Register also online at https://www.uni-bamberg.de/en/cess2018/registration/ or on Wed 17 of October 2018 from 18:30 to 20:30 during the Get-Together in AULA
09:00 - 10:30
Welcome address by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schmid (German Statistical Society)
Speech in memory of Prof Susanne Raessler by Prof. Dr. Dr. Godehard Ruppert (President of University of Bamberg)
Keynote 1 Danny Pfeffermann (Professor Emeritus of Statistics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
The session gives a broad overview of current developments and prospects in the statistics. Countries could present their efforts to reconcile balance of payments statistics (BoP) and national accounts, and share experiences on the dissemination of combined products. Furthermore, the policy use of the statistics will be illustrated on basis of the BOP and financial accounts that go into the EU’s Macroeconomic Imbalance Procedure, including the requirements for the quality of the statistics that derive from it. Finally, major medium- and long-term improvements to the statistics will be discussed. We could invite speakers from the relevant ESCB and ESS fora. The relevant G-20 requirements could be an element as well.
This session will address the challenges of working with structured and unstructured micro-level data often referred to as big data. What are the challenges in the current digital and technical transformation and how can the statistician benefit from these developments. This session will present results from using big data for supplementing the existing available statistics. The challenges of using big data tools, techniques in detecting outliers, modelling for providing new insights, ethical considerations, sharing of data among official institutions, skills and techniques of data scientists
The establishment of indicators for the SDGs and related targets is fully under way. This concerns the setting of indicators at a global level - in the context of the ‘Transforming our world: 2030 agenda' - and also the establishment of EU SDG indicators, a first set of which was agreed last year by the European Statistical System (ESS) and released in November 2017. The objective of this session is to provide a short overview of the work accomplished but especially to present and discuss the latest ideas in the establishment of SDG indicators created by new technologies and applications. This session would explore how statistical organisations are fostering strategic partnerships with various types of stakeholders to develop new types of statistics and enhance the usefulness of existing ones. It could be general, or it could have a specific focus on statistics for SDGs
In the 21st century society, citizens need skills to understand and analyse statistics, including appropriate skills for interpreting reality, for decision making based on empirical evidence and for developing well-founded opinions. To achieve this, a stronger engagement of statisticians with the users in relation to data access, communication and training, is required. This is especially relevant for the new potential users of all ages and stages of life, with particular emphasis on fostering statistical literacy in schools.
Official statistics play a vital role on our world’s understanding. But they also need to be understandable for everyone. So, it is important to discuss what should be the further skills’ issues which will help to engage everyone with reliable statistics. The panel also offers the possibility of sharing examples of best practices in order to increase the culture of statistics as a public good.
The large number of surveys conducted by public or private organizations increases response burden and as a result nonresponse rates are reaching alarming levels. In particular when the issues under investigation are stigmatizing or sensitive, many people choose not to participate, or provide untruthful and misleading responses. One way to solve the problem is to implement indirect questioning techniques. These are techniques, which generate data from which the researcher is able to estimate parameters of interest, while at the same time they cannot infer whether a specific respondent has the stigmatizing or sensitive characteristic. A central issue in these techniques is protecting the privacy of participants and to what extent their privacy is protected. The session will put emphasis on various aspects of the protection of privacy in public surveys including the protection of privacy from the respondent’s point of view.
Providin access to confidential microdata for research purposes comes with several challenges. This session will cover several related issues:
- On-line remote access to invisible microdata. Development which minimise information loss and maximise utility without compromising privacy of data subjects.
- Ethical issues in access to microdata.
- Scientific research should be reproducible. How can reproducibility be achieved without giving access to the microdata?
This session will address the challenges in reaching out to the professional market segment with easy-to-understand and re-usable statistics in a digital age and, to facilitate work processes of the professional segments. How to ensure that statistics are applied efficiently for evidence-based policymaking with a medium to long term perspective. The digital age has facilitated access to statistics and changed the way in which information is distributed and consumed. In order to maintain their function as impartial and independent public information providers, statistical offices need to adapt to changed circumstances. A call for a coherent and strategic communication plan is needed, as statistical producers need to find a way to communicate their values, in line with their vision, purpose and strategic goals. The session offers the possibility to discuss and formulate a common set of responses to these challenges and provide examples of best practices.
Processes of digitalisation, outsourcing and off-shoring have changed the way work and working lives are organised. The growth of the digital and platform economy gave rise to new forms of work, often referred to as crowd-platform-, or gig-work. The measurement of these new and non-standard forms of work poses major challenges for statistics’ producers and users. There is a lack of agreed names and shared definitions that would be fully operational, and there is a growing fragmentation of working lives that escape the existing definitions of work and employment. There are also technical challenges for data collection as the target population is relatively small, heterogenous and fragmented. Nevertheless, the topic is of great policy importance and there is a pressing need for official statistics that measure the extent and trends in non-standard forms of work. The panel will discuss and formulate users’ opinions on their needs and approaches to the topic, discuss existing findings and new methodologies.