The conference “Small Estonia, big Europe – what do statistics show?” organised by Statistics Estonia and Eurostat, took place 24 October. The conference focused on consumers of statistics and was one of the events marking the European Statistics Day on 20 October.
“The aim of the conference is to give an overview of statistics consumers, their hopes and needs and their experiences with using statistics,” said Mart Mägi, Director General of Statistics Estonia. “The ambition of Statistics Estonia is to be the most effective statistical office in Europe by 2021. We want to produce user-friendly and necessary statistics, which do not provide information only in retrospect but projections as well,” explained Mr Mägi. “If we wish to be visible in the information society and capture users’ attention, we need to understand the real needs of users and find the best ways to use new capabilities for their benefit,” said Mr Mägi.
Dr Emanuele Baldacci, Director for methodology, corporate statistical and IT services of Eurostat, remarked, “This conference is an important opportunity to raise awareness and discuss the future of European statistics. Official statistics can only stay relevant and valued if users can easily access the data and society uses this data for information and decision-making. Eurostat and the national statistical offices are continuously improving statistical communication products so we can better interact with our users.”
The Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, together with the Publications Office of the European Union, are organising a 'datathon' to promote the re-use of #EUopendata from the EU Open Data Portal (data.europa.eu/euodp). The Open Data Portal is the central access point to the open data made available by the EU institutions, agencies and bodies. It is fed, in part, using Eurostat's data.
Data teams will be able to demonstrate how open data from public institutions can be used to address specific policy or societal challenges and promote innovative services, reflecting certain priorities of the Juncker Commission.
To take part, register your team and make a proposal for an app by 8 October. If your idea is preselected, you will have 4 weeks until 12 November to develop your idea. Winners will be selected on 16 November during an event in Brussels.
If you do not want to hack but are simply curious? Just register to attend the event on 16 November.
More information about prizes will follow, but the winning team will have the chance to present their project at the European Big Data Value Forum in Versailles, on 21-23 November 2017, with travel and accommodation expenses paid.