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Introduction to Big data in official statistics – 3 webinars - 2024

 Introduction to Big data in official statistics – 3 webinars 
Course LeaderDonato Summa
Target GroupOfficial statisticians (including managers) to be involved in big data activities and having no specific knowledge on this subject; Official statisticians (including managers) who, without being directly involved in big data activities, need basic knowledge on the use of big data in official statistics.
Entry Qualifications
  • Sound command of English. Participants should be able to make short interventions and to actively participate in discussions

Main objectives of the course are:

  • Introducing the participants to the concept of Big Data, the associated challenges and opportunities, and the statistical methods and IT tools needed to make the use of Big Data effective in official statistics.
  • Overviewing statistical methods and IT tools available for Big Data usage in Official Statistics

Webinar 1: The big data phenomenon and the role of official statistics

  • Big data and the digital traces people leave
  • The implication of big data for official statistics
  • Big Data initiatives in official statistics at international level
  • Trust Smart Statistics

Webinar 2: Methodological challenges of big data for official statistics

  • The curse of dimensionality
  • From captured big data to statistical units (unit-error)
  • Selectivity and overview of methods to correct it
  • Over-fitting, multiple inference, and model based inference

Webinar 3: Applications of big data to official statistics

  • Online job Advertisment (OJA) data
  • Automatic identification system (AIS) data
  • Mobile network (MNO) data
  • Webscraping enterprises websites data

The EU big data test infrastructure (BDTI)

Expected OutcomeTo have a good understanding of Big Data technologies and methods to process Big Data for Official Statistics purposes.
Training Methods
  • Presentations and lectures
  • Exchange of views/experiences on national practices, if any
  • Exercises
Required ReadingNone
Suggested Reading
Required PreparationNone



CBS: Piet DAAS, Marco PUTS



Practical Information    
WhenDurationWhereOrganiserAPPLICATION VIA National Contact Point
6, 13 and 20.02.20243 webinarsOn-line, Zoom


Public Sector GmbH

Deadline: 03.01.2024