A metadata system complying with the uniform architecture is not just a technological renewal, but its implementation will require change in work procedures, responsibilities and organisation of tasks. The change in work procedures above all means timely recording of metadata in connection with data planning and production – a move from irregular retrospective description to regular and up-to-date description. The change is a challenge to the systems and applications, because work procedures change only if the technology allows it. An optimal procedure can be realised only if the users feel the applications are easy to use and serve their work.
The basis for metadata work must be seen to reside in the contents, not in the technology.
Commitment by the Management and their support to the work is crucial for the statistical units to be able to provide the contribution needed to the development work and for ensuring that the work will be sustained.
The centralised metadata system should support the harmonisation of the production of statistics to a sufficient degree, thus making it more effective, but it should also be flexible enough to a certain extent to serve what statistics specifically call for.
Involving statistics in the planning. Implementations originating from the statistics concerned.