Mining the Internet of Everything – Official Statistics in the Age of Big Data

Date:  Tuesday, 16 September 2014
Time: 6:00pm – 6.30pm: Refreshments
6:30pm – 7.30pm: Lecture
7:30pm – 8:00pm: Dinner

Venue: The Australian Bureau of Statistics Level 10, 44 Market St. Sydney NSW 2000 (Corner of Market and York St.)


Mining the Internet of Everything – Official Statistics in the Age of Big Data

Ric Clarke
Assistant Statistician, Analytical Services Branch Australian Bureau of Statistics
We are living in the midst of a social, economic, and technological revolution. Over the past decade, the Internet has evolved from a network of computing resources to a seamless virtual fabric for global connectivity, cooperation and information exchange. A new generation of “always-on” devices – from smart phones to autonomous sensors – has created a complex, multi-layered web of digital interactions, continuously producing and consuming information about the status, location, movement and ambient environment of things in the physical work. In synergy with this, the way that we communicate, socialise, spend leisure time, and conduct business has moved onto the Internet. Our online lives produce indelible data traces in this “network of networks”, and these digital fragments can be assembled to create a richer, more dynamic and focused statistical picture of society, the economy and the environment.  Several initiatives are now being advanced in the ABS to take advantage of emerging the Big Data opportunity for official statistics. In this talk, I will introduce the new ABS Big Data Strategy and provide an overview of important Big Data projects in the ABS and the broader statistical community. In particular, I will discuss some new methods and technologies for linking, analysing and visualising massive, complex, interconnected data sets. I will also draw out some implications for our future information infrastructure under CSIP.

Biography of Ric Clarke
Ric Clarke leads the Analytical Services Branch (ASB) at the Australian Bureau of Statistics – the group within Methodology and Data Management Division (MDMD) that develops and deploys new analytical techniques, procedures and products for traditional and emerging data sources. ASB also supports production processes in disclosure control and data integration, and provides a specialist analytical service to producers and users of social, economic, environmental and demographic statistics within the ABS and in other government agencies. ASB has 48 staff with specialist analytical skills in mathematics and statistics, demography, and econometrics.

When: 16/09/2014
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Cost: Free

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