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Easy-to-understand Statistics for the Public

September 21, 2017
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Easy-to-understand Statistics for the Public

In a recently published EUROSTAT publication, the authors demand innovative forms of communication from public statistics in order not to lose their socially important role. Among other things, they demand ‘…. to tell stories close to the people; to create communities around specific themes; to develop among citizens the ability to read the data and … Continue reading Easy-to-understand Statistics for the Public

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

September 18, 2017
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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Communication of statistics in times of fake news In a recent paper Emanuele Baldacci, (Director, Eurostat) and Felicia Pelagalli, (President, InnovaFiducia) deal with the ‘challenges for official statistics of changes in the information market spurred by network technology, data revolution and changes in information consumers’ behaviours’ (p.3) Three scenarios The status-quo or bad scenario: ‘Information will continue to … Continue reading The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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Corporate nieuws

June 6, 2017
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Corporate nieuws

Eurostat’s biennial scientific conference on New Techniques and Technologies for Statistics (NTTS) is over, a labyrinth of a website is online and tons of documents are somewhere published. CBS Corporate nieuws summarizes the important trends discussed: 1) New data sources and the consequences 2) The importance of a proactive communication 3) Big Data and algorithms in official statistics … Continue reading Corporate nieuws

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Learning by Doing

April 27, 2017
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Learning by Doing

The New York Times did it after the election, in January 2017: You Draw It, Learning Statistics by drawing and comparing charts. ‘Draw your guesses on the charts below to see if you’re as smart as you think you are.’   And Bayerischer Rundfunk did it before the election, in April 2017. This kind of giving information is an excellent … Continue reading Learning by Doing

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There is no New Thing under the Sun – Yes and No

March 15, 2017
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There is no New Thing under the Sun – Yes and No

Twitter reminded me that there’s #NTTS2017 going on, Eurostat’s biennial scientific conference on New Techniques and Technologies for Statistics (NTTS). The opening session also focused on official statistics and its actual and future role in a world of data deluge and alt-facts. What will be Official Statistics in 30 years? In Diego Kuonen’s presentation and discussion on ‘Big … Continue reading There is no New Thing under the Sun – Yes and No

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You Can See in Numbers

February 8, 2017
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You Can See in Numbers

‘We are extremely sad to announce that Professor Hans Rosling died this morning. Hans suffered from a pancreatic cancer which was diagnosed one year ago. He passed away early Tuesday morning, February 7, 2017, surrounded by his family in Uppsala, Sweden.’ Anna R. Rönnlund & Ola Rosling, Co-founders of Gapminder. He died aged 68. In 2009, the … Continue reading You Can See in Numbers

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Post Post-Truth

December 29, 2016
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Post Post-Truth

postfaktisch ‘Fake-news’ and ‘post-truth’ (postfaktisch) are the words dominating today many discussions about truth in communication. ' ... in post-truth [post] has a meaning more like ‘belonging to a time in which the specified concept [truth] has become unimportant or irrelevant’' (https://www.oxforddictionaries.com/press/news/2016/11/15/WOTY-16). False information or even lies are not new in the information business. And therefore many, … Continue reading Post Post-Truth

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Reading a Picture

November 30, 2016
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Reading a Picture

Visual storytelling Visualising data helps understanding facts. Sometimes it’s very easy to understand a graph; sometimes it’s necessary to read it and to study it to discover unknown territory. Such graphs are little masterpieces. Here’s one of these and I am sure the authors had more than one iteration and discussion while creating it. The … Continue reading Reading a Picture

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LOD MOOC

October 22, 2016
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LOD MOOC

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) are available worldwide and offer tons of topics, also about Linked Open Data (LOD). An easy way to enter the semantic web. Two examples: HPI The Hasso Plattner Institute, Potsdam provides, for some years now, a course in Linked Data Engineering with a certificate. I did it some years ago and … Continue reading LOD MOOC

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