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1.         The GSIM Specification is the most detailed level of the Generic Statistical Information Model (GSIM). It provides a set of standardized, consistently described information objects, which are the inputs and outputs in the design and production of statistics. Each information object has been defined and its attributes and relationships have been specified. For contextual information, an introduction to GSIM and information on using GSIM, please refer to the GSIM Communication and User Guide documents.

2.         This document provides a description of GSIM in the context of a statistical organization. It has a number of annexes which provide further details for the reader. These annexes are:


3.         The GSIM is the result of a collaboration involving statistical organizations across the world in order to develop and maintain a generic model suitable for all organizations and meet the strategic goals (in particular the modernization effort) of the official statistics community.