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4.1 Metadata (Eurostat)

Theme 6.05 Data and metadata structural definition

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Management, standardisation and improvement of structural and reference metadata;
• Use and improvement of the new Eurostat reference database Eurobase (including the management of the Eurostat data dissemination tree);
• Use and improvement of the Eurostat Metadata Handler;
• Improvement and implementation of the SDMX statistical standards and guidelines for the exchange of data and metadata;
• Dissemination of external data other than the data produced by Eurostat and
• Further improvement and integration of the Eurostat and national metadata systems.

This work contributes substantially to the improvement of the production method of EU statistics as laid down in the Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics. Through increasing standardisation and harmonisation the processes and projects described above also lead to a reduction of the burden on the data or metadata producers both at national or international level. Also the accessibility of data and metadata by users should be improved. Most of the activities listed will also improve the vertical and horizontal integration (i.e. the integration between Eurostat and Member states and the integration between statistical domains) within the European Statistical System.
The main priorities for 2011 are the further standardisation and use of harmonised structural metadata (produced within the ESS and at the level of SDMX) and the broad implementation of the Euro SDMX Metadata Structure (ESMS) and the ESS Standard for Quality Report Structure (ESQRS). Particular attention will also be given to the better use of the new reference database Eurobase (including increasing data quality checks) and the increasing use of the Eurostat Metadata Handler for metadata standardisation within the ESS.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Produce additional EU legislation related to metadata;
• Get international agreements related to metadata exchange;
• Create additional metadata structure definitions for further metadata harmonisation.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Harmonise and maintain structural metadata (code lists) within Eurostat, the European Statistical System and SDMX and release this harmonised structural metadata;
• Implement further the European standards for reference metadata (Euro SDMX Metadata Structure - ESMS - and ESS Standard for Quality Reports Structure - ESQRS) at Eurostat and within the European Statistical System;
• Further implement the harmonised structural metadata (code lists) in statistical domains in data structure definitions;
• Manage and improve the new reference database Eurobase with additional functionalities;
• Stimulate the improvement of the national metadata systems via regular monitoring of these systems;
• Improve the SDMX statistical standards and guidelines and contribute all over to the further SDMX progress;
• Assure the proper functioning and delivery of the ESSnet on SDMX;
• Provide the Commission internal users with access to databases containing data produced outside of the ESS;
• Improve the data dissemination tree used by Eurostat;
• Fully implement the Eurostat Metadata Handler in terms of contents and functionalities for use within the ESS.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Actions 101, 104, 201, 202, 203, 206, 210: all these actions are related to metadata standardisation with the aim to simplify and improve statistical businesses processes within the ESS;
• Actions 103: international exchange of metadata;
• Actions 102, 207: additional SDMX standards and IT applications available.


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, available at: http://mdgs.un.org.
• UNSD is finalizing the second edition of the Handbook on MDG Indicators, in both printed version and electronic version, in a wiki-type application. (See: http://mdgs.un.org).


4.1 Metadata (UNECE STAT)

Activity 8.5: 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) as a guide for statistical organisations to existing metadata standards, 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 Workshop on Statistical Metadata in autumn 2011.
• Cooperate actively with other organizations on the standardisation of electronic data interchange, including the SDMX content oriented guidelines and other SDMX standards.
• Lead, together with UN Statistical Division, international work to develop a global inventory of statistical 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)

CIS Classifications

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.

• 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. This resulted in more than twice the number of agricultural products included in the domain (from 260 in CPC v.1.1. to 550 in CPC v.2.0). Based on the CPC revision, collaboration was strengthened also with the World Customs Organization (WCO) and participation ensured in the review process of the Harmonized System (HS) 2012. FAO played a key role along with the European Environment Agency (EEA) and EUROSTAT in the development of standards for land use and land cover classifications in the revised UN Handbook of National Accounting - Integrated Environmental  and Economic Accounting (SEEA), undertaken under the joint responsibility of the UN, European Commission, IMF, OECD and the World Bank. During 2011 FAO will continue its contribution to major international classifications with the purpose of better meeting the needs of statistics and related analyses in the areas of agriculture, fisheries, forestry, and food.


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 2011.

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


4.2 Classifications (UN Statistics Division)

International economic and social classifications

Ongoing activities:

• UNSD continues 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;
• UNSD continues to maintain the UN Classifications Website and Registry;
• UNSD continues the publication of a Classifications Newsletter.

Activities for 2011:

• Development of 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;
• Preparation of the Companion Guide to ISIC and CPC;
• Preparation of 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.


4.2 Classifications (UNESCO)

Classifications

Work Programme

The current programme of the UIS includes:

• 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.


4.2 Classifications (WHO (Headquarters))

4.3 Data sources (ECB)

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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 CES Recommendations for the 2010 Round of Population and Housing Censuses and support countries in all activities related to the population and housing census of the 2010 round, taking into account the different methodological approaches adopted, including register-based censuses and other innovative approaches. Together with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), 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. A large number of UNECE countries (including all EU countries) are expected to conduct the census in 2011.
• Provide training and technical assistance to countries of Eastern and South-eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia in the field of population and housing censuses, based on their expressed needs and in compliance with the CES Census Recommendations (see also activity 9.1).
• Start preparations for two joint UNECE-Eurostat meetings tentatively planned in Spring 2012: Joint Meeting on Population and Housing Censuses, and the Expert Group Meeting on Register-Based Censuses.
• Contribute actively to the International Monitoring and Observation missions in the UN Administered Region of 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.

Organizations and groups involved

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

Activity 6.2: 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 countries of Eastern and South-eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia 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.
• Support the activities of the Task Force on improving migration and migrant data using household surveys and other sources (also called "Suitland Working Group"), including a Task Force meeting tentatively planned in spring 2011.
• Lead the research project on the measurement of "hard-to-count" migrant groups, carried out in the framework of the activities of the Suitland Working Group.
• Prepare a final report of the Task Force on the analysis of international migration estimates using different length of stay definitions.
• Support and contribute to the activities of the Task Force on the measurement of the socio-economic conditions of migrants (subject to approval by the CES Bureau in November 2010).
• Finalise the activities planned 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 9.2).
• Start preparations for the Joint UNECE-Eurostat Work Session on Migration Statistics tentatively planned in spring 2012.

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 ("Suitland Working Group")
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. The 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

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Business Registers (BR);
• EuroGroups Register (EGR).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Explore the possibilities for remote access of the EGR data;
• Testing of the profiling methodology by the ESSnet partners on large and complex enterprises.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Maintain and further develop the IT architecture to manage the (EGR) and implement additional IT technology to exchange data with the EGR;
• Maintain and further develop the EGR methodology;
• Acquire further commercial data necessary to manage the EGR and update it through exchanges;
• Ensure the adoption of legislation on the exchange of MNE data between Eurostat and central banks;
• 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;
• 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;
• Integrate national central banks and the ECB in the framework of the EGR;
• Continue to develop a methodology for profiling large and complex enterprises.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Creation of the EuroGroups Register;
• Maintaining national business registers;
• Developing a methodology for profiling large and complex enterprise groups.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Coordination with the ECB in order to achieve a common platform for multinational enterprise groups in the financial and non-financial sector.


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. An advanced draft of the "Methodological Review -2000 World Census of Agriculture" is already available and will be published in 2011. FAO will continue its work on providing more information on national agricultural census methodologies through its Internet site:www.fao.org/economic/ess/ess-data/ess-wca/wca-guidelines/en/.


4.3.2 Business and agricultural censuses and registers (OECD)

Business Registers

Purpose

To contribute to reinforce statistical systems and improve 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 2011

General aspects:

OECD assisted Statistics Estonia to organise the 22nd Wiesbaden Group meeting held in September 2010 in Tallinn.

The OECD will host in September 2011 to the joint Eurostat/OECD/UNECE Seminar on Business Registers and will co-organise the events with the partner organisations.


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 secondary sources.

Activities and output

• Organise and conduct the meeting of the Group of Experts on Business Registers in September 2011 in cooperation with Eurostat and OECD.
• Finalise and publish an analytical report based on the results of the 2010 UNECE survey on business registers and supporting dataset.
• 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 22 nd Wiesbaden Group meeting was held in Tallinn in September 2010, hosted by Statistics Estonia. The meeting gathered 77 participants from 39 delegations and was organised in eight sessions. The themes of meeting were: Concepts and Methods for Information and Data Sharing, Profiling (Costs and Benefits), Co-operation with administrative sources, Register Quality, Improving sector's coverage of the BR, Technical developments of the registers and Business Registers and Business Statistics in Developing Countries.

In 2012, a meeting is planned in September in Washington, United States of America, hosted by the U.S. Bureau of Labour Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau. 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 22nd meeting in Tallinn can be found at:
http://www.stat.ee/wg

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 Eurostat, France, Germany, OECD, UNECE, United Kingdom, United States (BLS and CB). Besides assisting the host of the next meeting the Steering Group:
• 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:

22nd Wiesbaden Group meeting: Svetlana Shutova, Statistics Estonia: (svetlana.shutova@stat.ee).
Next meeting: Shirin Anne Ahmed (Shirin.Anne.Ahmed@Census.GOV).


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 (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 to be available from 2010 on. As in previous rounds, the MICS4 questionnaire was developed through consultations with relevant experts from UN organizations, inter-agency monitoring groups and the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Programme. The MICS4 questionnaire includes some new topics such as tobacco and alcohol use, access to media and technology, and life satisfaction.

More than 40 countries around the world have already committed to participate in the fourth round of MICS. In CEE/CIS Region, 9 countries have planned to implement MICS4 (Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Belarus) with fieldwork already started in Kazakhstan and Serbia in 2010. In addition, Georgia, Tajikistan, Kyrgzstan and Armenia will participate in other household surveys integrating some of the MICS modules.

Methodological work to introduce or improve some modules such as child labour, child disability, post-natal health checks has continued in 2010 in close collaboration with other UN organizations and academic circles.

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

ii) Priority objective and new activities for 2011

UNICEF will support all MICS4 countries in the region through the various steps of the process. In Kazakhstan and Serbia UNICEF will provide support for data analysis and report writing while, in the other MICS4 countries, technical assistance will focus on planning and implementation of the survey.

UNICEF is providing training to carry out surveys through a series of regional workshops. Within MICS4 implementation in the region, a second regional workshop on data processing and a third workshop on data analysis and report writing are already planned for 2011.


4.3.3 Household surveys (UNODC)

Crime Victim Surveys (CVS)

Taking into account the experience of the International Crime Victim Survey (ICVS) and the EU International Crime Survey (EUICS), UNODC aims at supporting courtiers to implement internationally comparable crime victim surveys. It promotes the UNODC-UNECE Manual on victim surveys and provide technical support to requesting countries. Development of methodology in the area of both general population and sector-specific corruption and anti-corruption surveys.


4.3.3 Household surveys (WHO (Headquarters))

WHO Study on Global Ageing and Adult Health (SAGE)

• WHO has completed the first round of data collection from SAGE.
• Data sets from these studies are now available upon request. A public release data set with all metadata will be made available by mid 2011.
• The pilot testing has been completed in the three European SAGE-like surveys. The main field work will be completed in 2011.

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 has been held to start the process with the module on health expenditures but resource constraints may considerably delay this project.
• A set of health examination surveys in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, building on the World Health Survey, have been completed in five countries. The last survey will be completed in 2011.


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.


4.3.4 Business and agricultural surveys (UNODC)

Crime and Corruption Business Survey (CCBS)

Based on previous business surveys (International Commercial Crime Survey, 1994-96 and International Crime Business Survey, 2000) and within the framework of the recent cooperation agreement with the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), UNODC has produced a questionnaire and methodology for international standardized Crime and Corruption Business Surveys (CCBS). The questionnaire addresses bribery/ corruption, fraud, extortion and several forms of crime, which impact on business and industry. Pilot surveys were conducted in 2005/06 Bulgaria and Canada with small samples of businesses. Results were analyzed in view of further refining the methodology, assessing the average length of interviews, and addressing any problems encountered (language, sensitive issues, etc...).


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

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 8.3: 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.
• Organise a Work Session on Statistical Data Editing (May 2011).


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, including time series by months for a number of years, 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 disseminated in two languages (Russian and English).

• The main part of printed editions and electronic products is 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 2011:

Operative editions:

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

Statistical abstracts:

• "Commonwealth of Independent States in 2010" (a digest of provisional statistical results), Russian - English version;
• "20 years of the Commonwealth of Independent States", Russian-English version;
• " Commonwealth of Independent States in 2010" (statistical yearbook)-Russian-English version;
• "Commonwealth of Independent States, 2000-2010", (concise statistical reference abstract);
• "External Trade of the Countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States in 2010" (statistical reference abstract of provisional results) in Russian;
• "External Trade of the Countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States in 2010" (Russian-English version);
• "Main Macroeconomic Indicators of the CIS Countries", Russian-English version;
• "Finances, Investments and Prices in the Countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States", Russian-English version;
• " Labour and Services Market in the Countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States", Russian-English version;
• "Population, Employment, and Living Conditions in the Countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States", Russian-English version;

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 (16th edition);
• "Commonwealth of Independent States in 2010" (statistical yearbook), Russian-English version.
• "20 years of the Commonwealth of Independent States", Russian-English version.

New activities:

There are plans for 2011 to publish:
• " Labour and Services Market in the Countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States", Russian-English version.

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 network-attached data storage (Data bank of CIS-STAT), 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.

• Enhance the SDMX web services implemented, for facilitating the integration of ECB data into user applications including support for SDMX/version 2.1.

• Continue optimising the framework for a joint and simultaneous dissemination of euro area aggregates and its national contributions to these aggregates on the ECB's website and on the websites of euro area NCBs (in their own languages and 'look and feel').

• Set up the data exchange and dissemination infrastructure for the ESRB.

• Further develop the Principal Global Indicators website, which focuses on the G20 economies, including the euro area. This work is undertaken by the Inter-Agency Group on Economic and Financial Statistics comprising the BIS, the ECB, the European Commission (Eurostat), the IMF, the OECD, the United Nations and the World Bank.


4.5 Dissemination, data warehousing (Eurostat)

Theme 8.01 Communication

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Relations with the media;
• Internal communication.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Enhance the role of the Eurostat Spokesperson in order to increase Eurostat's visibility in the media;
• Advise Eurostat management on the ways of communicating the Communication on the production method of EU statistics in the ESS and implement the decisions;
• Create an informal network of press officers in the EU.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Draft news releases on key statistics;
• Improve the targeting of Eurostat news releases with particular reference to important international events;
• Develop contacts with the media by providing tailor-made extraction and organising training courses for journalists;
• Support the implementation of Eurostat strategy through communication to staff;
• Extend the number of written and video interviews on Eurostat'sintranet;
• Regularly publish Eurostat newsletter and magazine;
• Organise specific information events, such as the General Assembly and informal staff meetings;
• Enhance the exchange of information between the ESS members through INSite.


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 2011 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 theoretical and operational aspects of business and economic cycle research, involving both measurement and analysis.

Objectives and outputs

The Statistics Directorate gives the associate editor and chairman of the editorial board of the Journal; provides liaison between the publication system (PAC) the editor in chief located in Zurich (CIRET) and the editorial board.

The journal is a peer-reviewed scientific journal focusing on business cycles. 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.

Each volume has two regular issues with 4-5 articles, and occasionally special editions. 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 2011

General aspects:

Extension, renewal of the editorial board.
Improved and corrected iLibrary appearance.
New issues automatically exported to RePeC.

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 (including specific formats like Branded Views).

The OECD.Stat datawarehouse can also be accessed via the OECD analytical software (FAME, SAS, Stata, SPSS, Eviews) and includes a utility for an automated publishing of data in PC-Axis format for the OECD commercial service (iLibrary) as well as SDMX formats.

Main Developments for 2011

General aspects:

Many other international organisations, Central banks and National Statistical Offices are 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. 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 2010, improvements in the OECD.Stat browser were made available on the OECD iLibrary which replaced SourceOECD. The complete databases were made available to users via an enhanced OECD.Stat browser on the OECD iLibrary platform. Key tables and facts and figures were published. Complete databases were published offline using a new centralised process to disseminate from OECD.Stat. 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 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. The new publishing environment was communicated to authors.

Main Developments for 2011

General aspects:

In 2011, improvements in the OECD.Stat browser will be made available on the OECD iLibrary. Regarding statistical publications, the publishing environment will be used in 2011 to publish updates of publications already produced out of OECD.Stat in 2010 and to apply the new procedures to a number of additional statistical publications. In 2011, 14 STD print statistical publications will be produced using the publishing authoring tool and will transition to online table collections available in Excel, PDF and Web and print on demand. Further objectives of 2011 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;
• Maintains MDG Indicators Database, including detailed cell-level and indicator-level metadata and other reference material for use by the general public and government agencies who need references for their national MDG monitoring exercise;
• 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 and the UNCTAD website. Methodologies and procedures used to process statistics and to calculate derived indicators were reviewed accordingly. 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:

UNCTAD's online statistical databases, the Handbook of Statistics, the Commodity Prices and Price Indices, the Foreign Direct Investment Statistics, and the Global Databank on World Trade in Creative Products have been harmonized and integrated into UNCTADstat. This unique platform used for the on-line dissemination of all statistics produced by UNCTAD was launched on 20 October 2010 at the occasion of the World Statistics Day. The on-line version of the UNCTAD Handbook of Statistics is discontinued.


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, for example "What UNECE does for you".
• 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 8.6: Dissemination of statistical information

Description and objectives

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

Activities and output

• Publish Part 3 of the Making Data Meaningful series, "A guide to communicating with the media".
• Prepare Part 4 of the Making Data Meaningful series, concerning statistical literacy.
• 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 spring 2011.

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

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 2010 update as well as the supporting database are available at www.transmonee.org (also available in Russian) and using DevInfo platform at www.moneeinfo.org.

Priority objective and new activities for 2011:

The Regional Office of UNICEF will continue to support TransMONEE and improve the accessibility of data.


4.5 Dissemination, data warehousing (World Bank)

Dissemination

The Development Data Group of the World Bank uses the following systems for data retrieval and dissemination:

• As part of the World Bank's new open data initiative, the Bank launched a new website http://data.worldbank.org last April to provide free, open and easy access to over 4,000 indicators in four languages: English, Spanish, French and Arabic. Visitors to the site can easily find, download, manipulate, use, and re-use the data compiled by the World Bank, without restrictions. They can also take advantage of graph and mapping tools. The site allows individuals, groups, and organizations to create applications, programs, visualizations, and other tools that will help monitor and measure progress of various development initiatives and projects. Additionally, the data can be used to create new and innovative solutions for international development, helping with the World Bank's mission to reduce poverty across the globe.

• One of the components of the new Open Data is the data retrieval system called the DataBank providing access to over 20 databases. The Data Bank is the external version of what we have as an internal Bank system, DDP (see below for information on DDP). Some of the links available from the DataBank on various topical databases include:
   - Gender at http://databank.worldbank.org/ddp/home.do?Step=12&id=4&CNO=283;
   - Education at http://databank.worldbank.org/ddp/home.do?Step=2&id=4&CNO=1159;
   - Health-Nutrition-Population HNPStats at http://databank.worldbank.org/ddp/home.do?Step=12&id=4&CNO=311;
   - Etc.

• Development Data Platform (DDP), a web-based statistical data collection and dissemination system,providing access to many databases under one umbrella.

• 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/.

• As part of the World Bank's new Access to Information Policy and building on the success of the Open Data initiative the Mapping for Results Platform was launched on October 7th, 2010 by the World Bank Institute and AidData in partnership with various World Bank departments (AFTSD, LCSDE, DECDG, OPCS) to geo-reference and visualize the geographic location of World Bank financed projects and international aid programs at the sub-national level. See http://maps.worldbank.org/.

• 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.

• 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/.

• 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/.

• The new version of the World Bank's DataFinder 2.0 is now available for the iPhone, iTouch, and iPad. This application is part of the World Bank's Open Data Initiative to make development data more accessible and easier to use. Users can create their own data tables and charts from 50 years of World Bank data on more than 1,100 global social and economic indicators for around 200 countries and 25 country groups - all of which can be used in presentations, projects, and shared via email. Users can also view selections of the data by topic based on the Bank's Little Data Book series. Users have the ability to choose from several themes. Each report represents a selection of countries and indicators and can be visualized in either table or chart formats. it also contains improved visualizations and features. Since the launch of the first DataFinder application, major improvements have been made, including the ability to switch between tables, lines and bar charts; view data in tabular forms; display charts with more than one country and more than one indicator; navigate forward/backward between countries and indicators, etc. These applications can be downloaded from the Apple stores.

• 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.

• 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.

• For WITS and Trade visualizers, see section 2.6.


4.6 Statistical confidentiality and disclosure protection (Eurostat)

Theme 6.11 Data security and statistical confidentiality

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Ensuring the physical and logical protection of confidential data (statistical disclosure control - SDC);
• Harmonisation of principles and guidelines in SDC;
• Design infrastructure (IT and procedure) for releasing confidential data (tabular or micro data) to ESS partners and Research community;
• Coordination of sectoral initiatives in the domain of protection and release of confidential data for scientific purposes;
• Methodological and tool development in the domain SDC;
• Ensuring and promoting the correct and coherent application of rules and provisions for the release of confidential data for scientific purposes;
• Methodological support in SDC;
• Ensuring adequate governance of statistical confidentiality in the ESS
This work contributes to the improvement of the production method of EU statistics as laid down in the Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics through;
• the design of cross-cutting infrastructure for the release of data for scientific purposes and for the protection of confidential data disseminated to user;
• the improvement of vertical integration of processes defining Member States a framework for the standardisation and harmonisation of processes related to the SDC.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Develop a solution for accessing confidential data online;
• Setting up of new procedures and an implementation framework for the new regulation on access to confidential data for scientific purposes;
• Define an ESS strategy for a distributed infrastructure for access to confidential data including various actors;
• Specify and develop building blocks for tabular data protection;

• Develop a solution for accessing confidential data online;
• Setting up of new procedures and an implementation framework for the new regulation on access to confidential data for scientific purposes;
• Define an ESS strategy for a distributed infrastructure for access to confidential data including various actors;
• Specify and develop building blocks for tabular data protection.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Streamline the procedures for access to micro data for scientific purposes;
• Ensure the processing of the admissibility requests;
• Support Eurostat units on methodological (statistical disclosure control methods and tools) and legal issues;
• Disseminate SDC ESSnets results in Eurostat and ESS;
• Develop a new implementing regulation on access to confidential data for scientific purposes;
• Develop remote access to confidential data;
• Continue developing step by step an infrastructure/processes adapted to the need of fostering the release of EU micro data in an integrated ESS (remote access, remote execution, documentation, Public Use File (PUF), 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 fourth edition of Pensions at a Glance will be published in early 2011. The report includes updates of the models with 2008 parameters, including special chapters covering pension ages, life expectancy, incentives to retire and older workers.

In 2010:

- Key data were disseminated in OECD.Stat via http://stats.oecd.org/Index.aspx?DataSetCode=ELSPENSIONS
- An on-line Pension calculator was updated, via http://www.oecd.org/document/12/0,3343,en_2649_34757_43024076_1_1_1_1,00.html
- Most indicators related to pensions are available on-line in MS-Excel format via www.oecd.org/els/social/pensions/PAG

The fifth edition of Pensions at a Glance will be published in 2012. The report will include updates of the models with 2010 parameters.

Non-member countries involved in the activity:

Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Cyprus, India, Indonesia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Romania, Russian Federation, South Africa

Databases

Pension monitoring database

Main Developments for 2011

General aspects:

The range of countries covered under the Pensions at a Glance umbrella is constantly expanding with an update for PaG Asia due in early 2011 and work will commence on the LAC region with provisional results being available mid/late 2011. Further areas of analysis will concentrate on periods of career absence because of unemployment.

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 8.4: 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.
• As a follow-up to the decision of the 2009 plenary session of the CES, 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 June 2011.
• Organise a Work Session on Statistical Data Confidentiality in autumn 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 (Eurostat)

Theme 6.10 Statistical research and methodology

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Statistical process architecture and integration;
• Statistical research and methodological innovation;
• Standardisation and knowledge management;
• Core methodologies: data integration, data analysis, time series processing and seasonal adjustment, data collection design, data validation and model based estimation, EU approaches;
• Methodological support, advice, guidance and assessment;
• Methodological cooperation in the ESS and with universities;
• Training and methodological competence management.
This work contributes substantially to the improvement of the production method of EU statistics as laid down in the Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics through;
• The conceptual analysis of most relevant cross-cutting issues tracking efficiency gains with the identification of commonalities in different related processes, the identification of generic specification for common process steps and the development of associated guidelines and tools;
• The improvement of vertical integration of processes by launching with Member States collaborative projects aiming at designing global ESS process, streamline their implementation by the identification and documentation of good practices following the Generic Statistical Business Process Model;
• The development and implement a multi dimensional programme of research and innovation through the elaboration of a research programme for Official Statistics to be included in FP8; the intensification the link with research community; the setting up transfer mechanism involving Member States (ESSnets);the launching specific ESSnets and research projects under the umbrella of the ESS Directors of Methodology (DIME) and the Network of Methodologists in Eurostat;
• The improvement of the methodological competences with the development of Master of Science in Official Statistics with universities and a strategic reflection on the mechanism for their management;
• To the optimisation of interaction with partners with the emergence and fast consolidation of methodology for collaboration building upon virtual platforms (web 2.0) to support cooperative projects and to reinforce cooperation among ESS partners and with academia.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Set up an ESS governance structure for the integration of ESS statistical production processes;
• Improve research on official statistics in collaboration with Member States;
• ESSnets on cooperative methodological developments.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Provide guidance and support for and assess methodological developments for ESTAT reengineering production system;
• Generate and organise knowledge in key methodological issues for an integrated architecture for the production of official statistics: new modes of data collection, data analysis, data validation, survey methodology and sampling, data integration, model based estimation;
• Explore, set up and maintain new modes and tools of collaboration for the community of ESS Methodologists, Researchers (CROS - Cooperation between Researchers and Official Statisticians) and Partners (Joint Research Centre, etc);
• Identify priorities for research, methodological developments and innovation analysing main challenges for future statistics in a global, competitive, technology driven information world, with a particular focuses on challenges raised by the integration of production processes in the ESS;
• Contribute to the emergence, optimisation and standardisation of integrated ESS processes and harmonised methodologies;
• Facilitate and promote innovation in the ESS through a streamline infrastructure for ESSnet projects;
• Development and maintain ESS standard tool for seasonal adjustment (SA) and related time series processing for official statistics;
• Monitor and support the implementation of ESS guidelines on seasonal adjustment and best practices for time series processing in coordination with the Steering Group on SA, high level group bringing together ESCB and ESS bodies;
• EMOS (European Masters in Official Statistics) and methodological competence management.


4.7 Data analysis (OECD)

eXplorer web-based interactive charts

Purpose

Provide an online animated and interactive graphical component for advanced data analysis and combines maps and graphs with stories allowing users to examine time developments and interrelations between indicators. A Vizlet version of this interface will be fully integrated with the OECD.Stat web browser allowing users to select the data to analyse (dynamic graphic).

Objectives and outputs

New production versions according to new user requests in different substantive directorates.
Full integration into OECD.Stat.

Main Developments for 2011

General aspects:

Finish developments started in 2010:
• 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
Support and maintain application.

eXplorer web-based visualisation software

Purpose

Promote use of the eXplorer online data visualisation tool. This dynamic graphics package 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

Complete integration of eXplorer graphical components (maps, bubble charts, histograms, parallel coordinates plotters etc) with OECD.Stat interface. Work with data producers to produce animated data 'stories' for the web.

Main Developments for 2011

General aspects:

Deployment of version 4 component based architecture.
Implement Data Flow arrows for Trade and Migration data.

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