Interoperability Data Collaborative
Interoperability is the ability to access and process data from multiple sources without losing meaning and then integrate that data for mapping, visualization, and other forms of representation and analysis. Interoperability enables people to find, explore, and understand the structure and content of datasets. In essence, it is the ability to ‘join-up’ data from different sources to help create more holistic and contextual information for simpler, and sometimes automated, analysis, better decision-making, and accountability purposes.
An outcome of the UN World Data Forum in January 2017, the collaborative on interoperability is co-convened by the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data and the UN Statistics Division. Following meetings in March and June, the group is developing a framework and guiding principles of its work and plans to establish task teams that will explore specific interoperability challenges relating to Statistical Data and Metadata eXchange (SDMX), APIs, and data packages as vehicles for data transmission.