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Post-2015 Event: Debating the Post-2015 Data Revolution: will technology or better institutions make more of a difference?

26 March 2014 | big data, data-revolution, ict, post-2015, technology

The High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda first called for a “data revolution” in May 2013. Since then, a broad and numerous chorus of voices have echoed the need to...

Blog-post: Is big data a silver bullet for development?

03 February 2014 | big data, blogpost, data, data-revolution, governance, indicators, post-2015

I’m at a three-day workshop on data and accountability for the post-2015 development agenda, hosted by the UN Development Programme (UNDP). I’m joined by a sizeable contingent of statisticians as...

Blogpost: My data revolution is not your data revolution

08 November 2013 | big data, blogpost, data-revolution, mdg5, post-2015

Since the HLP first called for a data revolution, a growing chorus of voices has emerged in support. But they are not all singing in tune. Data revolutionaries abounded at the UN General Assembly...

Blogpost l You Say You Want a (Data) Revolution?

25 July 2013 | big data, blogpost, data, data-revolution, open data, post-2015, statistics

The long-awaited high-level panel report on the post-2015 development agenda called for a “data revolution” and proposes a new international initiative to get the job done.  The proposed public-...

Blogpost: Could Big Data provide alternative measures of poverty and welfare?

12 June 2013 | alternative measurements, big data, blogpost, data-revolution, inequality, mdgs, poverty, social progress, well-being

Emmanuel Letouzé is a PhD Candidate at UC Berkeley and a regular consultant for the UN and the OECD, currently serving as a Non-Resident Adviser at the International Peace Institute and an adviser on...

Seminar l What happens when big data meets official statistics?

07 December 2012 | big data, debate, nat statistical offices, open data, seminar, statistics

What happens when big data meets official statistics?  Big data is a broad term applied to the types of data that exhibit certain characteristics (high volume, variety, and frequency) as well as the...