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The Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange Initiative (SDMX) is sponsored by the Bank for International Settlements, European Central Bank, Eurostat, International Monetary Fund, OECD, United Nations and the World Bank.

 It focuses primarily on the exchange of aggregated statistics for the needs of international organisations. See http://www.sdmx.org/index.php?page_id=10. The SDMX standards have been recognised as an ISO standard (ISO/Technical Specification 17369:2005).

 The generic models and concepts used within the SDMX may bring lessons to other applications, including the raw data collection and structuring of data and metadata for in-house statistical systems.

 The following documents relate to this subject:

Governance and management of statistical information systems -An Integration Approach for the Statistical Information System of Istat using SDMX Standards”

Prepared by Francesco Rizzo and Stefano De Francisci, Istat , Italy, for the
UNECE/Eurostat meeting on the Management of Statistical Information Systems ( Geneva , 8-10 May 2007)

  Executive Summary

  The statistical production activities of Istat are supported by a distributed architecture. Several production Directorates operate through local subsystems that, independently one from the other, cover the full life cycle of statistical data, from data collection to the dissemination. For this reason, the need to harmonize and integrate these systems has become mandatory, with respect to both the production process and the common statistical contents of the existing systems.

  In order to reach this goal, Istat is currently involved in the development of the Integrated Output Management System, an Information System oriented towards the integration of part of the statistical data life cycle, particularly all the steps needed to produce purposeful statistical outputs for end users.

 The aim of this paper is to show the main features of the System, the most important results already achieved and the future perspectives of the project, overall regarding the impact of the new approach on the management of; production, interchange and integration processes of the statistical data in Istat.