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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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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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Here 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 discussed this draft in our last teleconference and invited your responses by 20th September.

The task team agreed that we do not need further meetings until the project proposal has been reviewed and approved: therefore we will reconvene in early December. We will out a date-voting table here in due course.

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