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    Please find below the tentative schedule for the 2018 Community workshop, day 1 and 2.



    Day 1: SIS-CCommunity in action



    LOCATION: Boulogne Auditorium

    DATE: April 9, 2018

    TIME: 1:30 pm – 1:40 pm

    SPEAKER: Eric Anvar, Head of Division, Statistics and Data Directorate, OECD



    Opening address and SIS-CC Strategic Level Group activities

    LOCATION: Boulogne Auditorium

    DATE: April 9, 2018

    TIME: 1:40 pm – 1:55 pm

    SPEAKER: Martine Durand, Chief Statistician and Director of the Statistics and Data Directorate, OECD



    SIS-CCommunity in action

    LOCATION: Boulogne Auditorium

    DATE: April 9, 2018

    TIME: 1:55 pm - 5:30 pm



    The SIS Collaboration Community workshop is in its 8th year and continues to go from strength to strength. With an increasing importance of the collaboration on statistical activities between statistical organisations, both at national and international levels, this session will: reformulate the SIS-CC 2015-19 strategic plan and the level of completion of it; demonstrate how the use of a common platforms is being jointly developed to enable cost-effective innovation in a minimal time benefiting a number of organisations; provide an opportunity for each community member to share their experiences in regard to successes, challenges and future directions; provide an opportunity for partners and organisations interested in joining in to share their views and expectations from the community



    Business Case for joining the Community, UNICEF

    Business Case for joining the Community, National Statistical Office of Luxembourg, STATEC

    Business Case for joining the Community, Statistical Institute of the Autonomous Province of Bolzano, ASTAT

    Business Case for joining the Community, National Institute of Statistics of Chile


    Member Project updates

    Australian Bureau of Statistics

    Statistics Estonia

    International Labour Organisation

    Italian National Institute of Statistics

    National Bank of Belgium

    Tunisian National Institute of Statistics

    UK Data Service


    Stat Suite Product Roadmap for 2018 and beyond by Jens Dossé, OECD

    SDMX Collaboration Activities by Nadezhda Vlahova, Eurostat

    .Stat Suite Architecture Evolution including a report on ATF activities by Bruno Urban, OECD





    Day 2: Building National Data backbones



    LOCATION: Boulogne Auditorium

    DATE: April 10, 2018

    TIME: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm


    During last year’s discussions, at 2017 workshop, but also at following fora (especially: the UN organised SDMX Conference in Addis Ababa, October 2017; and UNSD workshop on National Reporting Platforms in NY, January 2018), a new paradigm is emerging, based on two broad lines of action:


    Decoupling 3 layers – open source, capacity development, reporting framework – to enable convergence


    The purpose of this workshop is to explore how the paradigm which is being forged at international level could possibly be applicable at national level, and support countries to develop a National Data Backbone, as a means to achieve both the national and international agendas:



    Transposing the current linear model from the country perspective: Building a National Data Backbone


    The directions to explore would hence be mirroring the ones explored at the 2017 workshop, but this time taking the country perspective, and trying to understand the national ecosystem dynamics and how it could be further empowered to deliver on the national and international agendas.


    Day 2 will consist of an introduction and then 3 steps.


    Introduction – Setting the stage

    Keynote -  Rufus Pollock, Founder and President of Open Knowledge

    Workshop methodology by Eric Anvar, Head of Division, Statistics and Data Directorate, OECD



    Session 1 – Assessing the issues

    Four countries will present their assessment of the issues they face, and prepare the ground for the exploration of solutions in session 2.



    Francesco Rizzo, ISTAT (Italy)

    Ann Vanderbusse, NBB (Belgium)

    Kamel Abdellaoui, INS (Tunisia)

    Panhara OukChay, NIS (Cambodia)


    Panel discussion chaired by Abdulla Gozalov, UNSD, Chief, Global Data Services Unit

    Panel will confront the views presented with those of the audience and confirm or amend the directions to explore as per session 2.



    Session 2 – Exploring solutions



    Reference Open Source Community by Jonathan Challener, OECD

    The sectorial angle, experience in the area of labour statistics by Edgardo Greising, ILO

    Data flow framework – methodology for assessing countries’ needs and solutions by Rajiv Ranjan, PARIS21


    Based on the framework introduced, and the conclusions of the panel, the audience will be split into break-out groups. Each group will explore the model for Building National Data Backbones along following directions:

    a. Open source as a key lever

    b. Harmonised International initiatives

    c. The National Data Backbone

    d. Orchestration of the National Data Backbone



    Session 3 – Envisaging disruption

    Multiple smart data opportunities emerge in the area of official statistics and data: making new evidence out of new sources of data, and/or leveraging new algorithmic techniques. New data players appear – mostly from the private sector – that create new data assets, corresponding to the ever growing digitalisation of our lives and society in general.


    Presentations will be made to assess the value, challenges, and potential disruption smart data could represent in the context of today’s workshop.



    Big data for policy by El Bachir Boukherouaa, IMF

    Thanh-Long Huynh, QuantCube

    Siim Esko, Positium


    The presentations will be followed by a Q&A with the audience chaired by Christian Reimsbach-Kounatze, OECD.



    Session 4 – Concluding panel

    Chaired by Claes Johansson, UNICEF, Chief Data Architecture and Communication

    Panel will consist of the presenters from session 1, and 4 group facilitators from session 2 who will report on the key findings from the break-out groups. A discussion at the panel level and with the audience will follow, to carve out main findings from the day and open questions to explore further.



    Concluding remarks by Paul Schreyer, Deputy Director, Statistics and Data Directorate, OECD