NEW SCALE – NEW NEEDS – NEW STATISTICS
takes place in Warsaw, 6-8 June 2018
The Scientific Programme Committee of the 2018 Conference, jointly organised by Statistics Poland (GUS), the International Association for Official Statistics (IAOS) Standing Committee of Regional and Urban Statistics (SCORUS) and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), has selected the three themes below for the GUS – SCORUS Conference “NEW SCALE – NEW NEEDS – NEW STATISTICS”. Under each of these themes, sessions will be organised which can each accommodate several papers and presentations. You are invited to submit proposals for papers for these themes.
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 14 May, 2018
Deadline for registration: 23 May, 2018Please send your abstracts to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information please consult the conference website: https://scorus2018.stat.gov.pl/
|NEW SCALE This session is dedicated to discussing changes of the scale with particular focus on: - space - economy - society - natural environment||Session topics might include issues related to:
|NEW NEEDS This session will focus on discussing new concepts and directions for development in the context of modern space management and the resulting information needs.||Session topics might include issues related to:
- new aspects of economy and social cooperation.
- new forms of flows (capital, goods, etc.).
|NEW STATISTICS This session will be a statistics respond for rapidly changing information needs, using modern methods and forms.||Session topics might include issues related to:
UNITED NATIONS WORLD DATA FORUM
took place in Cape Town, January 2017Session TA3.11: Data needs at the local level: “Leaving no one behind” – the geographical dimension and the new urban agenda Key messages from the session
- Organisations and individuals at all levels are stakeholders in ensuring that data is used efficiently to ensure that no one is left behind – international organisations, NSIs, other national organisations, regions and cities, civil society organisations and citizens.
- Local data are absolutely essential to identify local areas that suffer persistent deprivation – national averages, even city averages, hide large disparities at small area levels.
- Indicators at key geographical levels such as cities can capture and compare the spatial concentration of an issue by measuring the share of population in such an area. For example, the share of population without access to public transport or share of population living in an area with insufficient open space. Wherever possible and appropriate, the SDG (and other) indicators should be developed at city and smaller geographies.
- Geographical units of analysis such as cities, human settlements, urban and rural classifications should be routinely integrated into data collection mechanisms and definitions, and included in all relevant statistical outputs as standard disaggregation categories.
- Consistent international definitions of cities and settlements are essential to enable valid benchmarking and comparisons, and learn lessons from those facing similar issues. These can complement existing national definitions and need not replace them.
- In order to paint complete pictures of local areas, a multi-source approach needs to be taken, making use of statistical surveys, censuses, administrative information, geographical data, modelled estimates, and data from local providers and sources. The statisticians need to assess these sources and advise on their usefulness and fitness-for-purpose.
International Statistical Institutes Standing Committee on Regional and Urban Statistics (SCORUS) Stephen K.C. Leung
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Statistics and Science: A Report of the London Workshop on the Future of the Statistical Sciences (http://bit.ly/londonreport) is the product of a high-level meeting in London last November attended by 100 prominent statisticians from around the world. This invitation-only summit was the capstone event of the International Year of Statistics, a year-long celebration during 2013 that drew as participants more than 2,300 organizations from 128 countries.
The report is written in an accessible style so people who are not experts in statistics can understand its messages and the field’s impact on society. It can be used as a resource by students interested in studying statistics at university, by policymakers who want to better understand the value statistics provides society and by the general public to learn more about the misunderstood field of statistical science.
Organizations participating in The World of Statistics are encouraged to make the workshop report broadly available and accessible in their country by doing the following:
- Share the link to the report with your statistical and professional colleagues
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The latest International Year of Statistics newsletter is available at http://www.statistics2013.org/files/2013/11/November-4-2013.pdf
1,400 groups, 111 countries participate in global awareness campaign.
The SCORUS is joining hand with more than 1,400 organizations in 111 countries in combining energies in 2013 to promote the International Year of Statistics (Statistics2013), a worldwide initiative that will highlight the contributions of the statistics field to finding solutions to global challenges.
The goals of this awareness campaign are to:
- Increase public understanding of the power and impact of statistics on all aspects of society
- Nurture statistics as a profession, especially among high-school and college students
Statistics2013 participants include national and international professional societies, universities, schools, businesses, government agencies and research institutes. These groups will help millions of people understand the value of statistical science through seminars, workshops and outreach to students and the media.
Statistics—the science of learning from data and of measuring, controlling and communicating uncertainty—is much more than numbers on sports pages. Statistical science has powerful and far-reaching effects on everyone, yet most people are unaware of how it improves their lives. For most people, statistics is an invisible science. Through this yearlong, worldwide awareness campaign, SCORUS will work with other organizations to remove the veil that cloaks statistics from the public consciousness.
Examples of the impact of statistics abound in our society. For instance, statistics predicts weather and other natural hazards, powers Internet search engines and marketing campaigns, discovers and develops new drugs and makes the world secure and sustainable. Throughout the last two centuries, statistics was indispensable in confirming many of humankind’s greatest scientific discoveries and breakthroughs, such as the Higgs-Boson particle and the agricultural Green Revolution. As far as SCORUS is concerned, statistics also supports analyses and researches in urban and regional development.
Today, statistics is improving the quality of human life on the world’s major continents:
- Africa—Statistical analysis is reversing the cycle of poverty by improving literacy.
- Asia—Transportation infrastructure is being improved based on statistical models of people flow.
- Australia—Statistics was key in catching drug cheats during the 27th Olympic Games in 2000.
- Europe—Statistical science is a critical tool in planning efficient recycling systems.
- North America—Statistics is synthesizing evidence that improves treatments for heart conditions.
- South America—Statistical methods are helping to feed the world by identifying new crop varieties in breeding experiments.
Our world is increasingly data-rich and data-dependent. Statistical analysis extracts information from this voluminous data to form the basis for decision-making in all types of organizations. Without statistics, life would be very different.
Central features of the Statistics 2013 awareness campaign are its website—http://www.statistics2013.org/—and an informative two-and-a-half-minute video—Why Statistics Is Important to You—that explains how statistics improves the lives of the world’s 7 billion people. The website includes the following:
- What Is Statistics?—An explanation in layman’s language
- Stats2013AtSchool—A statistics quiz for students
- Statistics as a Career—Information about the work of statisticians and careers in statistics
- Teacher Resources—Primary and secondary school resources, a downloadable flyer and posters
To promote Statistics2013, SCORUS will organize a Satellite Meeting in Guangzhou, China on 2 – 3 September 2013 as a side event of the 2013 World Statistics Congress in Hong Kong on 25-30 August 2013.
The founding organizations of Statistics2013 are the American Statistical Association, Institute of Mathematical Statistics, International Biometric Society, International Statistical Institute (and the Bernoulli Society), and Royal Statistical Society.