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The SDMX sponsors (BIS, ECB, Eurostat, IMF, OECD, United Nations and World Bank) mandated ECB, Eurostat and OECD to propose Data Structure Definitions (DSDs) in order to implement SDMX in National Accounts according to SNA 2008; this comprises, in particular, the definition of SDMX Data Structures for exchanging data from reporting countries to international organisations, between organisations and possibly beyond, as well as to maintain the DSDs over time, in accordance with the procedures agreed upon by the SDMX Working Groups.
Information on the SDMX-NA package as well as any maintenance updates are available on the SDMX Website
For information related to the pilot reviews conducted before the official package was published (September 2013), please consult the archived pilot page.
SDMX Implementation Testing
Eurostat invites data providers to start transmitting test files for table 1 as per 7th February and other tables as per the attached suggested test plan:
The test plan ensures coordination of testing taking into account the deadlines of the ESA2010 transmission program starting in September. The attached file also shows the legal deadlines defined in the transmission program for information. In case your national implementation plans are different to the suggested timeline, please get in touch with us and we might be able to make bilateral arrangements aligned with your planning.
Monthly webinars are organised to discuss specific issues that you are facing during your implementation. The dates for the webinars have tentatively been set as follows:
The webinars will be tailor-made to the issues you are facing during implementation and testing. Please inform Daniel.Suranyi@ec.europa.eu and ESTAT-Support-SDMX@ec.europa.eu 1 week before each of the dates above if you want to attend a webinar along with questions or topics you would like to have covered during the webinar.
Eurostat uses the Adobe Connect platform for webinars. To test your computer before attending the webinar, please follow the link to the Adobe connect test: http://admin.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm
Webinar link: http://ec-wacs.adobeconnect.com/ds5129
Transmission and Validation
EDAMIS datasets are currently being prepared for the test transmissions and will then be used for ESA 2010 reporting as of September 2014. Until the EDAMIS datasets are available, please kindly transmit your test files by email to Daniel.Suranyi@ec.europa.eu
Eurostat offers a cloud based validation tool at https://data.sdmxcloud.org.
Tips & Tricks
Eurostat also offers the option of country visits in case you have specific issues in implementation of SDMX for ESA 2010. During these visits, general questions about the ESA transmission programme and SDMX technical questions might also be combined. In case you are interested in a country visit, please inform Daniel.Suranyi@ec.europa.eu as soon as possible, since this requires some up-front coordination.
Finally, as requested in the last National Accounts working group, Eurostat is preparing to offer an online structural validation tool (sandbox) again for testing your own files. It is expected to be available in March.
Task Force on International Data Cooperation (TFIDC)
Please look at the TFIDC pilot page for more information.