Wednesday 27th November, 2013
2:00pm to 2:25pm
As leader of the Official Statistics System, Statistics New Zealand produces data on many aspects of New Zealand. Our organisation is undergoing a transformation programme to update our systems, processes, and capabilities to meet the future information needs of an increasingly connected and technology focused society.
One of our goals is to make more of our data available for reuse. Currently, our ability to meet this goal is hindered by an information environment comprised of silos, inconsistent metadata, and non-standard systems.
The Information Management team at Statistics NZ is leading a project that aims to create an infrastructure where data and its associated metadata flows efficiently through the business process, enabling better internal reuse and external dissemination. This goal cannot be realised through IT solutions alone. Systems need to be aligned with standards – and their successful implementation is dependent upon creating a culture that understands and values metadata best practice.
This presentation will look at challenges and achievements: breaking down perceived differences, creating buy-in, change fatigue, innovation and international collaboration, and the importance of communicating benefits. To date we have created a layer between systems that enables metadata sharing, built understanding and awareness of metadata standards, and introduced a central repository for managing statistical metadata, culminating in the launch in August 2013 of the public interface, DataInfo+.
Rebecca Stoks is an Information Management Analyst at Statistics New Zealand where her current work focuses on the management of statistical metadata.
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