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What Happens When Big Data Meets Official Statistics?

The World Bank

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 from 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM (EST)

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What happens when big data meets official statistics?

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  • Can big data replace traditional official data sources?
  • Does big data make classical statistical methods obsolete?
  • How will social science research change with big data?
  • What’s the future of official statistics in a big data world?


Paul Cheung Paul Cheung, Director of the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD). Professor Cheung facilitates the development of the global statistical system and oversees a programme of work that includes the development of international statistical standards, the dissemination of global statistical data, the provision of technical advice to member states and the delivery of programme support to the UN System on all statistical matters.
Robert Groves  Robert Groves, Provost of Georgetown University and former Director of the US Census Bureau. Dr. Groves is a sociologist and statistician and previously a research professor in survey methodology both the University of Michigan and University of Maryland. He has published several books on statistical sampling and written on big data and official statistics on the Census Bureau blog.

Hosted by Shaida Badiee, Director, World Bank Data Group.

Big data is a broad term applied to the types of data that exhibit certain characteristics (high volume, variety, and frequency) as well as the computational techniques and approaches used to process, understand and derive value from them.

Many of these data and techniques offer opportunities for the official statistics community - the statisticians working in government agencies and public bodies around the world - to complement or replace some of the work they do providing quantitative or qualitative information on all major areas of citizens' lives.

The question is, how?

The World Bank Data team are hosting a rare opportunity to join two of the world’s leading statistics professionals discuss the current state of big data and official statistics and what the future holds for them both.

Paul Cheung will talk about “Big Data, Official Statistics and
Social Science Research: Emerging Data Challenges” offering an overview of . Robert Groves will respond to Paul’s presentation, sharing his thinking and experiences informed by his recent work at the US Census bureau.

The presentations will be followed by questions and  open discussion - participation is encouraged.
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World Bank MC Building Room MC13-121
1818 H Street NW

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 from 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM (EST)

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