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The High-Level Group for the Modernisation of Official Statistics sponsored a series of international collaboration projects to better understand how to harness the power of "Big Data" and other new data sources, to support the production of official statistics. This work supports the concept of a "Data Revolution for Sustainable Development" and the development and monitoring of new sustainable development goals.

These projects were open to all national and international statistical organisations that wanted to contribute. They were complementary to other initiatives, including those of the European Statistical System and the United Nations Statistical Division. They also aimed to be as relevant as possible to the specific needs and concerns of each contributing organisation.

2014 Project

2015 Project


One key outcome of these projects was that there are not many cases where Big Data, by themselves, are a suitable source for official statistics. However, they do have a role to play as part of a range of sources that, when taken together, can give better insights to current and new issues. For this reason, the focus has now switched from just Big Data, to the integration of multiple data sources. This is the focus of a major new international collaboration project for 2016 - Data Integration

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