Symposium on Data Sciencie and Official Statistics



UN Statistics Division (UNSD) Symposium on Data Science and Official Statistics

jointly organized with UNESCAP and UN Global Working Group on Big Data

for Official Statistics (GWG)


15-17 August, 2019 


Symposium offers insights into activities at the nexus of Data Science and Official Statistics. 


One of the satellite seminars to the 62nd ISI World Statistics Congress (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 18-23 August 2019).


Registration closes 15 July 2019


See for more information.


UNWDF Webinar on "Trust in Data and Statistics" - 25 April 2019


  Dear IAOS colleagues,


  We would like to share with you the United

  World Data Forum (UNWDF) invitation to its upcoming

  webinar on “Trust in Data and Statistics”

  on Thursday, 25 April 2019 at 10:00 am   (EDT).


  Please visit the UN World Data Forum webinar page 

  for more details.


  The webinars are open to all!


  Best regards,


  IAOS Team







Thursday, April 25 2019

10:00 am (EDT)






Francesca Perucci

Chief, Development Data and Outreach Branch

UN Statistics Division


Shaida Badiee

 Managing Director, Open Data Watch


Pádraig Dalton

 Director General, Central Statistics Office of Ireland 




International Program in Survey and Data Science - Apply now!



The International Program in Survey and Data Science (IPSDS)


The online graduate degree program jointly offered by the University of Mannheim and the Joint Program in Survey Methodology is ideally suited for the working professional.


IPSDS combines classical statistical and social sciences (sampling, weighting, imputation, data collection, etc.) along with courses covering new developments beyond traditional surveys (linking data, big data, machine learning, non-probability sampling, etc).  This unique combination quickly closes the knowledge gap for new government employees through a multidisciplinary curriculum that specializes in survey methodology and data science.


The application process to join the 4th cohort of the International Program in Survey and Data Science (IPSDS) is now open. All relevant information about the admission process can be found at:


If you have any questions you can also sign up for th online Question & Answer session on January 16, 2019 (6:00 PM-7:00 PM CET) by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


ISI WSC 2019 Short Courses Programme - Registration is open!


The 62nd ISI World Statistics Congress (ISI WSC 2019) will be held on 18-23 August 2019 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Following the tradition of the previous WSCs, ISI, in cooperation with its Associations and with support of the host organization, is organizing a pre-WSC programme of short courses to take place on 16-17 August 2019 at Sasana Kijang of Bank Negara Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur.


ISI WSC 2019 Short Course Programme, 16-17 August 2019


Bayesian Biopharmaceutical Applications Using SAS® 
    Instructors: Fang Chen and G. Frank Liu

Deep Learning in the Environmental Sciences
    Instructors: Nathaniel Newlands and Etienne Lord

Mining electronic health record (EHR) data: the past, presence, and future
    Instructor: Shuangge (Steve) Ma

Statistical Methods for Fraud Assessment
    Instructor: Tahir Ekin

High-dimensional time series analysis
    Instructors: Rob J Hyndman and Earo Wang

Imputation methods for the treatment of item nonresponse in surveys
    Instructor: David Haziza

Diagnostics and Robust Parameter Estimation of Nonlinear Regression with Application Using R
    Instructors: Hossein Riazoshams and Habshah Midi

Data Analytics - Providing Solutions to Real Problems with Industry Evidence
    Instructors: Peter Ho Chiung and Choo-Yee Ting

Analyzing text for content and sentiment
    Instructors: Peter Ho Chiung and Choo-Yee Ting

Integrity of official statistics. Independence of official statisticians
    Instructor: Jean-Louis Bodin

Developing statistical literacy in civic statistics contexts
    Instructors: Joachim Engel, Pedro Campos, Jim Ridgway

What does it mean to deal with Sustainable Development Goal indicators?
    Instructor: Manuel Cuéllar-Río


The registration for the short courses programme is now open. If you are planning to attend the ISI WSC 2019, please do not postpone and register for the course of your choice now! Registration information and further details can be found at .


IAOS welcomes its new SJIAOS Editor in Chief!




The IAOS is pleased to announce the appointment of a new SJIAOS Editor in Chief - Dr Pieter Everaers

Dr Everaers has over 30 years experience in official statistics.  


Most recently Pieter retired from his position in Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, as Director responsible for Cooperation in the European Statistical System, International Cooperation and Resources. Pieter has also worked in Statistics Netherlands.  


On behalf of all IAOS members, the Executive welcomes Pieter to the role.  Pieter will begin the transition in early 2019 and will completely take up the role with the September 2019 issue.


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