Affiliations: [a] Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy | [b] European Commission | [c] Former Director of Methodology at the Italian National Institute of Statistics and International Consultant, Italy
Corresponding author: Giorgio Alleva, Sapienza University of Rome, Piazzale Aldo Moro 5, IT-00185 Rome, Italy. E-mail: [email protected].
Abstract: We are experiencing noteworthy changes in our societies, related to the impact of health and safety in the post-COVID19 pandemic; globalization; digital technologies; on the perimeter, organization and performances of companies; and climate change, including on ecosystems and biodiversity. In this paper, we present future challenges and developments of statistics and official statistics along four main axes: data, capabilities to manage data, methods, and data governance. Nobody can address alone the new challenges of the information society. Partnerships among official statistics, academia, public and private researches, and users, are fundamental. It is necessary to adopt a strategy and a coherent plan of action at the global level to support the modernization of official statistics to answer societal challenges.
Keywords: Multi-source statistical production, big data, data privacy, quality, data scientists