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The Common Metadata Framework is published online, and is divided into four parts, each of which concentrates on different practical and theoretical aspects of statistical metadata systems, and provides vital knowledge for anyone working with statistical metadata:

Common Metadata Framework Brochure (500KB PDF)


The development of a framework for statistical metadata was initiated by national delegates to the February 2004 meeting of the Joint UNECE-Eurostat-OECD Work Session on Statistical Metadata (METIS). Participants concluded that various models, definitions and concepts of statistical metadata had been proposed over the years, and that statistical organizations were missing a common framework to help them build their metadata systems.