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Registrations open for international workshops on Economy and Big Data

Workshop on Digital Economy

Since the beginning of the 2000s, a new phenomenon has been changing our societies: digitization. Digitization in economic activities is related, broadly speaking, to data and Internet incorporation into processes and products, new forms of consumption and cross-border flows. The accelerated pace of those changes made us worry about a possible undermeasurement of economic activities and of wellbeing associated to digital economy. As a result, the measurement of digital economy in the Gross Domestic Products - GDP became a very discussed theme. The possible problems measuring digital economy can be divided in three categories: the GDP conceptual limits, the prices of the digital products and the non-registered production of the digital sector. Such difficulties had an impact on the production of statistics and of data to monitor the economy. In order to go over this topic, the workshop aims at promoting experience sharing and innovative practices, analyzing information demands and identifying the next steps to be taken.

Date: September 10, 2018
Venue: South Zone of Rio de Janeiro. Venue to be disclosed soon.


Workshop on Big Data for Economic Statistics

Due to the globalization of electronic devices and the big generation and availability of digital information in the last decades, there has been a crucial change in the nature of data, which are now generated continuously and at great quantities, the so-called Big Data. Those data have some specific features that distinguish them from traditional data sources, as big volume, little structuring and generally obtainable in real time. They have a potential to produce relevant and up-to-date statistics, complementing or, in some cases, substituting traditional sources of official statistics. Yet there are many challenges to overcome. The majority of Big Data sources are in the private sector and there are no specific laws whatsoever regarding their use for statistical purposes. Therefore, a broader discussion is necessary concerning legal issues on secrecy and perception, as well as opportunity and safe use of information. The inclusion of Big Data in the production of official statistics will allow the availability of economic, social and environmental statistics of greater relevance and more efficiency at lower costs. The aim of the workshop is showing successful examples of Big Data use and discuss how statistical offices, research institutes, technology enterprises and data producers can collaborate to this specific area for their mutual benefit.

Date: December 11, 2018
Venue: South Zone of Rio de Janeiro. Venue to be disclosed soon.



Center for Information Documentation and Dissemination
August 14, 2018

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