Citizen-centric access to statistics           Bo Sundgren          September 2011
Summary•    The project investigates the possibilities to define an easy-to-use, powerful,    and flexible standard interf...
By the way:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwSsxUbdCLg&feature=player_embeddNeelie Kroes, EU Commissioner for Digital Agen...
Major findings and conclusions•    Statistical agencies are rather good at presenting official statistics in a citizen-   ...
A handshake at the Seminar on innovative approcaches to turning statistics into knowledge, organised in Stockholm     26-2...
CITIZENS    ENTREPRENEURS        ANALYSTS      JOURNALISTS          POLITICIANS                        STATISTICS USER/PRO...
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Professor Bo Sundgren
Stockholm University
Department of Computer and Systems Sciences (DSV)
Affiliated with Dalarna University, Department of Informatics
Board member of Gapminder, www.gapminder.org
Chief Editor, International Journal of Public Information Systems (IJPIS), www.ijpis.net
bosund@dsv.su.se, bo.sundgren@gmail.com, bsu@du.se
https://sites.google.com/site/bosundgren/

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  1. 1. Citizen-centric access to statistics Bo Sundgren September 2011
  2. 2. Summary• The project investigates the possibilities to define an easy-to-use, powerful, and flexible standard interface for communication of statistical data and metadata between the dissemination databases of statistics producers (statistical agencies) and citizen-centric applications, developed by entrepreneurs, analysts, media, or by citizens themselves.• In line with the intentions of EU:s PSI Directive to make public sector information (e.g. statistical data) easily available for citizens and businesses in a practical and inexpensive way.• A consortium consisting of members from Estonia, Iceland, and Sweden will run the project. The members of the consortium represent all three dimensions of a Triple Helix constellation: – Academia: Stockholm University, leading the project and providing general knowledge – Government: Statistical agencies, producing and providing official statistics – Business: Citizen-centric entrepreneurs, media, and analysts (think tanks)• An open network has been created, welcoming anyone, even outside the Nordic-Baltic countries to participate in and contribute to the project.• Three major workshops have been organised in Estonia, Sweden, and Iceland during 2011.• A website and a blog has been created and used extensively: – Project website: https://sites.google.com/site/accesstostatistics/
  3. 3. By the way:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwSsxUbdCLg&feature=player_embeddNeelie Kroes, EU Commissioner for Digital Agenda, on Thursday 22Sept 2011 flagged that the Commission is preparing a proposal to forcemember states to open up government data to the public for free. Theproposal plans to make it easier to access government data:"By the end of November I will be proposing to my fellowCommissioners that we adopt the next steps on reuse of public sectorinformation and a proposal for an improved directive. I wantrequirements to be more encompassing and specifications improved. Inparticular we should be looking at the way data is disclosed to formatsand the way data licences operate to make reuse straight forward inpractice. We shall also be looking at charging regimes because expensivedata isnt open data."
  4. 4. Major findings and conclusions• Statistical agencies are rather good at presenting official statistics in a citizen- friendly way, using their websites and providing tools for downloading• However, each statistical agency presents its own statistics in its own production-centric way, without much coordination with other producers.• In contrast, users of statistics, e.g. citizens, businesses, entrepreneurs, media, and analysts, want to combine and analyse statistics from different sources in a problem-oriented and usage-centric way.• This becomes very complex, time-consuming, and expensive, when statistical data are not provided in standardised ways.• A growing number of users of statistics want to download statistical data and metadata in rather simple, raw, and standardised form, and to develop, use, and provide their own user-friendly tools for further processing, analysis, and presentation of the data (in line with the intentions of EU:s PSI Directive).• The project has summarised important and typical needs of users of statistical data and metadata by describing a limited number of use cases.• The project has identified a number of useful standard formats and tools for providing statistical data and metadata, which already exist, but which need to be made more interoperable within a common, user-friendly framework.• A natural next step of development is being formulated: a workbench and
  5. 5. A handshake at the Seminar on innovative approcaches to turning statistics into knowledge, organised in Stockholm 26-27 May 2008 by OECD and Statistics Sweden www.oecd.org/oecdworldforum/statknowledge Kjell Jansson, Director General of Professor Hans Rosling, Founder and Statistics Sweden, 2006-2008: Chairman of Gapminder Foundation, ”I agree with you, Hans. We will www.gapminder.org: fulfil your wishes.” ”We want all your data, objective, well documented, and with your quality stamp on them – in raw form – for us to analyse and present in ways that make them interesting for citizens, students, and decision- makers.” Other entrepreneurs and innovators associated with the project : The factlab: Peter & Mike Andersson, http://www.thefactlab.com/ ncomva: Mikael Jern & collaborators, http://www.ncomva.com/ Google: Google Public Data Explorer, http://www.google.com/publicdata/admin Gov2u: Government to you, an NGO, http://www.gov2u.org/ Izwe: Share opinions, make a difference, http://www.izwe.com/ Prognoz: Business intelligence – made simple, http://www.prognoz.com/en/index.php
  6. 6. CITIZENS ENTREPRENEURS ANALYSTS JOURNALISTS POLITICIANS STATISTICS USER/PROVIDER INTERACTIVE WORKBENCH & TOOLBOX WEBSITES WEBSITES INTERFACING  Get an overview of available data sources and tools, links and explanations INTERFACING OTHER  Specify request (data&metadata contents and format) OTHER TOOLSDATA/METADATA  Specify processing function (no processing, presentation/analysis function) AND TOOLBOXES SOURCES  Specify delivery mode (user at terminal, file download, API delivery)  Specify update regime (subscribed automatical, on demand) DATA & DATA & DATA & METADATA METADATA METADATA (stored in standard (stored in standard (stored in standard or user-defined or user-defined or user-defined formats) formats) formats) ACCESS/ANALYSIS ACCESS/ANALYSIS ACCESS/ANALYSIS MODULES MODULES MODULES (set of services) (set of services) (set of services) LOCAL SHARED PUBLIC DATABASES DATABASES DATABASES (single (systems of (in the cloud) organisations) organisations)

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