The 105th Conference of the Directors Generals of the National Statistical Institutes (DGINS) will be held from 9 to 10 October 2019 in Slovakia, Bratislava.
This year's DGINS Conference on the theme "The Statistical Implication of Globalization" focuses on economic globalization, identifying the needs of users of statistics and improving communication on the effect of multinational enterprises' activities in business statistics.
Globalization has been strongly influencing economic and social changes across the world for many years. It has resulted in national economies becoming increasingly linked to and accelerated by innovation cycles, as well as higher migration and more strongly related cultural and social trends. Participation in DGINS Conference is a great opportunity to discuss issues related to the production of high-quality and reliable European statistics in the context of challenges of the globalization phenomenon as well as to discuss possible concrete steps for promoting a harmonized statistical approach within the European Statistical System by supporting statistical infrastructures, data sharing and targeted communication with users and other stakeholders.
The Statistical Office of the Slovak Republic prepared in R software open source tool Calif, which is a Shiny web application for calibration of weights of statistical surveys. It is well-suited for almost every sampling survey (EU-SILC, LFS, ICT, HBS, EHIS, CIS, ...), with many features including:
web-designed graphical user interface
interactive data loading
detailed and user-defined specification of calibration variables
handling of missings
calculation of stratum indicators
powerful and fast solvers
commonly used methods
hints and advisors
graphical and worthful outputs and many others
Calif is well documented, the source code as well as the Manual is publicly available and free to use. It is available on GitHub and on the webpage of Statistical Office of the Slovak Republic the where all necessary information can be found.
The SOSR has put a lot of effort into creation of this tool and it should not stay hidden, it could be helpful also to other statistical offices interested. They could benefit from Calif’s operability, learning how to calibrate by taking advantage of detailed graphical and informative statistics, overcoming commonly used incorrect assumption that the best calibration is achieved with the narrowest bounds. Moreover, as Calif is available on GitHub, anybody can contribute and put recommendations to it.
The SOSR would be glad to spread this tool wider and thus contribute to development of the European Statistical System.
The Statistical Office of the Slovak Republic participated in the exhibition Bibliotheca/Pedagogica 2017, by presenting their products and services, at the Incheba Exhibition Centre in Bratislava during 9-10 November 2017.
Those interested could familiarise themselves at the statistical office´s exhibition stands with the results of work conducted by the Statistical Office in the form of publications and informational and propagation documents, while applying in practice the data searching in the Office´s electronic databases. There was a strong public interest in the publications from demographic statistics (We in Numbers, The Main Trends of the Population Development of the SR…) as well as for the comprehensive publications from various statistical fields (Slovak Republic in Figures, Slovakia in the EU…).
The visitors were also interested also in other statistical fields, mainly in data in the industrial production, science and technology, environment and agriculture. The small exhibition of historical editions of statistical publications was part of the Statistical Office's exhibition and gained wide popularity. It contained also one of the oldest preserved statistical publications - a yearbook from 1920 and publications from the 1925 Population Census.
The presentation in the exhibition Bibliotheca/Pedagogica 2017 was part of the Statistical Office of the Slovak Republic's events promoting the European Statistics Day.
The Statistical Office of the Slovak Republic will participate in the Bibliothèque / Pedagogy Fair to be held on 9-12 November 2017. Every year, the fair welcomes approx. 40-45 thousand visitors. In connection with the European Statistics Day, a special stand of the Statistical Office of the Slovak Republic will be set up aiming to promote statistics and to make publications available to the general public.
Other accompanying events for selected groups of users at the Regional Offices of the SOSR will be taking place and the release of the publication “Slovak Republic in figures” will also mark the European Statistics Day on 20 October 2017.