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The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), in collaboration with Eurostat and the NTTS 2015 Scientific Committee, invited NTTS participants to join a satellite Workshop on Big Data on Monday 9 March. This Workshop started at 13.00 and ended at 18.00, and was held in the Charlemagne Conference Centre in Brussels (the same venue as NTTS).

The aim of the Workshop was to present the results of the international collaboration projects on the use of big data for official statistics, under the High-Level Group for the Modernisation of Statistical Production and Services (

The results achieved so far were presented, and participants were invited to discuss next steps.






13.00 - 13.10

Introduction - Overview of the activity of the HLG

Steven Vale

13.10 - 13.20

General presentation of the Big Data Project. The Sandbox

Antonino Virgillito

13:20 - 13:30

Quality, Partnership and Privacy teams

Peter Struijs

13:30 - 15:00

Sandbox Experiments Session



- Mobility analysis from Twitter data

Juan Munoz-Lopez


- Starting exploring mobile data in the Sandbox

Pilar Rey del Castillo


- Computing job vacancies statistics from web sources 

Boro Nikic


- Analysis of traffic loops data

Marco Puts

 - Computing energy consumption from smart meters dataAntonino Virgillito

15:00 - 15:30

Presentations of plans from organisations




Albrecht Wirthmann



Ronald Jansen



Carlo Vaccari

15:30 - 16:00

Coffee Break


16.00 - 17.20

Parallel discussions. Aim: to identify priority activities and data sets, to identify key issues to be resolved, and the best structures to take the work forwards.


Technology Focus

Matjaz Jug


Methodological Focus

Peter Struijs

17.30 - 18.00

Plenary Discussion reports from the two sub-groups, conclusions on plans and priorities, identification of future activities

Steven Vale



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