XML for Data

Rob Creecy rcreecy@census.gov
Fri, 26 Feb 1999 12:08:46 -0500

A.J. Rossini wrote:

> I'd be interested in hearing from anyone else who has been playing
> with XML for passing data (my application is for inter-stat package
> communication, but might not be bad for with-in package communication,
> but it needs a bit more exploration).
> It would also lead to WWW-friendly processing :-).

I got some of the following information from Dan Gillman at the
Census Bureau that is related. As you might imagine, we are very
interested in any technology that might help in the exchange of
data between statistical packages, the publishing of data on the WWW,
and making data more useful to a wider audience.
The Data Documentation Initiative sponsored by ICPSR (Univ of Mich) 
is a statistical data set documentation standard written as an XML DTD.  
Marty Appel and Dan Gillman here at the Census Bureau are on the
that is developing the work.  There is a web site at

Unisys has software for converting a UML model to an XML DTD through the
use of XML.

The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) has  a variety of projects
related to 
describing data with XML. See http://www.npaci.edu/DICE/MIX/index.html 

Rob Creecy
Statistical Research Division
U.S. Bureau of the Census
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