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Object/ Issue
Raised byLast comment
Methodology#17BMethodologyThérèse Lalor5 SeptOPEN TOPIC Dan is going to provide a use case, then we will discuss further if changes need to be made.
Data set#24Distinguishing between different types of datasetsJenny Linnerud

16 Aug

Quality#17AQualityThérèse Lalor5 SeptOPEN TOPIC Wim and ABS is going to review current user guide content.
Interviewer Instruction#27Rename Interviewer InstructionHelen Toole---OPEN TOPIC NEW
Statistical Activity#28What is the difference between Statistical Activity and Process Step Execution RecordDick Woensdregt12 SeptOPEN TOPIC NEW
Process Step#29What does a CSPA Service map to?Dick Woensdregt12 SeptOPEN TOPIC NEW
Questions#30Question and Multiple Question ItemHelen Toole---OPEN TOPIC NEW
Documentation#25GSIMv2 documentationThérèse Lalor13 SeptOPEN TOPIC NEW: Vote on which GSIM documents you use the most to help us understand what it useful
Non Structured Dataset#6Non Structured Data SetThérèse Lalor13 AugOPEN TOPIC leaning towards removing object
Modelling#14RelationshipsJenny Linnerud---OPEN TOPICAction: All relationships need to be reviewed and made explicit before next releasePlace holder
Modelling#22AttributesThérèse Lalor---OPEN TOPICAction: All attributes need to be reviewed and made explicit before next releasePlace holder
Reference Metadata#17CReference MetadataThérèse Lalor---OPEN TOPIC  
Attribute Component#31Attribute ComponentJenny Linnerud OPEN TOPIC  NEW
Methodology#3Design ContextJenny Linnerud16 JulWAITING (Waiting for Methodology discussion to happen before decision made)
Data Set#7

unit data

dimensional data

Thérèse Lalor02 JulWAITING Alistair Hamilton
Node Sets#12Hierarchy in Classifications and codelistsHelen Toole06 AugWAITING 

Chris Nelson providing example of hierarchical codelist as example

Views of GSIM#15Creating views of GSIMGareth McGuinness18 JulWAITING Waiting for input from CSPA
Index/Index Entry#26Index/Index EntryThérèse Lalor13 SeptWAITING 

Use case being created by Canada

waiting for Neuchatel group




Add unit type object

Alistair Hamilton



A new object will be added called Unit Type

Action: Definition, relationships and attributed need to be drafted

#13Survey and Frame PopulationsJenny Linnerud27 AugDECIDED

All subtypes of population will be removed

All subtypes of Unit will be remove

#16Add relationship to unit typeHelen Toole4 JunDECIDEDAction: Relationship to Logical Record to be added 

Node Sets


Code vs Code List

Category vs Category Set

Klas Blomqvist 13 AugDECIDED

Provide clearer explanation of the differences

Code is kept in the model with better explanation

Action: Text needs to be drafted from examples in discussion forum



LevelHelen Toole26 MarDECIDED

Change the diagrams to include Level in the next release.

Action: New diagrams to be created

#11Statistical Classification CardinalityHelen Toole

22 Apr


Classification Scheme (Statistical Classification) has Mandatory Level

Action: Change the definition of (Statistical Classification) such that it must contain at least one Level.

(Statistical Classification) 1..* Level (Mandatory, Many)

#21Alignment with NeuchatelThérèse Lalor13 AugDECIDED

Change according to proposal


Remove Classification Version from model

Remove Classification Variant from model

Change Classification to Classification Series

Change Classification Scheme to Statistical Classification

Revise relationships according to proposal

Add attributes according to proposal

Revise definitions

Business Service#4

Business Service

Dissemination Service

Thérèse Lalor09 AprDECIDED

Dissemination Service to be a subtype of Business Service

Action: Text needs to be drafted and attributes aligned

Data Resource#5States of dataJenny Linnerud31 JulDECIDED

Information about how states of data "could be done" should go into the next version of the User Guide, rather than trying to fit into the model

Input to be given by countries using states of data may be done.

Action: Text needs to be drafted


Data Channel#9Data ChannelThérèse Lalor03 JulDECIDED

Data Channel stays in model

Action: Review definition of Data Channel

Representation#10RepresentationThérèse Lalor09 AprDECIDED

Change name of Representation to Presentation

Action: Name changed in documentation and model

Data Point#18Data PointHelen Toole16 JulDECIDED

Example in glossary to be fixed (Proposal 1)

Action: Fix Example

Process Output#19Add Process Output subtypeGareth McGuinness27 AugDECIDED

 Remove all subtypes of Process Input

Remove all subtypes of Process Output

Assessment#20AssessmentGareth McGuinness16 JulDECIDED

Definition to be improved

Action: Fix definition

Data Provider#23Data ProviderJenny Linnerud13 AugDECIDED

No change to model required. Although perhaps clarification in text would help future users?

Action: clarification in text would help future users?




Open Issues

Topics 40 Replies 206
Topic Author Replies Last Reply
As raised during the meeting, formally defining Dissemination Service as a subtype of Business
Thérèse Lalor 25 Feb 5 Alistair Hamilton 09 Apr
I think we discussed this in the past - the relationship between a population and an object
Alistair Hamilton 01 Feb 18 Dan Gillman 22 Nov
Option from Chris. It is the same as Option except that in option 1 Logical record and record
Thérèse Lalor 04 Oct 5 Thérèse Lalor 16 Nov
GSIM and Metadata Structures.docx Input from Chris attached. Extra work required to make
Thérèse Lalor 03 Jun 2 Thérèse Lalor 16 Nov
16/11: Deadline has passed for input regarding dissemination. No further changes to be made
Thérèse Lalor 04 Oct 5 Thérèse Lalor 16 Nov
David - The race/ethnicity example was based on the practical difficulty of writing an exhaustive
Helen Toole 20 May 14 Dan Gillman 05 Nov
From Tjalling Gelsema: “ For those interested, even after the verdict, please find below
Thérèse Lalor 19 Mar 14 Thérèse Lalor 01 Nov
Further info from Dick. We need to include this in our consideration as agreed above. GSIM
Dick Woensdregt 11 Sep 5 Thérèse Lalor 30 Oct
Discussion 29/10: To keep or not to keep them. This is a well understood in the implementation
Thérèse Lalor 04 Oct 2 Thérèse Lalor 28 Oct
Helen has a new picture drawn which is being tweaked.   Updated Quality Diagram.pptx Scenario
Thérèse Lalor 31 Jul 6 Thérèse Lalor 29 Oct
I am surprised nobody has voted for updating the GSIM Communication document. We have a lot
Thérèse Lalor 13 Aug 2 Gareth McGuinness 28 Oct
Further elaboration from CBS: GSIM Issue: Observation Unit is a structured collection In
Thérèse Lalor 04 Oct 5 Thérèse Lalor 28 Oct
The Reference Period is defined as an attribute of StatisticalProgramCycle, it is mentioned
Thérèse Lalor 31 Jul 1 Thérèse Lalor 28 Oct
Helen: I agree with Chris from a modelling perspective, but also from a more practical perspective.
Helen Toole 12 Sep 3 Arofan Gregory 17 Oct
CSPA makes a distinction between business function, business process and business service
Dick Woensdregt 11 Sep 4 Thérèse Lalor 04 Oct
I think it is fair to say that Instructions are a specialized form of statement. The reason
Helen Toole 05 Sep 5 Arofan Gregory 03 Oct
The problem with Instrument and InstrumentImplementation is that an instrument is something
Helen Toole 27 Sep 2 Dick Woensdregt 03 Oct
New Definition: The role given to a Represented Variable in the context of a Data Structure to
Jenny Linnerud 17 Sep 2 Jenny Linnerud 02 Oct
2/10 Discussion: Action: We are not making changes to the methodology for this version. We
Jenny Linnerud 19 Feb 8 Thérèse Lalor 02 Oct
Discussion 2/10:  Action: Remove and make small text explanation that we may need this in
Thérèse Lalor 07 Mar 17 Thérèse Lalor 02 Oct
start adding definitions that particularly need to be reviewed or that we have agreed need
Thérèse Lalor 02 Oct 0 -
Discussion 18/9: Are we ready to resolve this? Is this something for GSIM version after this
Jenny Linnerud 08 Aug 5 Thérèse Lalor 18 Sep
Neuchatel Group discussions: Index and Index Entry will renamed to Classification Index and
Thérèse Lalor 22 Aug 2 Thérèse Lalor 13 Sep
Discussion 5/9: GSIM is method agnostic. We should not tie it to any method. Methodology
Thérèse Lalor 31 Jul 2 Thérèse Lalor 05 Sep
Discussion 27/8: Agreed to remove subtypes of population and unit. How is GSIM going to
Jenny Linnerud 21 May 14 Thérèse Lalor 27 Aug

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