New Quality Criteria for Integrating New Data and Methods in Statistics

© Nikki van Toorn (CBS)

This paper aims to elicit a discussion of the existence of a paradigm shift in official statistics through the emergence of new (unstructured) data sources and methods that may not adhere to established and existing statistical practices and quality frameworks. The paper discusses strengths and weaknesses of several data sources, methodological, technical and “cultural” barriers (as in the culture that reigns in an area of expertise or approach) in dealing with new data and methods in data science and concludes with suggestions of updating the existing quality frameworks. Statistics Netherlands takes the position that there is no paradigm shift but that the existing production processes should be questioned and that existing quality frameworks should be updated in order for official statistics to benefit from the fusion of data, knowledge and skills among survey methodologists and data scientists.


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