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The operation performed on data in order to derive new information according to a given set of rules.

The processing site refers to the organisation, institute, agency, etc, responsible for undertaking the collection, tabulation, manipulation and preparation of data and metadata output. The processing site may or may not also refer to the physical location(s) at which such activities are carried out.

A processing system embodies both manual and automated systems used by agencies to despatch questionnaires, collect, compile, manipulate, analyse and disseminate data and metadata output. Such systems therefore cover all stages of the statistical processing cycle.

Source Publication:
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.

Cross References:
Automated data processing (ADP)
Compilation practices
Electronic data processing (EDP)
Processing errors


Statistical Theme: Methodological information (metadata)

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Created on Wednesday, July 24, 2002

Last updated on Wednesday, April 7, 2004