National Implementations of the GSBPM – A Summary Based on METIS Case Studies


Prepared by Thérèse Lalor, Australian Bureau of Statistics




This paper examines the available information on business process models used by National Statistical Agencies. The detailed information was sourced from METIS Case Studies, individual responses from non EU countries and aggregate responses from EU countries to the 2010/2011 Monitoring of National Metadata Systems Survey.


The way the GSBPM has been adopted by agencies can be viewed on a continuum from agencies that have adopted GSBPM as is to those who have existing business process models are easily related to GSBPM. For ease of reading, three categories have been used. These are:

  • agencies that have adopted GSBPM as is,
  • agencies that adopted a version of GSBPM that fits with their agency,
  • agencies that have an existing process model that can be mapped to GSBPM, and
  • agencies that do not have an existing process model.


Agencies that have adopted GSBPM either “as is”


Australian Bureau of Statistics uses the GSBPM as their preferred reference model for statistical business process models. This is confirmed by its use within the Enterprise Architecture Initiative.


The State Statistics Service of Ukraine and State Statistical Office of the Republic of Macedonia have adopted the GSBPM as a business process model.


Statistics Canada has closely aligned its Integrated Business Statistical Program (IBSP) with the GSBPM and it also features in their Corporate Business Architecture.


Agencies that have adopted a version of GSBPM which fits with their agency


The Czech Statistical Office’s Statistical Information System has a metainformation component which focuses on statistical business processes. Recently the model was compared and updated in accordance with the GSBPM. The phases of the model are Users’ requirements, Definition of statistical task, Data collection, Data processing, Data analysis and output production and



Statistics Finland has adopted a business process model based on GSBPM. They have defined Archive as an overarching process that has a close connection to metadata development and use.


Statistics New Zealand use a version of the GSBPM called the generic Business Process Model (gBPM). This process model is the model from which GSBPM grew and a number of other countries have based their business process models on the gBPM rather than the GSBPM. The phases of gBPM are 1. Need, 2. Develop and Design, 3. Build,  4. Collect, 5. Process, 6. Analyse and 7. Disseminate.


Statistics Norway and Statistics Sweden use models based on the GSBPM and the earlier gBPM. Both agencies use the same phases. These consist of 7 phases – 1. Specify Needs, 2. Develop and Design, 3. Build and Test,  4. Collect, 5. Process, 6. Analyse, 7. Disseminate and communicate – and 2 overarching phases – 8. Evaluate and feedback and 9. Support and infrastructure. 


Statistics South Africa’s survey cycle, known as the Statistical Value Chain (SVC) is based on New Zealand’s gBPM.  The model includes 7 phases – 1. Need, 2. Design, 3. Build,  4. Collect, 5. Process, 6. Analyse and 7. Disseminate.


Agencies that have an existing process model that can be mapped to GSBPM


The Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia has a business process model called the Statistical Business Process Model (SBPM of CSB). This is not the official business process model of CSB and has not yet been adopted. They have mapped the Integrated Metadata Driven Statistical Data Management System (IMD SDMS) system to the GSBPM.  

The National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI) use three standards for describing statistical business processes. These are the Technical Standard for the Generation of Basic Statistics, the Standard Process for Sample Surveys and the Standard Process for the Use of Administrative Records. These models are similar to the GSBPM and include planning, administrative control, conceptual design, sample design (for survey projects), the design of the instrument, the design of the processing, collection, processing and dissemination.


The German Federal Statistical Office use a number of business process models between Destatis and the Verbund. Destatis use a model that has Design, Collect, Process, Analyse and Disseminate phases at the centre of it. The Verbund uses a model that is more focused on sub processes in the statistical cycle. As Census 2011 approaches, there has been a recognition that using an adaptation of the GSBPM as a starting point for a new business process model. It is expected that the top two levels of the GSBPM (“as is”) will more widely adopted by Destatis and the Verbund.


Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia uses the SORS business process model. It includes a number of modules: Statistical Processing Module – Administration, Survey Design Module, Data Collection Module, Statistical Business Registry Module and Statistical Processing Module – Surveys and Data.


Statistics Austria uses a model of the statistical life cycle called the 4 layer model. The phases of the model are 1. Planning, design and system development, 2. Data production, 3. Statistics production and 4. Information production. Phases 1 to 7 can be mapped to the model.


Statistics Croatia has a survey processing cycle. This includes the following steps: 1. Planning all activities, 2. Survey design and description, 3. Data capture and file transfer, 4. Validity checking against preset rules and producing error-list to be presented to the statistician in charge, 5. On-line correction, 6. Tabulation, i.e. producing statistics for statisticians supervision, 7. Publishing, i.e. producing first releases and other statistics, 8. Archiving and an overarching (9) Monitoring step.


Statistic Netherlands uses a business process model called SN – Statistical Business Architecture Model. This model has 6 phases – Specify needs and sources, Design process, Collect (input0, Process (throughput), Publish and disseminate (output) and Manage.


Statistics Portugal uses a business process model that details the life cycle of the primary statistical operations at the agency. The model consists of 4 phases - 1. Design, 2. Production, 3. Dissemination and 4. Evaluate.


Agencies that do not have a business process model


A number of agencies indicated that they do not currently have business process model. These include US Bureau of Labour Statistics, Agency for Statistics Bosnia and Herzegovina, Statistics Bureau Japan and Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia.