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Data acquisition with respect to privately held data based on partnerships - 2024

Data acquisition with respect to privately held data based on partnerships  
Course LeaderBarteld Braaksma 
Target GroupStaff from NSIs who are involved or wish to become involved in the acquisition of privately held data (PHD) as a source for official statistics. This engagement may come in different shapes, such as involvement at a legal or policy level, in negotiations with holders of PHD or stakeholders engagement. 
Entry Qualifications
  • Sound command of English. Participants should be able to make short interventions and to actively participate in discussions.
  • Academic level.
  • Make the participants aware of what is involved in the acquisition of PHD for use in official statistics, including the European legal and policy background and what is needed for developing partnerships.
  • The course should enable the participants to apply the acquired knowledge in roles such as developing policies concerning the acquisition and use of PHD and developing partnerships.

The main subjects covered are:

  • PHD compared to other data sources for official statistics, from the national and European perspective.
  • The need for acquisition of PHD for official statistics, including from the perspective of the users of these statistics.
  • The European legal and policy context of acquisition and use of PHD.
  • The current state of acquisition and use of PHD at the national and international level.
  • Considerations and principles that are relevant in the context of the acquisition and use of PHD, including legal provisions.
  • The development of partnerships aimed at exploring and exploiting PHD: conditions and sustainability, the business perspective, required skills, identification of win-win posibilities, costs aspects, scope of collaboration, national and international approaches, communication, good practices.
  • Practical examples of acquisition and use of PHD, such as scanner data, web scraping and data from mobile network operators (MNOs).
Expected OutcomeHaving acquired a background that is adequate for involvement in the acquisition of PHD as a source for official statistics (e.g. at a legal or policy level or in negotiations with holders of PHD). 
Training Methods
  • Presentations and lectures.
  • Discussions and exchange of views; exchange of experiences on (inter)national practices.
  • Exercises involving acting in assigned roles.
Required Reading
  • ESSC doc 2020/43/8/EN – Actions enabling the use of privately held data for official statistics (May 2020).
Suggested Reading
  • PG Task Force on access to privately held data – ESS use cases for privately held data (21 September 2020).
  • ESSnet Big Data – Guidelines for the access to mobile phone data within the ESS. Deliverable 5.2 of Work Package 5, Mobile Phone Data (20 June 2017).
  • CBS – Big Data Strategies for Official Statistics. Paper prepared for the 2018 DGINS Conference (2018).
  • European Commission – Towards a European strategy on business-to-government data sharing for the public interest. Final report prepared by the High-Level Expert Group on Business-to-Government Data Sharing (19 February 2020).
  • European Commission – A European strategy for data. Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions (19 February 2020).
Required PreparationAcquire some knowledge of the national situation and experience concerning the acquisition and use of PHD for statistical purposes. 


Barteld Braaksma (CBS Netherlands)

Gert Buiten (CBS Netherlands)

Matthias Offermans (CBS Netherlands)

Dr. Florian Henning (CBS Netherlands)

Lianne Ippel (CBS Netherlands)

Daniël von Berg (guest speaker from CBS)



Practical Information    
WhenDurationWhereOrganiserAPPLICATION VIA National Contact Point
25–26.09.20242 daysStatistics Netherlands, The Hague


Public Sector GmbH

Deadline: 29.08.2024