The objectives of Statistics Finland's operational strategy are such as the usability and retrievability of data, reliability of statistics and standardisation of processes. A common metadata system supports these objectives by providing a uniform way of describing statistical resources, such as classifications, data sets and variables.
1.2 Current situation
At the moment, we are undergoing a transitional phase where we maintain metadata in relational databases and at the same time, develop new systems based on xml technology. The current metadata systems and the ongoing projects are introduced in Section 2.2.