The National Statistics Institute (INS) hosted, on March 15-17, the “International Conference on Modernizing the European Statistics System,” organized by the Spanish DevStat (Development of Statistics) consultancy through its director Jose Cervera.
The conference was chaired by Ms. Mariana Kotzeva, Eurostat Deputy Director, and was attended by over 100 representatives of Statistics Offices from all member states, offices with prerogatives in methodological activities or the implementation of statistics modernization processes.
Presented at the conference were initiatives on using advanced information and communication technologies (ICT) to collect and process data, the BIG Data potential for compiling public information or how the efficiency of communicating statistical results to users can be improved.
The initiatives on modernizing public statistics call for keeping up with the progress registered in the private sector, where companies benefit from the ever-growing possibility of obtaining easier-to-use information in a shorter time. Official statistics are still generated in line with old technologies, with large samples of households and companies that have to fill-in large questionnaires.