OECD.Stat Sharing Model
- Type of project: Collaborative statistical tools and standards. The software was initially developed for OECD's own needs but has since been adopted by other organisations on the basis of bilateral agreement. Examples of sharing are the National Statistical Institutes of Australia, New Zealand and Italy, and the International Monetary Fund.
- Objective and deliverables: To promote the use of common standards and statistical tools across member countries and encourage international collaboration.
- Position in the GSBPM: Phase 7. Disseminate.
- License: OECD is not a software house and as such does not license the software under a commercial agreement. Organisations enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with mutual benefits for both OECD and the collaborating partner. Two types exist: One with no end date, and one with a fixed period. Collaborating partners have access to the source code and documentation. Contributions to the community are made by way of financial, secondments and joint developments.
- Ownership and governance: OECD
- Availability: OECD
- Third party licenses used: MS SQL Server
- Development and initial funding: Funded and developed by OECD with contributions made by the collaborating partners.
- User Community: SIS Collaboration Community is currently being developed with the objective to build a community spirit of sharing and working together for a common goal. Most Statistical organisations have very similar needs and although OECD does not promote OECD.Stat as the only option, it does facilitate the use of common standards (SDMX) and tools. An annual workshop takes place each year to bring the user community together and discuss developments, share ideas and knowledge.
- Sustaining: Build up the number of collaborating partners who contribute to the ongoing developments of OECD.Stat. Partners are able to help shape the future roadmap by providing input both on developments and community activities. Cross community support is encouraged to ensure not one organisation is tasked with support and maintenance of a large number of users. The solution is constantly being reviewed and maintained to ensure it remains relevant to technology and meets user needs.
- Support, Documentation and Training: OECD provides initial training and support, usually remotely, but on site visits can be arranged. Collaborating partners are also given access to an online community portal where all members can respond to support requests. OECD provides a dedicated support person to manage the collaboration partners' requests. System and user documentation is also made available through portal or within the code repository under MS Team Foundation Server.
- Risks and issues: Meeting the needs across a growing community. Managing code changes and ensuring agreed standards are followed by all partners. Supporting a community across multiple locations and time zones.
A comment from ISTAT:
The customized software, I.STAT, could be accessed at the URL: http://dati.istat.it/). The system is satisfactory for our requirement and the assistance that we received by OECD has been excellent. Furthermore OECD is trying to create a User Community where it is possible to exchange experiences and propose enhancements (we have already sent some requests that very likely they will be implemented in the next version). But the very good news is that it is possible to attach the "Mapping Assistant" and the "SDMX NSI Reference Architecture" developed by Eurostat and it is possible to obtain a "SDMX Single Exit Point" where other application, within and outside Istat can access data in SDMX format", also using different DSDs on the same dataset. Therefore if you agree to exchange a specific dataset with two different organizations you could use two different DSDs without any problem.
Francesco Rizzo - ISTAT