StructuralMetadata English (en)

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Introduction

Structural Metadata are the metadata acting as identifiers and descriptors of the data. They must also be associated with the dtaa they refer to in order to enbale their identification, retrieval and better understanding.

Structural metadata can be for instance the name of a statistical table, of a statistical variable or the dimension of a statistcial cube.


Structural metadata are generally represented with full text strings or with codes. In the following page, we will focus on the harmonisation of the lists of codes (code lists) used for the exchange of data and metadata in SDMX.


The use of harmonised (common) code lists is crucial in the processes of collection, exchange and dissemination of data in order to facilitate their understanding and comparability.

The process of harmonisation of code lists is currently made at two levels: at Eurostat level and at SDMX levels.

The Eurostat standard code lists

The SDMX cross-domain code lists

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