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As organisations begin to use GSIM, this discussion forum will be used to explore issues with the model or propose extensions to the model.

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Add unit type object

Alistair Hamilton

Helen Toole


A new object will be added called Unit Type

Action: Definition, relationships and attributed need to be drafted

Draft Definition: A Unit Type describes a class of Unit

Relationship to Logical Record to be added


Code vs Code List

Category vs Category Set


The next version of GSIM documentation needs to provide a clearer explanation of the differences

Action: Text needs to be drafted from examples in discussion forum

 Need to revisit idea of removing code as an object in its own right

(and replacing it with an attribute on the category object)


Business Service

Dissemination Service

Thérèse LalorDECIDED

Dissemination Service to be a subtype of Business Service

Action: Text needs to be drafted and attributes aligned

#5States of dataJenny LinnerudNEED TO DOUBLE CHECK

Steady states of the data could be an optional attribute on the DataResource, with an uncontrolled vocabulary.

Action: Attribute to be added to Data Resource

Action: Information about how states of data "could be done" should go into the next version of the User Guide

Double check: Attribute or User Guide only?

If attribute, Data Resource or Data Set?

#6Non Structure Data SetThérèse LalorOPEN DISCUSSION  

unit data

dimensional data

#8Level in diagramsHelen TooleDECIDED

We should change the diagrams to include Level in the next release.

Action: New diagrams to be created

#9Data ChannelThérèse LalorDECIDED

Data Channel stays in model

Action: Review definition of Data Channel

#10RepresentationThérèse LalorDECIDED

Change name of Representation to Presentation

Action: Name changed in documentation and model

#11Statistical Classification CardinalityHelen TooleNEED TO DOUBLE CHECK

Classification Scheme (Statistical Classification) has Mandatory Level

Action: Change the definition of (Statistical Classification) such that it must contain at least one Level.

  • (Statistical Classification) 1..* Level (Mandatory, Many)
Does this hold up after Neuchatel proposal????



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