10th Expert Group Meeting on Statistical Data and Metadata eXchange

January 25-28, 2021

The 10th Expert Group Meeting on Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange (SDMX) will be hosted by the IMF virtually during January 25-28, 2021. Sessions will be conducted on EST morning time to accommodate as many attendees as possible with different time zones.

The goal of the Meeting is to help evolve the SDMX standard to respond to identified issues in existing data exchange and data sharing scenarios. The workshop offers an excellent occasion for SDMX experts in the community of official statistics agencies, central banks, and beyond to discuss and influence the further development of SDMX standards and various statistical guidelines related to SDMX.

The Meeting will present the new features of SDMX 3.0; SDMX use cases from countries and international organizations; a comparison of alternative modeling approaches; a stocktaking of existing and potential SDMX tools; and the relationship of SDMX with other international standards and metadata models. A panel discussion will be organized to discuss the main takeaways from the meeting.

The SDMX Expert meeting – which is a bi-annual event organized by the SDMX Sponsor agencies – has been designed to help SDMX experts and practitioners focus on how to improve the SDMX standard. Taking advantage of the virtual format, the Meeting this year will be open to anyone who is interested in learning about the technical discussions around the development of SDMX.

The draft program of the Meeting is presented below. All participants are kindly invited to register, by using the link available on this page, by January 14, 2021.

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Program

January 25, 2021 (EST)

Opening Session

8:20 am

Welcoming Remarks – Louis Marc Ducharme, Chief Statistician and Data Officer
and Director, Statistics Department, IMF

8:30 am

Strategic Vision of SDMX 3.0 – Bruno Tissot, Head of Statistics and Research Support, BIS

SESSION I: What is SDMX 3.0 going to be?

This session will provide an overview of the objectives of SDMX 3.0, its timeline, the process used for managing the project across different organizations, challenges, and lessons learned. The technical details of each feature developed will be presented in thematic presentations, including Q&A.

Co-chairs: Rafael Schmidt and Boris Vitez (BIS)

8:45 am

Overview of SDMX 3.0 Project

Glenn Tice (Metadata Technologies and SDMX 3.0 Project Manager)

9:00 am

Semantic Versioning

Jens Dosse (OECD)

9:25 am

Reference Metadata Exchange

Matt Nelson (Metadata Technologies)

9:50 am

Break

10:00 am

New Features to Support Microdata

Stratos Nikoloutsos (Agilis)

10:25 am

Enhanced Artefacts

Alvaro Diez Soto (Eurostat)

10:50 am

Improved Codelists’ Handling

Edgardo Greising (ILO)

11:15 am

Break

11:25 am

Support for Geospatial Information

Juan Muñoz (INEGI)

11:50 am

Enhanced SDMX API

Xavier Sosnovsky (BIS)

12:15 pm

Deprecation of Obsolete Formats

Jens Dosse (OECD)

12:40 pm

Session Wrap-up: The Added Value of SDMX 3.0

Edgardo Greising (ILO)

1:00 pm

Session Ends

January 26, 2021 (EST)

SESSION II: Use Cases

This session will present a stock-taking of different use cases from national and international agencies that currently use SDMX for data collection, international data sharing, and data dissemination.

Chair: Abdulla Gozalov (UNSD)

8:35 am

Istat’s Public Data Hub

Francesco Rizzo (Istat)

8:55 am

How to Make SDMX-SDG Works for Africa: The Africa Information Highway Experience

Momar Kouta (African Development Bank)

9:15 am

National Accounts Data Exchange: The Experience of International Data Cooperation

Nadezhda Vlahova (Eurostat)

9:35 am

Break

9:50 am

Standards-first Approaches to Building Open Data Systems: the UNICEF Experience

Yves Jaques (UNICEF)

10:10 am

Using SDMX with the Open SDG Platform

Lucy Gwilliam (UK Office for National Statistics)

10:30 am

SIS-CC .Stat Suite use case

Chan Samrith (CAMSTAT, Cambodia)

10:50 am

Q&A for the session

11:00 am

Session Ends

SESSION III: Modeling Approaches

This session will present different multi-dimensional modeling approaches developed by the SDMX community and will discuss their uses, challenges, and prospects.

Chair: Siddhesh Kaushik (World Bank)

11:10 am

Multi-Dimensional Modeling

Gyorgy Gyomai (OECD)

11:30 am

Comparison of Modeling Approaches

Abdulla Gozalov (UNSD)

11:50 am

ECOFIN DSD

Yamil Vargas (IMF)

12:10 pm

Break

12:20 pm

SDG DSD

Juan Muñoz (INEGI)

12:40 pm

Census Hub DSD

Luca Gramaglia (Eurostat)

1:00 pm

Q&A for the session

1:10 pm

Session Ends

January 27, 2021 (EST)

SESSION IV: Tools and Platforms

The session will present the tools and platforms developed for SDMX, identify potential gaps,
and synergies current developments.

Chair: Marco Marini (IMF)

8:35 am

Stocktaking of SDMX Tools

David Barraclough (OECD)

8:55 am

Fusion Metadata Registry - The next generation of metadata management

Xavier Sosnovsky (BIS)

9:15 am

SDMX-based Automatic Data Collection Platform

Khaled AlAjmi (IMF)

9:35 am

Break

9:50 am

SMART Tool and DSD Constructor

Shutong Ding (ILO)

10:10 am

SDMX in a Big Data Architecture

Jose Deodoro and Ryoichi Yamakoshi (IMF)

10:30 am

SDMX Meets Big Data Technologies

Stefano Pambianco and Almir Delic (ECB)

10:50 am

Q&A for the session

11:00 am

Session Ends

SESSION V: Referential Metadata

The session will discuss the experience and challenges with referential metadata and how SDMX 3.0 can help improve exchange between international organizations.

Chair: Marta Nagy-Rothengass (Eurostat)

11:10 am

Metadata Exchange in the European Statistical System: Status and Future

Luca Gramaglia (Eurostat)

11:30 am

SDG Reference Metadata Exchange

Abdulla Gozalov and Matthias Reister (UNSD)

11:50 am

New Use Cases for Reference Metadata Exchange with SDMX 3.0

Matt Nelson (Metadata Technologies) and Edgardo Greising (ILO)

12:10 pm

Q&A for the session

12:20 pm

Session Ends

January 28, 2021 (EST)

SESSION VI: SDMX in a Business Architecture

This session will present how SDMX fits in the data lifecycle management. Each slot will allow for a short Q&A. A Q&A across all session will be done in the end of the session.

Co-chairs: David Barraclough (OECD) and Daniel Suranyi (ECB)

8:35 am

SDMX in the Standards Landscape

Zoltan Vereczke (Statistical Office Hungary)

9:00 am

Data Validation and Transformation Support in SDMX (VTL)

Stefano Pambianco (ECB) and Vincenzo del Vecchio (Bank of Italy)

9:20 am

Geospatial Support in SDMX

Juan Muñoz (INEGI) and Hannes Reuter (Eurostat)

9:40 am

Break

10:00 am

Going from Disaggregated to Aggregated Data

Anastassia Samsonova (OECD)

10:20 am

Role of SDMX in a Single Metadata Management Architecture

Daniel Suranyi (ECB)

10:40 am

Q&A for the session

10:50 am

Session Ends

Closing Session

11:00 am

Panel Discussion on the Future of SDMX

This panel will discuss the key takeaways of this meeting, including a Q&A session
on the way forward.

Moderator: Laurence Allain (IMF, and SDMX Secretariat Chair)
Panelists : Edgardo Greising (ILO), Marina Signore (Istat), Linda Peters (ESRI)

11:45 am

Closing Remarks

Eduardo Barredo Capelot, Director Methodology, Dissemination and Cooperation, Eurostat, and Chair of SDMX Sponsor Committee

12:00 pm

Experts Group meeting ends

Organizers: IMF-SDMX Team on behalf of the Organizing Committee

Email: SDMX@IMF.org