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Identifying and drafting standards

A cross-government community of practice (CoP), comprising representatives from over 30 government agencies, meets approximately every 3 months to discuss and prioritise the data concepts that have been collected from across government. Prioritisation is based on the expected benefit to the data system.

After prioritisation we ask for volunteers from the CoP to form working groups to work on the top priority data concepts. Each working group discusses and evaluates existing standards for their concept. Once they agree on a specific standard they, supported by Stats NZ, draft the data content standard for their concept.

Each data content standard aims to provide a concise summary of the chosen existing or base standard. It should include only the key information that users will need and then point to the full base standard for further information.

At any one time we may have up to three working groups active on three different concepts.

Co-designing standards across government

Register of government data content standards

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Last updated 5 December 2019