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The 2013 MSIS meeting decided that Big data is a key issue for official statistics. This page is for sharing links to resources / ideas / information / plans etc. - anything you think might be useful to others. Please feel free to post your input. If you need an account, please contact


In May 2013 A a temporary task team was team was set up to work out the key issues with using Big Data for official statistics, identify priority actions and formulate a project proposal. The team worked virtually, by Wiki and Webex, and has now produced a number of preliminary outputs

    • a draft project proposal consisting of three major work strands: an exploration of strategic and methodological issues; analysis of Big Data sources and international replication of outputs using a shared computing environment; and training and dissemination activities.


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Next teleconference of the Big Data task team


DateAguascalientesOttawaUKMost of EuropeAnkaraHong KongCanberraWellington
Wednesday August 28th06:0007:0012:0013:0014:0019:0021:0023:00


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is a first draft of a briefing document to be given to the Bureau of the Conference or European Statisticians to inform their in-depth review on the topic of Big Data and Official Statistics. We will discuss this draft in tomorrow's teleconference.


The task team agreed that we do not need further meetings until the project proposal has been reviewed and approved: therefore we will reconvene in early December. We will put a date-voting table here in due course.

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