FAQs

Please find below a list of frequently asked questions.

IS THERE A ROADMAP FOR THE .STAT SUITE?

Yes, the Community defines a product roadmap every year aligned to its 5-year Strategic Directions.

The .Stat Suite roadmap has been envisaged through to 2021 and is available here.

WHAT IS SDMX?

SDMX, which stands for Statistical Data and Metadata eXchange is an international initiative that aims at standardising and modernising (“industrialising”) the mechanisms and processes for the exchange of statistical data and metadata among international organisations and their member countries.

SDMX is sponsored by seven international organisations including the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), the European Central Bank (ECB), Eurostat (Statistical Office of the European Union), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the United Nations Statistical Division (UNSD), and the World Bank.

DOES THE .STAT SUITE SUPPORT SDMX?

The .Stat Suite is a native SDMX solution, supporting a complete end to end flow. It can consume, manage, and export SDMX 2.1 in SDMX-JSON, SDMX-ML, and SDMX-CSV formats.

DO YOU HAVE EXAMPLES OF THE REUSABLE COMPONENTS FOR THE WEB THAT ARE AVAILABLE?

Yes, we have a comprehensive library of Reusable Components for the Web, and a readily available demo package of them that can be shared upon request.

CAN I JUST DOWNLOAD THE SOFTWARE WITHOUT BEING A MEMBER?

The .Stat Suite is to be made available under the terms of the MIT licence by the end of 2018. MIT is a permissive free software license, which has very limited restriction on reuse.

We only ask that you first identify yourself by completing the contact form to ensure we can best manage any questions you may have.

DO I HAVE TO PAY TO JOIN THE COMMUNITY?

The community is fully self-financing through its members’ regular contributions, which ensures its sustainability. All members contribute financially with an initial contribution to feed the product roadmap, and on an ongoing basis to sustain support and community coordination activities.

DO I HAVE TO PAY FOR A LICENCE TO USE THE .STAT SOFTWARE?

No, the .Stat Suite is to be made available under the terms of the MIT licence (a permissive free software license) by the end of 2018.

DOES THE COMMUNITY HAVE A FORUM WHERE I CAN MEET THE MEMBERS AND DISCOVER MORE?

Every year the community organises its annual workshop with an invitation to day 1 extended to interested groups and organisations who may be considering using the .Stat Suite and would like to know more about the community and learn from their experiences. If you would like be added to the mailing list then then please fill out the contact form.

WHAT SUPPORT IS PROVIDED IF I WANT TO DOWNLOAD AND USE THE .STAT SUITE?

Technical documentation is provided to help install and set-up the .Stat Suite as well as sample data and a guide to assist in correctly preparing and loading data into the system. Being a member of the Community will grant you with access to the core project maintainers and technical support from the community as a whole.

HOW CAN I GET ACCESS TO TEST DRIVE THE .STAT SUITE?

A demo virtual machine can be made available upon request for downloading and testing in a sandbox type environment. It will enable you to load your own data as long as it is correctly formatted and conforms to the SDMX 2.1 standard. Inside the virtual machine is a sample set of data as well as documentation to guide you through the simple set-up and data loading process. If you would like to test drive the .Stat Suite then please complete the contact form.

HOW CAN MY ORGANISATION BECOME A MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY?

The Community welcomes new members from statistical based organisations of a non-commercial nature.

By becoming a member of the community means that your organisation is committing to contribute and co-fund the core project, which in turn allows you to drive both the community and product directions, and benefit from the other community members and the core team.

An Memorandum of Understanding “MoU”, the bilateral agreement between the OECD and a new member is first agreed and then signed, and this provides the framework for the collaboration.

HOW CAN I CONTRIBUTE AS A DEVELOPER TO THE OPEN SOURCE PROJECT?

The community welcomes contributions from all interested parties, from just providing feedback, to a new or an extension of an existing feature. All developments follow a standard lifecycle using common industry tools for managing versioning, integration, and release of software packages.

If you are interested to contribute then please check out the developers section.