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Generic Statistical Information Model (GSIM):
Specification
(Version 1.1, December 2013)























About this document
This is aimed at metadata specialists, information architects and solutions architects. This document includes descriptions of information in a statistical organization. There are also a number of annexes, which include information about Exchange Channels, a glossary, UML class diagrams and the GSIM extension methodology.
This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/. If you re-use all or part of this work, please attribute it to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), on behalf of the international statistical community.



I. Introduction
II. Information in the Statistical Business Process
A. Identifying and Evaluating Statistical Needs
B: Designing and Managing Statistical Programs
C: Designing Processes
D: Running Processes
E: Exchanging Information
F: Collecting Information
G: Processing and Analyzing Information
H: Disseminating Information
III. Foundational Information
A: Concepts
B. Population
C. Node and Node Set
D. Statistical Classification
E. Variable
F. Represented Variable
G. Instance Variable
H. Information Resources
I. Data Sets
J. Dimensional and Unit Data Structures
K. Referential Metadata Sets
IV. Technical information
A: Identity and Administrative Details
B. Information Providers, Information Consumers, Organizations, and Individuals
Annex A: Exchange Channels
A: Administrative Registers
B. Web Scraping for Data Collection
C: Survey Data Collection
Annex B: Glossary
Annex C: UML Diagrams
Annex D:  Extending the model
A. GSIM Extension Methodology
B. Administrative Attributes

Figure 1. Identify and Evaluate Statistical Needs
Figure 2. Design and Manage Statistical Program
Figure 3. Process Steps can be as large or small as needed
Figure 4. Design Processes
Figure 5. Use of re-usable Business Services
Figure 6. Run Process
Figure 7. Exchange Channels
Figure 8. Exchange Channels for collecting information
Figure 9. Exchange Channel for disseminating information
Figure 10. Concepts
Figure 11. Populations and Units
Figure 12. Node and Node Set inheritance
Figure 13. Statistical Classifications
Figure 14. Variable
Figure 15. Represented Variable
Figure 16. Instance Variable
Figure 17. Information Resources
Figure 18. Data Sets
Figure 19. Data Structures
Figure 20. Referential Metadata Sets
Figure 21. Identifiable Artefacts
Figure 22. Agents
Figure 23.Administatrative Register
Figure 24.Web Scraping Channel
Figure 24. Questionnaire





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