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Presenter 1
Celia Russell
University of Manchester
Presenter 2
Richard Wiseman
University of Manchester

As part of the new UK Data Service, a fresh and innovative platform for disseminating country-level international data has now been released. The new interface, UKDS.Stat, uses OECD data warehousing technology and the Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange (SDMX) standard to provide an enhanced user experience with the additional benefit of improvements to the hidden task of data ingest and processing. This presentation sets out the approach taken to choose the new DotStat software; the process of requirements gathering, assessing contenders and finally signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the OECD to work alongside other members of the Statistical Information Systems Community Collaboration team to help develop this non-commercial product. The characteristics and features of the DotStat software will be described, particularly integrated metadata, visualization and searching capabilities. We shall also mention some of the ups and downs we've encountered working with a non-commercial, community based platform. Finally we will set out a possible vision for the future for the UKDS.Stat platform whereby intergovernmental data delivered in SDMX format can be ingested and checked with a minimum of manual intervention enabling the UK Data Service to make available a huge amount of freely available country-level international data.

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