President’s message, November 2019

Dear IAOS Members

I have been enjoying getting to know lots more people over the last month. The more I see, the more impressed I am with what is going on in our network. I can also more clearly see the potential for the official statistics community to have a stronger voice and greater impact for public good in countries around the world.

The Young Statistician Prize 2020 is well underway. Please reach out to your networks and encourage submissions. This year we have introduced a new category of Honourable Mention for an author from a developing country. We have also brought the submission date forward to 30 November in order to make announcements ahead of the 2020 Conference in Zambia. So please, if you haven’t put in a submission yet, get writing soon.

We have also announced the call for papers for the 2020 conference.  (https://www.iaos-isi.org/index.php/conferences)

The conference Better Lives 2030: Mobilising the power of data for Africa and the world -17th IAOS Conference/ 1st ISI Regional Statistics Conference for Africa, Hosted by the Zambia Statistics Agency will take place at the Avani Hotel, Livingstone, Zambia, 19-21 May 2020.  Proposals for sessions, papers as well as events before and after the conference close on 31 December 2019.

Members will also be interested to read these attached two pieces about Andreas Georgiou. The first, from the American Statistical Association (https://www.amstat.org/asa/News/Eight-Years-of-Government-Persecution-of-Greek-Statistician.aspx ), updates on eight years of persecution of Andreas and the second, by Miranda Xafa in World Economics (https://www.worldeconomics.com/Files/Xafa.pdf ), gives a history of Andreas’ plight. An event hosted by the ICAEW featuring Andreas (and Ed Humpherson from the UK) is also worth a look (https://audioboom.com/posts/7379312-350m-truth-lies-and-numbers ).

In my last message I mentioned four events I was due to attend. The first, the Bloomberg Data for Good Exchange (DG4X) (https://www.bloomberg.com/lp/d4gx/ ), was an inspiring gathering of mainly private sector data scientists keen to work on public good projects. Michael Bloomberg’s influence as former Mayor of New York was clear through a number of excellent project case studies featuring cities from around the world. 

The second event was the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data Board meeting ( www.data4sdgs.org ). We discussed how best the Partnership can scale its impact now it has become well established. Learning from the very positive developments in official statistics in Ghana provided an excellent touch point for our discussion.

 The third event was meetings with Stefan Schweinfest, Director of the United Nations Statistics Division and two of his Branch Heads Francesca Perucci and Ronald Jansen (Ronald is also an IAOS EXCO member). They are all keen to build links with our community and I discussed with them opportunities coming up, including through our conference next year.

 The fourth event was the conference on Valuing Statistics hosted by the United Kingdom. This event was about taking the conclusions of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) report (www.unece.org/index.php?id=51139 ) and turning them into concrete actions. I used the occasion to set out the important role played by the IAOS.

 

As well as these events I met Roger Taylor, the Chief Executive of the United Kingdom’s new Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation ( https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/centre-for-data-ethics-and-innovation ). Roger was interested to explore the role of the National Statistical Office in an ethical data ecosystem.

 Finally, I was a speaker at the PARIS21 Cross-Regional Forum ( https://paris21.org/news-center/events/cross-regional-forum-2019 ) which has been focused on the issue of trust in Official Statistics. There was a super line up of speakers to help delegates get creative and inspired to act. PARIS21 launched their Trust Initiative at the event (https://trustinitiative2020.paris21.org/ ). Do consider whether you want to apply.

 In the weeks ahead, following a meeting of EXCO, I will be visiting our colleagues at the Zambia CSO to help take forward planning for our conference and also attending the ISI/IFC meeting on Data Governance in Tunis.

If you have some other opportunities to spread the word about the IAOS, or have information to share with others interested in official statistics, contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

John Pullinger

IAOS President

November 2019

Members Newsletter September 2019

 

Dear IAOS Members

I feel very fortunate to have been elected as President of the International Association for Official Statistics for the period 2019-21. 

 

I have the good fortune to be following Mario Palma, and his predecessors in the role. They have built the Association into what it is today and my task is made all the easier by their leadership over many years. 

I also have the good fortune to be part of a brilliant and diverse newly elected Executive Committee (EXCO) team [ https://www.iaos-isi.org/index.php/latestnews/246-announcement-iaos-executive-committe-2019-2021 ]. The IAOS is an entirely voluntary Association and the commitment of those who are elected to serve is testament to how much they care about the role of official statistics in serving the public good across the globe. 

Finally, I have the good fortune to come into the role at a critical time for our community: the need for trustworthy numbers to guide decision making is everywhere evident; the opportunities arising from new data sources, technologies and methods are tantalising; and the IAOS has a unique place, both in upholding the centrality of official statistics to effective democracy and in calling out those who seek to undermine it and seduce others to ignore evidence and instead rely on anecdote, whim or populist rhetoric. 

Now is a time for us to find our voice.

One month into the role I am greatly encouraged. The World Statistics Congress in Kuala Lumpur (with IAOS EXCO member Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin, Chair of the organising committee, a most wonderful host) included many sessions organised by the IAOS and many other sessions strongly linked to our interests, such as on statistical literacy. 

 

I particularly enjoyed the passion displayed in the session on official statistics and Parliaments organised by our founding President, Jean-Louis Bodin (one of no less than eight IAOS Presidents present at the WSC). There are plenty of other highlights on YouTube [

My thanks also to Rolando Ocampo, who was the IAOS representative on the WSC Scientific Committee.

Our new Executive Committee has got off to a great start and we have launched a consultation into the IAOS strategy for 2019-2021. Make sure you have your say  

Plans are well advanced for our conference in Zambia (19-21 May 2020 - note for your diary) which promises to be an exciting celebration of all that we value as a professional community. 

Our Journal is thriving and developing fast in the hands of new Editor-in-Chief, Pieter Everaers and his impressive editorial team. Do you have a paper or an article that could inspire others? Or a contribution to make to our online discussion platform? Register at www.officialstatistics.com and have your say! Our first discussion topic is based on the recently published article “You say you want a [data] revolution”: A proposal to use unofficial statistics for the SDG Global Indicator Framework by Steve MacFeely and Bojan Nastav.

It was a great joy for me to present the Young Statisticians Prizes for 2019 at the closing ceremony of the World Statistics Congress.  Congratulations again to the 2019 winners. YSP 2020 is our tenth year. Do look out for good nominees. Applications for 2020 are now open http://www.iaos-isi.org/index.php/statistics-prize with a cash prize and a trip to Zambia on offer for the winners.

There are plenty of other opportunities too to contribute to the work of the IAOS. As well as the Conference, Journal and Young Statisticians Prize we are looking for people to help with communications, including engagement on social media and development of our website. Contact us to get involved at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at https://twitter.com/IAOS_stat 

Our membership has been growing fast but with more members we can do even more: if you have not joined yet do so; if you are already a member get a friend (or maybe five or more...) to sign up https://www.iaos-isi.org/index.php/about-us/join-us ]. We have had to increase the membership rates for 2020 to cover overhead charges levied on us by the ISI, but the new full member rate of E50 for the year remains great value and there are discounts for members in developing countries, students, individuals who work in an organisation who is an institutional member and Journal article contributors.

It is also important that we share experience and support each other. The case of Andreas Georgiou is an especially important one. The support given by Kathy Wallman and others in a recent letter to the Financial Times (Brussels must assess Greek judicial reform efforts ) calling for an end to the persecution of Andreas will hopefully make a difference.

As for me, I will be out and about spreading the word. September’s activities include the Bloomberg Data for Good Exchange [ https://www.bloomberg.com/lp/d4gx/], the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data Board meeting [www.data4sdgs.org/], meetings with Director of the United Nations Statistics Division and his colleagues, and the Valuing Statistics conference.

 If you have some other opportunities to spread the word about the IAOS, or have information to share with others interested in official statistics, contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

John Pullinger

IAOS President

September 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scientific Programme Committee (SPC) for the ISI Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2019

 

Call for proposals for IAOS sponsored sessions


We would like to invite all IAOS members to present proposals for Invited Paper Sessions (IPS) for the 62nd ISI World Statistics Congress (ISI WSC 2019), to be held on 18-23 August 2019 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Please note that all the submissions need to be submitted by March 31st, 2018 through the portal for the 62nd ISI World Statistics Congress 2019, Kuala Lumpur http://www.isi2019.org/ The submission system is open from January 1st through March 31st, 2018.

 

The SPC for 2019 seeks to highlight the contributions that statistics can make to the advancement of science and to human health and welfare across the globe. The WSC will host talks on a wide variety of topics, with the overall goal of presenting a balanced programme that provides a sense of the current state of the field.  

 

The following list of possible subjects has been compiled taking into consideration the areas of interest present in the current discussion of official statistics in international fora worldwide. Its intention is to provide IAOS members with an indicative but not limiting reference to issues that can be taken up by any of you who might be interested in organizing sessions on them:

 

         Governance and Innovation

 

  • Ethical issues in Official Statistics.
  • Modernization of statistical production and services.
  • Linkage of statistical and geographic information.
  • Quality assurance systems for statistics
  • Plans for 2020 census round.
  • Use of administrative records for statistical purposes
  • Surveys: Improvements in design and methodology
  • Open data and access to micro data.
  • The virtual revolution and statistics.
  • IT and statistics.
  • Big data and official statistics in response to current issues.
  • Training and education to enhance statistical culture.
  • Mass Media and professional communication of Official Statistics.


          Applied Statistics

 

  • Tools to monitor the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Official Statistics and evidence-based policy making
  • Regional and local statistics for better lives
  • Security and judicial statistics.
  • Measurement of wellbeing and quality of life
  • Measurement of social and human capital.
  • National Accounts
  • Business, entrepreneurship and globalization indicators.
  • Environmental statistics and Sustainability
  • Economic accounting
  • Governance, Security and Drug Statistics.
  • Trust in institutions
  • The measurement and impact of digitalization and globalization.

 

The ISI WSC 2019 will bring together about 2,500 delegates, comprising statistical researchers, academics, industry practitioners, analysts and policy makers, from all over the world to share insights on development in statistical science, and to advance application of statistics for discovery, innovation and decision making.  About 1,500 papers in various statistical disciplines and applications will be presented and discussed over a period of five days.

 

The SPC Program will include STS, CTS, lnvited Paper Sessions (IPS) of 70, 100 and 120 minutes time slots, and will be evaluated by the SPC from 1st April to June 30, 2018. Depending on the timeslot, general IPS can have three-four speakers and one discussant or three-four speakers and no discussant or two-three speakers and two discussants. Panel sessions are also possible. Generally speaking, a 120 min timeslot should have four speakers and one discussant, and a 100 min timeslot should have three speakers and one discussant.

 

        The proposals should include the following:

  • Title of the proposed session
  • Session Organizer:  Title/ Name/Email/Affiliation
  • Description of the session (150-250 words):
    This could address: Why is the proposed IPS of interest to WSC attendees? Why is the topic of importance? (e.g., to the Statistics community, to international interests and needs, to the advancement of science). It could include description of the expertise of the proposed speakers and discussants.
  • Proposer of the session (ISI, Association, Committees, other)
  • Possible collaboration with another proposer (ISI, Association, Committees, other?)
  • Proposed Chair (must not be a speaker): Title/ Name/Email/Affiliation/has the person given his/her permission to put his/her name forward)
  • Proposed Invited Speaker 1:
    Title/ Name/Email/Affiliation/has the person given his/her permission to put his/her name forward)
  • Proposed Invited Speaker 2:
    Title/ Name/Email/Affiliation/has the person given his/her permission to put his/her name forward)
  • Proposed Invited Speaker 3:
    Title/ Name/Email/Affiliation/has the person given his/her permission to put his/her name forward)
  • Proposed Invited Speaker 4 (for session with four speakers):
    Title/ Name/Email/Affiliation/has the person given his/her permission to put his/her name forward)
  • Proposed Discussant (for session with discussant):
    Title/ Name/Email/Affiliation/has the person given his/her permission to put his/her name forward)
  • Additional information: If this session is not selected as an IPS due to limitations of time slots, should this session be considered as a Special Topic Session by the LPC? (Yes / No)
  • Note:  If the names of invited speakers and the discussant are not finalized at the time of submitting the proposal, please just indicate the institution or plans for prospective speakers. IPS usually has at least one discussant. Email addresses should be a must-field everywhere.

You should also indicate if your session could be related to IAOS or more of the ISI Associations.

IAOS IPS Session proposals should be submitted at http://www.isi2019.org/ and sent to Rolando Ocampo Alcántar, IAOS representative to the SPC This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., copying Mario Palma This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Ana de Lara This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by March 31st, 2018

Please feel free to write to us if you have any questions. I hope to hear from you and look forward to your proposals.


Rolando Ocampo
IAOS Representative to the SPC of the ISI WSC 2019.

2017-2019 IAOS Strategy

The 2017-2019 Strategic Plan was discussed at the 2017 General Assembly. This plan builds on the previous Strategic Plan, the new ISI Strategy, and a SWOT analysis. The Strategic objectives of the new plan seek to promote the understanding and advancement of official statistics, and to foster the development of effective and efficient official statistical services, particularly in developing countries, through international contacts among individuals and organizations, including users of official statistics as well as research institutions.

The strategic objectives are:

  1. Providing forum for analysis and discussion of the most relevant issues in official statistics
  2. Be a recognised vehicle for spreading knowledge in official statistics
  3. Increase and diverify IAOS membership
  4. Invest in creating mutual beneficial partnerships
  5. Strengthen communicatons with relevant actor related to official statistics
  6. Contribute to the promotion and defence of the fundamental principles of official statistics
  7. Institutionalise IAOS functions

 

IAOS members and supporters are encouraged to plan

 

2015-2017 Strategy

The 2015 -2017 Strategy had a strong focus on improve and develop the services of IAOS to meet the growing challenges facing official statistics as well as the improvement of statistical infrastructure in developing countries. The plan focused on enhancing  relevancy, visibility and partnership as well as institutionalization. 

Editorial Board of the Statistical Journal of IAOS (SJIAOS)

 

General Editors

Kirsten West

Editor-in-Chief

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Stephen Penneck

Editor-in-Chief Emeritus

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Neville Davies

Editor-at-Large

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Greta Cherry

Co-Managing Editor

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Jim Ridgway

Editor-at-Large

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Kim Willems

Technical Editor

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Regional Editors

Oliver Chinganya

Africa Editor

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Elena Zarova

Central Eurasia Editor

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Alfredo Bustos

North America Editor

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Nidal Rashid Sabri

West Asia Editor

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John Dunne

Western Europe Editor

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Santanu Pramanik

South Asia Editor

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Gemma Van Halderen

Oceania Editor

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Lisa Grace Bersales

East Asia Editor

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Denise Silva

South America Editor

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Emphasis Editors

Dag Gravem

Big Data Co-Editor

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Peter Hackl

Big Data Editor

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Lars Thygesen

Census Editor

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Ron Jamin

Confidentiality Editor

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Arthur Kennickell

Data Quality

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Paul Cheung

Geospatial Analytics and Data Integrative Frameworks

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Jennifer Parker

Health Editor

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Kate Michalopoulou

History Editor

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Megan Price

Human Rights Editor

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Michelle Connolly

Indigenous Editor

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Fazel Famili

Intelligent Data Analysis Editor

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Katherine Condon

Interview Editor

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Nancy Torrieri

Interview Editor

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Charles Renfro

JESM Editor

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Natalie Shlomo

Methodology Editor

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Michael Hidiroglou

Methodology Co-Editor

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Mary Mulry

Methodology Co-Editor

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 Luigi Biggeri

Migration Co-Editor

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Martin Karlberg

NTTS Editor

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Asta Manninen

Small/Local/Urban Area Co-Editor

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 Derek Bond

Small/Local/Urban Area Co-Editor

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 Steve Koczela

Survey Data Fabrication Editor

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