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Data set specification (DSS)

A data set specification (DSS) specifies a group of data elements and the conditions under which this group is collected. A DSS can define the sequence in which data elements are included, whether they are mandatory, what verification rules should be employed and the characteristics of the collection (e.g. its scope).

A sub-type of DSS is the National Minimum Data Set (NMDS). A NMDS is a minimum set of data elements agreed for mandatory collection and reporting at a national level.

Below is a graphical representation of the relationship between data set specifications related metadata item types.

Figure representing data set specification relationships in METeOR metadata structures

Figure 1: Diagrammatic representation of data set specification relationships in METeOR metadata structures.