Regional Hub for Big Data in Brazil
in Support of the United Nations Global Platform

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Hub Website


Strengthening ties and promoting cooperation between producers of official statistics in the Region

Supporting sharing of experiences and knowledge, promoting increased contact and integration between regional producers and users, and increasing use of the knowledge generated.

Training and fostering the interest of young statisticians on the use of Big Data in Official Statistics

Offering online courses and webinars, with theoretical content and hands on activities, on methods, techniques, and tools for the use of Big Data in Official Statistics.

Supporting research on the use of
Big Data and Data Science

Broadening the thematic scope of research on the use of Big Data in Official Statistics to gain experience in handling and processing this type of data; improving the accuracy and robustness of the results; developing protocols for incorporation of new data sources into the portfolio of Statistics Institutes in the Region.

Organizing and hosting seminars and conferences

Facilitate the exchange of information and contribute to the discussion on the use of new data sources and technologies, increasing involvement of Latin American and the Caribbean NSIs in developing new data sources, methods, and algorithms for the global statistical system.


The Regional Hub in Brazil aims to contribute to the advancement in the use of Big Data and Data Science to improve the production of official statistics, promoting the sharing of knowledge and the development of innovative initiatives in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Hub is based at the National School of Statistical Sciences (ENCE), an academic area of the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE). The School will coordinate the efforts and contributions from different areas of the Institute in support of the activities of the Regional Hub. Founded in 1953, the School has a long tradition of training and research, working at the undergraduate and graduate levels, in addition to offering e-learning.


The Hub's activities will be developed at national level in partnership between the various departments of the IBGE, other Government Agencies, Universities, and Non-Governmental Institutions. At international level, in partnership with the United Nations, other Regional and International Organizations, national statistical institutes from the region, and other academic and research institutes from outside Brazil. The Hub will benefit from IBGE's existing partnerships, such as with the National Institute for Space Research (INPE), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Brazilian Network Information Center (, among others.


Ongoing experiences in the Region will help to leverage the mission of the Hub. Various National Statistical Offices are already seeking to enhance the use of Big Data and Data Science to improve statistical and geoscientific production, in particular, the use of web scraping and satellite images.


Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


  • National School of Statistical Sciences (ENCE) of the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE)
  • UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA)

Regional Hub Website: