1. SDMX Guidelines
SDMX CONTENT-ORIENTED GUIDELINES
The SDMX Content-Oriented Guidelines recommend practices for creating interoperable data and metadata sets using the SDMX technical standards. They are intended to be applicable to all statistical subject-matter domains. The Guidelines focus on harmonising specific concepts and terminology that are common to a large number of statistical domains. Such harmonisation is useful for achieving an even more efficient exchange of comparable data and metadata, and builds on the experience gained in implementations to date.
The Guidelines are supplemented by five annexes:
|Annex 1 – Cross-Domain Concepts|
|Annex 2 – Cross-Domain Code Lists|
|Annex 3 – Statistical Subject-Matter Domains|
|Annex 4 – Metadata Common Vocabulary|
|Annex 5 – SDMX-ML for Content-Oriented Guidelines (zip file)|
Additional information is provided in the following files:
- Mapping of SDMX Cross-Domain Concepts to metadata frameworks at international organisations (IMF-Data Quality Assessment Framework, Eurostat-SDMX Metadata Structure and OECD-Metastore)
- Use of Cross-Domain Concepts in Data and Metadata Structure Definitions
- A disposition log of comments and suggestions directly received by the SDMX Secretariat.
Draft versions of the Content-Oriented Guidelines (2006-2008) are available here.
New Guidelines for SDMX Data Structure Definitions
The development of SDMX Data Structure Definitions (DSDs) in many statistical domains raised the need for guidance on the design of DSDs. The SDMX initiative now releases such guidelines based on conceptual considerations and first hand experiences with the development of DSDs.
The guidelines outline general design principles for DSDs such as reuse of existing concepts and code lists, and principles such as keeping the DSDs simple. They describe the different uses of DSDs, based on different user needs. The guidelines discuss the pros and cons of data structures in different domains. They provide context-specific recommendations instead of prescribing “the best” one-size-fits-all approach. For DSD designers, a step-by-step guide for designing the DSDs is also included.
You can download the Guidelines for SDMX Data Structure Definitions here.
New SDMX Guidelines: Governance of commonly used SDMX metadata artefacts
New SDMX guidelines on the governance of commonly used SDMX metadata artefacts are made available by the SDMX Sponsors. These guidelines describe the SDMX governance model and the governance principles of the artefacts. They also deal with maintenance issues related to these artefacts. These guidelines are the basis when the SDMX standards are implemented in statistical domains.
2. Additional statistical standards and guidelines
Under this heading we present additional statistical standards and guidelines produced by the different SDMX sponsoring or other organisations. These standards and guidelines are not part of the SDMX standards and guidelines; they might, however, be upgraded to SDMX standards and guidelines if the SDMX sponsors so decide.
Cross-domain code lists produced within the European Statistical System:
RAMON – the Eurostat Metadata Server.