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Methods and tools

All information essential to understand the methods used in surveys and to correctly interpret their results. Software packages for statistical production are also available to researchers, statisticians and skilled users.

The use of statistical definitions and classifications adopted at the national and international level facilitates the comparability of the statistical information produced by different organisations.

The section Methods and IT tools for statistical production contain documents that describe the methods applied in the statistical production processes and the generalized software used for the application of these methods.

Through computing system and data analysis users have the opportunity to select and apply techniques of official statistics.

The tools developed by Istat in order to guarantee the quality of statistical products and the transparency of the production processes are available in the section Tools for data quality.

Through the standard SDMX protocol (Statistical Data and Metadata eXchange), Istat disseminates data of the corporate data warehouse (I.Stat ) also in machine-to-machine mode via web service.

The rules and classifications adopted to carry out surveys are illustrated in the methodological publications, along with all other methodological aspects and software used.

Last edit: 20 April 2018