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20 Years Ago

September 1, 2016
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20 Years Ago

1996 On the 2nd of September 1996, Statistics Switzerland published its brand-new website, www.bfs.admin.ch. It was one of the first (if not the first) of the Swiss Administration (www.admin.ch). In three languages… … and already with quite rich structure and content. The Wayback Machine … … shows the developments since 1996 https://archive.org/web/. 1996: Handmade with Frontpage … Continue reading 20 Years Ago

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Disrupting Dissemination – From Print to Bots

August 3, 2016
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Disrupting Dissemination – From Print to Bots

Digitally disrupted data production “The collection of statistics has been digitally disrupted, along with everything else, and there are important questions about collection methods and whether or not “big data” genuinely offers promise for a giant leap forward in the productivity of official statistics.” This statement in Financial Times’ edition of August 20th, 2015 deals … Continue reading Disrupting Dissemination – From Print to Bots

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Statistics is Dead – Long Live Statistics

June 29, 2016
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Statistics is Dead – Long Live Statistics

To be an expert in a thematic field! Lee Baker wrote an article that will please the whole community of official statistics where specialists of many thematic fields (and not alone statisticians or mathematicians or … data scientists) are collecting, analysing, interpreting, explaining and publishing data. It’s this core message that counts: “… if you … Continue reading Statistics is Dead – Long Live Statistics

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Next Step in OGD Websites

May 4, 2016
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Next Step in OGD Websites

What DataUsa is doing could be – I guess – the next step in the evolution of Open Government Data websites. It’s the step from offering file downloads to presenting data (and not files) interactively. And it’s a kind of presentation many official statistical websites would surely be proud of. César A. Hidalgo from MIT discusses … Continue reading Next Step in OGD Websites

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Open Data Portals: News

February 3, 2016
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Open Data Portals: News

There are new or refurbished open data portals to be announced. opendata.swiss Switzerland just published opendata.swiss in a new look for a better presentation of data. See the press release. europeandataportal.eu The European Commission published some months ago the European Data Portal. europeandataportal.eu is much more than a collection of open data. It is an ecosystem … Continue reading Open Data Portals: News

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Optimism with Data

January 21, 2016
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Optimism with Data

What will our future be like? Is there no or some hope that things evolve in a good direction? Will we make progress? Data play a crucial role in answering these questions. Steven Pinker (Harvard University, Department of Psychology) in his answer to the EDGE question of 2016 considers that Quantifying Human Progress is the most interesting recent (scientific) news: ‘But … Continue reading Optimism with Data

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Blog about Stats 2015 in review

January 1, 2016
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Blog about Stats 2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 14,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many … Continue reading Blog about Stats 2015 in review

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Happy New Year

December 31, 2015
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Happy New Year

Socks are more than you might think. The proof is in Netflix Socks for Statistics And the next step could be: Waking up all users of statistics if they fall asleep and miss the essential data for decision making. Happy socks and a Happy new Year to yo...

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