FAQs

Please find below a list of frequently asked questions.

IS THERE TECHNICAL DOCUMENTATION AVAILABLE TO HELP ME INSTALL AND SETUP THE .STAT SUITE?

Yes, there is a number of documentation pages available on Gitlab covering the various aspects of the product architecture, technologies, installation, customisation, as well as individual readme files under each service repository.

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.

WHERE CAN I ACCESS AND DOWNLOAD THE .STAT SUITE SOURCE CODE?

The source code is available on Gitlab with each service having its own repository and associated documentation. Please check out the developers section for more details.

CAN I JUST DOWNLOAD THE SOFTWARE WITHOUT BEING A MEMBER?

Yes, the .Stat Suite is made available under the terms of the MIT licence. MIT is a permissive free software license, which has very limited restriction on reuse.

However, please note that limited technical support is available for non-Community members.

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 made available under the terms of the MIT licence (a permissive free software license).

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 the first 2 days 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 give you 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 site of the .Stat Data Explorer is available online where you can test the latest features for yourself. Upon request we can also provide access to a demo site running the .Stat Data Lifecycle Manager that will enable you to load your own data as long as it is correctly formatted and conforms to the SDMX 2.1 standard.

If you would like to discuss setting up your own environment 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.