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Metadata Technology North America will be presenting and preview its new portal at the upcoming IASSIST 2012 conference in Washington, DC, June 4-8.

Metadata Technology North America Inc. (MTNA) is proud to be a Gold sponsor of the 38th Annual IASSIST Conference that will take place in Washington, DC from June 4-8, 2012 at the Marvin Center, George Washington University. This year’s theme is around “Data Science for a Connected World: Unlocking and Harnessing the Power of Information” and the event is hosted by NORC at the University of Chicago.

As it is traditionally the case, experts from Metadata Technology will be making several presentations during the conference around data management, metadata standards (DDI/SDMX), ongoing projects, and tools development. We will likewise participate in the pre-conference DDI Alliance meeting, with M. Arofan Gregory as expert consultant and M. Pascal Heus as representative for the Open Data Foundation.

IASSIST 2012 will also mark the launch of (OM), a new web portal, supported and operated by Metadata Technology and its partner Integrated Data Management Services (IDMS), aiming to provide onlince access to standards based data/metadata services and to development tools and libraries for the management of statistical data.

The initial release of the portal includes:

  • A DDI based catalog of surveys driven by metadata harvested from public repositories around the globe, providing access to information around thousands of surveys and millions of variables.
  • OMAD: an interactive directory of statistical agencies containing profile information for hundreds of organizations involved in the production, management, and access of official statistics. The agency directory service goes beyond the simple address book concept and will facilitate the discovery and access to standards based online data services.

User registering wtih will also have the opportunity to qualify for access to the private beta testing of OMFileManager, an innovative web based facility for the processing and management of statistcal data and metadata. Planned for release by year’s end, the platform will offer services for the conversion of data from common file formats (such as Stata, SPSS, R, or SAS) with export to various ASCII formats, the production of metadata (DDI-Codebook, DDI-LifeCycle, Triple-S), the publication of data in database packages for further analysis or visualization (SQL, NOSQL, big data engines), and other processing workflows. An exclusive preview will be available during the IASSIST conference.

For developers, the OM portal will become the gateway to the OpenMetadata Framework (OMF), a collection of open source libraries and components that have been developed by MTNA for the implementation of desktop and web based applications around statistical data and metadata. The framework is currently being used by several ongoing projects in North America and Europe. The source code and libraries will gradually be released over the summer, with training and support services becoming available later this year. Individuals and agencies interested in early adoption are encouraged to contact us for more information.

Beyond the above features, we envision several additional features to become available under OpenMetadata. Join us for the site launch during the poster session at IASSIST 2012 on Wednesday June 6th at 4pm or visit later that week.

We are particularly grateful to Canadian Research Data Centre Network, the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, the International Household Survey Network, NORC at the University of Chicago, the UK Institute for Child Health, and the many other agencies and individuals we collaborate with for their support and contributions to some of the open source components underlying the OpenMetadata portal and framework, that we envision in the long term as a gateway to better data for a better world.


The International Association for Social Science Information Services and Technology (IASSIST) is an international organization of professionals working with information technology and data services to support research and teaching in the social sciences. Its 300+ members work in a variety of settings, including data archives, statistical agencies, research centers, libraries, academic departments, government departments, and non-profit organizations.

Metadata Technology North America Inc. is a privately owned eGovernment data management and information technology solution provider. The Company’s mission is to facilitate production, open access, and improve the quality and use of statistical and scientific data. It specializes in products and services leveraging XML technology, metadata standards, and related best practices. Its key personnel include globally recognized experts in the area of the Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange (SDMX) standard, the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI), and the management of socio-economic data, health data, and official statistics.

Integrated Data Management Services Inc. provides data and metadata processing, quality assurance, and packaging service services to support access, protection, preservation, discovery, dissemination, and analysis of statistical and scientific datasets. IDMS was established to deliver services complementing MTNA’s information technology offerings.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the Company and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of other agencies and individuals.

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