Abstract: This paper describes the experiences of Statistics Finland concerning security in electronic data collection. It gives an overview of the structure of the data collection in Statistics Finland, informs on current technologies and their lifecycles as well as gives some views about the role of security in electronic data collection. To support these views, the paper also presents some of the basic security requirements for Internet-based data collection through a real-life case study on how Statistics Finland has addressed security issues in Internet-based data collection of the building cost index system. Then the paper touches on the issue of…using PKI (public key infrastructure) as a potential solution for some of the problems in Internet-based data collection and evaluates the applicability and current status of this technology in Finland at the moment.
Abstract: The National Statistical Service of the Republic of Armenia is paying a lot of attention to renewing its data collection with the aim to achieve maximum reporting efficiency. An important part of this exercise is the development of a metadata system which will have a pivotal role in coordinating the data collection, storage and dissemination. In order to substantially improve the questionnaires for data collection, a software package linked to metadata is used to automatically generate questionnaires. The development of the metadata system is closely coordinated with the creation of a Single Data Warehouse. The metadata system will also be…connected to databases producing statistical output allowing to link metadata to the output tables.