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Statistics Norway has in the course of time developed many different metadata systems. This led to the same information being stored several times in several places making the availability of updated and consistent information difficult. In recent later years, there has been a strong focus on the need to link existing systems and a requirement that new metadata systems should not be built in isolation. To facilitate this, Statistics Norway developed a metadata strategy, which was approved early in 2005. The strategy focuses on establishing a conceptual framework, clear roles and responsibilities, and a stepwise development involving integration and linkage of systems.


  1. Documentation of key metadata concepts
  2. Metadata portal on the Internet and the intranet
  3. Variables documentation system
  4. About the statistics as a content management system instead of just a text document
  5. Analysis of the end-to-end creation and re-use of metadata in one production cycle for one statistic.
  6. A service library for master metadata systems
  7. Improved access to micro-data for researchers (About the data collections)
  8. Administrative system for projects, products and processes

Current/planned metadata projects include:

  1. An improved editing tool for our classification database is planned
  2. A master metadatabase for questionnaires is in development
    A new plan system for projects, products and processes should go into production before summer 2011.

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