(PRWEB) June 30, 2012
Metadata Technology North America Inc. (MTNA) is pleased to announce the initial release of the OpenMetadata Agency Directory (OMAD), an interactive web site providing access to essential contact and profile information for hundreds of organizations around the globe involved in the production, management, and dissemination of socioeconomic, health, and other data and official statistics. This includes, amongst others, national statistical offices, central banks, international organizations, and research data centres. OMAD objectives goes beyond the simple address book concept and aims to facilitates the discovery and access to online data services or document data and metadata practices.
OMAD is currently in its initial stage but readily provides flexible search and mapping capabilities, with several additional features to be released in the coming months, including export and sharing of agency information or web services for search and retrieval. While already listing over 500 institutions, OMAD’s coverage is not comprehensive and will we be working to expand the database content over time. Such effort however cannot be undertaken single handedly and we envision OMAD as a community driven project, both in terms of usability and content. We hope for OMAD to be a vector for interactive and efficient collaboration amongst the global statistics community and other stakeholders. We therefore invite you to visit the site and feedback on content, voice your preference on planned feature, or share your ideas around the service.
OMAD was recently previewed at IASSIST 2012 in Washington, DC as a part of OpenMetadata.org, a new web portal supported and operated by Metadata Technology North America and its partner Integrated Data Management Services (IDMS), aiming to provide online access to standards based data/metadata services and to development tools and libraries for the management of statistical data. The other initial service available under OpenMetadata.org is a DDI driven Survey Catalog aggregating metadata around thousands of surveys and millions of variables from data repositories around the globe. Several others services under development.
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.
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