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
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.
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.