The 4th UN Conference on Big Data, held for the first time in the LAC region by the UN Global Working Group (GWG), the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), the National Administrative Statistics Department of Colombia (DANE) and the Colombian Ministry for ICT, will be held in Bogota, Colombia, from November 8th to 10th.
The statistical community has made significant progress on using Big Data, but there are still several challenges that must be faced. Statistical Offices must generate timelier and more frequent data deliveries, and greater collaboration with the private sector and other actors is necessary to combine and benefit from each other’s strengths.
On this occasion, the 4th UN Conference on Big Data will focus on collaborative projects for the exchange and use of data (Data Collaboratives) and Trusted Data. Data Collaboratives are a challenge and a opportunity for the community of official statistics in relation to Big Data, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), services, technologies and knowledge. For this reason, the conference will focus on answering the following questions:
- How can statistical offices, technology companies and data owners collaborate in a mutually beneficial way in a changing world, in which data are seen as the most important source for creating wealth and development for all?
- What are the experiences and lessons learned from existing data collaboratives in relation to coverage, inclusion (and exclusion) of partners, activities, management and financing?
Experts from different sectors will join the event: David Luna, ICT Minister; Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of ECLAC; Niels Ploug, Chair of the UN Global Working Group on Big Data; Mauricio Perfetti, Director of DANE; Julio Santaella, President of INEGI Mexico; and representatives of Statistics Denmark, Statistics Canada, Eurostats, UK Office for National Statistics, the Inter-American Development Bank, Esri, Data-Pop Alliance, the National Department of Planning (DNP) of Colombia, and the Mayor’s Office of Bogotá, among others.
The Director of Cepei, Philipp Schönrock, will be part of the High Level Panel “Defining the Context – 2030 Agenda, ‘leaving no one behind’ and official statistics”, to share Cepei’s experience in managing, promoting and strengthening public-private partnerships for the sustainable development data ecosystem. Other experts joining the discussion moderated by Ivo Havinga of the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) are: Diana Nova, SDG Group Coordinator at DANE; Amparo Ballivian, World Bank; Charles Lufumpa, African Development Bank; and Aditya Agrawal, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD).