2.1 Statistical information model
2.2 Adoption of GSIM
2.3 Statistical business process model
There are several business models in use in Destatis and the Verbund. The first is a Destatis business process model prepared by the administration department (fig.1). It highlights supporting and management functions that are not part of the METIS GSBPM-model. While management processes focus on strategic issues, support processes cover the functions needed to maintain operations. The core processes include the management of statistical activities and methodology development.
There is a different model in use in the Verbund that guides the SteP project (fig. 2). It has been approved by the heads of the statistical offices in the Verbund. Unlike the Destatis model, it focuses entirely on the core processes of statistical production.
The two models cover different aspects of the statistical life cycle but neither is comprehensive, leaving out especially design and to a lesser extent dissemination issues. When the focus of metadata management at Destatis shifted towards preparing the Census 2011, there was a need for a more comprehensive model. Since the Census 2011 is a new undertaking, especially the neglect of design issues in both models was felt as a drawback.
For purposes of the Census 2011, the metadata working group for the Census has therefore decided to use an adaptation of the METIS GSBPM-model as a starting point to capture the census metadata (fig. 3). If it is found useful in the Census, this model may be more broadly used. Obviously, the METIS GSBPM-model can be adapted to encompass all the elements that the previous two process models have. This should make it possible to profit from the work that went into these models while elements neglected so far can also be included.
Given that most of the SteP-processes are also covered by the census model, it is possible to draw a comparison between the two models, as presented below (fig. 4). (There is no comparison between the METIS GSBPM-model and our census model presented here since they differ only marginally.)
In the near future a working group of SteP will publish a handbook about the standardization of the statistical production which is entirely based on the GSBPM. In 2011 it is expected that Destatis and the German Verbund will adopt the GSBPM without any changes in the two top levels and use it in several areas.
2.4 Relation to other models