Government launches International Household Survey Network Toolkit

The International Household Survey Network (IHSN) is about the latest trends & developments of data archives, storage and dissemination technology tools available to Users.

The Micro data Management Toolkit developed by the World Bank Data, Asian Development Bank, ADP (Accelerated Data Program), OECD (Organisation of Economic Corporation and Development & PARIS21 for the International Household Survey Network (IHSN) is open source data, DDI (Data Documentation Initiative) compliant application for cataloguing and dissemination of Metadata & Microdata. The International Household Survey Network (IHSN) is designed to address the technical issues facing data producers.

The Minister for Statistics and Programme Implementation, Shri D.V. Sadananda Gowda, today inaugurated the 1stWorkshop on the use of IHSN Toolkit and also launched the new Website of the Ministry.

The Minister in his address emphasized that collection of huge data is not enough and does not serve any purpose unless it is used for policy decisions, administrative purposes, academic research which impact the lives of the common man. For this, it is important to process, document and store the data to build a robust Catalogue of data of international standard and quality information.  On the launch of the Website, Shri Gowda remarked that a ICT product like website is a means to an end and not an end in itself. 

 Secretary and Chief Statistician of India, Dr. T.C. A. Anant in his key note address, stated that using good standardized methods is important, as is making the data available to users is equally important.  IHSN is a standard bench mark which can be used as an active management tool for better integration of administrative structures and statistical access for policy making.

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