DevStat contributes to the international methodology for measuring ICT skills

José CERVERA, CEO of DevStat, attends the 6th meeting of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Expert Group on ICT household indicators (Geneva, 15-19 October 2018), as member of the sub-group discussing how to produce statistics on ICT skills.

 Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are changing the labour market, social relations, trade, medicine and almost every other aspect of our daily lives. The skills required for successfully adapting one’s life to the rapid changes are diverse, from finding information on-line to using new means of communication to being able to process large amounts of data. Measuring the gaps in skills is necessary to adopt ICT education policies for all, to fully benefit of the rapid evolution of technology. Statisticians from all the world discuss how to produce meaningful data on ICT skills through household surveys, in the framework of international standards for ICT statistics. For more information see http://www.itu.int/net4/ITU-D/forum/expertgrouponhouseholds/forum/ .

DevStat joins the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition Network – GODAN

 DevStat joins the GODAN (“Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition”) Network (www.godan.info), an international network of organizations aiming at promoting the dissemination and use of open data to inform policies for improving agriculture and nutrition worldwide. Through the increased access of data from public and private partners, and using statistical analysis techniques, policy-makers should be able to design and monitor better policies.

DevStat’s experience in open data includes organisation an international conference for Eurostat in 2016 on Linked Open Data presenting the methods for increasing the value of data sources through their combination, as well as the statistical analysis of hundreds of thousands of open public tender documents for the support of European trade policies.

José L. Cervera, CEO de DevStat, invited by the Vice-Premier of Ukraine to join a working group of experts to design an integrated information system

“José L. Cervera, CEO de DevStat, was invited by the Vice-Premier of Ukraine, G. Zubko, to join a working group of experts to design an integrated information system for the Ministry of Regional Development, supporting evidence-based decisions in the areas of territorial development. The current process of amalgamation of municipalities in Ukraine, together with the decentralisation of certain competences, together with the preparation of the next State Strategy for Regional Development after 2020 require collecting, processing and disseminating relevant statistical indicators and geospatial information”.

Survey on access and use of ICT by households and individuals in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

The first survey on access and use of ICT by households and individuals in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been recently published, referring to 2017.
DevStat provided technical assistance to the Statistical Office of Saudi Arabia, to design the survey according to the standards of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) manual, of which the 2nd edition was prepared by José Cervera, CEO of DevStat, in 2014 (https://www.itu.int/dms_pub/itu-d/opb/ind/D-IND-ITCMEAS-2014-PDF-E.pdf). The survey interviewed 24.000 households and shows that the Kingdom’s population has access to Internet in a similar proportion than European countries (76% to 94% depending on regions), with a significant difference between Saudis and non-Saudis, and between men and women. As in many quickly developing countries, the connection is more frequent through smartphones. DevStat’s work on ICT indicators has reached a global level, having provided technical assistance to Ethiopia, China, Kazakhstan, Oman, Qatar, as well as in regional trainings in French speaking African countries, English speaking Caribbean countries, Latin America and the Arab region.

DevStat sponsored CARMA 2018

Continuing with the collaboration with the Polytechnic University of Valencia, DevStat sponsored the 2nd International Conference on Advanced Research Methods and Analytics (CARMA 2018) organized under the technical leaderships of Prof. Josep Domenech and Prof. M.R. Vicente. Our contribution including chairing the session on Economic Indicators, where machine-learning and Big Data-based analytical methods were applied to the production of indicators on  business innovation, entrepreneurial activity,  consumer expenditure and macroeconomic indicators. The papers showed the potential of new sources to complement Official Statistics.

DevStat also facilitated the presence of speaker Mr Afshin Asofteh of Univ. Lisbon who presented a communication on the use of Big Data analytics in central banks. Proceedings of the CARMA 2018 are available here: http://ocs.editorial.upv.es/index.php/CARMA/CARMA2018/paper/viewFile/8742/4339

First survey on the use of ICT by households and individuals for GASTAT

DevStat has prepared for the General Statistics Authority of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (GASTAT) the first survey on the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) by households and individuals, and provided methodological advice on the same topic for the business sector. DevStat consultants promoted the use of international standards, such as those of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), for the design the the survey and the calculation of indicators. The survey will provide relevant information for the government of the Kingdom to continue its plans for modernising the country, within the Vision 2030, which aims at increasing the ICT infrastructure, e-government and use.

ICT statistics is one of the strong areas of expertise of DevStat, having implemented training programmes and consultancies in the Arab countries, Kazakhstan, Ethiopia and China.  

DevStat participates at the Working Group on Quality (Eurostat), Luxembourg 15 June 2018

The consortium DevStat-Statistics Norway presented, at the Quality Working Group meeting (Luxembourg, 15 June 2018), the final results of the project on “Development of conceptual elements for a common quality framework in the European Statistical System (ESS)”. The results of the project, which consist of a set of proposals on core values, principles and a model for an Enhanced Common Quality Framework in the European Statistical System, were discussed with the representatives of the statistical institutes in the EU Member States and candidate countries. The recommendations are intended to guide the further development of the quality work in the ESS, having as central part the Code of Practice for European statistics.

On behalf of Devstat, the project has been managed by Florabela Carausu. Technical coordination was ensured by Hans Viggo Sæbø and Michael Colledge, and specific expertise in risk management was ensured by Fabrizio Rotundi and Federico Ceschel.

DevStat participates at SCORUS2018 Conference

DevStat participates at the SCORUS 2018 Conference held in Warsaw (Poland) on 6-8 June with a communication on “Technical assistance in regional statistics to transition and developing countries: lessons learnt from users and producers” prepared by Jose Cervera (CEO) and Florabela Carausu (Consultant).

SCORUS (Standing Committee on Regional and Urban Statistics) is the international network for regional and urban statistics providing a platform to facilitate the development of urban and regional statistics and research, a committee of the International Association of Official Statistics (IAOS).

Under the topic “New scale – New needs – New statistics” SCORUS2018 brings once again on the discussion agenda most recent developments and challenges for regional and urban statistics.

The objective of DevStat’s communication was to present to the community of SCORUS a particular aspect of the activity in statistics, that is technical assistance. Through this new contribution to an international conference, DevStat strengthens its role as facilitator of the dialogue between diverse stakeholders of (official) statistics and reconfirms the active participation in policy and research activities.

Prospects of cooperation between the National Academy of Statistics and the University of Valencia

On April 20, 2018, the National Academy of Statistics, Accounting and Audit (http://nasoa.edu.ua/en/) was visited by José Cervera-Ferri, CEO of DevStat. During the meeting with the rector of the Academy Oleksander Osaulenko, and the head of the international relations office Aliaksei Zhurauliou discussed the prospects of cooperation between the Academy and the University of Valencia, as well as the participation of the Academy in the grant projects of the European Commission and the World Bank. Mr Osaulenko has been involved in World Bank project in Tajikistan managed by DevStat to provide advice on the establishment of a statistical training centre.

SPACES: Decentralised Social Spaces for Crowd and Data Driven Innovation

Following its determined values, DevStat is committed to participating in European H2020 projects putting the focus in R & D + i. In 2018 the company presented a proposal to implement the project “SPACES: Decentralised Social Spaces for Crowd and Data Driven Innovation” pertaining to the Information and Communications Technologies program (Objective: ITC-28-2018: Future Hyper-connected Sociality (c) Support of new Social Media initiatives). The preparation of this proposal was led by INTRASOFT International S.A. company that offers the development of mobile applications, development and testing of applications, content management systems, among others.

Below, we present a brief overview of the SPACES’ project proposed, which, although it did not exceed the threshold, generated a very valuable “expertise” for the company:

In recent years, our society has experienced the proliferation of large online social networks that have evolved to a keystone of civic bringing about numerous challenges among which data ownership, control, security and trust. Much of the controversy lies on the power that social networks can gain by accessing and processing large volumes of user data, which is exacerbated by improved cloud infrastructures and AI potential. In addition, the coupling between data and online social network applications limits the innovation potential of our society. SPACES introduces an innovative, decentralised, people-lead paradigm for Social Media deployment. It presents a trustworthy framework composed of a distributed reference architecture and an open-source technology suite and platform that enables the general public and communities to create multi-purpose Social Spaces while maintaining control over the use of their data and information. SPACES will exemplify the new paradigm by developing a framework for open data-centric decentralised social platforms decoupling user profiles and data from applications. The SPACES paradigm provisions two operational levels: a technology level employing decentralised technologies and architectures, and a business innovation level that will foster a peer-to-peer trusted ecosystem for data-driven innovation aiming to maximise the social and economic value of data. SPACES will foster a marketplace for data assets and data-driven innovation, a co-creation space for tools and services and a crowdfunding space. SPACES will demonstrate and validate its framework by means of three use cases addressing users of high, medium and low media technology literacy, as well as three distinct societal challenges in the areas of innovative data-driven services, trust-worthy data-journalism and crowd heritage. SPACES will also employ two developer workshops during its lifetime, and a large conference and public engagement event at the end.

We would like to underline the importance of the support received from FEDER and IVACE funds within the Business R & D Plan 2018, specifically HORIZONTE-CV, to prepare and develop the proposal of implementation for this project.

PREPARATION OF PROPOSALS FOR CALLS H2020. File number IMAPEA / 2018/54.