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Second global conference on big data for official statistics

20-10-2015  – 22-10-2015 Abu Dhabi

Organized by the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), the National Bureau of Statistics of the United Arab Emirates (NBS UAE), the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and the Statistical Office of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC-Stat).

Innovations in technology, widespread penetration of electronic devices, and the rapid rise in the use of technology for social purposes all bring fundamental changes to the availability of real-time information. Such massive, highly dynamic and weakly structured data is commonly referred to as Big Data. Recognizing the potential of Big Data, the UN Statistical Commission established in 2014 a global working group (GWG) to provide strategic vision, direction and coordination of a global programme on Big Data for official statistics. Within this context the 2nd Global Conference on Big Data will take place on 20-22 October in Abu Dhabi.

This conference intends to take the development of Big Data one step further from examples towards guidance, which can stimulate training, pilot projects and bringing pilot projects into the production environment. The GWG promotes the practical use of Big Data, promotes capacity building and sharing of experiences, while finding common solutions for the challenges.

The opening day of the conference coincides with the second World Statistics Day, which proclaims “Better data. Better lives.” This means that opening day provides the unique opportunity to celebrate World Statistics Day, while highlighting the benefits of Big Data for official statistics.

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