On September 1, Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) of Latvia was celebrating its centenary, and on 30 August organised a conference for data users and data providers titled "Into the Future – Statistics in Modern Society". Two sessions held in VEF Culture Palace – "Around an Individual" un "Untamed Statistics" – engaged data enthusiasts telling their statistical stories.
One hundred years ago, a politically independent statistical institution was established in Latvia. It served as a link between data providers and data users by producing reliable statistics. The key goal of the institution has not changed since then.
“Along with the economic development and globalisation of the economy, classical methods based on the direct data acquisition do not allow collecting data without excessive administrative burden, therefore they have to be changed. Nowadays, statisticians use administrative data, alternative data sources, web scraping, merging of alternative data with survey results, as well as experimental statistics, moreover our future plans will engage also mobile operators and satellite data. CSB has become a dynamic, innovative institution employing professionals willing and able to face these new challenges,” says CSB president Aija Žīgure.
The conference was attended also by the President of Latvian Academy of Sciences Ojārs Spārītis, UN Economic Commission for Europe representative Andres Vikat, Rudīte Spakovska journalist at Latvian Television, Head of the Latvian Centre of Cardiology assoc. prof. Andrejs Ērglis, Dean of Turība University Faculty of Business Administration Zane Driņķe, professor from the University of Latvia Signe Bāliņa, machine learning lab lead at "Emergn Latvija" Aldis Ērglis, and software developer at University Medical Centre Groningen Kārlis Zālīte.
Photos by Māris Lazdāns CSB president Aija Žīgure receives flowers from the President of Latvian Academy of Sciences Ojārs Spārītis
The Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) has developed interactive web-based tool on internal migration of Latvian residents which depicts their movement across Latvia since 2000.
Data in the map of Latvia can be viewed by statistical regions, municipalities, municipality rural territories and cities. Direction of migration flow in the map can be switched from outflow to inflow, and time period can be changed (2000-2018, 2011-2018 and 2017–2018). Top 5, 10 or 30 territories or, in case of point diagram map, all territories can be selected to see where did residents of the chosen territory go, or which territories did residents come from to the chosen territory.
The tool depicts experimental statistics data on the migration of long-term residents of Latvia, comparing changes of actual place of residence between two dates (Population Census data on 2000 and 2011, CSB estimation of the number of population – for 2017 and 2018).
The tool was developed within the framework of grant project supported by the European Commission “Data collection for sub-national statistics (mainly cities)”.
On the occasion of the European Statistics Day on 20th October 2016, Statistics Latvia and the School of Data Latvia are organising a Data Expedition.
In the Expedition storytellers, programmers, analysts and other data enthusiasts will seek for stories in the CSB foreign trade, socio-economic, spatial data, etc. The Expedition participants will be grouped by the experience and skills. The expected outcome of the Expedition will be data-based stories, application prototypes, etc. projects.
Statistics Latvia will launch the video produced by Eurostat on the Portal and social media site. A statistical quiz and fun facts will be posted during the ESD day.
An invitation to participate in the Data Expedition was disseminated to the mass media on 13 October 2016, and a press release concerning the ESD events yesterday, 19 October.