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Accessing privately held data for statistics - lessons learnt from the UN World Data Forum webinar

September 1, 2022

Martina Barbero

The European Union (EU) Data Act is the first large-scale attempt to regulate public sector access to privately held data for policy making purposes, with this blog post unpacking the Act. Back in April 2022, a UN World Data Forum panel discussion explored the key lessons learnt from the European experience in establishing data access rights for the public sector, how they can be relevant for National Statistical Offices around the world, and ,the implications of the Data Act globally. This event brought together speakers from the European Commission, representatives from National Statistical Offices (the Uruguay Instituto Nacional de Estadística - INE-Uruguay and Statistics Canada) and from the private sector (Dalberg Data Insights).

Promoting data use: a key challenge for statisticians

December 16, 2021

Pietro Gennari

Dorian Kalamvrezos Navarro

Data, in and of itself, is useless unless it significantly and extensively contributes to informing key public and private decisions. But promoting data use is one of the greatest challenge faced by statisticians working either in national or international organizations, for several reasons. While data producers are entities easy to identify and target, data users are a scattered, heterogeneous group, which are often isolated from decision-making processes. Moreover, there is a persistent communication gap between data producers and data users, in general, and more particularly, between the statistical community and the policy-making community.


UN World Data Forum webinar
Information session on the call for proposals for Hangzhou 2023

Tuesday, June 7 2022 , 7:00 to 8:15 am (ET)

Key questions covered in this webinar will include:

  • How will the programme be organized in Hangzhou 2023?
  • What are the benefits and appeal of submitting a proposal for Hangzhou 2023?
  • What are the expectations and responsibilities for an organizer if their proposal is chosen?
  • What does an attractive proposal look like according to the Programme Committee?

Legislative rules for accessing privately held data - lessons learnt and implications from the European Union’s Data Act for the Global Statistical Community

Thursday, April 28, 2022 , 9:00 to 10:15 am (ET)

This webinar, part of the UN World Data Forum webinar series, will bring together experts to:

  • What are the lessons learnt from the European experience in establishing data access rights for the public sector which can be relevant for NSOs?
  • What will be the implications (if any) of the Data Act on the data sharing experiences of NSOs from other countries?
  • How can National Statistical Offices benefit from the promulgation of overarching rules?