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UNITED NATIONS ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR EUROPE                            

CONFERENCE OF EUROPEAN STATISTICIANS

INF 1

5 June 2014

 

 

WORKSHOP ON THE MODERNISATION OF

STATISTICAL PRODUCTION AND SERVICES

 

 

Information Notice No. 1

 

The UNECE will host the workshop at the Palais des Nations, Geneva (Room V) , on 19 - 20 November 2014. The workshop will start at 09.30 on 19 November, and will end by 15.00 on 20 November.

 

 

I.                   PURPOSE AND TARGET AUDIENCE OF THE WORKSHOP

 

1.                         The High-Level Group for the Modernisation of Statistical Production and Services (HLG) was created by the Bureau of the Conference of European Statisticians (CES) in 2010. It has developed a vision and strategy for the modernisation of statistical production and services, both of which have been endorsed by the CES. There are various expert groups and initiatives whose work is related to the implementation of the strategy, so the HLG would like to invite two representatives of each of these groups and initiatives to a workshop to discuss progress so far, and determine the key priorities for 2015 .

 

2.                         The purpose of the workshop is to ensure all of the groups and initiatives represented align their work towards the implementation of a common strategy. The expected outputs are a set of agreed and prioritised implementation actions.

 

3.                         The target audience of the workshop is representatives of the expert groups and initiatives whose work is related to statistical modernisation. An initial list is included in the Annex to this information note, but others will be welcome if they are working on relevant topics. Representatives should normally include the chair or coordinator of the group or initiative, and one other person. They should canvass their groups on issues and priorities prior to the workshop. All members of the HLG Executive Board and the Modernisation Committees are also welcome to attend.

 

 

II.                   AGENDA OF THE WORKSHOP

 

 

4.                         The provisional timetable is from 09.30 to 17.30 on 19 November, and from 09.30 to 15.00 on 20 November.

 

5.                         The programme of the workshop will consist of the following substantive topics:

 


Day 1: O verview of the HLG projects and initiatives during 2014

 

6.               This session will review progress on the key priorities and initiatives agreed at the 2013 workshop. The results of the projects on the implementation of the Common Statistical Production Architecture, and the use of Big Data for official statistics, will be presented for discussion and feedback. Participants will be invited to assess the extent to which these projects are meeting expectations, and delivering useful outputs.

 

Day 2:  Identifying key priorities for the implementation of the strategy during 2015
 

7.               Following an initial presentation, discussions in small groups and in plenary will identify the key priorities on which the HLG should focus its activities during 2015, and agree the topic for one or more international collaboration project. 

 

8.               The outcomes of the workshop will be summarised by the chair. A list of key priority actions will be agreed, including deadlines and responsibilities.

 

 

III.                   ORGANISATIONAL ASPECTS

 

A.               Participation and Accreditation

 

9.               Participation at the workshop will be by invitation only. Each group or initiative is invited to send up to two representatives.

 

10.               All participants attending the workshop are requested to have a valid passport and, if required, a visa. Applications for visas should be made as soon as possible to the Swiss Embassy in the country in which the participant resides, with a reference to the UNECE Workshop on Strategic Developments in Business Architecture in Statistics. A letter to facilitate obtaining a visa can be requested from the UNECE secretariat.

 

11.               Invitees should inform the UNECE secretariat before 31 July if they intend to participate at the workshop or nominate another representative of their group.

 

12.               Participants should register by 30 September by completing on-line registration form: https://www2.unece.org/uncdb/app/ext/meeting-registration?id=eaUF3c

 

B.               Travel and Accommodation

 

13.               Participants and/or their offices are requested to make their own travel arrangements and hotel reservations. Information about the venue can be found at http://www . unece.org/m e etings/practical.htm .

 

14.               The organizers regret not being able to assist participants in their travel arrangements (air tickets, trains, local transportation, etc.). Neither the HLG nor the UNECE secretariat can provide any financial support or take any responsibility for financial arrangements with respect to travel or accommodation.

 
C.                 Documentation, Methods of Work and Official Languages

 

15.               The working language of the workshop is English. All documents will be provided in English only, and will be made available on the website of the UNECE secretariat at the following location:  http://www1.unece.org/stat / pl a tform/x/-IDFAw .

 

16.               Participants are encouraged to download the papers from the website and bring their own copies to the workshop.  Documents posted on the website before the workshop will not be distributed in the conference room.

 

 

IV.               FURTHER INFORMATION

 

17.               For further information, please contact:

             

Ms. Tetyana Kolomiyets

Statistical Management and Modernisation Unit

Statistical Division

UNECE

Palais des Nations              

1211 Geneva 10 Switzerland              

Tel: +41 22 917-4150

E-mail: tetyana.kolomiyets@unece.org

 

 


Annex - Groups and initiatives invited to the Workshop

 

Group

Contact person

Country / Org

Statistical Network

Vince Galvin

New Zealand

UNSD Expert Group on Big Data

Ronald Jansen

UNSD

IDR Project

Trevor Fletcher

PARIS21

SAB-AP

Eric Hermouet

UN/ESCAP

OECD SIS-CC

Jonathan Challener

OECD

PC-Axis

Åsa Arrhén

Sweden

IMAODBC

Armin Grossenbacher

Switzerland

ITDG

Mariana Kotzeva

Eurostat

SISAI

Christine Wirtz

Eurostat

DIME

Mariana Kotzeva

Eurostat

Metadata WG

August Götzfried

Eurostat

Big Data Task Force

Michail Skaliotis

Eurostat

ESSNet on Standardisation

Csaba Abry

Hungary

Data without Boundaries

Roxane Silberman

DwB

DDI Alliance

Mary Vardigan

United States

DDI 4.0 project

Thérèse Lalor

Australia

SDMX Sponsors / Secretariat

Gerard Salou

ECB

SDMX Tech Standards

Sami Airo

Finland

SDMX Stat Standards

Alistair Hamilton

Australia

HLG

All members

 

Executive Board

All members

 

CSPA Implementation Project

Matjaz Jug

UNECE

Big Data Project

Matjaz Jug

UNECE

Modernisation Committees

All members