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“Central” institutions are the organisations to which partner institutions "report" statistics. The central institutions use these statistics either to compile aggregates and/or to assemble and make them available uniformly (e.g., on-line or on a CD-ROM or through file transfers).

Therefore, central institutions both receive data from other institutions and also, usually, "disseminate" data to individuals and/or institutions for end-use.

Eurostat (the statistical office of the European Communities), as a central institution, collects data from national statistical institutes (NSIs) and other sources. And it disseminates data to NSIs, other partners, and to the public. Within a country, an NSI or a national central bank (NCB) plays, of course, a role of central institution, because it collects data from other entities and disseminates statistical information to end users.

Source Publication:
GESMES/TS - The time series data exchange message: User Guide, Release 3.00, February 2003, European Central Bank.

Statistical Theme: Methodological information (metadata)

Created on Tuesday, March 25, 2003

Last updated on Tuesday, March 25, 2003