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Values and related practices of a statistical authority that maintain confidence in the eyes of users in the agency producing statistics and ultimately in the statistical product.
Under the SDDS (Statistical Data Dissemination Standard) framework, "integrity" is the third of four dimensions of the standard (i.e., data, access, integrity, and quality) for which evidence of a subscribing member's observance of the standard can be obtained.

Integrity refers to the description of the policy on the availability of the terms and conditions under which statistics are collected, processed, and disseminated. It also describes the policy of providing advanced notice of major changes in methodology, source data, and statistical techniques; the policy on internal governmental access to statistics prior to their release; the policy on statistical products' identification.

One important aspect, in integrity, is the trust in the objectivity of statistics. It implies that professionalism should guide policies and practices and it is supported by ethical standards and by transparency of policies and practices.
This concept was part of the SDMX Metadata Common Vocabulary (MCV), as published in SDMX Content-Oriented Guidelines (COG), annex 4 "Metadata Common Vocabulary", in 2009 ( In February 2016 the Metadata Common Vocabulary was replaced by the SDMX Glossary 2016.
International Monetary Fund (IMF), "Data Quality Assessment Framework - DQAF - Glossary", unpublished
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