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It is easy to compare a city transport system to the process of publishing statistical data on a statistical website. There are completely unorganized systems, where everyone drives to work in their own cars, takes whatever route is most convenient at the time and expects to park as close as possible to their destinations. This is similar to those systems in which there are no rules as to how, when, where and in what form data are published. There are several reasons why neither such a transport system nor such a statistical output database is preferable.
Conversely, there are completely organized systems, where all of the commuters use a public transportation system designed to their needs. Users adjust to the various schedules and transportation availability in order to reach their goals. This corresponds to a metadata-driven system where a well organized metadata repository runs data publishing through a pre-defined process based on integrated databases and templates.
This paper focuses on work done and lessons learned during a project of upgrading the Slovenian statistical output database from a file server to a macro database.
Presented at International Marketing and Output Database Conference, Ireland, Cork 2007