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4.1 Metadata (Eurostat)

Theme 6.05 Data and metadata structural definition

1. Description

The activities cover the work on management, standardisation and improvement of structural and reference metadata, putting in place and using the new Eurostat reference databases, further work on improving and implementing the SDMX standards for the exchange of data and metadata, the dissemination of external data other than the data produced by Eurostat and further improving and integrating the Eurostat and national metadata systems.
Many activities are related to work on standardisation and harmonisation of statistical concepts, definitions, code lists, metadata, etc. within Eurostat, the ESS or at wider international level. The work will lead to an improvement of metadata, the statistical data production processes, the Eurostat reference databases as well as the national and the Eurostat metadata systems. The work will contribute substantially to the re-engineering of the production system used for European statistics as laid down asthe vision for the next decade. In the medium and longer term this work will also lead to a reduction of the burden on the data or metadata producers at both national and international level.

2. Work Programme for 2010

2.1 ONGOING WORK

  • Further harmonise structural metadata (code lists) within Eurostat, the European Statistical System and SDMX and release this harmonised structural metadata.
  • Further implement the European standard for reference metadata (Euro SDMX metadata structure) at Eurostat and within the European Statistical System based on the respective Commission Recommendation.
  • Further implement the harmonised structural metadata within statistical domains.
  • Improve the new reference database Eurobase with additional functionalities.
  • Stimulate the improvement of the national metadata systems via better integration and regular monitoring.
  • Produce the next version of the SDMX Content-oriented Guidelines and contribute across the board to further SDMX progress.
  • Assure the proper functioning of the ESSnet on SDMX.
  • Provide Commission internal users with access to Commission external databases.

2.2 NEW WORK

  • Based on an increasingly operational CVD Metadata Handler, further improve the Eurostat metadata system in integrating harmonised metadata and in linking metadata to data.
  • Produce additional Community legislation related to structural metadata.
  • Achieve international agreements related to metadata exchange within SDMX and beyond.
  • Improve further the Eurostat data and table tree.

2.3 SIMPLIFICATION AND BURDEN REDUCTION

  • Harmonisation of structural metadata within the European Statistical system.
  • Harmonisation of reference metadata within the European Statistical System.
  • Increasing the international metadata exchange.

5. Planned new legislation

  • Additional legislation on structural metadata.

4.1 Metadata (OECD)

Glossary of Statistical Terms

Purpose

The aims of the OECD Glossary of Statistical Terms are:

  • to provide a highly visible and readily accessible source of statistical terminology and definitions that are derived from international standards for use by OECD author areas in the development of questionnaires and other data collection instruments and for inclusion in published output. The Glossary also has wide application for external government and non-government agencies;
  • to provide a set of target definitions based on existing international statistical standards that will ultimately be linked to data located in the OECD's Statistical Information System (SIS);
  • to be the catalyst for the development of consistent international statistical standards by highlighting existing inconsistencies between existing standards.

Objectives and outputs

The OECD Glossary of Statistical Terms contains a comprehensive set of definitions of the main data items collected by the Organisation. The Glossary also contains definitions of key terminology and concepts and commonly used acronyms.
Over 6 700 definitions currently included in the glossary are primarily drawn from existing international statistical guidelines and recommendations that have been prepared over the last two or three decades by international organisations such as the OECD, IMF, ILO, Eurostat, United Nations working with national statistical institutes.
Work in 2007 entailed the addition of new definitions prepared by a number of OECD statistical working parties and expert groups, as well as definitions published by other international organisations, and the insertion of extensive information into the "context" field of the glossary, explaining the uses and limitations of many of the definitions included.
New Glossary facilities include the possibility to identify new definitions included in the Glossary or existing definitions modified. The facility to download the entire Glossary from the web in as a WORD file and PDF has also been developed.
References to the Glossary is now included in over 170 000 web pages of national statistical agencies, central banks and academic institutes.

Databases

OECD Glossary of Statistical Terms.

Main Developments for 2010

General aspects:
Insertion of new definitions reflecting the continuing activities of various expert groups and working parties both within the OECD and other international organisations.
Development of facility to enable users to download Glossary contents into SDMX-ML and XML.


4.1 Metadata (UN Statistics Division)

Sources and Definitions

• Continues to develop comprehensive standardized metadata on sources and definitions for the millennium development goals indicators database, to provide user-friendly public and agency access to authoritative metadata on sources and definitions for international statistics.


4.1 Metadata (UNECE STAT)

Activity 8.4: Statistical metadata

Description and objectives

Facilitate harmonisation of data models and structures for statistical metadata. Provide a forum for discussing metadata issues relevant to statistical offices. Complement other international initiatives dealing with data collection needs of international statistical organizations.

Activities and output

• Advocate for statistical metadata issues and the role of metadata in the management of statistical processes.
• Further develop and improve the Common Metadata Framework (CMF), a guide for statistical organisations to existing metadata standards, guidelines and recommendations.
• Develop parts B "Metadata Concepts, Standards, Models and Registries" and C "Metadata and the Statistical Business Process" of the Common Metadata Framework in cooperation with the METIS Steering Group.
• Add more case studies on the implementation of metadata systems in statistical organizations (Part D "Implementation").
• Provide secretariat support to the CES Steering Group on Statistical Metadata
• Organise a Work Session on Statistical Metadata in March 2010.
• Cooperate actively with other organizations on the standardisation of electronic data interchange, including the SDMX content oriented guidelines and other SDMX standards.

Organizations and groups involved

CES Steering Group on statistical metadata
Eurostat
OECD
SDMX Secretariat.


4.1 Metadata (World Bank)

DDI

Together with the International Household Survey Network (IHSN), the World Bank is advocating and supporting the use of the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) metadata specification for the documentation and dissemination of microdata.


4.2 Classifications (CIS-STAT)

Ongoing work:

• Consultations in the course of the implementation in the Commonwealth countries of model classifications.
• Improvement and harmonization of model statistical classifications for CIS statistical services: Classification of Kinds of Economic Activities (OKED-3) based on the second revised version of NACE and Statistical Classifier for Products based on CPA (2008 version).
• Maintenance of a base of problem issues arising with national statistical services during the implementation of national classifications of products (goods and services) and kinds of economic activities.
• Analysis of the state and development of national systems of classifications and statistical business registers in the CIS countries.

New activities:

Maintenance of model statistical classifications for the CIS countries, including maintenance of the base of problem issues arising during their implementation:

    • classification of kinds of economic activities (OKED-3);
    • classification of products (goods and services), including explanations and alphabetic index.
  • Collection and analysis of the comments on the draft, development of the final
    version of model Classification of Products (rev.2) based on the comments of
    CIS statistical services;
  • Conduct of the survey of the state and development of national systems of classifications and statistical business registers of the CIS countries, preparation of the review on this subject.

4.2 Classifications (FAO)

Classifications

FAO has been cooperating closely with the UN Expert Group and Technical Subgroup on International Economic and Social Classifications and taking the lead in the work on classifications in agriculture by contributing its proposal for ISIC Rev 4.0 and CPC revisions in the area of crop, animal, fishery and forestry production and products; the proposal has been adopted for inclusion in the revision. FAO will continue its efforts of building up a satellite account/alternate aggregates for agricultural and rural development as well as work on related areas within classifications of time use, occupation/work, SITC and resources.


4.2 Classifications (ILO)

ISCO-08
• In March 2008 the Governing Body of the ILO endorsed the report of the December 2007 ILO tripartite Meeting of Experts on Labour Statistics, including the resolution adopting the International Standard Classification of Occupations, 2008 (ISCO-08) as an international statistical standard.

• The ISCO-08 structure is therefore final and is available for use on the ILO Website in English, French and Spanish. Definitions of categories in the classification have been uploaded to the ILO Website for information and comment. The index of occupations has been updated and is available at http://www.ilo.org/public/english/bureau/stat/isco/isco88/index.htm

• It is planned to publish in print form the English version of ISCO-08 in 2010.

• All inquiries should be addressed to ISCO@ilo.org


4.2 Classifications (OECD)

4.2 Classifications (UN Statistics Division)

Harmonization of international economic and social classifications

• To continue the publication of a Classifications Newsletter;
• To continue maintaining the UN Classifications Website and Registry;
• To develop complimentary tools and documentation for the revised classifications, including alphabetical indexes and correspondences to other versions of the classifications as well as to other activity and product classifications such as NACE, CPA, PRODCOM and HS;
• To prepare the Companion Guide to ISIC and CPC;
• To prepare other training materials to facilitate the implementation and use of ISIC and CPC;
• Setup of an open discussion and knowledge forum, supported by members of the Expert Group on International Economic and Social Classifications in support of the implementation of ISIC and CPC;
• To maintain the Classifications Hotline which provides assistance to national statistical offices and others with regard to interpretation, structure and use of ISIC, CPC and the Classifications of Expenditure According to Purpose;
• Hosting of an Expert Group meeting on classifications;
• Conduct of two regional workshops to support the ISIC and CPC implementation.

International economic and social classifications

• To continue the publication of a Classifications Newsletter;
• To continue maintaining the UN Classifications Website and Registry;
• To develop complimentary tools and documentation for the revised classifications, including alphabetical indexes and correspondences to other versions of the classifications as well as to other activity and product classifications such as NACE, CPA, PRODCOM and HS;
• To prepare the Companion Guide to ISIC and CPC;
• To prepare other training materials to facilitate the implementation and use of ISIC and CPC;
• Setup of an open discussion forum, supported by members of the Expert Group on International Economic and Social Classifications supporting the implementation of the ISIC and CPC;
• Hosting of an Expert Group meeting on classifications;
• Conduct of two regional workshops to support the ISIC and CPC implementation.


4.2 Classifications (UNESCO)

Classifications

Work Programme

The current programme of the UIS includes:
• a series of global consultations with national statisticians and classification experts to review the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED97) with a view to improving its implementation and possibly revising specific elements of the classification;
• collaboration with the EU in the adaptation of their Classification of Learning Activity to non EU countries;
• collaboration with EU and OECD on standards for adult and non-formal education;
• revision of the 1986 UNESCO framework for cultural statistics with Member States and international partners.


4.2 Classifications (WHO (Headquarters))

WHO Family of International Classifications (WHO-FIC)

• WHO Family of International Classifications (WHO-FIC):
WHO, in collaboration with national and international partners, has developed an integrated suite of health and health-related classifications. International Classification of Diseases (ICD) and International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) are the two main reference classifications. WHO will enhance use of ICD in most high mortality countries and carry out revisions, updates and development of e-health applications.
• Health and mortality classifications: specific updates and tools to enhance dissemination and use, as electronic training, planning the revision strategy.
• Contribute to the improvement of the International Classification of Occupations for health related occupations in collaboration with the International Labour Organization.
• Consult process of classification of Traditional Medicine.
• Conduct the process for the International Classification of Patient Safety.
• Produce a strategy towards an International Classification of Health Interventions.
• Revision of the ICD-10 has begun with massive international collaboration in order to produce a revision over the next few years that will be informed by the best evidence.


4.3.1 Population and housing censuses and registers of population, dwellings and buildings (UNECE STAT)

Activity 6.1: Population and housing censuses

Description and objectives

Promote the implementation of the new CES Recommendations for the 2010 Round of Population and Housing Censuses and support countries in preparations for the next population and housing census taking into account the different methodological approaches adopted, including register-based censuses and other innovative approaches. Together with United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the European Commission, UNECE Secretariat leads assistance on population and housing census in South Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Activities and output

• Provide support to member countries for the planning and successful implementation of a population and housing census in the 2010 census round, based on the CES Recommendations for the 2010 Round of Population and Housing Censuses.
• Provide training and technical assistance to EECCA and SEE countries in the field of population and housing censuses, based on their expressed needs and in compliance with the CES Census Recommendations (see activity 9.1 Statistical capacity building in SEE and EECCA countries).
• Report on countries' preparations and plans for the population and housing censuses of the 2010 round (in cooperation with UNSD and Eurostat).
• Organise a meeting of the Group of Experts on Population and Housing Censuses, in cooperation with Eurostat, to provide a forum for exchange of experiences among census experts in member countries and international organisations (dates and venue to be confirmed at the October 2009 meeting).
• Contribute actively to the International Monitoring and Observation missions in Kosovo and in Bosnia and Herzegovina, aimed at ensuring that the next population and housing censuses are planned and conducted in accordance with the internationally agreed standards (in particular the CES Census Recommendations and the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics) and that the enumeration is fair and impartial.
• Contribute to the Regional Commissions Inter Regional Cooperation for Disaster Evaluation and Risk Management, by helping Central Asian countries to use data from the next census for activities related to disaster management and preparedness (to be confirmed and subject to availability of resources).
• Develop a work plan, in cooperation with UNSD, Eurostat and possibly other organisations, to prepare and disseminate methodological material on census quality evaluation.

Organizations and groups involved

CES Steering Group on Population and Housing Censuses
United Nations Population Fund
UNSD
Eurostat

Activity 6.3: Migration statistics

Description and objectives

Contribute to the improvement of the quality and availability of statistics on international migration by developing common definitions, methods and practices, and promoting them across the UNECE region.

Activities and output

• Provide technical assistance to EECCA and SEE countries to develop further their migration data, by improving existing sources and increasing data exchange within and between countries.
• Provide secretariat support to the Steering Group on migration statistics and related task forces.
• Contribute to research projects by the Task Force on improving migration and migrant data using household surveys and other sources (also called "Suitland Working Group") (subject to approval by the CES Bureau in October 2009).
• Report on definitions and main sources used by countries to produce statistics on international migration.
• Report on practices used to define and measure "difficult-to-measure" migrants in the UNECE region.
• Report on the impact of different residency rules on migration statistics.
• Organise the Work Session on Migration Statistics, in cooperation with Eurostat, on 14-16 April 2010.
• Organise a workshop on migration statistics in Central Asia, in the framework of the global UN Development Account project of the 6th Tranche (2009-2011) "Strengthening national capacities to deal with international migration" (see activity 9.1).

Organizations and groups involved

CES Steering Group on migration statistics
CES Task Force on analysing migration using different length of stay definitions
CES Task Force on improving migration and migrant data using household surveys and other sources (TOR to be approved by the Bureau)
Eurostat
UNSD
United Nations Population Division


4.3.1 Population and housing censuses, registers of population, dwellings and buildings (ILO)

Economic characteristics in Population Censuses

• The Department of Statistics will be actively promoting the jointly published UN Statistics Division/ILO Handbook on the Measurement of the Economically Active Population through Population Censuses through training and seminars and providing technical advice, upon request.


4.3.1 Population and housing censuses, registers of population, dwellings and buildings (UN Statistics Division)

2010 Programme on Population and Housing Censuses

• Serving as the Secretariat of the 2010 World Programme on Population and Housing Censuses, continued to coordinate global and regional activities aimed at achieving the goal of the 2010 World Programme to ensure that all countries and areas conduct a population and housing census at least once in the period 2005-2014.
In general, UNSD will continue updating the 2010 world programme resource center with information about census taking worldwide and technical documentation on census good practices, and prepare e-training materials based on the 2007 -2008 workshops on census cartography and the use of GIS. A free software, CensusInfo, will be developed with DevInfo, to help countries disseminate their census results.

Methodological work:

• Finalized the Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses, Rev. 2 and published it in print form in 2008 and on the web.
• Organized two Expert Group Meetings in New York: the first on Contemporary Practices in Census Mapping and Use of Geographical Information Systems , 29 May- 1 June 2007, and the second on the revision of the Handbook on GIS and Digital Mapping, 7-10 April 2008.
• Organized six sub-regional workshops on census management and mapping with GIS in 2007 and 2008 (2 in Africa, 1 each for the SPC, ESCAP, Caribbean and Latin America regions).
• Organized four regional workshops on data processing (data capture, data editing and quality assurance in 2008 (2 in Africa, 1 each for the ESCWA and ESCAP regions).
• Developed the 2010 Census Knowledge Base - http://unstats.un.org/unsd/censuskb/
• Developed a website for the 2010 World Population and Housing Census Programme http://unstats.un.org//unsd/demographic/sources/census/2010_PHC/default.htm
• Finalized the revision of the Handbook on GIS and Digital Mapping. Editing is in progress on the "Handbook on Geospatial Infrastructure in support of census activities".
• Work is in progress on handbooks for census reports and data editing.
• UNSD is finalizing the Handbook on Measuring the Economically Active Population and Related Characteristics in Population Censuses, in collaboration with the ILO, for release in 2009.


4.3.1 Population and housing censuses, registers of population, dwellings and buildings (UNESCO)

Work Programme

The current programme of the UIS includes:
• participation in ECE and UN expert groups charged with revising Census guidelines. UIS has a special responsibility in the preparation of guidelines for education and is contributing to the development of guidelines for the topic of ICTs.


4.3.2 Business and agricultural censuses and registers (Eurostat)

Theme 3.06 Business registers

1. Description

The objectives of this theme are to harmonise the national statistical business registers (BRs), monitor the quality of the registers and build a register of multinational enterprise groups (MNEs). The theme also covers the definition of appropriate statistical units for observation of the production system in the Community (local units, enterprises and enterprise groups).
The Business Registers Regulation (EC) No 177/2008 requires the exchange of individual data on multinational enterprise groups. This is needed as basic infrastructure for the establishment of a EuroGroups Register (EGR) of MNEs and their constituent units. The EGR is developed in phases. A pilot project for the EGR was carried out in 2006. In 2009 the first EGR production cycle started with coverage of 5 000 MNEs. An extension of the coverage to 10 000 MNEs is planned for 2011 and full implementation should be achieved by 2013.
Measures used to achieve the objectives include implementing legal acts and the maintenance of a recommendations manual giving guidance for the implementation of BRs.

2. Work Programme for 2010

2.1 ONGOING WORK

  • Maintain and further develop the IT architecture to manage the EuroGroups Register (EGR) and implement additional IT technology (including decentralised access at MS level) to exchange data with the EGR.
  • Maintain and further develop the methodology of the EGR.
  • Acquire further private data necessary to manage the EGR and update it through exchange with Member States.
  • Ensure adoption of a Commission Regulation on the exchange of MNE data between Eurostat and central banks.
  • Maintain the technical specifications in the Recommendations Manual on the basis of the Commission Regulation.
  • Report on the implementation of the BR Regulation through the annual survey.

2.2 NEW WORK

  • Integrate national central banks and the ECB in the network of the EGR.
  • Develop the business model of the EGR network including the requirements at central (Eurostat) and national level.
  • Development of the Data Quality management of the EGR.

2.3 SIMPLIFICATION AND BURDEN REDUCTION

  • Creation of the EuroGroups Register.
  • Maintaining national business registers.

5. Planned new legislation

  • Commission Regulation on the exchange of MNE data between Eurostat and central banks.

4.3.2 Business and agricultural censuses and registers (FAO)

World Census of Agriculture 2010

The FAO World programme for the Census of Agriculture 2010, providing guidelines for national agricultural censuses to be conducted in the decade 2006 - 2015 have been prepared and published. FAO has worked closely with UNECE in developing the relationship between the population and housing census and the agricultural census so that a common approach is included in both the Eurostat/ECE guidelines on Population and Housing Censuses and the FAO Programme. In the next two years, priority will be given to preparing a methodological review of the 2000 agricultural census programme and providing greater information on national agricultural census methodologies on the internet.


4.3.2 Business and agricultural censuses and registers (OECD)

Administrative Data for Short-term Statistics Framework

Purpose

To provide National Statistical Offices with a dynamic framework including guidelines and recommended practice on the use of administrative data in the compilation of short-term economic statistics. This has been achieved via an interactive webpage.

Objectives and outputs

In recent years a number of National Statistical Offices (NSOs) have started to seriously investigate the use of administrative data in the compilation of short-term economic statistics. These investigations have led NSOs to also ask how to ensure that their organisation is getting the full benefit for short-term economic statistics from the administrative data they currently use and from administrative data that is available but not currently used.
The use of administrative data for short-term economic statistics has three key challenges: timeliness, accuracy and coverage. The use of administrative data is seen to provide three key advantages for short-term economic statistics: reduction of response burden, census coverage, limited cost.
A Task Force was established under the auspices of the Short-Term Economic Statistics Working Party (STESWP), with the aim of developing a dynamic framework on how to maximise the benefits that the use of administrative data can provide.
The initial undertaking was to check within their own NSOs for previously published papers or articles. The initial outline of the project was prepared and discussed at the June 2006 meeting of STESWP. Based on this feedback, it was agreed that two parallel frameworks should be developed:

  • a framework which gives advice on how to start the process of using administrative data (legal framework, cooperation etc.)
  • another framework on best practices for using administrative data with a focus on compiling short-term economic statistics

This framework was finalised after the June 2007 STESWP meeting. The 2008 meeting agreed that the framework was useful and as such should be updated annually.

Main Developments for 2010

General aspects:
No major changes.

Business Registers

Purpose

To contribute to reinforce statistical systems and allow better globalisation analysis through the upstream design of better integrated business registers and links to administrative sources.

Objectives and outputs

Provide a forum for discussion/contribute to expert fora addressing the design and concrete implementation of registers, including multinational registers.

Main Developments for 2010

General aspects:
As present chair of the Wiesbaden group, OECD will assist Estonia in 2010 to organise the 22nd Wiesbaden Group meeting to be held in September 2010 in Tallinn.


4.3.2 Business and agricultural censuses and registers (UN Statistics Division)

Economic Censuses and Surveys

Priority objectives:

• Compilation of country practices in economic censuses and surveys; the work will be done in cooperation with UNECE and other regional commissions.

Ongoing work:

• Consultations with developing and transitional countries on economic censuses and surveys in order to begin preparation of a report on good practices in this area.

Statistical Business Register

Priority objectives:

• Compilation of country practices in establishing, maintenance and use statistical business register; the work will be done in cooperation with UNECE and other regional commissions.
Ongoing work:
• Consultations with developing and transitional countries on use of administrative data and on statistical business register in order to begin preparation of a report on good practices in this area.


4.3.2 Business and agricultural censuses and registers (UNECE STAT)

Activity 5.4: Business registers

Description and objectives

Support development and implementation of internationally accepted standards and best practices in the area of statistical business registers through international cooperation, methodological work and technical assistance, particularly in the South-East European and EECCA countries. The aim is to improve the quality and international comparability of statistical business registers in the region and reduce existing gaps between western and eastern countries, in particular in respect of the use of administrative data and other sources.

Activities and output

• Organise a workshop/training session in one or two EECCA countries on practical and legal issues related to development, maintenance and use of business registers in statistics.
• Conduct the survey on business registers in the UNECE countries, coordinated with the corresponding Eurostat inquiry.
• Prepare and disseminate an analytical report based on the results of the UNECE survey on business registers and supporting dataset.
• Initiate preparation of the meeting of the Group of Experts on Business Registers in 2011 in cooperation with Eurostat and OECD.
• Comparison of existing practices and NSOs preparedness of South-East European and EECCA countries for including enterprise groups in the statistical business registers and for producing business demography statistics based on business registers.
• Survey on the needs for guidelines on business registers in terms of a manual or handbook targeted at the South-East European and EECCA countries.
• Follow-up on the implementation of the revisions of NACE and ISIC classifications into business registers in South-East European and EECCA countries.

Organizations and groups involved

Eurostat
OECD
Steering Group of the Wiesbaden City Group on Business registers
Friends of the Chair Group on Integrated Economic Statistics


4.3.2 Business and agricultural censuses and registers (WGBR)

Business registers

The Wiesbaden Group on Business Registers is a UN city group and the successor of the International Roundtable on Business Survey Frames (IRTBSF). Its main purpose is to provide a forum for the exchange of views and experiences as well as the conduct of joint work related to the development, maintenance and use of business registers to support survey sampling and other statistical activities related to the production of business statistics. The Wiesbaden Group is engaged with contemporary and emerging issues in the development and use of business registers. In particular, the Wiesbaden Group aims at tackling forward looking matters and identifying new challenges concerning business registers.

The 21th Wiesbaden Group meeting was held in Paris in November 2008, hosted by OECD. The meeting was entitled "The Central Place of Business Register Systems in Response to Globalisation Needs" because of the key role registers play in combining different sets of statistics, a necessary element of globalization analysis ( for instance, trade and enterprise characteristics). In 2010, a meeting is planned end September in Tallinn, Estonia, hosted by Statistics Estonia. The frequency of meetings was set to every two years - alternating with the joint seminar (UNECE, OECD und Eurostat) on business registers.

All reports and papers of the Wiesbaden Group were made public through the CIRCA website.
http://forum.europa.eu.int/irc/dsis/businessurvey/info/data/links.htm

The agenda and complete set of papers and presentations of the 21st meeting at OECD can be found at:
http://www.oecd.org/std/industry-services/wiesbadengroup2008

The focus of work of the Wiesbaden Group is determined by a Steering Group, composed both by National Statistical Institutes and international organisations. Current members of the group are Australia, Eurostat, Estonia, France, Germany, OECD, UNECE, United Kingdom, United States (BLS). Besides assisting the host of the next meeting the Steering Groupl:
• Promotes global, integrated, statistical system design in countries and international organizations;
• Ensures the pertinence of Wiesbaden Group meeting agendas and coordination with meetings on related topics;
• Promotes the exchange of experiences between producers and users in developing Business Registers as backbone of economic statistics, enterprise profiling, the treatment of enterprise groups, business demography statistics design, entrepreneurship indicators, and the like;
• Advertises the output of the Wiesbaden Group in other international and national fora and seeks feedback,
• Actively engages the UN Statistical Commission, Conference of European Statisticians (CES), Committee on Statistics of OECD (CSTAT), and other senior management forums and seeks their inputs regarding future activities.

Point of contact: Andreas Lindner, OECD: (andreas.lindner@oecd.org)


4.3.3 Household surveys (ECB)

• Methodology and organisation of euro area household sample surveys addressing requirements for micro-data on household finance and consumption.


4.3.3 Household surveys (UN Statistics Division)

Guidelines for designing household sample surveys

Methodological work:

A handbook on Designing Household Survey Samples: Practical Guideline is ready for formatting and publication. A hands-on publication, that will assist countries in designing household surveys.


4.3.3 Household surveys (UNECE STAT)

Activity 6.9: Families and households

Description and objectives

Contribute to the adoption of standard methods and definitions in the field of social statistics by identifying new emerging forms of families and households, discussing issues related to their measurement and assessing the feasibility of developing common survey modules/questions to measure new forms of families and households.

Activities and output

• Finalise and publish the report on the measurement of new emerging forms of families and households
• Provide secretariat support to the CES Task Force on families and households.

Organizations and groups involved

CES Task Force on families and households


4.3.3 Household surveys (UNICEF - CEE CIS)

Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey

i) Ongoing methodological work

The Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) is a household survey programme developed by UNICEF to assist countries in filling data gaps for monitoring the situation of children and women. It is capable of producing statistically sound, internationally comparable estimates of these indicators. The MICS was originally developed in response to the World Summit for Children to measure progress towards an internationally agreed set of mid-decade goals. The first round of MICS was conducted around 1995 in more than 60 countries. A second round of surveys was conducted in 2000 (around 65 surveys), and resulted in an increasing wealth of data to monitor the situation of children and women. For the first time it was possible to monitor trends in many indicators and set baselines for other indicators.

The third round of MICS, which was carried out in over 50 countries, including 13 countries in CEE/CIS Region in 2005-06, has been an important data source for monitoring the Millennium Development Goals with 21 MDG indicators collected through MICS3 (particularly indicators related to health, education and mortality). MICS3 was also a monitoring tool for other international goals including the World Fit for Children, the UNGASS targets on HIV/AIDS and the Abuja targets for malaria. The results of the fourth round of MICS (2009-2011) are expected from 2010 onwards. More than 40 countries around the world have already committed to MICS4. In CEE/CIS Region, 10 countries are planning to implement MICS4 (Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan). In addition, Georgia, Tajikistan and Armenia will participate in other household surveys integrating some of the MICS modules.

Additional information can be obtained from www.childinfo.org.

ii) Priority objective and new activities for 2010

In 2010 MICS4 will be rolled-out in the selected countries.


4.3.3 Household surveys (WHO (Headquarters))

WHO Study on Global Ageing and Adult Health (SAGE)

• WHO has launched a study of health and health-related outcomes and their determinants in older adults in six countries in nationally representative samples. The study has been designed as a longitudinal cohort study and includes health examinations and biomarkers. Field work is completed in 4 countries and will be completed in the remaining two countries by April 2010.
• Data sets from these studies will be made available in the public domain in 2010.
• The study will be extended to three additional countries in Europe in 2010. Possible extension to additional countries are continuing to be explored.

Other survey related activities

• WHO will work closely with the International Household Survey Network (IHSN) and international experts to develop a standard set of modules for use in health interview surveys for priority health outcomes. A meeting is planned in January 2010 to start the process.
• A set of health examination surveys are being undertaken in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries building on the World Health Survey. Five of the surveys have been completed. These surveys will also develop new measurement strategies.


4.3.3 Household surveys (World Bank)

International Household Survey Network (IHSN)

The World Bank participates in the governing body of the International Household Survey Network (IHSN), established in September 2004 (with various UN agencies, regional development banks, PARIS21, and other bilateral and multilateral partners), and coordinates the IHSN secretariat. (

http://www.surveynetwork.org/

) IHSN advocates better survey planning, promotes harmonization and development of data collection instruments, provides survey data dissemination tools and guidelines, and maintains a central survey and census catalogue. World Bank has developed a Survey Data Dissemination Toolkit, in cooperation with IHSN, aiming to provide developing countries with software and guidelines for proper preservation, documentation and dissemination of survey micro data. The Toolkit is based on the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) standard. The Toolkit is used as a standard tool for the 2010 round of UNICEF-MICS surveys.

The World Bank and IHSN have initiated the development of microdata anonymization tools and dissemination guidelines, building on the work by the UN-ECE Task Force on Confidentiality and Microdata.

Living Standards Measurement Survey

Living Standards Measurement Survey Database contains all information on LSMS surveys that have been carried out. Documentation, questionnaires, manuals and other basic information can be downloaded from the site. The actual data can either be downloaded directly from the site (where countries have given permission) or may be requested from the data base manager. Each survey data set contains constructed welfare measures that can be used for poverty analysis. To increase the ease of use and accessibility of the LSMS data sets two new tools are being constructed. The first is a searchable meta data file that allows researchers and analysts to identify those surveys that meet their research needs. A further effort to expand the use of the LSMS data sets is an interactive multi-survey data base that allows for on-the-fly tables and other analyses of the data for those who do not have the skills or time to analyze full household surveys. A test version of this tool has been finalized.
   • The World Bank continues to provide assistance in planning, designing, implementing and analyzing the Living Standard Measurement Study (LSMS) surveys. The LSMS surveys represent one piece of larger, integrated efforts to improve the overall statistical system of each country by providing quality household level data.

The WB ISTAT and the PRSP unit have supported efforts to determine the feasibility of using the HBS to measure welfare in future years.
   • Regional work is being carried out in analyzing welfare data and how LSMS and HBS surveys are similar and dissimilar and the implications this has for welfare analysis over time.
   • The LSMS group has developed a program of research investigating methodological issues related to the measurement of key concepts, how to improve data quality and ways in which LSMS survey data can be linked to other data bases. In the region, steps have been taken in designing experiments on the measurement of consumption.
   • Assistance in planning, designing, implementing and analyzing LSMS surveys is provided by staff in DECRG-Poverty Group. Assistance includes technical advice on all stages of survey work, from deciding on the need for an LSMS survey, how best to design and implement such a survey, to how the resulting data can be analyzed. A variety of printed and electronic materials are also available to survey planners and analysts. Several of these are:
     (i ) the recent book on Designing Household Survey Questionnaires for Developing Countries: Lessons from Fifteen years of the LSMS Surveys, that link the policy questions to be answered to the actual data that must be collected. Additional chapters are being added as the new topics become more and more important: draft chapters on energy and transportation have been written;
     (ii) a Manual for Planning and Implementing LSMS Surveys, that covers all phases of an LSMS survey, from budgeting, to sampling, field work and data management and analysis;
     (iii) examples of questionnaires, manuals and other field work material from all countries where LSMS surveys have been done;
     (iv) case studies on how to increase the analytic capacity in country;
     (v) databases from more than 60 LSMS surveys.
   • Formal training courses on survey design and implementation along with hands-on-training are provided, both within and outside the Bank.
New techniques in small area estimation for poverty mapping are being developed that link census and household survey data. Training in these techniques as well as technical assistance in their implementation is also provided by DECRG-PO.
   • The Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) web site provides access to documentation and data from LSMS surveys done in the region, including Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic, Romania, Russia (link to CPC site), and Tajikistan.


4.3.4 Business and agricultural surveys (ECB)

• Methodology and organisation of sample surveys including sample designs addressing requirements for access to finance, focusing on small and medium-sized enterprises.


4.3.5 Other administrative and non-survey sources (WHO (Headquarters))

Data sources for population health measures

WHO Study on Global Ageing and Adult Health (SAGE)

• WHO has launched a study of health and health-related outcomes and their determinants in older adults in six countries in nationally representative samples. The study has been designed as a longitudinal cohort study and includes health examinations and biomarkers.
• Data sets from these studies will be made available in the public domain in 2009.
• The study will be extended to three additional countries in 2009. Possible extension to additional countries will be explored in the future.

Other survey related activities

• WHO will work closely with the International Household Survey Network (IHSN) and international experts to develop a standard set of modules for use in health interview surveys for priority health outcomes. The first set of these modules is expected to be finalised in 2009.
• A set of health examination surveys are being undertaken in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries building on the World Health Survey. Three of the surveys have been completed and the rest are to be completed in 2009. These surveys will also develop new measurement strategies.

Non-survey sources for health statistics

• Vital registration with causes of the death and other information: development and application of sample vital registration systems, validation studies for verbal autopsy, link with ICD.
• Sentinel clinics: work with countries to establish sentinel sites with small lab, investment in information and communication technology, and staff for health information; develop tools and protocols.


4.3.5 Other administrative and non-survey sources (ECB)

• Assess and respond to the potential statistical implications of the implementation of international financial reporting and supervisory standards in Europe.


4.3.5 Other administrative and non-survey sources (UN Statistics Division)

Civil registration and vital statistics

Ongoing methodological work:

Disseminate widely and systematically the handbook series on the development and maintenance of civil registration and vital statistics systems. The following publications have been issued since 1998:
• Handbook on the collection of Fertility and mortality Data, Sales No. 03.XVII.11, United Nations, New York, 2003;
• Handbook on Training in Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems, Sales No. E.02.XVII.10, United Nations, New York, 2002;
• Principles and Recommendations for a Vital Statistics System Revision 2, Sales No. E. 01.XVII.10, United Nations, New York, 2001;
• Handbook on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems: Management, Operation and Maintenance, Sales No. E.98.XVII.11, United Nations, New York, 1998;
• Handbook on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems: Preparation of a Legal Framework, Sales No. E. 98.XVII.7, United Nations, New York, 1998;
• Handbook on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems: Developing Information, Education and Communication, Sales No. E.98.XVII.4, United Nations, New York, 1998;
• Handbook on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems: Policies and Protocols for the Release and Archiving of Individual Records, Sales No. E.98.XVII.6, United Nations, New York, 1998;
• Handbook on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems: Computerization, Sales No. E.98.XVII.10, United Nations, New York, 1998.

Priority objectives:

Improve the coverage of vital registration systems and the capacity of countries to provide vital statistics from registration systems.

New activities:

UNSD plans to continue to conduct workshops on vital statistics data collection as an integrated activity of population and housing censuses programme. A knowledge base will be developed to disseminate information on national experiences.


4.4 Data editing and data linkage (UNECE STAT)

Activity 8.2: Statistical data editing

Description and objectives

Enhance the harmonization of methods and concepts, and facilitate the exchange of experience and practices in issues related to statistical data editing.

Activities and output

• Contribute to the improvement of the quality of statistical data produced by official statistical organisations in the region.
• Strengthen the cooperation among experts on issues related to data editing and imputation, exchange of experience, harmonization of methods and concepts and development of new methods and techniques.
• Develop methodological guides on data quality control, data editing and imputation.
• Update and expand the Internet Knowledge Base (K-base) on statistical data editing.
• Develop proposals for future concrete outputs of the work sessions on statistical data editing.


4.5 Dissemination, data warehousing (CIS-STAT)

Dissemination

Ongoing work:

• CIS-STAT disseminates statistical data in printed forms (statistical abstracts, statistical bulletins, reports, press releases) and in electronic form (statistical abstracts on compact discs, data base on CD-ROM "Official Statistics of the CIS Countries", data base "CIS Statistics"). CIS-STAT's web-site in Internet contains and maintains in updated form most important macroeconomic indicators by CIS countries, forecast data, press-releases of CIS-STAT, information on the Council of Heads of Statistical Services of the CIS, main information about statistical services of the CIS and CIS-STAT, data base "CIS Statistics", information about publications and electronic products and much of other useful information. As a rule, this information is given in two languages (Russian and English).
• The main part of printed editions and electronic products are provided to regular users - government bodies, statistical services, and interstate bodies of the CIS countries. The rest part is provided to international organizations, mass media, scientific organizations, subscribers, selected companies on the basis of enquiries or agreements.
There are plans to publish the following editions in 2010:

Operative editions:
• Express report "Socio-Economic Situation in the Countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States" (monthly);
• Statistical bulletin "CIS Statistics" (twice monthly);
• Press releases in Russian and English (monthly).

Statistical abstracts:
• "Commonwealth of Independent States in 2009" (a digest of provisional statistical results), Russian - English version;
• " Commonwealth of Independent States in 2009" (statistical yearbook)-Russian-English version;
• "Commonwealth of Independent States, 2000-2009", (concise statistical reference abstract);
• "External Trade of the Countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States in 2009" (statistical reference abstract of provisional results) in Russian;
• "External Trade of the Countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States in 2009" (Russian-English version);
• "Agriculture in the Countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States" (Russian-English version);
• National Accounts of the Countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States" (Russian-English version);
• "65-th Anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945" (in Russian).
•All publications may be disseminated in a paper and electronic form.

Statistical information on CD-ROM:
• "Official Statistics of the Countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States"; Russian-English version (15th edition);
• "Commonwealth of Independent States in 2009" (statistical yearbook), Russian-English version.

New activities:

There are plans for 2010 to publish:
• "Agriculture in the Countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States" (Russian-English version);
• "65-th Anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945" (in Russian).

Data warehousing:

• Statistical information is verified, aggregated and included into general information system of CIS-STAT in working tables of the personnel, in electronic versions of the publications, in automated databases, on the web-site of CIS-STAT in Internet, in electronic archive on compact discs.


4.5 Dissemination, data warehousing (ECB)

• Further develop the Statistical Data Warehouse, a user-friendly and comprehensive online data delivery service for ESCB statistics through the ECB's website.
• Implement SDMX web services standards for facilitating the integration of ECB data into user applications.
• Continue expanding the framework for a joint and simultaneous dissemination of euro area aggregates and all national contributions to these aggregates on the ECB's website and on the websites of euro area NCBs (in their own languages).


4.5 Dissemination, data warehousing (Eurostat)

Theme 8.01 Communication

1. Description
Eurostat's communication policy aims to enable a growing number of EU citizens to be informed about European statistics through the development of Eurostat's relations with the media, to facilitate the exchange of information among all partners of the ESS, and to ensure efficient internal communication.
The role of Eurostat's Press Office is to offer a permanent and professional service to the media in order to disseminate statistical information to EU citizens on a very broad scale and to reinforce the role of Eurostat as the reference source of harmonised statistical data at European level.
New communication tools, based on new technologies and in addition to those currently in existence, permit each ESS partner to inform, more broadly and more quickly, all statisticians in the ESS about its activities.
The internal communication strategy aims to guarantee a good corporate spirit, through an information service that also improves the overall efficiency of staff.

2. Work Programme for 2010

2.1 ONGOING WORK

  • Prepare news releases on key statistics and increase the scope of statistical topics covered.
  • Improve the targeting of Eurostat news releases with particular reference to important international events.
  • Further develop contacts with the media by providing tailor-made data extraction and regular key statistics.
  • Support the implementation of Eurostat's strategy through communication to staff.
  • Increase the reach of Eurostat's intranet.
  • Regularly publish Eurostat Info and SIGMA.
  • Organise specific information events, such as the Eurostat General Assembly and informal staff meetings.
  • Enhance the exchange of information between the members of the ESS through INSIte.

2.2 NEW WORK

  • Develop a new intranet compatible with the new IntraCom portal.
  • Develop video-communication.
  • Exchange best practices amongst press offices of the ESS.

4.5 Dissemination, data warehousing (ILO)

Dissemination

• The ILO's statistical Website (http://laborsta.ilo.org) has continued to be maintained and updated on a weekly basis. This site gives users access to a broad range of data contained in the ILO's statistical databases and makes it possible to view and download information free of charge. The associated national meta-information for each series is also available on-line on the Web site. The website is trilingual in English, French and Spanish, and it will continue to be maintained and developed in these three languages.
• The Department of Statistics website including the LABORSTA application will be reviewed and restructured in 2010 in accordance with the anticipated changes in data collection methods. The new relational database will be interactive, more user-friendly and offer more up-to-date information on decent work.

• In line with the collection of new statistical material, the entire program of dissemination through printed publications and CD-ROMs will be revised and enhanced. The main dissemination tool will be the Department's new data dissemination website, which will be updated weekly.

• The possibility of collecting and disseminating data through SDMX (Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange) will be tested and if successful implemented on a large scale in our related activities.


4.5 Dissemination, data warehousing (OECD)

Journal of Business Cycle Measurement and Analysis

Purpose

To exchange knowledge and information on the theory and operation of business and economic cycle research, including both statistical measurement and analytical aspects.

Objectives and outputs

The themes covered by the Journal comprise: analysis and explanation of cyclical fluctuations; business cycle specification, definition and classification; statistical approaches to the development of short-term economic statistics and indicators; business tendency, investment and consumer surveys; use of survey data or cyclical indicators for business cycle analysis.
The Journal is closely linked to the well known statistical and methodological research work carried out in this area by the OECD and by the Centre for International Research on Economic Tendency Surveys (CIRET), in particular to the work produced by the OECD Short-Term Economic Statistics Working Party (STESWP) and by joint research in economic statistics with other institutions such as the European Commission and Eurostat, whereas CIRET encompasses a wide variety of researchers whose work results in the most up-to-date insights in this field.
The Journal also provides a calendar of conferences, along with e-information and book reviews which are of interest and within its scope.

Main Developments for 2010

General aspects:
Typesetting the journal is expected to be carried out by PAC with the following changes to production/dissemination: article-by-article publishing (printed issues will follow later); a single proofing cycle; a layout that conforms to standard OECD format.

OECD Statistical DataWarehouse (OECD.Stat)

Purpose

OECD.Stat is the core element of the OECD Statistical Information System as it is the central repository and retrieval tool for the Organisation's statistical information resources. OECD.Stat is designed to contain the validated datasets to be shared and/or published, a special dataset for "Reference Series", all the statistical metadata associated with these datasets, and the glossary of statistical terms.

Objectives and outputs

OECD.Stat consists of a closed data warehouse with its standard entry and exit gates and a user front end (web browser). OECD.Stat is the basis of the new corporate tools for the statistical publications and electronic dissemination.
The main objectives and benefits for statisticians are: improved efficiency of statistical processes; improved quality, timeliness, visibility and accessibility of OECD's statistical resources; harmonisation effect of statistical classifications etc.; new and easier horizontal data products such as "Statistical Yearbook" and "OECD in Figures"; simplified and harmonised user access right management.
The data warehouse is physically independent from production systems and permits an easier management of connections from production databases (when new database versions or platforms), avoiding multiple interlinks between different production platforms.
Main objectives and benefits for analysts are: fast and user-friendly tools for locating and retrieving verified statistical data and metadata; availability of Reference Series and joint display of data from different OECD sources; easier interpretability of data; easier gathering of data to support horizontal projects; pre-defined executive reports; accessibility in-house and on the Internet without additional installations.
Today, about 95% of the OECD datasets are loaded into the OECD.Stat Data warehouse.
Respecting well-defined access right limitations, the data is available to specific users and groups within the OECD, to all OECD Staff, to member countries government staff via the OLISnet service, to the general public on the Internet, to specific public MyOECD users and to registered customers via the iLibrary commercial channel.
The OECD.Stat datawarehouse can also be accessed via the OECD analytical software (FAME, SAS, Stata, SPSS, Eviews) and, during the transition period to a new data archiving and CD-Rom dissemination system, includes a utility for an automated publishing of data in Beyond2020 format for the OECD commercial service (SourceOECD).

Main Developments for 2010

General aspects:
OECD.Stat is used by the IMF as part of a collaboration project. However, IMF is now intensively looking at a new user front end based on the Prognoz platform. This might have an impact on our developments in 2010. Many other international organisations, Central banks and National Statistical Offices are also investigating sharing the system. This needs a significant support activity.
Main focus this year will be on consolidation and upgrade of software platform (Windows Server 2008 R2), a new embargo feature, a snapshot feature, revised SDMX metadata output, a new display of unit information, and new data visualisation tools, like dynamic maps.

Publishing from the Statistical Information System

Purpose

To provide a publishing environment for the production of statistical publications and create new statistics dissemination services in the framework of the OECD Statistical Information System. This project creates three new services to disseminate statistics from OECD.Stat. The services include publishing complete databases, ready-made key tables and facts and figures indicators with dynamic graphs and commentary. The publishing environment comprises an authoring tool where the table is defined by the authors, and a formatting engine where the data are extracted from OECD.Stat and formatted for multiple outputs such as paper, PDF, Excel and HTML. The environment improves the efficiency of the publishing process and the quality of final publications in print and electronic format.

Objectives and outputs

Produce publications through the new process from databases available in the central database OECD.Stat. Continue to develop new procedures to take into account specificities of these new publications. Create new services to disseminate statistics using data from OECD.Stat. In 2009, improvements in the OECD.Stat browser were made available on the OECD iLibrary (soon to replace SourceOECD). The complete databases were made available to users in the preliminary OECD iLibrary platform. A pilot set of key tables and facts and figures were published. Statistical editors worked with directorates to review and improve the quality of the data and metadata being disseminated from the central data warehouse. Regarding statistical publications, the new publishing environment was used in 2009 to publish updates of publications already produced out of OECD.Stat in 2008 and to apply the new procedures to a number of additional statistical publications. The new publishing environment was communicated to authors.

Main Developments for 2010

General aspects:
In 2010, improvements in the OECD.Stat browser will be made available on the OECD iLibrary website. The complete database services will be moved into production and made available to users on the new OECD iLibrary platform. Regarding statistical publications, the new publishing environment will be used in 2010 to publish updates of publications already produced out of OECD.Stat in 2009 and to apply the new procedures to a number of additional statistical publications. Further objectives of 2010 aim to continue to communicate the new publishing environment to authors.


4.5 Dissemination, data warehousing (UN Statistics Division)

Dissemination

• Maintains Internet access systems for its databases in international trade and national accounts, to provide more efficient public, governmental and international agency access;
• Maintains processing systems and is preparing Internet access systems for its databases in energy, environment and industrial commodities to provide more efficient public, governmental and international agency access;
• Continuation of work on UNdata under the project "Statistics as a Public Good". Providing free access to UN-System data will result in an increase in the dissemination, use and understanding of global statistics. Enhancement of the data and metadata presentation and the capability to search and browse several databases using one easy-to-use interface in UNdata are some of the features that have been introduced.


4.5 Dissemination, data warehousing (UNCTAD)

UNCTAD Statistical Information system (USIS)

Purpose:
The UNCTAD Statistical Information System (USIS) is designed as a tool to validate, store, process and share reference datasets used by the economists of the secretariat and disseminated through the UNCTAD Handbook of Statistic, reports and the UNCTAD website. Methodologies and procedures used to process statistics and to calculate derived indicators were reviewed accordingly in 2009. Sources, concepts, definitions, classifications and processes have been documented and made available to users. Great attention is devoted to the provision of metadata at all levels.

Principle 4 of the 'Principles Governing International Statistical Activities' is a guiding benchmark during the development and implementation of USIS.

Objectives and outputs:

Improvement of the quality and consistency of the statistics prepared and released by UNCTAD. More efficient, secured and documented procedures are used for the compilation, processing, storage and dissemination of statistics. The capacities for the calculations of indicators requiring important IT resources are being improved.

Main developments for 2010:

The on-line version of Handbook of Statistics 2009 will be the last one published in the Internet. It will be replaced by regularly updated GlobStat that is accessible to everyone.________________________________________


4.5 Dissemination, data warehousing (UNECE STAT)

Activity 4.2: Dissemination of information, promotion of statistical activities and support to clients

Description and objectives

Provide statistical data and information about the activities of the UNECE Statistical Division. Improve awareness about UNECE statistics and the Conference of European Statisticians. Maintain a good perception of UNECE statistics among the external users.

Activities and output

• Prepare up-to-date, relevant and well-presented statistical information and analytical notes for the "Facts and Figures" of "UNECE Weekly", as well as short articles on an ad-hoc basis, reflecting important statistical events or news.
• Provide press releases for events and outputs that may attract the attention of the media, for distribution through the UNECE Information Office.
• Publish promotional materials (in hard-copy or through the website) for various purposes, notably "What UNECE does for you" and "Understanding Statistics".
• Produce promotional announcements for exceptional events and new outputs via the UNECE Statistics website and targeted mailing lists.
• Provide up-to-date information on the UNECE Statistics website about statistical activities of the UNECE and the CES in accordance to the needs of various target groups of users, as identified through usability testing.
• Actively participate in the implementation of the UNECE Web Content Management System and other activities of the UNECE Web Working Group. Improve the web communication of the UNECE, and ensure that statistical needs are reflected.
• Support external users of the information disseminated by the UNECE Statistical Division via the Internet, including timely replies to user requests.
• Improve further the IT tools for external user support.
• Produce quarterly analysis of access to individual data cubes, and web site traffic measured using Google Analytics.
• Conduct an annual satisfaction survey of database users.
• Manage and coordinate the Statistical Division's publications programme.

Activity 8.5: Dissemination of statistical information

Description and objectives

Promote good practices in the dissemination and communication of statistical information.

Activities and output

• Prepare for publishing a new issue of the series Making Data Meaningful. These series present a compilation of good practices in the dissemination and communication of statistical information. Continue work on further issues to ensure continuation of the series.
• Exchange information and experiences through regular meetings of the Work Session on Statistical Dissemination and Communication.
• Provide secretariat support to the Steering Group on statistical dissemination and communication.
• Organise a Work Session on statistical dissemination and communication in May 2010.

Organizations and groups involved

CES Steering Group on statistical dissemination and communication


4.5 Dissemination, data warehousing (UNICEF - CEE CIS)

TransMONEE database: data for understanding the situation of children in Central and East European and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CEE/CIS) region

Dissemination strategies and concrete activities at country and regional levels are summarized and presented UNICEF CEE/CIS web site at http://www.unicef.org/ceecis/resources_8588.html. Part of these interventions at the regional level was a publication 'Emerging Challenges for Children in EECA - Focus on Disparities. The publication looks at lesser known dimensions , by presenting findings of MICS3 in 12 countries of the region.

The TransMONEE Database, which captures a vast range of data relevant to social and economic issues situation and wellbeing of children, young people and women in countries of Central and Eastern Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States (CEE/CIS). The data represent a particularly useful tool for governments, civil society organization, funding institutions and academia in considering their decisions, policies, programmes and agendas. The database is updated every year thanks to the collaboration of National Statistical Offices (NSOs) in the countries of CEE/CIS. The published database presents only a selection of the larger amount of indicators annually collected. The key messages of the 2009 update as well as the supporting database are available at http:/// http://www.transmonee.org/ (also available in Russian) and using DevInfo platform at www.moneeinfo.org.

Priority objective and new activities for 2010

The Regional Office of UNICEF will continue to support TransMONEE. Selected countries will receive support in creating the DevInfo registries for TM indicators based on SDMX standards.


4.5 Dissemination, data warehousing (World Bank)

Dissemination

• The Development Data Group of the World Bank launched the Development Data Platform (DDP), a web-based statistical data collection and dissemination system for its staff. The data delivery is over the internet using secure protocols. The objective was to build an infrastructure to bring many of the statistical databases in the Bank under a data warehouse. Further, through arrangements with other participating organizations/member countries, data from their respective sources could also be made available to a user's query over the internet, provided the user were to have the necessary privileges to access that data. As a first step, socio-economic, external debt and trade indicators and other related Bank/IDA data have been included in this warehouse. An external version of the DDP system, called "DDP Lite" is being developed which would provide limited DDP functionality to other international organizations. This is designed to run on a number of different operating system and server environments.

• A web-based system, Data Platform (DP), is part of the DDP suite of products developed to help clients and partners to manage and disseminate their data based on their preferences and needs. It provides a framework for the use and management of quantitative data and their metadata.

• The Gateway initiative is envisioned as a portal website on development issues, from which users will be able to access information, resources and tools, and into which they will be able to contribute their own knowledge and experience

http://www.developmentgateway.org/

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• Data Query offers free access to a segment of the World Development Indicators (WDI) database. This segment includes 54 time series indicators for 226 countries and country aggregates, from 1960-2007.
(http://ddp-ext.worldbank.org/ext/DDPQQ/member.do?method=getMembers&userid=1&queryId=135/).
• The Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) web site provides access to documentation and data from LSMS surveys done in all regions, including ECE Region.

http://www.worldbank.org/lsms/lsmshome.html

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• Data Visualizer, is new visualization tool creating animated charts using the most widely used and official development data. New tools and emerging techniques are providing new opportunities for visualizing data and making it more interesting to users. Adding animation to this only increases its impact. To use this new tool, see

http://devdata.worldbank.org/DataVisualizer/

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• The World bank Data Finder, in collaboration with Google, features numeric results for 17 World Development Indicators (WDI) sourced to the World. A Google search on these indicators features a box at the top of the page highlighting Bank data and linking to Google's public data graphing tool. Google's graphing tool lets users see and compare country-by-country statistics and offers customized graphs with a 'link' or web address that can be easily embedded and shared in other websites. The Data Finder allows access to indicator definitions, quick facts, interactive maps, and additional World Bank related resources. To see this new tool, see

http://datafinder.worldbank.org/

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• Bulletin Board on Statistical Capacity (BBSC) has been developed. It aims to improve measuring and monitoring of statistical capacity of IDA countries in close collaboration with countries and users. The database contains information on various aspects of national statistical systems and includes a country-level statistical capacity indicator based on a set of criteria consistent with international recommendations. To access Country Profiles, click here. To see the site, go to

http://www.worldbank.org/data/bbscGeneral

Data Dissemination System (GDDS) Development of Standards for Data Availability and Dissemination, and assisting countries in improving their work.
• Together with the IMF, the World Bank will continue to work on the General Data Dissemination System (GDDS) which provides guidelines to the countries in the dissemination of economic, financial and socio-demographic data to the public and establishes a broad framework for countries seeking improvements in their statistical systems. The World Bank has developed guidelines for the preparation of metadata covering the following areas: population, education, health, poverty assessment and monitoring. The World Bank, as part of phase one of this project, in collaboration with the IMF, has been participating in regional seminars and in preparation of the GDDS metadata for participating countries, as well as providing technical support from headquarters or in the field to staff of member countries participating in the GDDS.


4.6 Statistical confidentiality and disclosure protection (Eurostat)

Theme 6.11 Data security and statistical confidentiality

1. Description

Statistical confidentiality is a fundamental principle of Community statistics enshrined in the Treaty (Article 285) and further developed in the new Regulation No 223/2009 on European statistics. It entails a particular duty on the part of Eurostat (and NSIs and other national authorities) to ensure the physical and logical protection of confidential data (statistical disclosure control — SDC) and the harmonisation of principles and guidelines in this domain. In the new Regulation the Commission is given implementing powers for that purpose.
Commission Regulation (EC) No 831/2002 concerning access to confidential data for scientific purposes aims to satisfy the needs of the scientific community for access to confidential statistical information. Eurostat has to implement the principles set out in this Regulation and to meet the expectations of users. As from entry into force of the Regulation on European statistics, Regulation 831/2002 continues to apply but will eventually have to be replaced to take into account recent legal, methodological and technical developments in this field.
Furthermore, the increase in confidential data available to Eurostat, the methodological/technical progress made, and the need to better harmonise Eurostat practice and to promote knowledge transfer in the ESS will guide methodological activity aimed at providing tools and methods of statistical disclosure control.
Eurostat must also continuously evaluate the Regulations in view of the need to maximise the benefits of confidential data with the aim of increasing the quality of EU statistics and to improve the conditions for access to confidential data while ensuring a high level of protection.
For the coming years, the challenge for data security will be to give remote access for better productivity and still ensure confidentiality of the data. Web access to databases will have to be organised and protected to prevent web hacking.

2. Work Programme for 2010

2.1 ONGOING WORK

  • Continue all processes to smooth procedures for researchers having access to data covered by Regulation 831/2002 and the amendments thereto.
  • Ensure the processing of admissibility requests.
  • Support Eurostat units on methodological (statistical disclosure control methods and tools) and legal issues.
  • Disseminate and promote the results of the ESSnets related to statistical confidentiality
  • Explore the feasibility of simplifying the procedures for supplying data to researchers
  • Follow the procedures for replacement of Regulation 831/2002.

2.2 NEW WORK

  • Launch the ESSnet on remote access.
  • Develop step by step the infrastructure and harmonised processes/methodologies suited to the need to foster the release of EU micro data using the various opportunities (remote access, remote execution, documentation, PUF, AMF, safe centre, cooperation with data archive networks).

4.6 Statistical confidentiality and disclosure protection (OECD)

Pension Monitoring

Purpose

In order to ensure that pension reforms are both financially and socially sustainable, it is essential to monitor the outcomes of changes in pension system parameters and rules. The activity uses a microeconomic approach which is particularly suitable for international comparison of pension policies. Prospective individual benefit entitlements from mandatory pension arrangements are modelled for full-career workers at different earnings levels. The framework uses the same economic assumptions for all countries and thereby abstracts from non-pension factors, which often distort international comparisons of pension systems.

Objectives and outputs

To monitor pension systems and pension policies in OECD countries, to collect, up-date and analyse information on pension system rules and parameters and to model prospective pension entitlements for standard retirement, early retirement and interrupted careers. The output of this activity is published in regularly updated reports.
The third edition of Pensions at a Glance will be published in 2009. The report includes updates of the models with 2006 parameters, including a special chapter covering the impact of the current financial crisis.
In 2009:

Non-member countries involved in the activity:
Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Romania, Slovenia.

Databases
Pension monitoring database.

Main Developments for 2010
General aspects:
Work on the topic "Women and Pensions" will go on in 2010, with a view to producing a policy report early 2011. The first key question to be addressed is whether pension systems that were introduced 50 or more years ago - in an era of male breadwinners and women working in the home - have kept pace with social and economic changes. Despite these changes, women still tend to have lower wages and work fewer hours than men. To what extent do pension systems compensate for these differences? To what extent should they continue to do so?

Data management:
The number of indicators covered in the data will be increased leading to the creation of a pensions database.


4.6 Statistical confidentiality and disclosure protection (UNECE STAT)

Activity 8.3: Statistical confidentiality and access to microdata

Description and objectives

Enhance international cooperation, harmonization of methods and exchange of experience in the area of statistical confidentiality. The work covers managerial, statistical and organizational issues related to statistical confidentiality protection and disclosure control for both microdata and tabular data. Particular attention is paid to issues related to use of administrative registers and records for statistical purposes, for example linking and matching of records, legal and technical aspects, use of combined sources, etc.

Activities and output

• Identify leading practices in national and international statistical organizations in statistical confidentiality protection and disclosure control.
• Implement and further explain applicable standards and recommendations.
• Consider specific issues related to use of administrative registers and records, as well as linking, matching and integrating data sets.
• Follow-up to the 2009 work session on statistical disclosure control, focussing on the identification of future concrete outputs from this work.
• Collect information on the implementation of the CES Principles and guidelines on confidentiality and data integration in preparation for the review of these principles by the CES in 2011.

Organizations and groups involved

Eurostat


4.6 Statistical confidentiality and disclosure protection (World Bank)

Data analysis

Global Development Network (GDN)

• The Global Development Network (GDN) Initiative sponsors and provides information about training and other activities to support broader and better use of microdata in macro- and socio-economic research .


4.7 Data analysis (ECB)

• Contribute to further development of seasonal adjustment/trading day adjustment techniques, and their application.


4.7 Data analysis (Eurostat)

Theme 6.10 Statistical research and methodology

1. Description
Work under this theme aims to promote statistical research in official statistics and to facilitate and guide methodological developments supporting the production of European Statistical System (ESS) official statistics so as to ensure ( i) higher efficiency and quality; (ii) less burden, (iii) efficient transfer of research results and methodological developments into standard practices.
It encompasses: ( i) monitoring of statistical research projects, with the focus on new tools, methods and techniques, (ii) promotion of statistical research and effective coordination of relevant research activities, (iii) dissemination and exploitation of results from research projects within the EPROS initiative, (iv) proactive support for the transfer of technology and know-how, e.g. through contacts and exploitation events involving NSIs, the scientific community and other organisations, (v) development of the ESSnet facilitation function, (vi) active participation in the preparation of FP7 by allowing statistical research to be involved in the research programmes and by contributing to the negotiation and follow-up of research projects that have statistical components, (vii) emulation of soft collaboration among methodologist networks in the ESS and in Eurostat aimed at sharing good practices and creating common references, and (iv) support and advice to ESTAT production units, DGs and external users in the implementation of statistical processes and the use of standard tools.
The main areas of actions are seasonal adjustment, survey methodology, model-based estimation techniques, data validation, data analysis and visualisation and data integration.

2. Work Programme for 2010

2.1 ONGOING WORK

  • Provide efficient support to Eurostat units when striving to improve their statistical processes.
  • Create and rationalise knowledge in key domains of official statistics: data analysis, data validation, survey methodology and sampling, data integration, estimation.
  • Set up soft collaboration framework and tools for Eurostat (METHnet) and ESS (DIME) methodologist networks for the sharing and identification of good practices and competence management.
  • Identify priorities, methodological developments analysing main challenges for future statistics in a global, competitive, technology-driven information world.
  • Evaluate FP 7 projects, disseminate results, promote transfer of technology and know-how from FP projects.
  • Evaluate research needs of ESTAT units, facilitate and encourage development of FP7 projects.
  • Facilitation of ESSnet projects: support, definition and monitoring.
  • Ensure support on SA and maintenance of the Eurostat tools for SA.
  • Monitor and support the implementation of ESS guidelines on seasonal adjustment in coordination with the Steering Group on SA, high-level group gathering ESCB and ESS bodies.
  • Develop and evaluate the pilot project for cooperation between Eurostat and academia.

2.2 NEW WORK

  • Implementation of the action plan for collaboration between researchers and official statisticians (CROS).
  • Contribute to setting up a methodological competence management system for Eurostat and the ESS.
  • Contribute to rationalisation, standardisation and integration of ESS processes and methodologies.
  • Prepare and launch cooperative developments through ESSnet or other mechanisms (seminar, taskforce) in prioritised methodological areas.
  • Develop standard and portable SA tools enabling the implementation of ESS guidelines on SA.

4.7 Data analysis (OECD)

eXplorer web-based dynamic charts

Purpose

Provide an online dynamic graphical component for advanced data analysis and combines maps and graphs with stories allowing users to examine time developments and interrelations between indicators. The interface will be fully integrated with the OECD.Stat web browser allowing users to select the data to analyse.

Objectives and outputs

Deployment of first production version on internet using Regional Statistics, OECD Factbook data, Economic Outlook and Health Statistics.

Main Developments for 2010

General aspects:
Enable SDMX feed from OECD.Stat Web Browser.
Develop 'light' version of explorer for non-expert users.
Fully integrate explorer with OECD.Stat Web Browser and WikiProgress

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