Until the introduction of JSON-stat, the main statistical standards for data and metadata exchange were XML-based: they were 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.

Using JSON-stat is easy: there are tools available to developers and end users.


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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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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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, Julia, PHP. And many end user tools to browse, filter, validate and convert JSON-stat.

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