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STATISTICAL METAINFORMATION SYSTEM

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Definition:
A statistical metainformation system is a system which uses and produces statistical metadata, informing about statistical data, and which fulfils its tasks by means of functions like "statistical metadata collection", "statistical metadata processing", "statistical metadata storage", and "statistical metadata dissemination".

Context:
An alternative definition of a statistical metainformation system is an information system for which the object is the statistical information system (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).

A
metainformation system may be active or passive. An active metainformation system is physically integrated with the information system containing the data that the metadata in the metainformation system informs about. A passive metainformation system contains only references to data, not the data themselves (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe/United Nation Statistical Commission (UNECE/UNSC), "Guidelines for the Modelling of Statistical Data and Metadata", Conference of European Statisticians Methodological Material, Geneva, 1995, p. 4).

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:
Metadata, statistical
Metainformation, statistical

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

Statistical Theme: Methodological information (metadata)

Glossary Output Segments:
SDMX

Created on Thursday, November 7, 2002

Last updated on Wednesday, January 4, 2006