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eDAMIS: electronic Dataflow Administration and Management Information System

eDAMIS
    Democratic societies do not function properly without a solid basis of reliable and objective statistics. Most European Union (EU) statistics are aggregated from hundreds of competent national authorities among whom the main ones are national statistical offices. These competent national authorities collect a variety of data in a variety of formats and not always with the same frequency. For this reason, the European Statistical System (ESS) operated by Eurostat, the central statistical office of the EU was created to provide comparable statistics at EU level. The first data collection system within the ESS was designed more than ten years ago when there was no standard transmission protocol, no standard email, very few email users and the World Wide Web was in an embryonic phase. In order to continue to provide reliable and consistent data and keep up with technological advances, the ESS requires constant improvements. eDAMIS, the electronic Data files Management and Information System aims to provide one of such improvements.

Last update: 03/2005

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What is eDAMIS?
Objectives
How does it work?
Achievements
Who benefits?
The role of IDA
Technical information
Documentation



What is eDAMIS?

eDAMIS, formerly called eDFMS, is a modern communications management system allowing easier and more accurate transfer of data between various national, EU institutions and Eurostat.

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Objectives

The purpose of eDAMIS is to provide a simple generic solution for a transparent and reliable exchange of data files using an advanced control system with acknowledgements, notifications, content validation, monitoring and dispatching of data files towards the relevant recipients (application or users).  eDAMIS could be considered as an advanced post service which uses the latest internet technologies to guarantee the easy, reliable and smooth transmission of all statistical data files that have to be sent to Eurostat. It also offers tracking and monitoring reports that can be used as input to check the respect of the legal obligations to transmit data.

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How does it work?

eDAMIS is based on the results of two IDA actions, DCUG and DSIS. DCUG stands for "Data Collection User Group". DCUG provides a forum in which representatives of the Commission, Member States as well as other agencies present their data collection needs and reflect on the identification of common solutions.

eDAMIS is expected to develop a range of options for sending data to Eurostat which include

  • eDAMIS “local web application”
  • eDAMIS “central web application”
  • Structured email
  • eDAMIS portal

eDAMIS aims towards solutions that minimise the local installation of specific tools in competent national authorities (CNAs) and enable data providers to send their data using common communication tools such as web browsers and email.

The eDAMIS project started in 2003 with a feasibility study which analysed the current situation in terms of data transmission tools and services, highlighted user needs, identified existing problems and suggested new developments. The feasibility study demonstrated the benefit of using a web portal as main entry point for data upload and the need to offer several options to different types of data provider. Also evidenced during the feasibility study was the requirement to provide a backup solution and to better integrate the existing tools, in particular "Stadium", "EDIFLOW" and GENEDI. On the basis of this feasibility study, the eDAMIS project was organised around three sub-projects, namely:

  •  “eDAMIS-Stadium” to deal with the improvement of the existing “Stadium Web application” and “Stadium Server“, a workflow manager for the processing of incoming data files.
  • “eDAMIS Simplification integration and valorisation of existing data transmission tools” for the integration of basic validation features into all transmission methods.
  • “eDAMIS Kernel and Data files Management Information System” to deal mainly with the integration of the existing “Stadium Server” with EDIFLOW, the inventory of datasets to be sent  and of partners involved in data transmission.

In parallel, four eDAMIS related projects are being adapted in order to make them more compatible with eDAMIS and provide a more integrated approach for the end user. The projects and the ongoing work refer to:

  • “Genedi”, the tool allowing basic data validation, conversion into the GESMES EDIFACT file format and automatic transmission is being simplified.
  • “EDIFLOW”, the database of information to be sent to Eurostat is being simplified and rendered better integrated with the other tools.
  • STATEL”, the secure file transmission system used by Eurostat is being made compatible with an encrypted transmission of data on the internet http protocol.
  • “ECB checker”, which deals with basic validation of GESMES files and conversion towards a standard CSV format is being extended to cover all implementations of GESMES -it used to cover only GESMES/TS implementations.

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Achievements

The eDAMIS feasibility study was completed in March 2004.

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Who benefits?

eDAMIS will first be used by the members of the European Statistical System. In a second stage, the European Commission Directorate General for Agriculture could also consider the usage of this environment for collecting data from partner countries.

Once fully operational, national administrations, in particular national statistical offices, and other EU bodies providing statistical data will reap the benefits of a more reliable, secure and user-friendlier data management system.

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The role of IDA

IDA finances the eDAMIS sub-projects and provides a forum to exchange knowledge and mutual cooperation on the project.

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Technical information
 

Project start date

2003

Project completion date

2005

Project status

Development

IDA budget

2003  €  326,500
2004  
€  363,100

Responsible service

Eurostat

Project coordinator

Vincent Tronet, Hubertus Cloodt

Contact

idabc@ec.europa.eu

Countries involved

EU member states, EFTA and the four candidate countries (Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania and Turkey)

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Documentation on eDAMIS

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