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What Happens When Big Data Meets Official Statistics? - Live Webcast




Wednesday, December 19th 2012
2.30 - 4.00pm ET - World Bank HQ
02:30 – 04:00 ET or convert time

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With the advent of the open data and big data communities, we’ve seen huge increases in the use of public data, and more importantly, potential opportunities to use new data sources and techniques - that are often faster and cheaper - to supplement, or even replace, some of the work of official statistics.

The question is, can this really be done? Can we apply the same statistical rigour to big data sources and techniques to help meet the goals of official statistics?

Two of the world's leading authorities on official statistics tackled key questions in their discipline:

  • 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?

For background and further details, see Shaida's blog.

Moderator:
Shaida Badiee, Director, World Bank Data Group

Speakers:
Paul Cheung, Director, United Nations Statistical Division (Download Presentation - PDF 2.8Mb)
Robert Groves, Provost, Georgetown University. Formerly Director, US Census Bureau