Wednesday, March 13, 2013

UNSD - Big Data for Policy, Development and Official Statistics

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Friday Seminar on Emerging Issues

Big Data for Policy,
Development and Official Statistics

22 February 2013, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, 3:00 - 6:00 pm
Conference Rm. 2, Temporary North Lawn Building
United Nations, New York

The theme of this year’s Friday Seminar on Emerging Issues is: “Big Data for Policy, Development and Official Statistics”. The advent of the Internet, mobile devices and other technologies has caused a fundamental change to the nature of data. Big Data has important, distinct qualities that differentiate it from “traditional” institutional data, in particular the timeliness of the data. If governments wanted to, they could already let Big Data (and the private sector) play a role in providing information on topics that are currently under the purview of national statistical offices. Should these NSOs change their business operations to take on the opportunities of using Big Data for official government purposes?  
Please find below the provisional programme, the Key Questions and the Concept Note on Big Data for Policy, Development and Official Statistics. We encourage you to carefully read the key questions and to consider what they would imply for the work of your office. We are looking forward to your participation in this year’s Friday Seminar on Big Data. 
Organizer: United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD)
Morning Session, 10:00 - 13:00

 T.C. Anant, Chief Statistician, India
Hal Varian, Chief Economist, Google (Video)
 Matt Wood, Chief Data Scientist, Amazon Web Services 
 - James Goodnight, Chief Executive Officer, SAS
 Robert Kirkpatrick, Director, UN Global Pulse 
 Andrew Wyckoff, Director, Science, Technology and Industry, OECD 
Demonstrations Session, 14:00 - 15:00
 Howard Hamilton, Statistical Institute of Jamaica 
 Statistical Institute of Jamaica Video
 Matthias Helble, Universal Postal Union 
 - SAS
Afternoon Session, 15:00 - 18:00

 Brian Pink, Chief Statistician, Australia
Gosse Van der Veen, Chief Statistician, Netherlands Video
 William Bostic Jr., Associate Director, US Census Bureau 
 Ki-Jong Woo, Commissioner, Statistics Korea 
 Pali Lehohla, Chief Statistician, South Africa 
Background documents
1. Key questions
2. Concept note

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