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UNECE work relating to Big Data

.  This space contains information about ongoing UNECE-led activities in the area of Big Data, and links to other parts of the UNECE platform that contain relevant material.  Please explore the navigation menu in the left-hand sidebar.

Some pages are restricted to members of the relevant task teams undertaking work as part of the 2013 project planning and 2014 project work.  If you think you should have access and cannot see these pages, please contact



UNECE-coordinated work relating to Big Data

  • Informal workshop for participants in the September 2013 seminar on data collection, to discuss the formulation of the Big Data project proposal.
  • Proposed project on Big Data, aiming to

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    November 2015Competency profiles for Big Data teams and team leaders
    October 2015Release of the sandbox prospectus, inviting statistical organisations to participate under the new governance arrangements
    September 2015Project workshop in Ljubljana to review progress and decide on priority source(s) to use to produce statistics by November 2015.
    June 2015Sprint session in Cork produced an options paper on the future of the Sandbox. This paper and its recommendations were approved by the HLG Executive Board, which oversees the Big Data project.
    Throughout 2015New Big Data project focusing on the Sandbox - New experiments, new data, and a new challenge: "Create a set of internationally comparable statistics based on one or more Big Data sources"
    April 2015Launch of the updated UNECE Big Data Inventory. The inventory replaces the initial inventory and includes all project information collected in the joint UNECE-UNSD survey.
    March 2015Workshop on Big Data, 9 March, Brussels
    January 2015

    2014 Big Data project outputs released

    November 2014The HLG and representatives of expert groups review the progress so far on the 2014 Big Data project, and decide to launch a new project for 2015, with the main aim of producing and publishing multi-national statistics from a Big Data source
    September 2014Enhancement of the Big Data project inventory in collaboration with the United Nations Statistics Division and the HLG Modernisation Committee on Products and Sources: a new, more detailed questionnaire is under development with the aim of obtaining a more comprehensive picture of current and planned projects and facilitating exchange of knowledge and experience.
    August-October 2014Preliminary results of the survey "Skills necessary for people working with Big Data in Statistical Organisations". More detailed analysis will be prepared by October 2014.
    Throughout 2014

    International collaboration project on The Role of Big Data in the Modernisation of Statistical Production - This project, overseen by the High-Level Group for the Modernisation of Official Statistics, is running during 2014, and aims to:

    • identify, examine and provide guidance for statistical organizations to act upon the main strategic and methodological issues that Big Data poses for the official statistics industry
    • demonstrate the feasibility of efficient production of both novel products and ‘mainstream’ official statistics using Big Data sources, and the possibility to replicate these approaches across different national contexts
    • facilitate the sharing across organizations of knowledge, expertise, tools and methods for the production of statistics using Big Data sources.

    • Temporary task team composed of representatives from thirteen countries and international organizations: tasked with identification of priorities for international collaboration and development of a project proposal for a 2014 HLG project on Big data and official statistics.
    June 2013Draft classification of types of Big Data
    March 2013Position paper What does Big data mean for official statistics? (March 2013) drafted for the High Level Group for the Modernization of Statistical Production and Services (HLG).



    This is the public-access wiki space for UNECE work relating to Big Data. 

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    It contains information about Big Data activities and events, and links to relevant resources. A separate wiki space exists for those working on the HLG projects on Big Data in Official Statistics.

    titleInventory of Big Data projects

    The inventory aims to catalogue past, current and planned projects in statistical organisations around the world, that make use of Big Data for the production of official statistics.

     Browse the listing of projects, add a listing or join the discussion with questions, answers and comments.


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