BDES 2020

BDES 2020 - Big Data for European Statistics: Online result dissemination sessions, 23-30 November 2020


The originally planned BDES 2020 conference, to be held in Warsaw (PL) on 24 and 25 November 2020, had to be canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It has been replaced by two events:

  • a downsized version of BDES 2020 consisting of a series of online dissemination sessions to present all results of the 11 content workpackages of the ESSnet Big Data project and to interactively discuss them with project participants, stakeholders in official statistics, business and acedemia, and anyone else interested;
  • a (hopefully) live and physical international BDES 2021 conference at the end of May 2021 in Warsaw (PL) to explore future directions for big data and new data sources in official statistics through keynote speeches, panel sessions and discussion with the audience.

This page provides all information on the BDES 2020 online sessions; the latest update on the BDES 2021 conference in May 2021 can be found here.


See detailed programme.

The programme consists of 12 two-hour online sessions: a general introduction of the ESSnet Big Data project, and 11 sessions presenting the results of the content workpackages. It ran from Monday 23 November until (and including) Monday 30 November 2020, with a morning and afternoon session every day.

Attendance is free for any of these sessions after registering (see below).

Please note: all times indicated are CET (Central European Time); verify how this relates to your own time zone!

Below is an overview of the sessions, a more detailed programme can be found here.

  1. Introduction (Peter Struijs): Monday 23 November 2020, 10:00-12:00 CET
  2. WPF Process and architecture (Monica Scannapieco): Monday 23 November 2020, 14:00-16:00 CET
  3. WPB Online job vacancies (Tomaž Špeh): Tuesday 24 November 2020, 10:00-12:00 CET
  4. WPC Enterprise characteristics (Galya Stateva): Tuesday 24 November 2020, 14:00-16:00 CET
  5. WPD Smart energy (Arko Kesküla): Wednesday 25 November 2020, 10:00-12:00 CET
  6. WPE Tracking ships (Remco Paulussen): Wednesday 25 November 2020, 14:00-16:00 CET
  7. WPK Methodology and quality (Alex Kowarik): Thursday 26 November 2020, 10:00-12:00 CET
  8. WPG Financial transactions data (Johan Fosen): Thursday 26 November 2020, 14:00-16:00 CET
  9. WPI Mobile networks data (David Salgado): Friday 27 November 2020, 10:00-12:00 CET
  10. WPH Earth observation (Marek Morze): Friday 27 November 2020, 14:00-16:00 CET
  11. WPJ Innovative tourism statistics (Marek Cierpiał-Wolan): Monday 30 November 2020, 10:00-12:00 CET
  12. WPL Preparing smart statistics (Natalie Rosenski): Monday 30 November 2020, 14:00-16:00 CET


All workpackages were a collective undertaking, and many sessions reflect this by having multiple presenters. A brief introduction to presenters, in chronologivcal order of the sessions, can be found here.

Papers and presentations

The session presentations are based on the results of the various workpackages, most of which are already available and freely consultable. See here for an overwiew of results per workpackage (click on the workpackage you are interested in) and here for an overview of the BDES 2020 presentations.

A complete recording of all 12 sessions can be viewed following these links (see complete playlist):

  1. Introduction (Peter Struijs - 23 Nov. 2020, AM - https://youtu.be/XIXJ2lc73YQ)
  2. WPF Process and architecture (Monica Scannapieco - 23 Nov. 2020, PM - https://youtu.be/diRHrxmG6aM)
  3. WPB Online job vacancies (Tomaž Špeh - 24 Nov. 2020, AM - https://youtu.be/eCYK6DA9-BQ)
  4. WPC Enterprise characteristics (Galya Stateva - 24 Nov. 2020, PM - https://youtu.be/sVj_dAPgEuE)
  5. WPD Smart energy (Arko Kesküla - 25 Nov. 2020, AM - https://youtu.be/c3bwAFEZW8E)
  6. WPE Tracking ships (Remco Paulussen - 25 Nov. 2020, PM - https://youtu.be/tvZPbw56M2k)
  7. WPK Methodology and quality (Alex Kowarik - 26 Nov. 2020, AM -  https://youtu.be/OJUdRSwSZsc)
  8. WPG Financial transactions data (Johan Fosen - 26 Nov. 2020, PM - https://youtu.be/9EP3ffYCwo0)
  9. WPI Mobile networks data (David Salgado - 27 Nov. 2020, AM - https://youtu.be/wl3eq5hUmek)
  10. WPH Earth observation (Marek Morze - 27 Nov. 2020, PM - https://youtu.be/0jyrURJjL1Y)
  11. WPJ Innovative tourism statistics (Marek Cierpiał-Wolan - 30 Nov. 2020, AM - https://youtu.be/XMm40HJyyzI)
  12. WPL Preparing smart statistics (Natalie Rosenski - 30 Nov. 2020, PM - https://youtu.be/QK8tFWiuiVM)

See also