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ILOSTAT, the new database of labour statistics, has been designed based on a number of key ideas among which the aim to reduce the overburden to data providers by supporting as many data channels as possible, to be metadata driven, and to adopt every possible standard, played a fundamental role.
With these in mind, we developed a bi-directional interface to allow the dissemination and collection of data and metadata from and to ILOSTAT through SDMX datasets and related artefacts.
The implementation project had to get over several issues, especially on the conceptual side.
In this presentation we are going to see how the Software architecture for the interface was defined, the concepts that conforms the ILOSTAT concepts scheme, how it deals with the Descriptive metadata, a crucial resource in ILOSTAT, the definition of the scope of the DSD, with its pros and cons, and the implementation of a virtual registry and versioning system.
(Presented at SDMX Global Conference 2013, Paris)