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Recommended changes to the GSBPM

OECD Expert Group for International Collaboration on Microdata Access

April 2013

Background:

At the second meeting of the OECD CSTAT Expert Group for International Collaboration on Microdata Access in December 2012, a working group was established to address a concern raised at the meeting that the Generic Statistical Business Process Model (GSBPM) did not adequately capture microdata access activities of National Statistical Offices.  The group was tasked with fitting access to microdata into the vision of the High-Level Group for the Modernisation of Statistical Production and Services (HLG) [originally called High-Level Group for Strategic Developments in Business Architecture in Statistics (HLG – BAS)]. 

Since then the working group has consulted with the UNECE (S. Vale and T. Lalor), the Chair of the METIS committee (A. Born) and with the international representatives on the OECD Expert group to determine what recommendation would come from the Expert Group and where that recommendation should be sent for consideration.  In addition, the group reviewed the GLBPM (the DDI model) as well as other contextual documents on the GSBPM.

This note presents a draft of the recommendations to come from the OECD Expert Group.

List of required activities for microdata access:

  • Evaluate microdata access needs for researchers (including linkages)
  • Ensure request for microdata access meets legal requirements
    • Evaluate researcher and institutions
    • Evaluate research proposal
    • Prepare procedures
      • Forms for contract and confidentiality statement
      • Train staff
      • Prepare and execute PR campaign about the service
      • In some cases involve other institutions in the service (like universities, data archives)
      • Prepare tools
        • Establish confidentiality vetting rules for outputs
        • IT infrastructure
        • Microdata and documentation
        • Put in place a contract and confidentiality statement with the researcher
        • Open up access (permissions) and close permissions on completion of project
        • Evaluate research results against confidentiality vetting rules
        • Transmit research results to the researcher
        • Archive the research project
        • Publish the results of the research project or provide reference to it

 

Recommendations:

The expert group has determined that revisions to the element descriptions will be sufficient to cover all key elements of microdata access as described above.  No new elements will be recommended.  The following table presents the element descriptions where revisions will be recommended.

 

Element description

Where should this be mapped? (element or sub-element number in GSBPM)

Evaluate microdata data access needs for researchers (including linkages)

1.1, 1.2, 1.3

Ensure microdata access meets legal requirements

7

Prepare procedures

2.5

Prepare tools

3.2

Put in place a contract and confidentiality statement with the researcher

7.5

Open up access (permissions) and close permissions on completion of project

7 (probably 7.3)

Evaluate research results against confidentiality vetting rules

6.4

Transmit research results to the researcher

7.3

Archive the research project

8.3

Publish the results of the research project or provide reference to it

7

 

 

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