• Conseil National de l’Information Statistique (CNIS) and National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE) Meet Their Public
Public statistics offices facing new challenges
Public statistics offices produce figures and studies that are essential for understanding economic and social life in France. They help clarify democratic debate by providing reliable indicators, vital for decision-making.
With the growing complexity of society, and changes in the economic and financial world, the measurement tools statisticians use are evolving. There are questions that can legitimately be asked: how can public statisticians adapt their work to take into account economic and social upheavals the moment they occur? How can we meet the new needs of users? What is the role of public statistics offices at a time when there is such an abundance of figures and “big data” is growing?
To discuss these issues, the Conseil National de l’Information Statistique (National Council for Statistical Information–CNIS) and INSEE will meet the users of public statistics: elected representatives, company directors, the media, associations, trade unions, administrations, researchers, students and citizens. With the programme “Public statistics and democracy: what’s the point of figures?”, CNIS and INSEE hope to raise awareness of the relevance of the work of public statistics offices, to promote a better understanding and wider use of their data in public debate and to exchange with users for a better picture of their expectations.
Four events organised by CNIS and INSEE are:
- At the “Journées de l’économie” (JECO), on 14 and 15 November 2013 in Lyon, experts from INSEE will
participate in “Cafés économiques de Bercy” to present to the public the economy of the Rhône-Alpes
region, in a participatory setting.
- A seminar, “Statistics and the media”, organised in conjunction with the École Supérieure de
Journalisme in Lille, will be held on Thursday 12 December 2013 to raise media awareness of working
with statistical data, at a time when “data journalism” is growing fast.
- Highlight of these events, a conference-debate “What’s the point of figures?” co-organised with the
Conseil économique, social et environnemental (Economic, Social and Environmental Council) at the
Palais d’Iéna in Paris, on Thursday 30 January 2014. To mark this event, INSEE will publish a document
in the Insee Références collection tracing “Thirty years of economic and social life”.
- In partnership with the association “Les Petits Débrouillards”, which has been awarded investment for
future projects, INSEE is developing activities to encourage young people to be aware of the
potential of statistics, which will be presented at the conference on 30 January 2014.
Public statistics are produced and disseminated by INSEE, ministerial statistical offices, and public operators such as Cereq, Ined and Acoss.
The Conseil national de l’information statistique (National Council for Statistical Information–CNIS) works to ensure agreement between the producers and users of public statistics: employers’ bodies and syndicates, institutions representing national and regional elected representatives, associations, administrations, researchers. The CNIS highlights their statistical needs for debate and action.
• Third Italian Day of Statistics to be Celebrated October 21, 2013
On October 21, 2013 Istat will celebrate the Third Italian Day of Statistics.
The initiative, sponsored and organized by the Italian National Institute of Statistics (Istat) and the Italian Institute of Statistics (SIS), is aimed at boosting the development of statistical literacy in the country through various activities for the promotion of official and public statistics.
During the event, young students–winners of national and international competitions–will be awarded their prizes and distinguished experts will discuss the event themes of ‘Statistics at School’ and ‘Data Visualization’.
As part of the wider celebrations for the International Year of Statistics, the Day will be an opportunity to launch three new contests organized by the School of Statistics and Social and Economic Analysis (Istat), the Fondazione Giovanni Agnelli and the Istat-Google partnership within the study Commission on Big Data.
• Presentation of First Results of the Industry and Services Census and the Non-profit Institutions Census, Italian National Institute of Statistics (Istat), Rome, Italy, July 11, 2013
In a period of difficult economic situation, the results of this census are important to know the structural changes undergone by the country’s production system over the years. The first results pertaining to enterprises, public institutions and non-profit organizations will be made available, with strong territorial detail, in a dedicated data warehouse.
Besides many innovations in methods, techniques and organization, the census operation has seen a strong use of the web. All public institutions, indeed, 79% of firms and almost 60% of non-profit institutions completed the questionnaire via the Internet. Such process innovations allowed Istat to improve the timeliness of the publication of final results, which in fact began only four months after the Census closing date.
• Genetic Epidemiology and Statistics: Methods and Applications in the Next Generation Sequencing Age
The Center for Genetics and Complex Traits (CGACT) of the University of Pennsylvania will host a one-day conference on Genetic Epidemiology and Statistics: Methods and Applications in the Next Generation Sequencing Age, May 17 at the Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel.
The 2013 Mid-Atlantic Genetic Epidemiology and Statistics (MAGES) Conference will bring together an interdisciplinary group of scientists working in the fields of statistical genetics and genetic epidemiology, and will provide an opportunity for faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students working in these fields to convene and review new developments. The aim is to facilitate exchange of ideas and promote interactions and collaborations among participants.
The 2013 MAGES Conference is sponsored by the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB) of the University of Pennsylvania. Registration is free but is mandatory and limited to 150 participants. For information and to register for the conference please visit the website: http://www.med.upenn.edu/magesconference or contact Katherine Toder: email@example.com.
• Central Michigan University to host International Statistical Conference
In the celebration of Statistics2013, Central Michigan University will hold an” International Conference on Statistical Distributions and Applications (ICOSDA 2013)“ to provide a platform for researchers and practitioners to share and discuss recent advancements on distribution theory and applications, and to encourage opportunities for research collaborations. Join us from October 10-12, 2013 in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, USA.</p?
The scope of this conference includes, but is not limited to, (1) new methodologies for generating generalized distributions; (2) properties of generalized distributions; (3) frequentist and Bayesian statistical inferences and goodness of fit tests for generalized distributions; (4) Bayesian priors using generalized distributions; (5) statistical modeling using generalized distributions and (6) applications of generalized distributions in biomedical sciences, finance, insurance, survival analysis, engineering and others.
The keynote speakers are Professors B.C. Arnold, N. Balakrishnan, M.C. Jones, Paul Speckman.
Visit http://people.cst.cmich.edu/lee1c/icosda for more information.
• New degree programs started at Université Des Sciences et de la Technologie Houari Boumediene (USTHB)
As a Statistics2013-related activity, USTHB (Algeria) has opened a graduate program called “Doctorat de 3iéme cycle in Probabilités-Statistiques et Applications.” This program follows the creation in 2009-2010 of the “Master Ingenierie Statistique Modelisation et Traitement Informatique des Données” program.
Colleagues at USTHB invite statisticians from abroad to visit and present lectures or workshops. For more information about the programs, see www.lmstd.usthb.dz/.
• Applied Statistics Congress in Ecuador
Escuela Superior Politécnica de Chimborazo, Universidad Veracruzana de México, Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica and Lakehead University of Canada are joining together to organize the Applied Statistics Congress in order to depict the importance of Statistics in our lives. The Congress will spread out cutting-edge information on statistical tools to assess environmental, health, economical, and social problems. Researchers, students, and technicians will attend this important academic event that will be held in Riobamba, Ecuador from April 24th to 26th. Before the Congress there will be a workshop to demonstrate the importance of using statistical approaches in Geographical Information Systems, Financial and Epidemiological issues.
• Activities planned at Haramaya University, Ethiopia
The Department of Statistics of Haramaya University plans to celebrate the International year of Statistics by giving short-term trainings on Statistical packages for the community, presenting papers on different workshops, and creating awareness about statistics using different media. For more information, please contact Mr. Seifu Neda, Head of the Department.
• DevInfo 7 allows users to keep track of data on human development
Community Systems Foundation announces the launch of DevInfo 7.0 (www.devinfo.org), a royalty-free database system endorsed by the United Nations Development Group that enables easy browsing, uploading, visualizing, and sharing of data relevant to human development.
DevInfo 7.0 is consistent with the mission of the International Year of Statistics by encouraging transparency and data-driven decisions. It makes it easy for governments, development partners, UN agencies, researchers, journalists, students, and the general public to access development information. Powerful tables/graphs/maps can be generated instantly for insertion in reports and advocacy tools. The new “My Data” feature lets users upload or copy/paste their data onto the site as a way to organize and visualize it.
• Society Counts, Quantitative Skills in the Social Sciences and Humanities
The British Academy has launched a Position Statement, Society Counts, on the issue of quantitative skills in the humanities and social sciences. The statement outlines the problem of a deficit, the need for quantitative methods, as well as the range of initiatives currently underway in order to meet this challenge.
In 2011, the British Academy launched a four-year programme to support quantitative skills in the humanities and social sciences. Working with key stakeholders, the Academy seeks both to build capacity and to demonstrate the value of quantitative skills for the health and wellbeing of the education and research base, UK competitiveness, and for individuals and society at large.
Please click here for more information and to download Society Counts.
• Celebrating the International Year of Statistics in Hungary
Responding to the call of the International Statistical Institute to celebrate International Year of Statistics 2013, the Hungarian Statistical Association has already joined the initiative and is preparing the programme of the event. It will be an excellent occasion to promote statistics and Hungary is planning to use some innovative tool to bring together statisticians and users.
The plan is to establish for a week a “statistical base” at the Szentendre Open Air Museum (http://www.skanzen.hu) which is a famous attraction for Hungarian and foreign people eager to know how people lived in villages and market towns in Hungary during the past two hundred years. The site is a big museum complex situated in beautiful natural surroundings in the vicinity of Budapest. It covers 60 hectares with 274 buildings and 5 km paths. It is divided into seven regional units presenting the houses, living conditions, shops, crafts, habits, tools used by the people in different settings and times. This is not a “simple” museum, visitors can experience in functioning old shops, houses, how people lived and worked in the seven regions. The Museum is a sort of a symbol of rural Hungary and has great reputation among Hungarian and foreign visitors. Families, young people are frequent visitors of the museum in all periods of the year.
We plan to post statisticians in the different regional locations where they would present posters, statistical leaflets containing data on the given region, and would establish a dialogue with the interested visitors to explain how statistics works and what it can bring to people. The choice of the place creates an environment that will hopefully help us to show and prove that statistics are not merely numbers or tables but are rooted in the everyday life of the people.
Statistical TOTO to be played in 2013: World Statistics Day 2010 was organized in Hungary through a series of different activities and events. One popular activity was the so-called Statistical TOTO game available on the website of the Hungarian Central Statistical Office (HCSO). Prior to the World Statistics Day, in July, August and September 2010 a Statistical TOTO was published weekly and could be played online by anyone on the website of our office. It included questions about the history of statistics, the work of the office, statistical data collections, publications, and data that could be found on the HCSO website, in our publications and databases. Our goal was not simply to assess people’s statistical knowledge, but rather to encourage frequent visits to our website and hereby, to raise visitors’ awareness.
We plan to organize among others a similar initiative on the occasion of the International Year of Statistics in 2013. From January to November 2013 a Statistical TOTO game compiled by the HSA will be published on our website monthly both in Hungarian and in English and all visitors will be encouraged to play with us. In December the winners will be awarded with special Hungarian gifts.
• In celebration of the International Year of Statistics, the Uganda Statistical Society has begun a series of monthly seminars with inspiring speakers talking about how they use statistics in their work. What a great way to encourage people to think about becoming a statistician!
• Donetsk National University in the Ukraine plans activities for the International Year of Statistics, and is spreading the word in Russian and English. See ufin.donnu.edu.ua/uploads/files/kafedri/STATISTICA/graduate/SNO/god_stat.pdf
• Consultoría Estadística announces a “protocol competition” in honor of the International Year of Statistics.
Statistics and its Interactions with Other Disciplines (SIOD 2013)
The International Conference on Statistics and its Interactions with Other Disciplines (SIOD 2013), to be organized in HoChiMinh City, on June 5, 6, and 7 / 2013, will provide a forum for all researchers, as well as educators, working in the statistical science field itself, or in disciplines using statistical methods, to present their work, and get to know other researchers as well.
Additional details and registration can be found at siod.tdt.edu.vn.
• Applications are Invited for Visiting Positions Related to the Celebrations of the International Year of Statistics, and Mathematics of Planet Earth at CIMAT, Guanajuato, Mexico, 2013
Centro de Investigación en Matemáticas (CIMAT), in Guanajuato, Mexico (www.cimat.mx), invites leading researchers to submit their applications for two visiting positions from January to December 2013. One position is related to the International Year of Statistics (www.statistics2013.org/) and the other to Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013 (www.mpe2013.org/). Candidates are sought to conduct research and activities in any challenging and important topics that achieve the goals of the celebration of this special year, and with potential impact in the strengthening of academic programs at CIMAT.
Expected income is of 4000 USD per month, and six- or twelve-months positions are possible.
Applicants are required to have a noteworthy career in research, having productivity consistent with time since graduation and leadership.
Interested applicants should send a letter of application to José Alfredo López-Mimbela (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the following materials attached:
- Current Curriculum vitae.
- A three-page work plan, including purposes, description of research topics and activities during the term of the visiting position, indicating which specific goals of the International Year of Statistics or Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013 would be addressed, and the potential contributions to CIMAT academic programs.
- Two letters of reference.
- Proposed term for the visiting position and the position sought (IYStat or Math of Planet Earth).