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Any organized collection of data.

Within SDMX, a data set can be understood as a collection of similar data, sharing a structure, which covers a fixed period of time.

A data set is any permanently stored collection of information usually containing either case level data, aggregation of case level data, or statistical manipulations of either the case level or aggregated survey data, for multiple survey instances (United States Bureau of the Census, Software and Standards Management Branch, Systems Support Division, "Survey Design and Statistical Methodology Metadata", Washington D.C., August 1998, Section 3.3.7, page 14).

The terms database and data set are often used interchangeably.

A logical collection of values or database objects relating to a single subject (United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, "Handbook on Geographic Information Systems and Digital Mapping", Studies in Methods, Series F, No. 79, Annex VI - Glossary, New York, 2000).

Source Publication:
Economic Commission for Europe of the United Nations (UNECE), "Glossary of Terms on Statistical Data Editing", Conference of European Statisticians Methodological material, Geneva, 2000.

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Statistical Theme: Methodological information (metadata)

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Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Wednesday, February 01, 2006