Training Course on ‘Metadata’ in Oman
Date : 28-29 March 2017 Venue : Muscat Oman

In accordance with its 2017 Annual Work Plan and within the framework of Statistical Capacity Building (StatCaB) Programme, SESRIC will organise the Training Course on ‘Metadata’ at National Center for Statistics and Information (NSCI) of Sultanate of Oman on 28-29 March 2017.

The Training Course will be conducted by Ms. Güneş İNAN VİCİL, Expert of Metadata and Standards Group at Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat), with the participation of relevant officials of the NSCI.

As defined in the Classification of Statistical Activities (CSA Rev. 1 - October 2009;; Metadata covers developing, harmonising and standardising metadata models, structures and frameworks in the context of statistical information processing and dissemination, deals also with harmonising the statistical terminology and definitions. Moreover, the Generic Statistical Business Process Model (GSBPM) describes and defines the set of business processes needed to produce official statistics. It provides a standard framework and harmonised terminology to help statistical organisations to modernise their statistical production processes, as well as to share methods and components. The GSBPM can also be used for integrating data and metadata standards, as a template for process documentation, for harmonizing statistical computing infrastructures, and to provide a framework for process quality assessment and improvement.

The Training Course on ‘Metadata’ will include discussion activities with a focus on the following topics:

  • Process Management and Generic Statistical Business Process Model (GSBPM) and GSBPM based process management implementations
  • Metadata and statistical metadata
  • Definitions, aim, basic concepts, functions
  • Relationship between statistical processes and metadata
  • Relationship between data and metadata
  • Relationship between quality and metadata
  • Structural metadata components
  • Concepts and definitions
  • Classifications
  • Standard code lists
  • International metadata standards and models
  • Examples of metadata practices in statistical organizations
  • Metadata tools
  • Current metadata implementations in TurkStat
  • Practical application
  • Future works on metadata at TurkStat (Future Turkstat Metadata Management System)

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