D.1.  Special Data Dissemination Standard and General Data Dissemination System metadata of the International Monetary Fund

18.33.        The Special Data Dissemination Standard (SDDS) and the General Data Dissemination System (GDDS) are part of the IMF data standards initiative aimed at enhancing member countries’ data transparency and promoting the development of sound statistical systems. A dedicated electronic bulletin board on the IMF website[1] posts information that SDDS countries provide to IMF on their dissemination practices, and offers direct links to the economic and financial data that countries disseminate under the SDDS, as well as information that GDDS countries make available to IMF on their statistical practices.

18.34.        For both standards, metadata are organized by country and topic. The SDDS metadata are available in two presentations, the current SDDS format and the Data Quality Assessment Framework (DQAF) format, while the GDDS uses the DQAF format alone. Revisions to metadata made regularly and are available on the IMF website. Metadata aspects related to statistics compiled within the framework for describing the international supply of services are embedded in the various quality dimensions of the BOP framework.


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