What has changed in official statistics since using Big Data and data science for the last 10 years?

2. May 2024 02:00 - 03:00 | YouTube live streaming

The Data Science Competence Center (DSCC) and the Unlocking the Power of Data Initiative at the Swiss Federal Statistical Office are pleased to invite you to the next webinar in the "Data Science and AI for Public Good" series.


In this webinar Dr Ronald Jansen will present how the use of Big Data and data science has influenced official statistics.



In March 2014, the UN Statistical Commission established the United Nations Committee of Experts on Big Data and Data Science for Official Statistics with a mandate (i) to provide a strategic vision, direction and coordination for a global programme on big data for official statistics, (ii) to promote practical use of big data sources, while finding solutions for many challenges (methodological, legal, security), (iii) to promote capacity-building, (iv) to advocate the use of big data for policy applications, and (v) to build public trust in the use of big data for official statistics. What has changed in the global statistical community over the last 10 years? In this presentation, the results of a global survey with statistical institutes will be shown together with reflections from interviews with experts of statistical and related communities. Moreover, an overview will be given of several recent achievements as examples of the progress made. Finally, an indication of the next steps in the modernisation of official statistics will be presented.



Dr Ronald Jansen leads the work for the United Nations Statistics Division on data innovation and statistical capacity management since 2018. In this position, he supports the work of the UN Committee of Experts on Big Data and Data Science for Official Statistics, including support for the Committee’s Task Teams, Regional and Global Hubs, the UN Global Platform and the Data Science leaders Network. He joined the United Nations in June 1990. Worked in international trade and globalisation for many years and led the Division’s work in that area since 2010. He received a PhD degree in May 1990 on mathematical modelling of human information processing from the University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands.


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