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A set of rules used as the basis for producing statistics.

In SDMX, "Institutional Framework" refers to a law or other formal provision that assign primary responsibility as well as the authority to an agency for the collection, processing, and dissemination of the statistics; it also includes arrangements or procedures to facilitate data sharing and coordination between data producing agencies ("reporting requirements").

In detail, the institutional framework for statistics may include information on:

- The legislation within which the statistical agency operates. Typically it is proclaimed in one or more statistics acts and in accompanying or supplementary government regulations covering a number of issues including the right to collect data; ensuring confidentiality of data collected, etc.

- The organisational structure of the statistical agency. Such structures include economic data collection, processing and analysis; social data collection, processing and analysis; national accounts, balance of payments and economic analysis.

- Planning framework under which major initiatives and statistical outputs envisaged for the future are envisaged.

- Quality consciousness and organisational culture.

Source Publication:
Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange (SDMX) - BIS, ECB, Eurostat, IBRD, IMF, OECD and UNSD - Metadata Common Vocabulary.

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Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange (SDMX)

Statistical Theme: Methodological information (metadata)

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Created on Thursday, January 29, 2004

Last updated on Wednesday, March 8, 2006