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Information Standards and Technologies for Describing, Exchanging and Disseminating Data and Metadata - 2024

 Information standards and technologies for describing, exchanging and disseminating data and metadata 
Course LeaderAlessio Cardacino
Target GroupSubject-matter experts (domains, dissemination and metadata management staff) without specialist IT knowledge
Entry Qualifications
  • Sound command of English. Participants should be able to make short interventions and to actively participate in discussions

The main objectives of the course are:

  • Illustrate “standardisation” activities within the European Statistical System and, more in general, within the statistical community.
  • Explain how to define a standardization strategy to improve the statistical business processes
  • Focus on the main conceptual, logical and technical statistical standards detailed in the ESS Enterprise Architecture Reference Framework (GSBPM, GSIM, SDMX, DDI)
  • Introduce open data (DCAT) and spatial (INSPIRE) standards
  • Highlight the relationships between conceptual and implementation standards
  • Experiment with tools in implementing a standards-based metadata-driven architecture for more efficient processes related to metadata management, data dissemination and data reporting



The main topics are:

  • Standardization activities within the statistical community
  • Introduction to Information Models and Standards:
  • Basic notions
  • Relevance in the context of the statistical production
  • Metadata-driven statistical business process
  • Conceptual statistical standards:
  • Generic Statistical Business Process Model (GSBPM)
  • Generic Statistical Information Model (GSIM)
  • Main implementation-level statistical standards:
  • Statistical Data and Metadata eXchange (SDMX): information model, content oriented guidelines, IT architecture and implementation scenarios
  • Data Documentation Initiative (DDI): questionnaires, unit-record data archiving and metadata exchange
  • Data Catalog Vocabulary (DCAT)
  • Introduction to INSPIRE
  • Hands-on sessions:
  • Creating a data catalog using DCAT standard
  • Developing structural metadata to model multidimensional statistical tables
  • Building a dissemination/reporting database based on the SDMX Information Model
  • Publishing statistical datasets for dissemination or reporting


Expected Outcome

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • propose and encourage standardization processes, within their respective organisations, in line with the ESS experiences
  • compare capabilities between different standards
  • drive the data/metadata reporting towards International Organisations
  • facilitate harmonized data/metadata sharing exercises


Training Methods
  • Case studies analysis. Participants will be invited to share their own thoughts and experiences.
  • Building the foundations through theoretical lectures on standards, information models and metadata
  • Learning the essence of tools and products through the hands-on session based on real use-cases
  • Design-thinking after users’ use cases presentations
  • “Q&A” session at the end of each day
Required ReadingNone
Suggested Reading


Required PreparationNone

Alessio Cardacino (Istat), Francesco Rizzo (Istat), Giorgia Simeoni (Istat), Mauro Scanu (Istat)


Practical Information    
WhenDurationWhereOrganiserApplication  via National Contact Point
28-31.05.20244 daysRome, ItalyICON-INSTITUT Public SectorDeadline: 02.04.2024