March 18, 2018


The European path towards Trusted Smart Statistics

Wednesday, 10 October

11:30-13:00 Registration
12:00-13:00 Welcome coffee
13:00-13:30 Welcome address by:
Tudorel ANDREI, President of National Institute of Statistics of Romania
Marianne THYSSEN, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility (video)
13:30-13:50 Keynote speech 
Ana Birchall,
Vice-Prime Minister of Romania for the implementation of strategic partnerships
13:50 Session 1: Big data and official statistics: state of play
Chair: Tudorel Andrei, President of NIS-RO
13:50-14:50 Strategic developments at European and UN level

  • Embracing Big Data within the ESS: Joining forces for higher impact (Eurostat)
  • The ESSnet Big Data: highlights of results and outlook for future work (CBS, NL)
    Abstract | PaperPresentation
  • Strategic developments at global level (GWG Big Data for Official Statistics)
    Abstract | PaperPresentation

Questions and discussion

14:50-15:30 National experiences I

  • Data Integration challenges – ICT survey and web scraped data from enterprise websites (ISTAT, IT)
    Abstract | PaperPresentation
  • Using Web scrapping techniques for price statistics – the Romanian experience (NIS, RO)
    Abstract | Paper | Presentation
  • Experiences and best practice in developing new production processes for statistical products: Price statistics – the case of Slovenia (SURS, SI)
    Abstract | PaperPresentation
15:30-15:50 Coffee break
15:50-17:00 National experiences II

  • Towards a methodological framework for the integration of mobile phone data in the production of official statistics (INE, ES/NIS, RO)
    Abstract | PaperPresentation
  • Understanding socio-spatial segregation in French cities with mobile phone data (INSEE, FR)
    Abstract | PaperPresentation 
  • The application of network theory in the official statistics (KSH, HU)
    Abstract | Paper |  Presentation
  • New developments on online cash registers and road traffic data (KSH, HU)
    Abstract | Paper |  Presentation

Questions and discussion

17:00-18:30 Addressing key challenges for business innovation

  • Big data to improve policy and decision making: The Experience of Statistics Netherlands (CBS, NL)
    Abstract | Paper | Presentation
  • The SSP Lab: The very young experience of the French NSI (INSEE, FR)
    Abstract | Paper |  Presentation
  • Skills and capacity building for big data in official statistics: the current landscape of teaching data science in Poland (Statistics Poland)
  • Key factors for obtaining access to big data (StatBel, BE)
    Abstract | Paper |  Presentation

Questions, discussion and final conclusions by the chair

Thursday, 11 October

08:00-09:00 Registration
09:00 Session 2: Big data and governance paradigms
Chair: Eduardo BARREDO CAPELOT, Director, Eurostat
09:00-10:00 Towards new production models

Questions and discussion

10:00-11:00 Evolution strategies

Questions and discussion

11:00-11:20 Coffee Break
11:20-13:00 Panel and plenary discussion on common issues of governance
Chair: Eduardo Barredo Capelot, Director, Eurostat
Discussion on common issues of institution, process and data governance
Panellists: Mariana Kotzeva (DG Eurostat), Pádraig Dalton (DG CSO Ireland), Genovefa Ružić (DG SURS Slovenia), Jørgen Elmeskov (DG Statistics Denmark), Freddy de Meersman (Proximus), Baldur Kubo (Cybernetica AS)
13:00-14:00 Lunch break
14:00 Session 3: The European path towards Trusted Smart Statistics
Chair: Dominik ROZKRUT, President Statistics Poland
14:00-15:10 Smart Statistics happening today

  • Trusted smart statistics: the challenge of extracting usable aggregate information from new data sources (Prof. Maurizio Vichi, David J. Hand)
    Paper |  Presentation
  • Examples from selected domains
    • Objective Monitoring of the Obesogenic Behaviour and the Role of the Local Environment. New methods for collecting evidence (Dr Anastasios N. Delopoulos)
      AbstractPaper |  Presentation
    • Developing smart statistics for urban mobility: challenges and opportunities (Dr Andrew McHugh)
      Paper |  Presentation
  • The role of citizen science in statistical production systems of the future (Prof. Evelyn Ruppert)
    Abstract | PaperPresentation

Questions and discussion

15:10-16:10 Shaping trusted smart statistics for tomorrow

Questions, discussion and concluding remarks by the chair

16:10-16:30 Coffee break
16:30-17:30 Panel and plenary discussion: the European path towards trusted smart statistics: strategic priorities
Chair: Mariana Kotzeva, Director-General of Eurostat
Panellists: T.B.P.M. (Tjark) Tjin-A-Tsoi (DG CBS Netherlands), Dominik Rozkrut (President Statistics Poland), Tudorel Andrei (President NIS Romania), Ronald Jansen (Ass. Dir. UNSD), Michail Skaliotis (HoTF Eurostat), Prof Evelyn Ruppert (Goldsmith University London)
17:30-18:00 Bucharest Memorandum on the European path towards trusted smart statistics
Actionable points and concluding remarks
Mariana Kotzeva, Director-General of Eurostat