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REFERENCE METADATA

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Definition:
Metadata describing the contents and the quality of the statistical data.

Context:
Preferably, reference metadata should include all of the following: a) "conceptual" metadata, describing the concepts used and their practical implementation, allowing users to understand what the statistics are measuring and, thus, their fitness for use; b) "methodological" metadata, describing methods used for the generation of the data (e.g. sampling, collection methods, editing processes); c) "quality" metadata, describing the different quality dimensions of the resulting statistics (e.g. timeliness, accuracy).

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

Cross References:
Metadata structure definition
Statistical metadata
Structural metadata

Statistical Theme: Methodological information (metadata)

Glossary Output Segments:
SDMX

Created on Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Last updated on Tuesday, December 20, 2005