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Statistical Information Collection and Processing

• An important effort was made to collect and disseminate new statistics and indicators, for short term and also annual data. The new data collection application was designed following the General Statistical Business Process Model (GSBPM), and included the definition of a new coding framework, including coded metadata and annotations system.

• The day to day operations were improved by means of using a tracking information system for monitoring the evolution of the data through the workflow, thus improving the overall quality of the Department outputs.

• As part of the new information system, all the satellite applications were migrated from a SAS (Statistical Analysis Software) environment to the new Oracle environment, and the use of the SAS software is now limited to the processing of data for the purpose of data depuration and statistical analysis.

• As regards data collection, electronic questionnaires will be relied upon to a greater extent to collect data on new as well as more traditional indicators. Data received through electronic questionnaires will be automatically uploaded into the database for prompt dissemination. We will also continue to explore the possibilities of joint data collection with other international agencies (Eurostat, OECD, IMF and others), in order to alleviate the reporting burden on countries by similar international questionnaires. The possibility of exchanging data with EUROSTAT and OECD through SDMX already in place for the Short Term Indicators database, will be expanded during 2013 for other topics and regions.

• The Sources & Methods database, comprising detailed information about methodologies used in the data production by the NSI's, will be adapted to conform to the DDI2 standard.