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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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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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