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Name and version: Data and Metadata Reporting and Presentation Handbook (OECD)

Alternative name: none

Valid:  From February 2007


The Data and Metadata Reporting and Presentation Handbook provides a comprehensive reference set of international guidelines and recommendations for the reporting and presentation of statistical data and metadata. The Handbook draws on existing international statistical guidelines and recommendations. It aims to improve the quality of statistics at both the national and international levels, in particular with respect to interpretability and coherence within datasets, across datasets, over time and between countries. The Handbook also contains recommendations and presentation practices on a selected data presentation areas like: data revision, series breaks, samplings and non-samplings errors, re-basing indices, citation practices, availability and presentation of metadata and presentation of administrative data.

Intended use:

The Handbook is designed for use by statistical agencies in both developed and developing countries and by international organizations. Promoting the consistency of methodologies through the standardization of format, terminology and dissemination of statistical data and metadata it is applicable for short term economic statistics,  annual (structural) statistics, for social and population statistics.

Maintenance organization: The body responsible for maintaining this methodological material is the OECD.

ISO Standard Number:  not applicable


Handbook on OECD Web site:

Relationships to other standards:   Concept Map

The terminology and definitions presented in the Handbook are closely linked to the SDMX Metadata Common Vocabulary . Within the Guidelines for the reporting of different types of data, the Handbook recommends best practices and methodologies/standards for original data, indices, grows rates, ratios, proportions, percentages and rates. Within the Guidelines for the reporting of different forms of the time series, the Handbook  presents a key terminology relating to time series analysis (as an output of the work by the OECD Short-term Statistics Working Party).

Language: English

Description last updated / validated: 19 November 2010

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