The GDDS site provides access to the detailed
metadata provided by participating countries, in addition to accompanying summary
tables. Metadata are descriptions of practices on data production and dissemination,
and comprehensive plans for improvement of these practices. The information can
be accessed from the menu by selecting either
By Country or By Topic (for
example, the external sector). In addition, the
Customized Query facility provides metadata extracts for any combination
of countries and metadata elements (for example, plans for improvement or periodicity
The GDDS site provides metadata on participating countries' statistical systems.
Users need to refer to other sources -- essentially national statistical publications
and websites -- for the actual data.
The site provides detailed metadata on the coverage, timeliness, periodicity, and
quality for the comprehensive statistical frameworks in Table A (click
here for an example), and for specific data categories or indicators in
Table B (click
here for an example). Table C provides detailed metadata for participating
countries on practices regarding access to and the integrity of data disseminated
by national agencies. Click
here for an example.
In addition to detailed metadata tables, the site provides two summary tables for
each participating country.
shows plans for improvement for each agency compiling and disseminating the data
shows the actual coverage, periodicity, and timeliness by data framework, category
or indicator, and compares it with recommended good practice.
Please see the Disclaimer for further
information relevant to the metadata posted on the GDDS site.