Call for Papers: Special Issue of the Statistical Journal of the International Association for Official Statistics
Please consider submitting a paper for a special issue of the Journal of the International Association for Official Statistics on urban, regional and small area statistics.
Papers dealing with geographical and other breakdowns of official statistics related to relevant urban and regional planning, territorial and targeted policies on various levels of government are welcome. Papers dealing with the challenges and solutions of integration of geospatial and statistical data are most welcome.
The call embraces also new and evolving uses of small area statistics, e.g., easy access and open access to official statistics of high granularity showing the importance of official statistics in facilitating citizens’ participation.
The deadline for submitting a manuscript is December 1st, 2016.
All submissions will go through the SJIAOS review process.
For information about manuscript preparation and the submission process, please see www.iospress.nl/statistical-journal-of-the-iaos.
Authors are requested to submit their manuscript electronically to the journal’s editorial management system. The length of the manuscript would preferably be 10 -15 pages including tables, graphs and references.
Special issue editor: Ms Asta Manninen, Member of the SJIAOS Editorial Board, [email protected]
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Open Paper on Bayesian Methods by Professor Rod Little: https://madmimi.com/p/267107?fe=1&pact=35326089171
Most of us producing official statistics have been trained to use frequentist inference. That has been the tradition since near the beginning of Official Statistics, hundreds of years ago. But, maybe, it is time for us to apply Bayesian Methods more in our practice. To this end I asked Professor Little, pictured, to submit one of his papers on Bayesian Methods. His open paper in this issue is the result. In it, he gives us a wonderful example of how Bayesian Statistics can operate in the world of Official Statistics. Take a look at his application.
Permit me also to highlight two more December papers. The first is another article by Statistics without Borders (SwB). Again, SwB is applying statistics in a crisis when Official Statistical resources are taxed beyond the breaking point. The SwB paper in the December issue, also open, is about the earthquake in Nepal and details the world response to that disaster, emphasizing the role the SwB statisticians played.
SwB is currently working on the worldwide refugee crisis (the theme of our September issue). Sadly matters have worsened since September. We would welcome examples from our fellow professionals, in SwB or from elsewhere, that would teach or inspire us on
The second article (and picking this to talk about was a hard choice too) is about the concern that income and wealth inequality has been growing at least in the developed world. The paper is by Victor Alfredo Bustos from Mexico, entitled “Estimation of the distribution of income from survey data, adjusting for compatibility with other sources”.
To close off this editorial, may we remind you that if you want access to all the papers in the December issue you can become an IAOS member. Now, to become a member of the IAOS is easy and inexpensive. It, among other things, provides you full (personal) online access to the journal each year (and all the published back issues).
For 2016 the IAOS membership fee for members from developed countries is EUR 25 and from developing countries, EUR 8. For Individuals who are already IAOS Institutional members the fee (for individual membership) is EUR 5. The IAOS application form is available at http://isi.cbs.nl/iaos-form.asp.
If you have any questions concerning the membership please contact Mrs. Margaret de Ruiter-Molloy at [email protected].
Statistics and Evaluation
The drive to evidence-based policies and decisions – whether in government or for large organisations outside it – should be good news for the statistics community. But is it? The commitment to (better) statistics in consequence has seen renewed investment in major survey and data projects, and to a limited extent the hint of a reverse of the conspicuous decline in employment of data base and survey skills close to policy areas of government. But only a hint; the farming out of research has seen close alliances between policy arms of government and a few key centres of policy research in the corporate and academic sectors, by definition at a distance from the data resource . Statisticians have been retained in maintenance capacity to service the production of ‘evidence’ framed in terms of research agendas.
Having got that off my chest, there is now the opportunity for fruitful collaboration between this rump of the profession (well represented I hope among prospective active participants in the S&M Section) and the somewhat more recent splendid regiment of evaluators, those people usually within an organisation whose remit is to test what is working, and to advise management on the health and direction of its spending programmes. The evaluators are represented professionally by the Australasian Evaluation Society, whose activities parallel ours (without our mathematical baggage but with across Tasman enrichment). Where there is potential for cross over is in the methods of evaluation; professional ethics; training; and jointly sponsored events.
One such candidate event is being put forward for Canberra in July, immediately after the ASC (and taking advantage of an ASC visiting speaker’s presence in the country), namely a seminar on the re-engineering of the US Bureau of Labour Statistics’ Survey of Income and Program Participation. It is hoped that this would attract people from both communities on a subject with dual resonance.
Further such possibilities will depend on you, and what you would be interested in attending or organising. Let me know. [email protected]