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26 February 2021

Virtual meeting
New York, United States of America

Open meeting

The open data revolution: the power of open data for engaging the public with statistics that matter to them

The side-event during the 52nd Session of the UN Statistical Commission on “The open data revolution: the power of open data for engaging the public with statistics that matter to them” was held on: New York time (EST): Thursday, 25 February, 21:00-22:00 PM | Bangkok time (GMT+7): Friday, 26 February, 09:00-10:00 AM.

About the session

The UN Statistical Commission’s Working Group on Open Data provides good practice guidance on geographical areas, content and the balance between openness and privacy for local-level statistics. For many countries, this balance is often tipped towards closure not openness and therefore limiting their ability to engage the public and public policy makers with data and statistics that matter to them.

This side event shared use cases from the Netherlands, New Zealand and Mexico. Three countries where a balance has been successfully struck. The event also provided good practice guidance on frameworks for striking a balance such as Statistics Canada’s data model vision for a National Statistical System (GATHER-GUARD-GROW-GIVE).

The open data revolution: the power of open data for engaging the public with statistics that matter to them
Gemma Van Halderen
Gemma Van Halderen
Director Statistics Division ESCAP
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Ms. Gemma Van Halderen is the Director of Statistics Division in ESCAP. Her work is to improve the use of statistics for evidence-based decision making and to develop and disseminate quality statistics for inclusive, sustainable and resilient societies in the ESCAP region. Gemma has extensive experience with the global statistical system through the UN Statistical Commission and UN Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management.

Marie Haldorson
Marie Haldorson
Director, Director-General's Office, Statistics Sweden
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Keely Gaskin
Keely Gaskin
Senior Advisor, Statistics New Zealand
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Erwin van Mierlo
Erwin van Mierlo
Coordinator Open Data, Statistics Netherlands
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Armando Aguiar
Armando Aguiar
Director of Information Services, INEGI (Mexico)
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  Speaker
PPT
 A New Zealand case study Keely Gaskin  – Statistics New Zealand
 Open data use cases     Armando Aguiar – INEGI (Mexico)
The Netherlands local level data   Erwin van Mierlo – Statistics Netherlands

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