Making data protection work: Why we need to get paid for our data

Johannes Jütting, Manager of PARIS21, a partnership in statistics for development  Does your inbox look anything like this these days: “The protection of your data is important for us”; “Updates to our terms of services”; “Important update of our privacy policy”? Why are tech giants, retailers, banks, mobile phone operators and others suddenly so interested […]

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A data revolution is already happening in the streets

How geospatial communities can help to promote innovations and synergies across data ecosystems Javier Carranza, Director of the GeoCensos  The United Nations World Data Forum is a global event, a gigantic magnet for a myriad of data experts in the development realm. Organized by the United Nations Statistics Division and hosted by the Federal Competitiveness […]

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#OpenDataDay for the SDGs

Richard Crespin, CollaborateUp Two people go searching for a partner online. They come across each other’s profiles. Though they come from very different backgrounds, their profiles line up with shared interests and shared values. After some back and forth by email and instant message, they agree to meet at a Waffle House. Who are they? […]

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Statisticians embrace UN World Data Forum as vital to innovation

“Stakeholder revolution” and collaboration seen as key to better data Senior national statisticians and key partners gave a resounding endorsement of the UN World Data Forum 2018, at a side event on 7 March at the UN Statistical Commission, taking place in New York that week. The Forum represents “one of the really big changes […]

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Building Trust in Data and Statistics

“Trust arrives walking and departs riding” – A Dutch Proverb Shaida Badiee, Open Data Watch The UN World Data Forum 2018 promises to be an exciting event, bringing together communities of data users and producers, researchers, and policy makers. It is a unique UN-led undertaking. Over three days, from 22 to 24 October, we will […]

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UN World Data Forum 2018 Initiatives

UN World Data Forum 2018 Initiatives: Partnering towards a Global Geographic Information System for Sustainable Development Clint Brown, Esri The UN World Data Forum 2018, to be held in Dubai in October 2018, represents a major step in transforming our world through the dedicated work of statistical and mapping organizations in each country. One of […]

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Working Together to Bring Vision into Reality

The United Nations World Data Forum 2018: a major step forward in the Arab region towards peace and prosperity, “leaving no one behind” Ola Awad, President of the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics As a chief statistician – a representative from the official statistical community in the Arab region and a member of the UN […]

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Improving data interoperability for the SDGs

Following an initial meeting convened last January at the margins of the first UN World Data Forum (UNWDF) in Cape Town, specialists from National Statistical Offices (NSOs), international organizations, private sector, and civil society, representing diverse perspectives, met again on 5 March 2017 in New York to discuss how to promote the use (and re-use) […]

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Stefan Scheinfest

Looking Back and Looking Forward

Stefan Schweinfest, Director, UN Statistics Division We did it! The first UN World Data Forum in Cape Town, South Africa, brought together an impressive group of data producers and users from the public and private sectors, policy makers, academia, and civil society representatives, to find ways in which we can, together, harness the power of […]

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Launch of the Cape Town Global Action Plan for Sustainable Development Data

The Cape Town Global Action Plan for Sustainable Development Data was launched at the first United Nations World Data Forum. The Plan calls for a commitment by governments, policy leaders and the international community to undertake key actions under six strategic areas, including: coordination and leadership; innovation and modernization of national statistical systems; dissemination of […]

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Making Statistics Sexy

I Hate  Statistics – Pim Bellinga, Founder & Thijs Gillebaart, Co-Founder We are I Hate Statistics, two social entrepreneurs from Amsterdam who like solving problems. We have set ourselves one goal: teaching even those people who are inclined to think they hate statistics how to understand the world through data.  On January 16, we’ll be sharing our […]

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