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STATISTICAL METADATA

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Definition:
Statistical metadata are data about statistical data.

Context:
Metadata comprises data and other documentation that describes objects in a formalised way (Economic Commission for Europe of the United Nations (UNECE), "Terminology on Statistical Metadata", Conference of European Statisticians Statistical Standards and Studies, No. 53, Geneva, 2000, http://www.unece.org/stats/publications/53metadaterminology.pdf)

Metadata
provide information on data and about processes of producing and using data. Metadata describe statistical data and - to some extent - processes and tools involved in the production and usage of statistical data (UNECE, "Guidelines for the Modelling of Statistical Data and Metadata", 1995).

Source Publication:
United Nations Statistical Commission and Economic Commission for Europe of the United Nations (UNECE), "Guidelines for the Modelling of Statistical Data and Metadata", Conference of European Statisticians, Methodological material, United Nations, Geneva, 1995.

Cross References:
Definition, structural
Documentation
Metadata
Metadata layer
Metadata registry
Metadata system, statistical
Metadata, structural
Metainformation system, statistical
Metainformation, statistical
Reference metadata
Statistical metadata system
Statistical metainformation
Structural metadata

Hyperlink:
http://www.unece.org/stats/publications/metadatamodeling.pdf

Statistical Theme: Methodological information (metadata)

Glossary Output Segments:
SDMX

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Wednesday, January 04, 2006