Affiliations: [a] Statistics Poland, Aleja Niepodległości 208, Warszawa, Poland | [b] Department of Econometrics and Statistics, Institute of Economics and Finance, University of Szczecin, Szczecin, Poland | [c] UN ESCAP, Rajadamnern Nok Avenue, Bangkok, Thailand
Abstract: Never has there been a more exciting time to be an official statistician. The data revolution is responding to the demands of the CoVID-19 pandemic and a complex sustainable development agenda to improve how data is produced and used, to close data gaps to prevent discrimination, to build capacity and data literacy, to modernize data collection systems and to liberate data to promote transparency and accountability. But can all data be liberated in the production and communication of official statistics? This paper explores the UN Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics in the context of eight new and big data sources. The paper concludes each data source can be used for the production of official statistics in adherence with the Fundamental Principles and argues these data sources should be used if National Statistical Systems are to adhere to the first Fundamental Principle of compiling and making available official statistics that honor citizen’s entitlement to public information.
Keywords: Data revolution, fundamental principles of official statistics, big data