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TIMELINESS

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Definition:
Speed of dissemination of the data - i.e., the lapse of time between the end of a reference period (or a reference date) and dissemination of the data.

Context:
In SDMX, "Timeliness and Punctuality" is a single entity. Timeliness refers to the speed of dissemination of the data - i.e., the lapse of time between the end of a reference period (or a reference date) and dissemination of the data. It reflects many factors, including some that are related to institutional arrangements, such as the preparation of accompanying commentary and printing.

Punctuality refers to the possible time lag existing between the actual delivery date of data and the target date when it should have been delivered, for instance, with reference to dates announced in some official release calendar or previously agreed among partners.

Source Publication:
International Monetary Fund (IMF), "Guide to the Data Dissemination Standards, Module 1: The Special Data Dissemination Standard", Washington, May 1996.

Cross References:
Data
Punctuality
Quality – Eurostat
Quality – IMF
Release calendar
Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange (SDMX)

Hyperlink:
http://www.imf.org/external/bopage/pdf/mar2000.pdf

Statistical Theme: Quality, statistical

Glossary Output Segments:
SDMX

Created on Sunday, November 18, 2001

Last updated on Wednesday, March 8, 2006