2016 International Methodology Symposium

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Statistics Canada
March 22 to 24, 2016
Palais des congrès de Gatineau
Gatineau, Québec, Canada

Growth in Statistical Information: Challenges and Benefits

Statistics Canada's 2016 International Methodology Symposium will take place at the Palais des congrès de Gatineau (5 minutes from downtown Ottawa) from March 22 to 24, 2016.

The title of the Symposium is 'Growth in Statistical Information: Challenges and Benefits.' In recent years, the amount of data available for potential use in producing statistical information has grown by leaps and bounds. Terms such as Big Data, Data Science, and Data Mining are becoming more and more common in the literature and the media. But what does it all mean for official statistics and what is the impact on how they are collected, compiled, analyzed and presented?

All members of the statistical community are invited to attend, whether they work in private organizations, government or universities.  The Symposium includes plenary and parallel sessions, software demonstrations and some poster presentations.

Symposium highlights include:

  • Danny Pfeffermann, Government Statistician of Israel, as the keynote speaker on Tuesday March 22nd
  • Robert Groves, Georgetown University, USA, as the Waksberg Award speaker on Wednesday March 23rd
  • Mary E. Thompson, University of Waterloo, as the speaker of a plenary session on Thursday March 24th

The Symposium also includes a stimulating program of more than 50 invited and contributed presentations on topics including:

  • Administrative data
  • Big Data
  • Open Data
  • Paradata
  • Scanner Data
  • Record linkage and statistical matching
  • Disclosure Control
  • Alternative Data Sources
  • Data quality
  • Measurement errors and Estimation
  • Analyses of large data sets
  • Non-standard analyses of data
  • Visualisation of multidimensional complex data

Please submit your proposal by email to STATCAN.Symposium2016-Symposium2016.STATCAN@statcan.gc.ca by September 14, 2015. It must include the following: title, an abstract of approximately 250 words (in English or French), three to six keywords and your full contact information.

We will contact you before October 9, 2015 to inform you whether your proposal was accepted. For all accepted proposals, you must submit the final version of your presentation (in English or French) by January 22, 2016. Proceedings from the conference will be published. You must submit your final paper by May 19, 2016.

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