Keynote speech by Mr Brian Pink, Australian Statistician at the occasion of the Tenth Management Seminar for the Heads of National Statistical Offices in Asia and the Pacific
This keynote speech provides the context to the challenges faced by NSOs. Starting with the fact that data is not only generated by public and private business activity but also through personal devices, the need for changing the structure of NSOs is here underlined. Indeed the data explosion, sometimes described as the era of 'big data', has increased the expectations of the users and NSOs could take advantage of the opportunity that the data deluge is offering. In order to meet these new challenges, they will need to rapidly and efficiently combine data from official statistics and a wide variety of other sources. With the constraints of limited funding and a rapidly evolving environment, NSOs need to work together to succeed in modernizing the statistical systems. Moreover by sharing the development across NSOs, significant savings can be made.
Expert Group Meeting, Bangkok, 20-22 June 2011 - "The case for an international statistical innovation program - Transforming national and international statistics systems"
This paper firstly analyses the critical challenges that NSOs are facing which mainly come from the increase in the amount of data and in the speed of their availability. Secondly it points out that this is creating the need to consider innovative approaches, which would enable rapid ways of producing statistics, as well as innovative dissemination methods. In order to adapt to these changes, the document suggests NSIs make a collaborative effort and transform their statistical production process. They should establish common information services that involve integrating common data, metadata and confidentiality services. Furthermore they need to design approaches with the ability to dynamically link data from elsewhere. In this scenario the harmonisation of standards and frameworks is extremely important.
High-level Seminar on the Modernization of Statistical Production and Services, St. Petersburg, 3-5 October 2012 - "Opportunities for new products and services"
The purpose of data providers is to provide as much information as possible to a great number of people. The presentation points out that, due to the data deluge, official statistics need to find new devices for a more efficient data collection. As a consequence, there is the need to establish new classifications and find a way to integrate the new types of data with classical statistical data. This adaptation process implies more investments in new measurement frameworks and in harmonisation of standards as well as increase collaboration with research centres, NGOs and international organizations. In addition, it would imply NSOs find new ways to feed media with information, develop innovative visualisation tools, change products to make them relevant for people and rethink the way in which we deal with confidentiality.
High-level Seminar on the Modernization of Statistical Production and Services, St. Petersburg, 3-5 October 2012 - "The future of statistical data collection? Challenges and Opportunities" (section I-II)
Surveys have so far been the major method to collect data but in the 21st century the traditional methods seem to be facing many challenges. This document particularly highlights three challenges. One is the shift in the balance of power between data collectors and respondents, that is, the increase in the refusal rates and non contact rate. In order to receive answers, data collectors need to adapt to this change and offer new ways to provide data that are based on the willingness of respondents. Secondly there are new competitors that produce statistics using new sources of information, such as digital transaction data that can be extracted from the internet. A third challenge for official statistics is the globalisation businesses and the internationalization of economies that may make traditional statistical concepts irrelevant. Therefore it is necessary to investigate into alternative sources of producing information.
"Using Administrative and Secondary Sources for Official Statistics: A Handbook of Principles and Practices"
Using administrative data brings a number of advantages including reduction in data collection costs. Barriers around the use of administrative data regard primarily the access to these sources and in order to facilitate it, legal frameworks are essential. Regarding the quality of administrative data, metadata are vital for informing both producers and users about the source. Furthermore when data from several administrative sources are used, the national statistical organisation will need to find a way to link those data, and in this context standardisation gains in importance. The logical step is thus to move towards a register-based statistical system. In many countries it may seem a very distant goal, but by adopting a strategic plan based on step-by-step improvements towards creating the necessary pre-conditions, it is possible to gradually move closer to this goal. This document provides good training material.
Supporting effective use of information and communication technology in population census operations - Practical Advisory workshop, Moskow, 16-19 April 2012 - "The GSBPM and Related Standards" (First 8 slides)
The presentation addresses issues and solutions related to the exponential growth of data and to the growing number of producers from the private sector. In order to maintain their central role as data providers, National Statistical Offices need to efficiently collaborate by creating international mechanisms to develop and promote sources, processes and products.
"Communicating the GSBPM - How GSBPM's other uses can play a role"
This document is useful for extending the staff awareness of the GSBPM beyond the IT community, in order to achieve its full realisation. Time recording and management of the staff involved in the production of statistics is a way to make staff aware that their everyday work fits within an overall process model. On the basis of staff time allocation, labour costs can be allocated to GSBPM processes. Furthermore GSBPM can be seen as a framework for quality management.
Tenth Management Seminar for the Heads of National Statistical Offices in Asia and the Pacific, 7-8 December 2011 Chiba, Japan - "Generic Statistical Business Process Model (GSBPM) and its contribution to modelling business processes"
Adapting to the changed world implies the review of the statistical business processes (SBP). GSBPM is indeed intended to describe and map statistical processes, standardise terminology and compare processes between organizations. The present document describes its use in Australia. Early adopter of GSBPM was the Prices System Improvement Project where GSBPM was used as a guide to harmonise processes across the 5 Price Indexes. In 2010 ABS officially adopted it. Benefits gained are related to the facilitation of comparison within and across NSIs, reuse of processes and metadata, and efficiency of flow of metadata throughout the statistical business process.
Expert Group Meeting, Bangkok, 20-22 June 2011 - "Generic Statistical Information System - Statistics Korea"
The absence of a statistical production system in South Korea has been found to result in production of poor quality statistics. In order to overcome this problem, this presentation carries out the idea of developing the KSBPM (Korean Statistic Business Process Model), drafted on the basis of GSBPM. The expected benefits are related to more efficient statistical activities as well as to a budget reduction and the reduction of time spent in the production of statistics.