Data principles and governance

(TA5.14) Open Data and National Statistics: Challenges and Opportunities in a Changing Data Ecosystem

Auditorium 2 January 16, 2017 10:45 am - 12:15 pm

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Yeama Thompson
José Rosero
Eric Swanson
Haishan Fu
Molla Hunegnaw Asmare

The communities of official statistics and open data now have an exceptional opportunity to work together, building on the success of the open data movement and bringing the benefits of open data to support the sustainable development data agenda. A productive dialog was begun at the International Open Data Conference in October 2016.

This session continued the conversation on open data and national statistics in the context of an increasingly diverse data ecosystem. What does open data for national statistical system entail? When open data policies are adopted by governments, what is the role of the national statistical office? How can national statistical offices work with a growing range of actors to promote open data practices? What opportunities are present for collaboration and where might roadblocks remain?

The session brought together perspectives from inside and outside national statistical offices to explore such questions and further the dialog between the wider open data community and national statistical offices.