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The aim of the Checklist for SDMX Data Providers is to help statistical agencies implement the provision of SDMX data based on existing structures. A prerequisite before starting SDMX implementation is to have SDMX structural metadata artefacts (Data Structure Definitions, Provision Agreeements, and related objects) defined and stored in a shared location (such as the Global SDMX Registry). The checklist is complementary to the Checklist for SDMX Design Projectswhich describes how such artefacts are created.

Examples for using the checklist might be preparations for reporting data through SDMX to international organisations (e.g. reporting of ESA 2010 to Eurostat), dissemination of data using SDMX for national needs or for international agreements (e.g. SDDS+ adherence in cooperation with IMF). It can be used as a point of reference for project managers and other project participants to speed up implementations based on best practises. The checklist describes the various activities (the individual boxes) to be achieved, which are organised in process phases (the vertical pillars). The process phases are based on the UNECE Generic Statistical Business Process Model (GSBPM, version 5.0, released in December 2013).

Every activity can be clicked to view its details where the activities required output is described in order that users can focus on the goals to advance the project. Not all activities are compulsory: it depends on the statistical agencies starting point, such as on the level of technology available, and the statistical and SDMX knowledge. Furthermore, the order of activities do not require a sequential/waterfall implementation, and there will naturally be some feedback loops; for example, after the Test phase it could be necessary to return to the Design or Planning phases.

The checklist should be usable with most project management methodologies such as Waterfall, KANBAN, Scrum, etc.

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