Definition: Structural metadata
Structural metadata is used to identify, formally describe or retrieve statistical data, such as dimension names, variable names, dictionaries, dataset technical descriptions, dataset locations, keywords for finding data etc. For example, structural metadata includes the titles of the variables and dimensions of statistical datasets, as well as the units employed, code lists (e.g. for territorial coding), data formats, potential value ranges, time dimensions, value ranges of flags, classifications used, etc.
Based on Eurostat, "Report of the Think Tank ESS Business Architecture", 16 June 2009, Internal document
Eurostat, "Terminology relating to the Implementation of the Vision on the Production Method of EU Statistics", W. Radermacher, A. Baigorri, D. Delcambre, W. Kloek, H. Linden, European Conference on Quality in Statistics 2010 (Q 2010), Luxembourg, 2010