Nesstar Server

Version 4.0

Administrator Guide

NSD produces an innovative suite of software that has been designed to enable publishers and users of social and economic data (and other similarly structured data) to exploit the new generation of web technologies.

 Key Features of Nesstar Server are:

Publish Statistics on your Webserver

The Nesstar Server is built as an extension to a normal web server. As well as providing all the usual facilities for publishing web content, this server provides the ability to publish statistical information that can be searched, browsed, analysed and downloaded by users. This is done either by using a standard web browser or using Nesstar WebView.

Combining Data and Metadata

Accordingly, the Nesstar software suite provides a way to make statistical data as easy to publish, locate, access and protect from unauthorised access, as is text. Through this process, statistical knowledge is made more accessible. This includes the combination of metadata, data and derived information (reports, papers, secondary analyses etc.) that make statistics meaningful.

A Semantic Data Web

The Nesstar product represents a system of software architecture that makes it easy to create, locate, access and operate remotely on metadata and corresponding data. At the same time it does this while maintaining a high level of compatibility with the WWW. This is an attempt at creating a Data Web; an extension of the WWW geared towards data and based on widely adopted data description standards.

Standards Based System

The demands of recognised systems such as the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) and open source initiatives like JBoss are a key component of the Nesstar Suite of products. This makes the process of using Nesstar products and making data available via the WWW a fully integrated and standardised operation.

Authentication and Access Control

Nesstar Publisher is part of this process and can be used to mount data and accompanying metadata on a Nesstar server. Access to these resources can then be free and universal, or can be limited to authorised users in accordance with the wishes of the data publisher. These materials are then ready to be used and explored using Nesstar WebView.


Using the Nesstar Server Help System:

These Help pages are designed to provide information on the main components of Nesstar Server to enable you to take full advantage of the Nesstar functionality. Getting to know, installation, configuration, administration and other relevant information guides can be found here.

'Help' can be accessed at any time from the page or from the server home page or the configuration tool.

If you have queries that cannot be resolved by referring to these Help pages, or by consulting your local support, please send an email to