5.1 Overview of roles and responsibilities
Subject matter statistician, survey manager, metadata manager, senior advisers in standards, IT developers, system architects and web designers are all important roles in metadata/statistical lifecycle management in Statistics Norway.
List of metadata contacts
5.2 Metadata management team
Our core team for development of metadata systems consists of one senior adviser in the Division for Statistical Methods and Standards, one system architect for metadata systems and two programmers in the IT divisions of the Department of IT and statistical methods. When necessary we draw on IT expertise in data capture, web and web-services from the same department.
Metadata system maintenance is carried out by two or three people in the Department of IT and statistical methods. Maintenance of the system contents, i.e. the metadata, is carried out by all statistical divisions with support from the senior adviser in the core metadata team.
Details per system are as follows:
Our systems for classifications and variables and our metadata portal are owned by the Division for Statistical Methods and Standards in the Department of IT and statistical methods. In-house development (2 developers and two customers) has been carried out by the IT divisions in the Department of IT and statistical methods. Maintenance of the systems is carried out by the same divisions (1 developer and 1 system owner) with the addition of two people from the Division for questionnaire design and data collection in the Department of Data Collection in the case of classifications. Maintenance of the metadata in the systems is the responsibility of all 20 statistical divisions. One person in each division is identified as coordinator for variables for the division.
Our master metadatabase for questionnaires and for business rules is being developed by 7 developers from the Division for IT Development in the Department of IT and Data Collection, the Division for IT in the Department of Economics, Energy and the Environment and in the Division for IT in the Department of Industry Statistics. This metadatabase will replace two previous metadatabases maintained by the same divisions.
Our service library for master metadata systems was developed by 7 developers from the Department of IT and statistical methods and is being maintained by one.
Our plan system for products, projects and processes is owned by the Department of Planning and Finance. Development of the previous system was outsourced by the previous owner but the new system is being developed by 2 developers from the Department of IT and statistical methods in cooperation with the new system owner and one external consultant.
Our system for file descriptions was developed and is being maintained in the Department of IT and statistical methods. Maintenance of the metadata in the system is the responsibility of all statistical divisions.
Maintenance of the metadata in the system for event history metadata is the responsibility of two statistical divisions (Division for Social Welfare Statistics and the Division for Education Statistics).
5.3 Training and knowledge management
All new employees participate in a course designed to give them an overview of all areas in Statistics Norway. 2 hours of this course is devoted to metadata in theory and in practice. Most new employees attend this course within 3-6 months of starting work in Statistics Norway.
The system architect for metadata systems has the responsibility to ensure that new development is in line with the metadata strategy and the IT strategy. This is possible through an approval process for system development documents.
A senior adviser from the Division for Statistical Methods and Standards has regular meetings with all division leaders to discuss metadata and gives metadata presentations at all three levels of the organisation (see attachment).
5.4 Partnerships and cooperation
Statistics Norway participates in relevant international meetings e.g. METIS and informal groups e.g. Neuchâtel (classifications and variables). In addition, there is a strong tradition of Scandinavian collaboration (e.g. dissemination database StatBank) and collaboration within the Statistical Open Source group (e.g. architecture).
5.5 Other issues
So long as metadata is not an integral part of the statistical production cycle it will be prioritised lower than the publication of statistics. There is then only a short window of opportunity to create/update metadata before the start of the next cycle.