UNECE’s second seminar on data collection looked at Big Data, new sources, new approaches to management and centralisation, and mixed-mode collection, among other topics.  The focus was on the organizational-level implications of the rapidly-changing data environment.  The goal of the seminar was to bring data collection specialists together to help the statistical community to rise to the new challenges by sharing knowledge and experience across organizations. 

Find out more on the meeting web page: full papers, presentations and a meeting report will all be available during the first week of October.

This post is an announcement on behalf of Statistics Netherlands:

Statistics Netherlands is happy to invite you to the International Methodology Seminar, introducing the new textbook on Designing and Conducting Business Surveys

Statistics Netherlands, CBS-weg 11, Heerlen, Thursday, 12 September 2013.  Programme: 10.00-17.00 hrs

Seminar participation is free of charge

Registration is required, as the number of participants is limited

Participants will receive a 20% discount on the purchase price of the book

This how-to book, as based on the authors’ long-standing experiences (at Statistics Netherlands, Statistics Norway, the UK Office for National Statistics, and the US Census Bureau), integrates the dispersed literature into a process-quality approach, and provides a coherent overview of the business survey process, from planning a survey to dissemination of statistics.

At the Seminar, the authors will provide an overview of issues discussed in this book, including:

  • The business survey production process
  • The business context
  • Dealing with response burden
  • Questionnaire communication and design
  • Business survey communication
  • Capturing, coding and cleaning survey data.

Registration: Send an e-mail to Ger Snijkers (g.snijkers@cbs.nl) with your name and affiliation.

More information: For latest information on this seminar, see: www.cbs.nl/seminar-business-surveys.

More information on this book is available at www.Wiley.com

Please, pass this announcement to others who may be interested

CBS flyer.pdf

A UNECE-led task team involving representatives of 13 national and international statistical organizations has drafted a proposal for a project to be presented to the High Level Group for the Modernisation of Statistical Production and Services (HLG) in October.  We now seek feedback from all those interested in this area, in order to ensure that the proposal and the eventual project are as effective as possible.

Please use this discussion forum to view the document and give us your comments, or send your feedback by email to steven.vale@unece.org with copy to fiona.willis-nunez@unece.org.

One of the conclusions from a High-level Seminar on Modernization of Statistical Production and Services (St. Petersburg, Russian Federation, 3-5 October 2012) was:

"Big data is an increasing challenge. The official statistical community needs to better understand the issues, and develop new methods, tools and ideas to make effective use of Big data sources. This includes closer integration with geographical data and standards."

As a follow up activity, it was proposed that the High-Level Group for the Modernization of Statistical Production and Services should provide "a document explaining the issues surrounding the use of “big data” in the official statistics community".

A paper that aims to address this requirement has been produced by a group of leading international experts under the supervision of the High-Level Group.

The paper is available in English here.  

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