The main statistical standards for data and metadata exchange are XML-based: they are usually complicated and verbose.

JSON-stat is a simple lightweight JSON dissemination format best suited for data visualization, mobile apps or open data initiatives, that has been designed for all kinds of disseminators.

JSON-stat also proposes an HTML microdata schema to enrich HTML tables and put the JSON-stat vocabulary in the browser.

Fortunately, there are already tools that ease the use of JSON-stat, like the JSON-stat Javascript Toolkit, a library to process JSON-stat responses.

Format

The JSON-stat format is a simple lightweight JSON format for data dissemination. It is based in a cube model that arises from the evidence that the most common form of data dissemination is the tabular form.

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Schema

HTML microdata allows machine-readable data to be embedded in HTML documents in the form of nested groups of name-value pairs. JSON-stat proposes a vocabulary in microdata format to enrich HTML tables.

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Tools

If you have to process JSON-stat responses, you are not on your own. There are solutions available in several programming languages: Javascript, Java, R, Python.

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