Workshop on use of Mobile Phone Data Organized by Positium, Flowminder, and BPS Indonesia
This workshop aims to demystify mobile phone data by way of practical work with datasets themselves. The course is structured around the chain of processing mobile phone data (MPD), from big data to results. During this course you will be able to learn and experience (a) what is mobile phone data; (b) how to extract insights; (c) how to use it for official statistics.
29 April - 1 May 2019
Data Science Campus, National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda, Kigali, Rwanda
Mr Siim Esko, Positium
Ms Tracey Li, Flowminder
Ms Alfatihah Reno, BPS Indonesia
Mr Karoly Kovacs, UNSD
Mr Shengjie Lai, University of Southampton
Day 1: Mobile Phone Data and Official Statistics
Monday, 29 April 2019
Introduction Presenter: Karoly Kovacs
Introductions to the workshop – Why use Big Data for Official Statistics
Session 1.1 - Mobile Phone Data use in Official Statistics Presenter: Karoly Kovacs
UN Global Working Group for Big Data in Official Statistics has a dedicated Task Team on Mobile Phone Data – overview of the objectives, deliverables and current work of the task team and its ongoing projects
Current projects in the use of MPD for official statistics
Session 1.2 - Mobile Phone Data overview Presenter: Siim Esko
What is mobile phone location data? Where does it come from? What information does it hold and what it doesn’t?
Exercise - Mobile Phone Data hands-on Facilitators: Siim Esko, Tracey Li and Alfatihah Reno
Participants will have access to and inspect two common types of mobile phone data – Call Detail Records and signaling data – in the raw data form
Session 1.3 - Access MPD Presenter: Siim Esko and Tracey Li
How to get access to mobile data for NSIs?
Privacy and regulatory concerns
Data access models
Understanding stakeholders and partnership models
Exercise - Mobile Phone Data survey
Participants will fill a brief survey on the necessary conditions currently available in their organization for accessing and using mobile phone data.
Day 2: Mobile Phone Data and Official Statistics
Tuesday, 30 April 2019
Session 2.1 - Working with MPD for Official Statistics Presenter: Alfatihah Reno Maulani
How to clean and pre-process the data?
How to calculate tourism statistics?
How to use mobile phone data for detecting homes?
Coverage challenges to overcome with MPD Presenter: Siim Esko
Exercise - Exploring MPD
Exploring MPD using tools of your choice to detect tourism and home location
Session 2.2 - Working with MPD in resource-scarce settings Presenter: Tracey Li
MPD in resource-scarce settings – limitations and data quality issues
Examples of basic analysis and aggregates
Session 2.3 - Planning a Mobile Phone Data Project Presenter: Siim Esko
Develop roadmaps for MPD projects - discuss the current situation based on survey responses and analysing the missing pieces in each country
Day 3: Mobile Phone Data and Official Statistics
Wednesday, 1 May 2019
Session 3.1 - Current research and future direction Presenters: Tracey Li, Shengjie Lai
Review of the research base around MPD
Recent research in the field in migration and population statistics
Discussion on the standardization of methods
Session 3.2 - Workshop wrap-up and close Facilitator: Karoly Kovacs
General discussion and Q&A with workshop participants