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Friday seminar at the February 2013 Statistical Commission in New York City.

"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? "

Full details, including papers, presentations and videos, can be found at http://unstats.un.org/unsd/statcom/statcom_2013/seminars/Big_Data/default.html