Sunday, August 7, 2011

Supporting Data Sharing and Sustainable Development

SCAD and EAD sign a Service Level Agreement

Statistics Centre - Abu Dhabi (SCAD) and the Environment
Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) have signed a service level
agreement (SLA) governing joint cooperation, data
exchange between the two sides and reproduction of EAD’s
data. The agreement will helps obviate the duplication of
statistical work at the level of Abu Dhabi Emirate and to
promote the use of high quality and consistent statistics
by policy-makers and the general public, without prejudice
to the respective competencies of the parties as outlined
in their respective establishing laws. These competencies
include, for instance, the right of SCAD to conduct statistical
surveys or to run other statistical work within the Emirate of
Abu Dhabi at its own discretion.

The SLA was signed at the premises of the Centre by HE
Butti Ahmed Mohammed Bin Butti Al Qubaisi, Director
of Statistics Centre - Abu Dhabi and HE Razan Khalifa Al
Mubarak, Secretary General of the Environment Agency -
Abu Dhabi.

Statistics Centre - Abu Dhabi's reiterated its keenness
to cooperate with the EAD on improving data collection
mechanisms, proper recording of metadata related to
EAD’s scope, noting that the metadata for any given class
of information can help in any search, interpretation,
or processing the data itself, such as metadata

pertaining to population statistics, geographic coverage,
sampling, classifications, reference time, methodologies,
questionnaires, backgrounds and the scope of work and
other topics.

Seeking to put this cooperation into effect, each party
will provide the other with its available statistics on the
Emirate of Abu Dhabi. In addition, SCAD will provide the
EAD with templates that will facilitate data collection and
metadata recording. The templates provided by SCAD will
enable the DED to establish, maintain and make available to
SCAD a registry of all its data collections, together with the
metadata pertaining to each class of the data collected.

The two sides also agreed to review and adopt a common
set of standards for the data to be exchanged, such as data
format standards, semantic standards, statistical concepts
and data structure definitions.

SCAD and the EAD also stressed the need on the part
of both sides to take best advantage of electronic data
transmission, renewing their commitment to protect the
confidentiality of exchanged data and coordinate with each
other to produce such data as to support the Emirate’s
development efforts.

SCAD’s Director General asserted that Statistics Centre -
Abu Dhabi is committed to working in close cooperation
with its strategic partners, including government and non-
government agencies, universities and research centres and
all parties concerned with statistical work in the emirate,
to maximize the usefulness of the of statistical resources
of Abu Dhabi Emirate and build a strong statistical system
that is based on sound scientific principles and conforms to

the best statistical practices, with the aim of placing Abu
Dhabi statistical system by 2013 among the world’s top
rated statistical systems in terms of the quality, relevance,
accuracy and timeliness of the statistics compiled.

HE Al Qubaisi remarked that SCAD took strong interest
in signing this SLA, given the vast experience of the EAD
in this field, as the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi is
one of the government institutions that are committed to
achieving environmental sustainability and protection of
the environment and wildlife in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
Al Qubaisi commended the efforts of the EAD in achieving
economic vision for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in a way that
preserves our natural heritage for a better life for all in
the present and future. He also praised the efforts of the
EAD in the sustainable management of water resources,
ensuring the quality of the air, mitigating the impact of
climate change, preserving biodiversity in terrestrial and
marine habitats and protecting wildlife. Statistics Centre -
Abu Dhabi therefore fully supports the efforts of the EAD and
is ready to provide any expertise that might help ensure the
success of the Authority’s Environment Strategy, especially
given that SCAD has a whole department
specialized in
environmental and agricultural statistics.

H.E Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Secretary General of EAD
said that this agreement reaffirms EAD’s commitment
to establishing sustainable partnerships with various
institutions and government bodies, in line with its strategy
and contribution to the implementation of the vision of
the Abu Dhabi government. She added that the Agency
constantly pursues cooperation with organisations to share
its expertise, experience and the latest technologies to
support common objectives.

H.E Razan K. Al Mubarak said: "SCAD’s efforts in the

field of statistics contribute to supporting all government
departments in Abu Dhabi with the latest and most accurate
information across different areas. The statistical plans
and surveys all serve the key development programmes
in the emirate. SCAD plays a successful role by acting as
the official body for data collection, classification, storage,
analysis and dissemination of official statistics. The Emirate
of Abu Dhabi benefits from SCAD’s social, demographic,
economic, environmental and cultural surveys."

It is worth mentioning that the Statistics Centre - Abu Dhabi
plans to sign 43 SLA’s that are set to support decision-
and policy makers and the business sector to shape their
strategic plans on the basis of accurate figures and reliable

About Statistical Center-Abu Dhabi (SCAD)

Statistics center-Abu Dhabi (SCAD) was established in 2008 in accordance
with Law No. (7), to develop and organize statistical work in the Emirate of Abu
Dhabi in particular and the United Arab Emirates in general. SCAD’s purpose is

to produce statistical information that is consistent with the emirate’s orientation
towards sustainable development and strategic plans under the supervision and
with full support of the Executive Council of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Being the of the official statistical data collection agency in the Emirate of Abu
Dhabi, the center assumes the functions of preparing the statistical plans and
programs that serve the emirate’s wider development programs, conducting
statistical surveys across the emirate. SCAD is also responsible for the
collection, classification, storage, analysis and dissemination of official statistics
and the release of the results of social, demographic, economic, environmental
and cultural surveys.

The activities of the Center will encompass all areas relating to social conditions
in accordance with relevant international standards and ethics, such as
independence, professionalism, impartiality, objectivity, confidentiality, cost
effectiveness and quality of statistics.

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