Update: 10th SDMX Expert Group Meeting postponed to January 2021

The 10th Expert Workshop on Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange (SDMX) will be hosted by the IMF in Washington, DC, USA, during 25-28 January 2021. The workshop, originally planned for September 2020, has been postponed due to the impact and travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The SDMX Secretariat will consider the possibility to organize a virtual event in case a physical meeting is not possible.

The goal of the Expert Workshop is to help evolve the SDMX standard to respond to identified issues in existing data exchange and data sharing scenarios. The workshop offers an excellent occasion for SDMX experts in the community of official statistics agencies, central banks, and beyond to discuss and influence the further development of SDMX standards and various statistical guidelines related to SDMX.

The main themes of this workshop will be a stocktaking of existing and potential SDMX tools, the relationship of SDMX with other international standards and metadata models, and the interoperability between different versions of SDMX. The workshop will also feature some use cases from countries to highlight technical challenges in adopting SDMX for data dissemination. Capacity building will be provided to the participants in the context of the “train the trainer” model. Finally, the workshop will be an opportunity to discuss implementation issues related to the migration to SDMX 3.0, which will be launched at the 2021 SDMX Global Conference.

This is the latest in a series of biennial SDMX Expert meetings, and the workshop format of this meeting was designed to help experienced SDMX practitioners focus on how to improve the SDMX standard. The Expert Group Meeting is by invitation only and is intended for participants with SDMX experience.