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Theme 6.03 - IT support for statistical production

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Functional studies / feasibility studies for sector and horizontal projects;
• Maintenance of existing statistical production systems;
• Harmonisation, consolidation and reengineering of existing statistical production systems;
• Enhancing functionalities of IT components used in the statistical production;
• Maintenance and improvement of the database systems used for dissemination;
• Interfacing common building blocks into existing production systems;
• Participation in the implementation of Joint ESS Strategy on the production method of EU statistics by identifying best practices across the EU, by stimulating the use of standard tools and by providing IT components usable by Eurostat and Member States.

The main actions are directly linked to the Joint ESS Strategy on the production method of EU statistics as follows:

• The consolidation and improvements of systems target data integration and the creation of data warehouses for cross domain statistics and cost minimisation. (CVD = Cycle de Vie des Données = Data Life Cycle).
• The sharing of data validation tools by the ESS members will reduce the burden of the Member States and Eurostat, and at the same time increase quality through harmonisation of procedures and the use of the same metadata.
• Sponsoring the development of a common reference environment and infrastructure through the ESSNet CORE (COmmon Reference Environment).
• Development of a common reference environment and infrastructure.

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Theme 6.04 - IT standards, tools and services for data exchange in the ESS
 

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Optimisation of Eurostat interaction with users and partners in the area of data and metadata exchange by the means of:

• Cooperation with international institutions (UN, OECD, IMF, WB and others) on the Statistical Data and Metadata eXchange (SDMX) standard.
• Developing common tools for efficient and secure exchange of statistical data and metadata in the European Statistical System in cooperation with other relevant Commission services, the European System of Central Banks and international organisations.
• Providing standard web services available on Internet for Statistical production process components.
• Standards and software for Eurostat data collection from European Statistical System.
• Re-engineering of the current production processes under way: this concerns the rationalisation of the IT architecture and the introduction of a more interactive production chain on the basis of a solution via a common IT infrastructure.
• Harmonisation through the use of common standards within the ESS, together with process harmonisation through the promotion of methodologies based on common software tools.
• Data collection tools and methods and standardisation for European Statistical System raw data collections.
• Data collection tools and methods and standardisation for Eurostat data and metadata collection from European Statistical System.
• Developing and sponsoring development of a common IT infrastructure, the creation of a shared production and or dissemination environment within ESS, e.g., common reference infrastructure.
• Exchange of common software tools, mostly open source, e.g., SDMX tools.

The actions are aiming at creating of more integrated systems by fully exploiting synergies and economies of scale. The goal is better interaction with ESS partners and better integration of the ESS business. The better integration of the statistical work done in the ESS with the one done in Eurostat will lead to improve efficiency and quality (comparability and timeliness) and to reduce costs by the means of standardisation. Standardisation of methods and IT-tools is one of the cornerstones of the efficiency vision contained in Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics.

 

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