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Big Data Matters 3 – The need for timely statistics

Online seminar - Thursday, 1 April 2021, 10:00-12:30 (CET)

Centre for Big Data Statistics (Netherlands) and the ONS Data Science Campus (UK)

2020 was a remarkable year: the world was facing a new pandemic and people’s daily lives were changed considerably. ‘Het nieuwe normaal’ (the new normal) has been coined as a new phrase within Dutch society and politics. But what does the ‘new normal’ look like in terms of health, economy, mobility and the labour market? And how can policy makers respond swiftly to these changes in society? National statistical institutes provide insights into the state of society by way of official statistics. Now, more than ever, there is a great need for more timely statistics.

Big data matters when timeliness is crucial

In recent years, Statistics Netherlands and the Office for National Statistics, together with universities and knowledge institutes, have invested in research and the production of timely statistics. Big data sources (big as they are updated frequently) are an important cornerstone in making timely accurate statistics possible.

The programme 10:00 – 12:30

Keynote speakers:
Dr Bert Kroese [Deputy Director General of Statistics Netherlands].
Sir Ian Diamond [UK National Statistician]
5 min Break
The urgency of timely statistics in the United Kingdom as a consequence of Brexit and the COVID-19 outbreak.
The creation of timely statistics on the labour market and an illustration of ‘the new normal’ in the Netherlands.
5 min Break
Panel Discussion

Part of CBS dashboard showing the “new normal” with respect to different themes


The online seminar will be held in English.


Zoom. The login code will be sent to you upon registration

Watch later

You can view the presentations on the CBDS website.


Participation in Big Data Matters 3 is free of charge. Attendants can register here. If you have any questions, please email us at: bigdatamatters@cbs.nl.