Metadata Technology is based in Godalming, a historic market town near London, United Kingdom.
An interesting thing to note in the photo is the prominence of the street lamp. Godalming was the first place in the world to provide electric lighting in both houses and in the streets.
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Metadata Technology provides
solutions for official statistics and business.
The company was founded in 2005 by the consultants that developed the SDMX standards. The aim of the company is to provide consultancy, training, and software tools in support of SDMX. In this role it was the first company to provide SDMX training and independent consulting, as well as the first organisation to develop an SDMX Registry.
Whilst the SDMX syntaxes and formats are important, it is the Information Model that is the defining feature. Metadata Technology realized the utility of the SDMX Information Model very early in the life of SDMX and started the development of a component architecture in 2008. A Java implementation of this architecture was released in 2013 as open source, with a .Net version made available later (
Implementing SDMX in a model-driven way decouples the software from the syntaxes, formats, and versions of SDMX. This approach makes it easy to support non-SDMX formats such as CSV, Excel, and RDF. In 2012, Metadata Technology’s Fusion Registry product, based on this technology, was selected for the SDMX Global Registry which acts as a central repository for official statistics metadata.
In recent years Metadata Technology has developed Fusion Registry cloud services to provide automated SDMX data collection, data validation, structure validation, mapping, transformation, and data dissemination. These cloud services are used by a number of high-profile international organisations. In 2016, Metadata Technology was awarded the contract to replace an international official statistics data collection service with a solution based on the latest Fusion Registry 9 Enterprise Edition. The service will eventually support 450 statistical agencies in 189 countries.
In addition to cloud deployment, Fusion Registry 9 can also be installed on premises and, in this form, is in production use at a number of central banks and national statistics authorities.
Metadata Technology remains active in the SDMX community and has provided technical advice to the SDMX Technical Working Group (TWG) since its inception in 2011.
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SDMX provides a metamodel for describing data in any statistical domain. The origins of the SDMX Information Model can be traced directly back to the model for the Generic Statistical Message (GESMES) which is a UN/EDIFACT standard, but in reality the core of the model is an evolution over time dating back to the 1970's. Following the launch of SDMX in 2001 this model has been enhanced significantly and is implemented fully in XML (SDMX-ML) and specific parts of it in UN/EDIFACT (a sub set of the GESMES message supporting time series), and JSON (to support data dissemination over the web).
And finally, look at the SDMX Information Model and see how this can support your use cases. When you follow this model (we explain this model later) we are convinced that you will see that it meets many your needs. Then with the tools and open source you will find you can implement your systems far quicker than you would have imagined.