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About the Global Inventory of Statistical Standards

Based on an initiative by the National Institute of Statistics and Geography of Mexico (INEGI), the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) has created this prototype of a global inventory of statistical standards. The initiative was presented at the 41st and 42nd sessions of the United Nations Statistical Commission in 2010 and 2011.

The Commission asked the Committee for the Coordination of Statistical Activities (CCSA) to create appropriate mechanisms for the further development and maintenance of the standards inventory. This current version, which is still work in progress, is the result of a collaborative effort of all international organizations active in the field of developing statistical methodologies.

The inventory contains structured entries describing each standard and providing links to further information. The information content model is briefly described in the table below.

The information content model for the Global Inventory of Statistical Standards

NameFull official name of the standard, plus any alternative names and acronyms
Version The version of the standard (where applicable)
Valid from Date on which the standard was adopted (or published)
Previous versions References and links to previous versions of the standard
Description Brief description of the standard, including objective, intended use and relationship to other standards
Maintenance organization The organization or group responsible for approving and maintaining the standard
Statistical domain(s) The domains in which the standard is used (according to the DISA classification of statistical activities)
Type of standard Categories:
(a) Concepts and definitions
(b) Classifications
(c) Methodologies and procedures
(Note: other categories can be added as needed)
References References and links to the standard and any other material that helps understanding or implementation of it
Language Language(s) in which the standard is published
Information last updated /validatedThe date on which the information above was last updated or verified to be correct


The three main use-cases available at this stage (and corresponding to the menu options on the left) are:

  • A user wants to find information about a specific standard from a full listing;
  • A user wants to find information about standards relevant for a specific statistical domain;
  • A user wants to find information about standards maintained by a specific international organization.

Contact Us

We would at this stage very much welcome user comments on the content and design of the inventory. To contact the United Nations Statistics Division, please email