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The UNESCO Framework for Cultural Statistics (FCS)

Valid fromDec. 09
Previous versions1986
DescriptionSets of standard defintions and concepts of culture that will enable the measurement of a wide range of cultural expressions irrespective of the particular economic and social mode of its production. The main objective is to provide a conceptual foundation and a common understanding of culture, through its standard definitions, for the production of internationally comparable data. The FCS is also classification instrument that incorporates the use of currently available international classification systems such as the International Standard Industrial Classification (ISIC) for cultural production activities, the Central Product Classification (CPC) for cultural goods and services, the International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO) for cultural employment; the Harmonised Commodity Description and Coding System (HS) for international flows of cultural goods, and the UN Trial International Classification of Activities for Time-Use Statistics (ICATUS) for cultural participation. The result is a tool and methodology designed for use at the international and national levels as a basis for organizing the collection and dissemination of cultural statistics.
Maintenance organization United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
Statistical domains 1.9 Culture
Type of standardConcepts and Definitions
Languages Arabic, English, French, Russian, Spanish
Information last updated01/07/11