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1 1Role of Metadata Role of Metadata in Data Dissemination Presented at the UN Regional Seminar on Census Data Dissemination and Spatial Analysis Motale Phirwa Statistics South Africa 17 th September 2010 Nairobi, Kenya

2 2Role of Metadata What is metadata? Data about data. Information that enhances the understanding of data.

3 3Role of Metadata Categories of Metadata for Surveys Survey Metadata Concepts and definitions including the way the question is asked in the survey Classifications (code lists) Operational metadata including methodology Data editing instruction

4 4Role of Metadata Categories of metadata for Surveys Survey Instance Metadata – information about a particular occurrence of a survey Response rates Imputations rules and results Any deviations from the survey norm

5 5Role of Metadata Metadata Statistics South Africa

6 6Role of Metadata Electronic Data - Unit records on CD All unit records of sample household surveys. 10% sample of population census unit record. All unit records are confidentialised. Who should use this? Researchers and value-add service providers What is available? Quarterly labour force survey, General household survey.

7 7Role of Metadata Electronic Data – Time Series Time series data in ASCII, Excel and PX-web that can be downloaded. PX-web allows a user to subset the data. Who should use this? The general public What is available? Building statistics, Civil cases for debt, Consumer Price Index, Electricity generated and available for distribution, Gross Domestic Product, Food and Beverages, Land Transport survey, Liquidations and insolvencies, Manufacturing Production and Sales, Mining Production and Sales, Motor trade sales, Production Price Index, Retail trade sales, Tourism and migration, Tourist Accommodation, Utilisation of production capacity, Wholesale trade sales, mid year Population Estimates

8 8Role of Metadata Electronic Data -Superweb The web-based version of SuperCross for users to tabulate and download tables, charts and maps. Who should use this? The more advanced user looking for more detail What is available? Census 2001, Community Profiles, Community Survey 2007: Community Profiles, Income and Expenditure of Households 2005/2006

9 9Role of Metadata Electronic Data - Unit Records on CD View QLFS

10 10Role of Metadata

11 11Role of Metadata

12 12Role of Metadata Databases in Nesstar

13 13Role of Metadata

14 14Role of Metadata

15 15Role of Metadata description # of records graph variable name

16 16Role of Metadata

17 17Role of Metadata Critical Success Factors for Metadata Appropriate documentation from all involved in the survey value chain Skills to do data preparation –Information technology –Data management –Statisticians Good telecommunication infrastructure –Mid to high end stand alone desk/laptop –Web servers –Bandwidth

18 18Role of Metadata Benefits of Metadata Reduced burden on resources of the NSO in responding to user enquiries –promote user self service resulting in increased use of data. –Statistician can focus on other work

19 19Role of Metadata Thank you


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