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Joint UNECE/OECD/Eurostat meeting of the group of experts on business registers 3-4 September 2013, Geneva Session 1: Economic globalisation and statistical business registers .

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Joint UNECE/OECD/Eurostat meeting of thegroup of experts on business registers3-4 September 2013, Geneva

Session 1: Economic globalisationand statistical business registers

Interoperability of business registers in the European Statistical System: the Eurostat VIP.ESBRs project.Amerigo Liotti, Eurostat

Eurostat

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Presentation plan

  • Introduction
  • Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics (Vision) and its implementation
  • VIP.ESBRs
  • Interoperability in the context of the ESBRsproject
  • Conclusions: till 2017 and beyond
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Introduction

  • From 2009 Eurostat started a process of re-engineering the ESS statistical production.
  • ESBRs (2013-2017) was launched in this context.
  • ESBRs project provides continuity to two previous ESS projects (EGR & Profiling), but it has a larger scope.
  • Ambition = to rationalise, strengthen and systematise all statistical business registers in the ESS.
  • Two new dimensions:
    • Interoperability of statistical business registers (SBR) in the ESS
    • Sharing common statistical services in the ESS.
  • This paper presents the ESBRs project, focussing in particular on interoperability: its meaning and what path it is envisaged in order to achieve it.
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The Vision

Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics: "a vision for the next decade (2009)" proposes:

  • new measures to increase the ESS flexibility and hence its ability to respond to new needs and challenges.
  • full re-engineering of the production methods of statistics within the EU, going from a production system often based on numerous parallel processes to a more integrated production model.

objectives:

  • increase efficiency and cost-effectiveness
  • improve the coherence and comparability of data.
the ess vip programme consists of three pillars

The Vision implementation

The ESS.VIP Programme consists of three pillars:
  • Building up common infrastructure for sharing information services;
  • Piloting the sharing of information, services and costs in selected statistical domains;
  • Developing frameworks and administrative mechanisms for sharing information, services and costs.

VIP.ESBRs is one of the business cases chosen at ESSC level as pilot projects (second VIP pillar).

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European SystemofinteroperablestatisticalBusinessRegistersa Vision Infrastructure Project (VIP)

ESBRs

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Objectivesand phases

In 2013 ESBRs overlaps with previous projects (EGR and Profiling)

 Implementation

Preparation

 Investigation 

2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

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Interoperability

  • Definitions
  • Interoperability = ability of diverse entities (computer systems and/or organisations) to exchange information and work together towards mutually beneficial and commonly agreed goals.
  • Syntactic interoperability of entities = they are capable of communicating and exchanging data.

Concerns data formats, communication protocols and the like. Necessary condition for further interoperability.

  • Semantic interoperability of entities = they are able to automatically interpret the information exchanged.

Common information exchange reference model.

What is sent is the same as what is understood.

  • Interoperability framework = agreed approach to interoperability for organisations that wish to work together towards a joint goal.

Set of common elements (vocabulary, concepts, principles, policies, guidelines, recommendations, standards, specifications and practices).

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Interoperability

  • Administrative BRs
  • Directive 2012/17/EU on administrative BRs

Interconnection of registers in order to facilitate cross-border electronic access to business information,

    • Business registers are updated
    • Business information is more easily and readily accessible: translated in all EU languages
    • Companies have a unique identifier
  • The implementation of the directive through implementing acts and transposition in Member States is expected to be finalised by 2017
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in the ESBRs framework

  • Interoperability
  • Some work on the way to interoperability of SBRs in the ESS has already started in recent years.
    • unique identifier for legal units
    • sources of inconsistencies in business statistics
  • This will be the starting point for the definition of a minimum set of requirements for interoperability that will become the ESBRs interoperability framework.
  • Common statistical standards and statistical services will also contribute to the interoperability of SBRs in the ESS.
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Unique identifier

  • Interoperability
  • Unique identifier = unambiguous communication, less mistakes and more efficiency.
  • Several on-going initiatives at EU and world level.
  • EGR identification service
    • Available soon
    • Valid for all members of the EGR network.
    • Can be used by BR staff as well as by statisticians, e.g. FDI or FATS statisticians.
    • Objective: to use the officially recognised unique identifier in Europe (and possibly at world level).
    • Eurostat’s initiative the most advanced one
    • The identifier structure is modular and can be easily converted into the officially recognised identifier, when agreed.
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Reduction of inconsistencies

  • Interoperability
  • ESSnet on Consistency indicated the main sources of inconsistencies.
  • ESBRS will take them into account in its action plan towards interoperability.
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ESBRs Interoperability framework

  • Interoperability
  • Analysis of best practices in the ESS countries.
  • Interoperability framework = Minimum set of requirements for interoperability.
    • Based on feasibility and cost/effectiveness of best practices in ESS countries.
  • Roadmap for implementation.
    • It is expected that by end 2017 most ESS countries will be compliant with the set of requirements.
    • Support will be provided by Eurostat.
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Common statistical standards

  • Interoperability
  • One of the main elements in the interoperability framework.
  • Common standards not just for SBRs but for the whole ESS
    • VIP.CRC.IMS (Information Models and Standards) project
    • Statistical Data and Metadata eXchange (SDMX)
    • Data Documentation Initiative (DDI)
    • The Generic Statistical Business Process Model (GSBPM) providing a common abstract representation of statistical activities
    • The Generic Statistical Information Model (GSIM), a common abstract representation of data objects manipulated in official statistical production (overarching model for implementation standards such as SDMX or DDI).
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Common statistical services

  • Interoperability
  • Service - Representation of a real world business activity with a specified outcome.
    • Self-contained
    • Can be shared by a number of business processes
  • Statistical service – Service which perform a task in the statistical production process.
    • Can be shared by a number of business processes (either within or across statistical organizations)
  • Not just common for SBRs but for the whole ESS
    • VIP.CRC.SERV (Shared Services) project
    • Target: a platform that can be used across the ESS to access and use a catalogue of shared statistical services, based on:
      • Standards and a framework for interoperability;
      • A service communication protocol.
  • ESBRs target: specific sub-catalogue for SBRs
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Till 2017 and beyond

  • Conclusion
  • SBRs interoperability in the ESS – Not an easy goal in the short term
        • EBRS goal – Put SBRs on the right path,
          • Working hand in hand with the cross-cutting projects of the VIP Programme, it will create its own interoperability framework, coherent with the more general ESS ones.
          • ESBRs will initiate activities at EU level, as well as stimulate and support activities at national level in the ESS
          • The expected results are improved quality of SBRs in the ESS, a more efficient system and a better insight on globalisation.
        • SBRs Interoperability is expected to become a shared value in the ESS and to lead SBRs to go further on the path towards integration, efficiency gains and quality improvement, even after 2017.