The past 10 years have seen improved qual= ity of Phase 2 content and a push to include more information in the IMDB.&= nbsp; Phase 3 has been initiated to add definitions of concepts, variables = and classifications for all subject matter areas. This work is expect= ed to be completed by spring 2015.
(b) Integrated= Business Surveys Project (IBSP)
The IBSP has produced a semantic mo= del with a proposed IBSP metadata classification, along with an agreed-upon= vocabulary of terms and definitions. Details of metadata by system c= omponents are being identified. Current plans are to develop on= e single portal to make accessible overarching metadata, the data it descri= bes and the processes it controls. This tool will enhance reporting capabil= ities and built-in quality assurance.
(c) The Comm= on Tools Project
Systems have been developed using the Rational Unif= ied Process (RUP), an iterative approach. Using this method, several = tools are in development concurrently. The priority is to deliver bas= ic functionality as quickly as possible and to combine all tools into an in= tegrated processing and metadata management environment. The initial = phase of the project created a processing environment and associated standa= rds including naming conventions and directory structures. Subsequent= phases cover individual processing steps.