|Title||Bilateral meeting for statistical cooperation with Statistics Netherlands(CBS)|
□ Commissioner Yoo, Geongjoon of Statistics Korea(KOSTAT) hosted the 5th bilateral meeting for statistical cooperation with Statistics Netherlands(CBS), a global leader in statistical innovation, on June 15th, 2016.
□ (Overview) The Dutch delegation lead by Dr. Tjark Tjin-A-Tsoi, the head of CBS, visited Daejeon to attend the meeting. The agendas of the meeting included the use of big data for statistical production, the innovation and business development of CBS, data collection methodologies, statistics training program of Korea, and more.
□ (The use of big data) The use of big data in statistical production, especially, has emerged to be a major issue for both domestic and international statistical communities to address the worsening survey environment, improve the timeliness of data and add the variety to analytics. KOSTAT, too, has been emphasizing on the development of new statistics combined with private sector big data.
○ CBS has played a leading role in the official statistics innovation such that it has achieved the paradigm shift of statistical production to transfer the traditional survey methods into the use of administrative records and big data.
○ For example, the economic statistics are compiled by combining the tax records and the Business Register* data, inflation rate on the consumer price uses retail transaction records gathered from bar-codes and SNS-based big data has been deployed for a trial of compiling the consumer sentiment index.
* The establishment of the Business Register is largely attributed to the administrative records.
○ The head of CBS stressed the importance of cooperations with universities, research institutions, and private companies who are the major sources of big data to implement the use of big data for statistical productions.
□ (Other matters) The two organizations exchanged their statistical experiences and explored ways to pursue joint projects on other topics, including the methodologies of data collection, cyber-security, data visualization, etc. Also, the effort to strengthen the relationship between the two organizations for statistical cooperation and mutual development was reaffirmed in this meeting.
□ Commissioner Yoo noted, “KOSTAT is in the stage of building foundations for changing its statistical production paradigm, in which the major source of statistical data is transferring from the surveys into the integration and combination of public administrative records and private big data.”
He remarked on this year’s bilateral meeting with the Netherlands “to hold special meaning to Korea whose statistical production paradigm is on a turning point toward the use of big data” and added that the two organizations have reached a consensus to pursue joint projects as necessary for the promotion of the use of big data.