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The Bureau reviewed the Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange (SDMX) initiative in-depth in February 2007. The Bureau encouraged organization of capacity building workshops and use of existing meetings to spread awareness of the SDMX. The Bureau considered further development of the SDMX standards and tools important, in particular the extension of the SDMX applications to other areas like social statistics, demography, education, agriculture, etc.
Outcome of the review
New work was not launched. Regular UNECE/Eurostat/OECD work sessions on statistical metadata have included a number of presentations on SDMX tools and implementations. The 2010 Work Session was held back-to-back with the Expert Group on Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange (SDMX). From 2010 to 2013, a member of the UNECE Secretariat was the vice-chair of the SDMX Statistical Working Group, in a personal capacity.
The Statistical Metadata (METIS) Steering Group has prepared a series of guidelines in the form of a Common Metadata Framework which includes information about SDMX, along with other standards, in Part B: Metadata Concepts, Standards, Models and Registries. UNECE maintains a wiki on Statistical Metadata.
There have been new developments in metadata standards, such as the development of the Generic Statistical Business Process Model (GSBPM), and more recently the Generic Statistical Information Model (GSIM). At the same time Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) standards are becoming increasingly popular with statistical organisations, particularly for managing microdata and associated metadata. UNECE-led work in this area focuses on integrating these different metadata standards within a coherent framework for the production of official statistics. This work is overseen by the High-level Group for the Modernisation of Statistical Production and Services , set up in 2010 by the Bureau.