53rd Session of the United Nations Statistical Commission // Side Event
The role of the Regional Hubs in mainstreaming
Big Data and data science in official statistics

15 February 2022
08:00 - 09:00 AM (EST)


Regional Hubs for Big Data in support of the UN Global Platform

With all these efforts of accelerating the modernization of official statistics, it is still difficult to reach and involve the statistical offices in all corners of the world. To be more inclusive and bring modernization closer to home, four Regional Hubs for Big Data in support of the UN Global Platform were established in Brazil (Rio de Janeiro), China (Hangzhou), Rwanda (Kigali) and UAE (Dubai) during 2020 and 2021. The main objectives of the Regional Hubs are the facilitation of innovation projects, the sharing of methods, algorithms and tools, and the provision of training in the use of Big Data and data science for the community of official statisticians in their respective regions. The Regional Hubs will be used to organize international seminars and workshops on data science and modernization of official statistics. For example, the National Bureau of Statistics of China organized thus far two international seminars in December 2020 and September 2021 in hybrid format, with in-person participation of national statisticians and remote participation of international statisticians.