As COVID-19 continues to impact the economy at a rapid pace, it is more important than ever for Canadians and businesses to have reliable information to understand these changes. A team of data scientists and analysts at Statistics Canada are working hard to meet this information need by automating the extraction and near real-time analysis of text data from a variety of sources.
This summer saw an increased need for flexible services that could be accessed outside of traditional networks and scale rapidly, all while maintaining the security of information entrusted to the public service. The opportunity for data science to provide timely insights to help decision makers and the public alike has never been so great, but at the same time data scientists need to be able to ensure data and workflows operate in secure environments.
As Canadians grew increasingly concerned about the impact of COVID-19 on our society and our economy in March 2020, Statistics Canada set to work collecting vital information to support citizens and critical government operations during unprecedented times.
A look at what it is like to be a co-op student within the Data Science Division at Statistics Canada, this article highlights the experience of Mihir Gajjar, a co-op student from Simon Fraser University’s (SFU) Big Data program.