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The 2013 MSIS meeting decided that Big data is a key issue for official statistics. This page is for sharing links to resources / ideas / information / plans etc. - anything you think might be useful to others. Please feel free to post your input. If you need an account, please contact


In May 2013 A temporary task team was set up to work out the key issues with using Big Data for official statistics, identify priority actions and formulate a project proposal. The team worked virtually, by Wiki and Webex, and has now produced a number of preliminary outputs

    • a draft project proposal consisting of three major work strands: an exploration of strategic and methodological issues; analysis of Big Data sources and international replication of outputs using a shared computing environment; and training and dissemination activities.
    • an inventory of Big Data sources and projects, based on the above classification (still under development: will be posted here shortly)


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If you would like to remotely join the informal workshop on the project proposal, Friday 27th September:

The workshop is primarily intended for participants in this week's UNECE seminar on data collection. However, others with an interest are welcome to join via Webex. The workshop will mostly cover the development and content of the project proposal that this team developed.

Note that the start time given below is 9am. In fact, the workshop begins at 14:15 but the connection details given below cover the final session of the seminar on data collection as well. You are welcome to listen is to this too, if you wish.

Meeting information
Topic: Data Collection Seminar day 3
Date: Friday, 27. September 2013
Time: 9:00, Europe Summer Time (Paris, GMT+02:00)
Meeting Number: 708 764 626
Meeting Password: DataCollection3

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Next teleconference of the Big Data task team

DateAguascalientesOttawaUKMost of EuropeAnkaraCanberraWellington
Wednesday October 2nd06:0007:0012:0013:0014:0021:0000:00

(note time change in NZ due to clocks changing: sorry for it being even more of a late-nighter!)

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is a first draft of a briefing document to be given to the Bureau of the Conference or European Statisticians to inform their in-depth review on the topic of Big Data and Official Statistics. We will discuss this draft in tomorrow's teleconference.