Within the framework of the Single Market Programme (SMP) of the European Union, Eurostat has declared the project MNO-MINDS as the winner of the SMP-ESS-2022-TSS-METH-TOOLS-IBA. The acronym MNO-MINDS stands for Mobile Network Operator Methods for Integrating New Data Sources. The project is led by Istat, as coordinator, together with nine other European National Statistical Institutes as partners (Austria, Germany, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Sweden and Portugal).

The project fits into the framework of the Trusted Smart Statistics Strategy and Roadmap adopted in 2019, by implementing the Bucharest memorandum on official statistics in a datafied society and moves its steps drawing on all the previous experiences on big data in the ESS.

Its objective is to propose new methodologies for the integration of Mobile Network Operator (MNO) data with other non-MNO data sources for the production of regular official statistics and foresees the production of guidelines and the provision of training courses to prepare the European Statistical System for the use of the new methodologies for such integration.

Started on 1 November 2023, the project MNO-MINDS will end on 30 November 2025.

The project activities are structured into four work-packages (WPs):

 The project has also a dedicated webpage on Istat official website .

MNO-MINDS Latest News

  • SPRINT session will be held in Vienna on 10-11 June 2024, at Stat Austria premises. Available flyer here where you can access registration form.


  • The project Kick-off meeting was held on 5 December 2023 in Rome at Istat premises. Agenda available here.