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Introduction

The Global Working Group (GWG) explores the benefits and challenges of the use of Big Data for official statistics and for the compilation of SDG indicators. The GWG addresses issues pertaining to methodology, quality, technology, data access, legislation, privacy, management and finance, and provide adequate cost-benefit analyses. The GWG consists of 28 member countries and 16 international organizations. Obtaining membership of the GWG is a formal process with approval from co-chairs and the GWG bureau and through official exchange of letters with the UN Statistics Division, as the secretariat of the UN Statistical Commission. The GWG Bureau consists of a subset of the overall GWG. The composition of the Bureau is UK (co-chair), Denmark (co-chair), Canada, Colombia, Indonesia, Mexico, Netherlands, UAE, African Development Bank, UNECE and UNSD. The role of the Bureau is to direct and manage the work of the GWG under leadership of the co-chairs. The Bureau will deal with all the ongoing matters of the GWG, such as reviewing progress of the task teams and possibly creating new task teams; reviewing of the development of the GWG platform and of data collaboratives (projects) on the platform, especially in partnerships with private sector.

Meetings

GWG Bureau Meeting 32 06 Jun 2019

Agenda
  • Agenda item (1) Minutes of Meeting 31
  • Agenda item (2) UN Global Platform - update by Heather Savory
  • Agenda item (3) Task Teams - update by Niels Ploug
  • Agenda item (4) Past and future events - update by Ronald Jansen with input from others
  • Agenda item (5) Other Business

Meeting documents


GWG Bureau Meeting 31 20 Jun 2019

Agenda
  • Agenda item (1) Minutes of Meeting 29 and 30
    • Action Items
  • Agenda item (2) Visit of Heather Savory to UNSD
    • Progress on UN GP Institute
  • Agenda item (3) Working Methods
    • GWG Bureau and invited observers
  • Agenda item (4) Symposium on Data Science and Official Statistics, 15-17 Aug 2019, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Agenda item (5) Other Business

Meeting documents


GWG Bureau Meeting 30 06 Jun 2019

Agenda
  • Agenda item (1) Outcome of the signing of the MOI with NBS China
  • Agenda item (2) Roles of the GWG Task Teams and the Scientific Advisory Committee in relation to the UN Global Platform
  • Agenda item (3) Outreach, promotion and networking of the UN Global Platform
  • Agenda item (4) Update on the outstanding action points

GWG Bureau Meeting 29 22 May 2019

Agenda
  • Agenda item (1) Minutes of Meeting 27
    • Minutes prepared by UNSD
  • Agenda item (2) MOI between NBS China and UN/DESA
    • Draft prepared by UNSD
  • Agenda item (3) Action points of Meeting 28
  • Agenda item (4) Other Business

GWG Bureau Meeting 28 09 May 2019

Agenda
  • Agenda item (1) Minutes of Meeting 27
    • Minutes prepared by UNSD
  • Agenda item (2) Big Data Week in Kigali
    • Evaluation of the Big Data week
    • Follow-up action
  • Agenda item (3) Kigali Declaration
    • Final Version - Attached
  • Agenda item (4) Upcoming events - ISI Symposium, 6th Conference and UN WDF 2020
    • Oral update
  • Agenda item (5) Other Business
    • Request by Palestine (PCBS) to become member

Meeting documents


GWG Bureau Meeting 27 18 April 2019

Agenda
  • Agenda item (1) Minutes of Meeting 26
    • Minutes prepared by UNSD
  • Agenda item (2) Big Data Week in Kigali
    • Oral update on the status of the organization
    • Agendas of Conference and Seminar attached
  • Agenda item (3) Kigali Declaration
    • Attached
  • Agenda item (4) UN Global Platform - Technical Delivery Board - Sprint II, 8-11 April 2019, Newport, UK
    • Oral update
  • Agenda item (5) Other Business

GWG Bureau Meeting 26 4 April 2019

Agenda
  • Agenda item (1) Minutes of Meeting 25
    • Minutes prepared by UNSD
  • Agenda item (2) Big Data Week in Kigali
    • Note on the status of the organization is attached
    • Agendas of Conference, Seminar, GWG Annual meeting and Workshops are attached
  • Agenda item (3) Kigali Declaration
    • Note on outline attached
  • Agenda item (4) Other Business

GWG Bureau Meeting 25 21 March 2019

Agenda
  • Agenda item (1) Minutes of Meeting 24
    • Minutes prepared by UNSD
  • Agenda item (2) Big Data Week in Kigali
    • Oral update on the status of the organization
    • Agendas of Conference and Seminar are attached
  • Agenda item (3) Sustainable Business Model
    • Oral update by ONS, UK, on Institutional Business Model
  • Agenda item (4) Other Business

GWG Bureau Meeting 24 14 March 2019

Agenda
  • Agenda item (1) Big Data Week in Kigali
    • Oral update on the status of the organization
    • Update of the Program of the Conference
  • Agenda item (2) Other Business

Meeting documents


GWG Bureau Meeting 23 20 February 2019

Agenda
  • Agenda item (1) Minutes of Meeting 22
    • Minutes prepared by UNSD
  • Agenda item (2) Sustainable Business Model
    • Oral update by ONS, UK, on Business Model
  • Agenda item (3) Big Data Week in Kigali
    • Oral update on the status of the organization
    • Update of the Program of the Conference
  • Agenda item (4) Other Business

Meeting documents


GWG Bureau Meeting 22 6 February 2019

Agenda
  • Agenda item (1) Minutes of Meeting 21
    • Minutes prepared by UNSD
  • Agenda item (2) Sustainable Business Model
    • Oral update by ONS, UK, on Business Model
    • Concept Note on side-event - UNSD
  • Agenda item (3) Big Data Week in Kigali
    • Program of the Conference
  • Agenda item (4) GWG annual meeting – 1 May 2019
    • Draft agenda
  • Agenda item (5) Other Business

GWG Bureau Meeting 21 23 January 2019

Agenda
  • Agenda item (1) Minutes of Meeting 20
    • Minutes prepared by UNSD
  • Agenda item (2) Sustainable Business Model
    • Update by ONS, UK, on Business Model
    • Update by UNSD on side-event
  • Agenda item (3) Big Data Week in Kigali
    • Workshops
    • Data Science Campus seminar
    • GWG annual meeting
    • Big Data Conference
    • Media team
  • Agenda item (4) Other Business
    • Task Team on Training, Skills and Capacity Building
    • Website development

Meeting documents


GWG Bureau Meeting 20 9 January 2019

Agenda
  • Agenda item (1) Minutes of Meeting 19
    • Minutes prepared by UNSD
  • Agenda item (2) Sustainable Business Model
    • First draft of Background document
  • Agenda item (3) Upcoming GWG events
    • Side event at Statistical Commission – New York
    • Project meeting on measuring Human Mobility in Tbilisi
    • Big Data week in Kigali
  • Agenda item (4) Other Business
    • NTTS 2019 - Brussels

GWG Bureau Meeting 19 12 December 2018

Agenda
  • Agenda item (1) Minutes of Meeting 18
    • Minutes prepared by UNSD
  • Agenda item (2) Report to the Statistical Commission
    • Final report submitted to secretariat
  • Agenda item (3) Sustainable Business Model - starting the discussion
    • Stakeholder matrix
    • Ownership model
  • Agenda item (4) OneSoil - cooperation on crop yield estimates
  • Agenda item (5) Other Business

GWG Bureau Meeting 18 28 November 2018

Agenda
  • Agenda item (1) Minutes of Meeting 17
    • Minutes prepared by UNSD
  • Agenda item (2) Report to the Statistical Commission
    • Full draft report
    • Note on the organizational structure of the GWG (with reference to the TORs)
  • Agenda item (3) Other Business

GWG Bureau Meeting 17 14 November 2018

Agenda
  • Agenda item (1) Minutes of Meeting 16
    • Minutes prepared by UNSD
  • Agenda item (2) Report to the Statistical Commission
    • Draft prepared by UNSD
  • Agenda item (3) Advisory Board
    • Note prepared by UNSD
  • Agenda item (4) Task Teams, Workstreams and Project management
    • Note prepared by UNSD
  • Agenda item (5) Other Business

GWG Bureau Meeting 16 31 October 2018

Agenda
  • Agenda item (1) Minutes of Meeting 15
    • Minutes prepared by UNSD
  • Agenda item (2) Minutes of the GWG Annual Meeting, 21 Oct 2018, 8 AM – 9 AM
    • Draft Minutes prepared by UNSD
  • Agenda item (3) Task Team on Training, Skills and Capacity Building
  • Agenda item (4) 5th International Conference on Big Data in Kigali, Rwanda
    • Side-meeting at UNWDF in Dubai - oral update
    • Concept note to be prepared
  • Agenda item (5) Satellite event on Big Data at the 62nd ISI World Statistics Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    • Concept note to be prepared
  • Agenda item (6) Business model
    • Side-meeting at UNWDF in Dubai -yes pl Note prepared by ONS, UK
  • Agenda item (7) Debrief - GWG Open Day and UN World Data Forum
  • Agenda item (8) Report to the Statistical Commission
    • Outline prepared by UNSD
  • Agenda item (9) Other Business

GWG Bureau Meeting 15 17 October 2018

Agenda
  • Agenda item (1) Minutes of Meeting 14
    • Minutes prepared by UNSD
  • Agenda item (2) Annual GWG meeting, 21 Oct 2018, 8 AM - 9 AM
    • Note by UNSD
  • Agenda item (3) Report to the Statistical Commission
    • Note by UNSD
  • Agenda item (4) Other Business

GWG Bureau Meeting 14 3 October 2018

Agenda
  • Agenda item (1) Minutes of Meeting 12 and 13
    • Minutes prepared by UNSD
  • Agenda item (2) Annual GWG meeting, 21 Oct 2018, 8 AM - 9 AM
    • Draft agenda - UNSD
  • Agenda item (3) Open Day of the GWG on 21 October 2018
    • Update by UNSD
  • Agenda item (4) The 5th International Conference on Big Data for official statistics, Kigali, Rwanda, 30 April - 2 May 2019
    • Proposal by Statistics Denmark
  • Agenda item (5) Media Campaign
    • Update by ONS, UK
  • Agenda item (6) Other Business

GWG Bureau Meeting 13 19 September 2018

Agenda
  • Agenda item (1) Minutes of Meeting 12
    • Minutes prepared by UNSD
  • Agenda item (2) Open Day of the GWG on 21 October 2018
    • Update by UNSD
  • Agenda item (3) Microsoft Projects - Scoping Documents
    • Update by UNSD
  • Agenda item (4) Position Paper on UN GWG Data Policy Framework
  • Agenda item (5) Other Business

Meeting documents


GWG Bureau Meeting 12 5 September 2018

Agenda
  • Agenda item (1) Minutes of Meeting 11
    • Minutes prepared by UNSD
  • Agenda item (2) Open Day of the GWG on 21 October 2018
    • Update by UNSD - Note Attached
  • Agenda item (3) Microsoft Projects - Scoping Documents
    • Oral Update by UNSD
  • Agenda item (4) Other Business

GWG Bureau Meeting 11 22 August 2018

Agenda
  • Agenda item (1) Minutes of Meeting 10
    • Minutes prepared by UNSD
  • Agenda item (2) Open GWG day on 21 October 2018
    • Update by UNSD
  • Agenda item (3) Microsoft Projects
    • Update by UNSD
  • Agenda item (4) Position paper on GWG cooperation with private sector
    • Comment by UNSD
  • Agenda item (5) Other Business

Meeting documents


GWG Bureau Meeting 10 25 July 2018

Agenda
  • Agenda item (1) Minutes of Meeting 9
    • Minutes prepared by UNSD
  • Agenda item (2) Open GWG day on 21 October 2018
    • Update prepared by UNSD
  • Agenda item (3) Global Platform
    • Update by Mark Craddock
  • Agenda item (4) Task Teams
    • Update by UNSD
  • Agenda item (5) Schedule of GWG Bureau meetings
  • Agenda item (6) Other Business

GWG Bureau Meeting 9 11 July 2018

Agenda
  • Agenda item (1) Minutes of Meeting 8
    • Minutes prepared by UNSD
  • Agenda item (2) UN World Data Forum – Open GWG day on 21 October 2018
  • Agenda item (3) Position paper on partnerships of GWG with private sector
    • Update UNSD, Statistics Canada
  • Agenda item (4) Projects for Proof of Concept
    • Update by UNSD, Statistics Canada
  • Agenda item (5) Other Business
    • Update by UNSD on meeting with UN Global Pulse and visit of Mark and Gavin

GWG Bureau Meeting 8 27 June 2018

Agenda
  • Agenda item (1) Minutes of Meeting 7
    • Minutes prepared by UNSD
  • Agenda item (2) TOR and profiles for advisory group and its members
    • Note prepared by UNSD
  • Agenda item (3) UN World Data Forum – GWG day on 21 October 2018
    • Update by UNSD and FCSA
  • Agenda item (4) Position paper on partnerships of GWG with private sector
    • Introduction by UNSD
  • Agenda item (5) Projects for Proof of Concept
    • Update by UNSD
  • Agenda item (6) Other Business

GWG Bureau Meeting 7 31 May 2018

Agenda
  • Agenda item (1) Minutes of Meeting 6
    • Minutes prepared by UNSD
  • Agenda item (2) GWG website revision
    • Note prepared by UNSD
  • Agenda item (3) TOR and profiles for advisory group and its members
    • Note prepared by UNSD
  • Agenda item (4) Big Data activity in Africa & 6th Big Data Conference
    • African Development Bank
  • Agenda item (5) UN World Data Forum – GWG day on 21 October 2018
    • UNSD and FCSA
  • Agenda item (6) Availability of data, methods and algorithms on the global platform
  • Agenda item (7) Other Business

GWG Bureau Meeting 6 31 May 2018

Agenda
  • Agenda item (1) Minutes of meeting 5
  • Agenda item (2) Note and TOR template for Task Teams
  • Agenda item (3) Note and TOR for Scientific and technology Advisory Group
  • Agenda item (4) World Data Forum
  • Agenda item (5) Other business

GWG Bureau Meeting 5
16 May 2018

Agenda
  • Agenda item (1) Minutes of meeting
  • Agenda item (2) Note and TOR template for Task Teams
  • Agenda item (3) Work on the legal, ethical and funding considerations
  • Agenda item (4) Other business

Meeting documents


GWG Bureau Meeting 4
2 May 2018

Agenda
  • Agenda item (1) Structure of the GWG and membership of the GWG Bureau
    • Note by UNSD
  • Agenda item (2) Minutes of Meeting 2 and Meeting 3
    • Minutes prepared by UNSD
  • Agenda item (3) TOR template for Task Teams
    • Note by UNSD and Statistics Denmark
  • Agenda item (4) Work on the Legal, Ethics, Partnerships, Data Access, Advocacy and Funding issues
    • Note by co-Chairs
  • Agenda item (5) Other business

GWG Bureau Meeting 3
19 April 2018

Agenda
  • Agenda item (1) Minutes of meeting
  • Agenda item (2) Note and TOR template for Task Teams
  • Agenda item (3) Work on the legal, ethical and funding considerations
  • Agenda item (4) Other business

GWG Bureau Meeting 2
5 April 2018

Agenda
  • Agenda item (1) Meeting schedule
    • Update by UNSD
  • Agenda item (2) GWG membership and GWG Bureau
    • Update by UNSD
  • Agenda item (3) Future Big Data Conferences
    • Update by UNSD
  • Agenda item (4) Meetings with Microsoft, Alibaba, Google, Nielsen and IBM
    • Update by UNSD
  • Agenda item (5) Update of the GWG website
    • Update by UNSD
  • Agenda item (6) Work on the legal, ethical and funding considerations
    • Update by co-Chairs
  • Agenda item (7) TOR template for Task Teams
    • Update by Statistics Denmark
  • Agenda item (8) UN WDF
    • Update by UNSD

Meeting documents


GWG Bureau Meeting 1
21 March 2018

Agenda
  • Agenda item (1) UN Statistical Commission debrief
    • Note by Niels on the GWG to-do list
    • Note by UNSD on UNSC events and outcomes
  • Agenda item (2) UN World Data Forum
    • Status report by UNSD
  • Agenda item (3) Projects and Partnerships.
    • Note by UNSD on partnerships and project proposals
  • Agenda item (4) Domain Names for GWG website and platform
    • Note by UNSD on possible domain names
  • Agenda item (5) INFOTEC meeting of INEGI
    • INEGI to give oral explanation
  • Agenda item (6) Calendar of activities
    • Note by UNSD on super-calendar with activities and events related to the work of the GWG