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6.1 Overview of roles and responsibilities

The Integrated Metadatabase (IMDB) is Statistics Canada's corporate metadatabase initially put in place to allow proper interpretability of the data released to public. 

The development and maintenance of the IMDB is the responsibility of Standards Division, which is part of the Informatics and Methodology Field (IMF).  One section of the division, the Corporate Metadata Section (CMS), is dedicated to the IMDB activities; three other sections of the division look after the development and maintenance of the Agency's standards (i.e., statistical units, concepts, variables) and classifications. 

The IMDB architectural design and systems development is provided by three officers of the Systems Development Division, which is also part of IMF.  The chief of the CMS directs the work of three analysts responsible for the development of the content of the base, four officers responsible for the maintenance and update of the content, and one database administrator.

6.2 Metadata management team

The development and maintenance of the IMDB is the responsibility of Standards Division, which is part of the Informatics and Methodology Field (IMF).  One section of the division, the Corporate Metadata Section (CMS), is dedicated to the IMDB activities; three other sections of the division look after the development and maintenance of the Agency's standards (i.e., statistical units, concepts, variables) and classifications.

The IMDB architectural design and systems development is provided by three officers of the Systems Development Division, which is also part of IMF.  The chief of the CMS directs the work of three analysts responsible for the development of the content of the base, four officers responsible for the maintenance and update of the content, and one database administrator.

6.3 Training and knowledge management

Standards Division (IMDB team) relies on managers of surveys and statistical programs to provide the metadata needed to interpret the data that they produce. As follow-up to our program review, where we found that authors were poorly informed as to the purpose and the requirements of the IMDB, Standards Division has been actively reaching out to the author divisions and staff in general. Some of the activities over the reporting period included three workshops held in 2003; the addition of a module on the IMDB to the Statistics Canada's flagship course on business statistics and national accounts; several individual work sessions with specific divisions; and formal presentations to committees. 

6.4 Partnerships and cooperation

A challenge that we face is how we should react to the development of a number of new metadata standards, which support the collection, processing and exchange of data (e.g., SDMX and DDI). Under the UNECE's METIS steering committee, a Common Metadata Framework is being developed, which is used by the Agency to provide guidance.

  
Statistics Canada also uses DDI but to support microdata files and is mapping the IMDB metadata standard to DDI, which will promote the reuse of registered metadata already in the IMDB.  This will reduce the need to produce additional metadata as well as increase coherence.

6.5 Other issues

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