Project overview[last update : 18-11-2016]

The current data collection for Education statistics is based on a set of 8 Excel questionnaires:

  • 3 questionnaires (LANG Questionnaire, REGIO Questionnaire and CREDMOB Questionnaire) that only concern Eurostat; the data exchange does not involve the OECD or UNESCO;

  • 5 questionnaires that are joint questionnaires (the data exchange of which involves EUROSTAT, UNESCO, OECD);

Unit F.5 of Eurostat on "Education, health and social protection" can currently use two alternatives for converting the Excel files to csv files, using the DSDs:

  • the SDMX Converter;

  • Through IS4STAT.

UNESCO is in charge of managing the DSDs for the joint questionnaires.

EUROSTAT is in charge of managing the DSDs for the LANG and REGIO questionnaires.

DSD availability

The DSDs for EDUCATION are:



  • ESTAT+LANG_2015+1.1

  • ESTAT+REGIO_2015+1.1


These DSDs are stored locally and they are used for excel conversions.

Transmission and Validation

All datasets are transmitted to Eurostat through EDAMIS (Eurostat's Single Entry Point) in Excel format. The files are converted in Eurostat by Unit F5.

Current validation of the REGIO and LANG files is principally done in Excel, but there are ongoing tests for the possible use of EDIT.

For the common questionnaires there is a validation sheet in the Excel file itself.

Project contacts

Business request:

ESTAT-UOE-JOINT – estat-uoe-joint@ec.europa.eu: questionnaires are submitted to the unique e-mail address, which is managed by Eurostat on behalf of the three data requesters (UNESCO, OECD, Eurostat). UOE data providers in EU Member –States send data via EDAMIS, which then automatically forwards the questionnaires to the joint address.

ESTAT-UOE-VALIDATION – estat-uoe-validation@ec.europa.eu: used during the validation process for the data exchange between OECD and Eurostat data validators.

SDMX technical request: ESTAT-SUPPORT-SDMX@ec.europa.eu

Planned actions and updates

An update of the Global DSD framework is expected for 2019. The work will be shared with UNESCO and OECD.