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Generic Statistical Information Model (GSIM):
(Version 1.0, December 2012)

About this document
This is is aimed at metadata specialists, information architects and solutions architects. This document includes descriptions of information in a statistical organization. There are also a number of annexes, which include information about the the GSIM extension methodology, links and influences of existing standards, a glossary and UML class diagrams.
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Table of Contents

I. Introduction
II. Information in a statistical organization

A. Introduction
B. Business Group
C. Production Group
D. Concepts Group
E. Structures Group
F. Base Group

Annex A.  Extending the model

A. GSIM Extension Methodology
B. Administrative Attributes

Annex B.  Influence of existing standards

A. Introduction
B. Generic Statistical Business Process Model (GSBPM)
C. Data Documentation Initiative (DDI)
D. Statistical Data and Metadata eXchange (SDMX)
E. ISO/IEC 11179
F. ISO 704
G. Neuchâtel Terminology for Classifications
H. Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN)
I. COmmon Reference Environment (CORE)
J. The Open Group Architectural Framework (TOGAF)
Annex C  Glossary

Annex C.  Glossary

Annex D. UML class diagrams and object descriptions

Base Group
Business Group
Concepts Group
Production Group
Structures Group


Figure 1. Statistical Need
Figure 2. Evaluation
Figure 3. Statistical Programs
Figure 4. Statistical Activity
Figure 5. Acquisition Activity
Figure 6. Process Steps can be as large or small as needed
Figure 7. Simplified view of Production Group objects
Figure 8. Process Step Design
Figure 9. Process Step Execution
Figure 10. Conceptual and Structural information objects can be Process Inputs and Outputs
Figure 11. Populations and Units
Figure 12. Variable
Figure 13. Represented Variable
Figure 14. Instance Variable
Figure 15. Over view of Classification
Figure 16. Concept Systems
Figure 17. Data Resource
Figure 18. Data Set
Figure 19. Dimensional and Unit Data Structures
Figure 20. Dissemination Activity
Figure 21. Base Artefacts
Figure 22. Organization
Figure 23. Extension of Administrative Details.
Figure 24: GSIM and its relationship to other relevant standards and models
Figure 25. GSIM and GSBPM
Figure 26. CORE and GSIM
Figure 27. Base Artefacts Class Diagram
Figure 28. Organization Class Diagram
Figure 29. Information Request Class Diagram
Figure 30. Statistical Program Class Diagram
Figure 31. Data-Channel Class Diagram
Figure 32. Instrument Control Class Diagram
Figure 33. Question Group Class Diagram
Figure 34. Concept-Population Inheritance Class Diagram
Figure 35. Classification Class Diagram
Figure 36. Category-Code Class Diagram
Figure 37. Variable Class Diagram
Figure 38. Node-Inheritance Class Diagram
Figure 39. Node-Relationship Class Diagram
Figure 40. Production -Overall Class Diagram
Figure 41. Process Overview Class Diagram
Figure 42. Process Design Class Diagram
Figure 43. Process Execution Class Diagram
Figure 44. DataSet Class Diagram
Figure 45. UnitDataStructure Class Diagram
Figure 46. UnitDataSet Class Diagram
Figure 47. DimensionalDataStructure Class Diagram
Figure 48. DimensionalDataSet Class Diagram
Figure 49. Data-Resource Class Diagram
Figure 50. DisseminationActivities Class Diagram
Figure 51 Service Class Diagram


Table 1. Examples of Data Channel, Instrument, Instrument Implementation and Mode
Table 2. Recommended Attributes
Table 3. Similar Constructs in 11179 and GSIM
Table 4. Mapping between Neuchâtel Terminology for Classifications and GSIM
Table 5. Similar constructs in BPMN and GSIM




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