There is an ever increasing demand by policy makers, academics, civil society and business for data on all aspects of society, economy and life. Against this background, the recent phenomenon of an emergence of “big data” including data from official and non-official sources such as call logs, mobile-banking transactions, polling results,  online user-generated content, satellite images, etc. should be very welcome.


But, there is an emerging concern that big data might also lead to very important negative consequences such as the publishing of data of bad quality and without any accountability mechanism, a possibly confusion of the public by showing different data depending on the sources and most importantly on under-mining if not crowding out the statistical capacity at country level, in particular in developing countries.


In this context, PARIS21 has organised a lunch-time seminar to address how development practitioners can maximize the opportunities and minimize the risks coming from the big data movement for building statistical capacities in developing countries.


The seminar, which was attended by around 50 participants, took place on the 17th of October in the framework of the 4th OECD World Forum on Statistics, Knowledge and Policy in New Delhi, India which started on the 16th  of October and will last till the 19th.


It was a lively debate discussing issues around data production – public versus private ; data quality – good or bad and the need for institutional frameworks that define the role of each action in the statistical landscape.


The debate was moderated by Johannes JÜTTING, Manager of PARIS21 Secretariat, with a panel composed of Mohamed TAAMOUTI, Director of the Moroccan Statistics Office and Robert MANCHIN, Managing Director of The Gallup Organisation Europe.

For more information on the 4th OECD World Forum on Statistics, Knowledge and Policy click here 


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