Tutorial:Access and rights

From Statistics Explained

Contributing to Statistics Explained is normally reserved for Eurostat staff only. However, the right to create, insert or modify content can also be granted to three categories of externals:

The short and simple procedure to obtain editing rights is explained below.

General principles

Statistics Explained uses the European Commission Authentication Service (or ECAS), to control access. European Commission staff (including Eurostat employees) have a 7-letter username (e.g. 'debusmc') and a corresponding password also used for SYSPER and other Commission applications, but anyone else may also register in ECAS via https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/aida/selfreg, thus creating an ECAS username and password.

As a second step, anyone can use this ECAS username and password to log in in Statistics Explained and thereby create a Statistics Explained username (see list of present users).

Having a username and using this to log in, however, does not automatically confer editing rights in Statistics Explained. One further step is needed: a Statistics Explained administrator has to add the username to the user group 'alloweduser'.

Below is the procedure to register in Statistics Explained, via logging in, and then obtaining editing rights, first for Eurostat staff, and then for the three categories of externals (non-Eurostat European Commission personnel, NSI staff and external contractors).

Eurostat staff

To log in and start editing:

  • click button 'log in' on the top right of any Statistics Explained page;
  • enter your ECAS username and password;
  • you now automatically have editing rights on all pages of Statistics Explained (but every saved change is stored nominally within the system and accessibel via 'History' at the bottom of every page or 'User contributions' associated with a user page).

European Commission staff (outside Eurostat)

Non-Eurostat European Commission staff can register in Statistics Explained in the same way as Eurostat staff, but are blocked from editing (staff leaving Eurostat for another part of the Commission are also blocked from that moment on).

A Commission staff member needing to edit in Statistics Explained, can obtain the right to do so by submitting a motivated request to estat-statistics-explained@ec.europa.eu (also informing the Eurostat unit responsible for the page(s) to be edited - and expected to be involved in this editing).

NSI staff

NSI staff can obtain editing rights in Statistics Explained, in the context of a common project such as the ESS glossary following this procedure:

  • click button 'log in' on the top right of any Statistics Explained page;
  • you will be redirected to the 'European Commission Authentication Service', ECAS for short; enter ECAS username and password if you already have one; if not:
  • to register in ECAS, go to https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/aida/selfreg and complete the form in this way:
  • as it would help to keep the management of NSI contributors simple and coherent, it is recommended (but in no way mandatory!) to use for username this common format: NSI-Country code-Initial(s)-Fullname, with large/small case and any blanks in composite names also replaced by '-'.
For instance:
  • Jean Dupont=>NSI-FR-J-Dupont;
  • Maria Luisa De la Fuente=>NSI-ES-M-L-De-la-Fuente.
Please note that ECAS only allows one username to be associated with a given e-mail address, so you cannot create a username following the template above if you already have one linked to your e-mail address, so you have to use the existing one to log in.
  • choose a password;
  • complete the logging in to Statistics Explained using the ECAS username and password;
  • inform us (estat-statistics-explained@ec.europa.eu) that you have registered in Statistics Explained and confirm your username, so we can assign the necessary editing rights to it;
  • next time you log in to Statistics Explained via redirect to ECAS (https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/cas/login) and ECAS username and password, you will be able to edit in Statistics Explained.

External contractors

External contractors can obtain editing rights in Statistics Explained, temporarily for the time of the contract, following this procedure:

  • click button 'log in' on the top right of any Statistics Explained page;
  • you will be redirected to the 'European Commission Authentication Service', ECAS for short; enter ECAS username and password if you already have one; if not:
  • to register in ECAS, go to https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/cas/eim/external/register.cgi and complete the form in this way:
  • in order to keep the management of external users simple and coherent, use for your username this common format: EXT-Initials-Fullname, with large/small case and any other blanks in composite names also replaced by '-'.
For instance:
  • Marc Debusschere=>EXT-M-Debusschere;
  • Marie-Louise De la Fuente=>EXT-M-L-De-la-Fuente;
Please note that ECAS only allows one username to be associated with a given e-mail address, so you cannot create a username following the template above if you already have one linked to your e-mail address, so you have to use the existing one to log in.
  • choose a password;
  • complete the logging in to Statistics Explained using the ECAS username and password;
  • inform us (estat-statistics-explained@ec.europa.eu) that you have registered in Statistics Explained and confirm your username, so we can assign the necessary editing rights to it;
  • next time you log in to Statistics Explained via redirect to ECAS (https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/cas/login) and ECAS username and password, you will be able to edit in Statistics Explained.

Starting to work in Statistics Explained

When logged in (and having editing rights) additional buttons appear at the bottom of the page (next to 'Page' which is the only one visible to users without editing rights or 'alloweduser' not logged in): 'Draft', 'Edit' or 'Edit draft', 'History' etc. To start editing, click button 'Edit' or 'Edit draft'.

All aspects of working in Statistics Explained are extensively documented in tutorial pages (like the present one), accessible via

  • clicking 'Help' in 'Navigation' in the left hand column and then 'Editorial help' (first line of general help page);
  • the table of contents;
  • or, for the most complete overview, the category 'Tutorial'.

A note on new pages and page names

Externals with editing rights can create statistical articles or (other-language) glossary pages just like any other 'alloweduser'.

New statistical articles

For new statistical articles it is advisable, however, to have the first empty draft (after loading and saving the model 'Statistical article') validated to a stable page – so this becomes outside view and people outside don't see the evolving draft version (which would be the case in the absence of a stable page). Contact the Dissemination unit for this (Marc Debusschere, Lucie Peterkova or several others can do this).

It is also highly recommended to discuss names of new articles with the Dissemination unit before starting them! Article names have to be short, descriptive, distinctive, google-findable, …; it is very important that users do not get confused by similar titles and that new titles fit into the vast number of already existing articles. See here for more on this.

This is the best way to proceed concretely:

  • external contractors, although they can autonomously create a new page, should first contact the Dissemination unit with a list of new pages and proposed titles;
  • the Dissemination unit creates stable, externally visible versions of the new articles by loading the empty model page, saving and validating it;
  • the contractor can work in the draft version invisible to the outside world until it can be validated to become the new stable page.

New language versions of glossary pages

For new language versions of glossary pages the name is simply the English name followed by slash and language code (e.g. 'Glossary:Euro area/nl'). The page name to be displayed is the translated one to be added as level-1 heading on top of the page, in this case as =Glossarium:Eurozone=. Please note that it is not possible to create a page in another language including slash+language code if the English mother version (without slash+language code) does not yet exist!

Also in this case it is advisable to have a first empty draft (after copying in the English content) validated to a stable page – so this becomes outside view and people outside don't see the evolving draft version (which would be the case in the absence of a stable page). Contact the Dissemination unit for this (Marc Debusschere, Lucie Peterkova or several others can do this).

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