History of SDMX

  • Reinhold Stahl
  • Patricia Staab


The idea underlying the SDMX (Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange) vision dates back to the 1990s and gained its impetus from the preparatory work for the European Monetary Union. The SDMX initiative, founded in 2001, succeeded in establishing the standard in the international statistical data exchange, but also in enhancing it far beyond its original content. The sponsor organisations are constantly working to further develop the standard, promote its use and increase its visibility.

For official statistics, there are great benefits to be gained from expanding the use of SDMX, not only for the data analysts but also for data providers. As a universal data collection format, SDMX could end the era in which each new statistics regulation also defines its own survey formats. With a stronger “industrialisation” of SDMX, additional usage possibilities would also arise outside of statistics.


  1. BIS (2016) Technical guidelines for reporting international banking statistics to the BIS. Accessed 20 Feb 2017
  2. SDMX (2016a) SDMX in a nutshell. Accessed 25 Jan 2016
  3. SDMX (2016b) SDMX Roadmap 2020. Accessed 25 Jan 2016
  4. United Nations Statistical Commission, Report on the Thirty-Ninth Session (26–29 February 2008). Accessed 17 April 2018

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Reinhold Stahl
    • 1
  • Patricia Staab
    • 2
  1. 1.DornburgGermany
  2. 2.FrankfurtGermany

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