International cooperation: Different portals, same data ! A step towards more coherent macro-economic data

From now on, GDP and some related indicators will be identical across the respective databases of several international organisations.

For many years, international organisations have been collecting – and exchanging among each other – macro-economic data from countries to respond to user needs as regards the availability of data for economic analysis and decision making. Recently, several international organisations have taken a further step in making selected macro-economic statistics more readily available thanks to close collaboration through the Inter-Agency Group on Economic and Financial Statistics (IAG) and new technical possibilities.

See full communication here (PDF file).

Last update: 26 August 2015

SDMX Global Conference in September 2015

The 5th SDMX Global Conference will be held from 28 to 30 September 2015 at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok.

This year’s conference is entitled “SDMX in Action” and will cover the following topics:

• SDMX strategy and achievements
• SDMX implementations, infrastructure and tools
• SDMX into the future
• Capacity-building (getting started with SDMX, how to model data in SDMX, how to publish data in SDMX)

Official page for this event

Agenda

For any questions, please contact: secretariat@sdmx.org

Last update: 16 July 2015

SDMX for Macro-Economic Statistics: new DSD packages published

The Ownership Group for SDMX implementation in Macro-Economic Statistics is pleased to inform you that updated DSDs have been made available for Balance of Payments (BOP), Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and National Accounts (NA). A new optional attribute for international data cooperation (DISS_ORG) has been added to the DSDs and the coding for observation status has again been fully aligned between BOP, FDI and NA, and uses the newest code lists published on the SDMX Global Registry. The new package now also fully respects SDMX versioning guidelines, to be published soon on the SDMX website.

In this updated National Accounts release, a new DSD has been added for reporting data according to the IMF Government Finance Statistics Manual (GFSM), including full bridging support to the existing NA_SEC DSD. In respect of the latter, additional codes have also been added to existing NA code lists. Furthermore, some other minor additions have been included based on comments received from data providers and international organisations. They relate to dissemination and international data cooperation needs. No updated Excel templates have been published; all templates are fully compatible with earlier and newer versions of the DSDs.

In the updated BOP and FDI releases, some regional aggregates and integrity rules have been cleaned up. Furthermore, some other minor changes have been included to keep aligned to the shared code lists. Since the FDI DSD was not updated in the last release cycle, it also incorporates changes done to shared code lists in BOP/NA versions 1.4.

For more details, release notes and downloads, please consult the NA/GFS maintenance page or the BOP/FDI maintenance page

Public Review Announcement for SDMX Data Structure Definitions for International Merchandise Trade Statistics (SDMX-IMTS)

An inter-agency working group comprising of Eurostat, the International Trade Centre (ITC), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has been established to support the implementation of SDMX standards in International Merchandise Trade Statistics (IMTS).

The working group, which develops these new standards, seeks to specify uniform structures, concept definitions and code lists for IMTS data and metadata which comply with the latest version of the SDMX standard (2.1), and which follow the latest recommendations for IMTS (IMTS 2010) since 2013. To the extent possible, SDMX-IMTS reuses concepts and code lists that have been already agreed internationally. The draft Data Structure Definition (DSD) for SDMX-IMTS is available at http://comtrade.un.org/sdmx.

Global online consultation has been initiated between May and June 2015 to receive broad input on the proposed DSD for IMTS. All details of the consultation, including how to access the questionnaire and what is expected of the review of the DSD can be found in the Information Note. For any other inquiries, please contact tradestat@un.org.