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GESMES Time Series data exchange message. It is a message (a GESMES profile) allowing the exchange of statistical time series, related attributes and structural definitions using a standardised format.

The message has been renamed from GESMES/CB to GESMES/TS in 2003, reflecting also the adoption of the message by a large statistical community, including the BIS, the ECB, Eurostat, the IMF and OECD.

This data-exchange message implements a time-series data exchange model (GESMES/TS data model), which allows users to exchange and identify time series through a multidimensional key and various associated metadata. It uses a generic GESMES profile and, for the version described in the GESMES TS user guide published by the European Central Bank, the EDIFACT syntax.

Whereas the full GESMES message is a generic statistical data model— with flexible syntax to describe virtually any statistical data model— GESMES/TS has a fixed syntax. This allows users and their partner institutions to design and build applications users need to "read" and "write" GESMES/TS messages, while avoiding intermediate files and special translators.

Source Publication:
European Central Bank (ECB), Bank for International Settlement (BIS), Eurostat, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), "GESMES/TS User Guide", Release 3.00, February, 2003; unpublished on paper.

Cross References:
Attachment level
Code list
Data exchange
Definition, structural
Dimension (dimensionality)
GESMES TS data model
Key family
Maintenance agency
Period (interval)
Sibling group
Statistical concept
Structural definition
Structural metadata

Statistical Theme: Methodological information (metadata)

Glossary Output Segments:

Created on Tuesday, March 25, 2003

Last updated on Tuesday, May 17, 2011