Official Statistics Section News

Added on 20 December 2018

Journal of Official Statistics Volume 34, Issue 4:

Second Special Issue on New Techniques and Technologies for Statistics


Preface – Introduction to Special Issue:

Martin Karlberg, Silvia Biffignandi, Piet J.H. Daas, Loredana Di Consiglio, Anders Holmberg, Risto Lehtonen, Ralf T. Münnich, Boro Nikic, Marianne Paasi, Natalie Shlomo, Roxane Silberman, and Ineke Stoop

Data Organisation and Process Design Based on Functional Modularity for a Standard Production Process:

David Salgado, M. Elisa Esteban, Maria Novás, Soledad Saldaña, and Luis Sanguiao

Efficiency and Agility for a Modern Solution of Deterministic Multiple Source Prioritization and Validation Tasks:

Annalisa Cesaro and Leonardo Tininini

Detecting Reporting Errors in Data from Decentralised Autonomous Administrations with an Application to Hospital Data:

Arnout van Delden, Jan van der Laan, and Annemarie Prins

Population Size Estimation and Linkage Errors: the Multiple Lists Case:

Loredana Di Consiglio and Tiziana Tuoto

Statistical Matching as a Supplement to Record Linkage: AValuable Method to Tackle Nonconsent Bias?:

Jonathan Gessendorfer, Jonas Beste, Jörg Drechsler, and Joseph W.


Assessing the Quality of Home Detection from Mobile Phone Data for Official Statistics:

Maarten Vanhoof, Fernando Reis, Thomas Ploetz, and Zbigniew Smoreda

Megatrend and Intervention Impact Analyzer for Jobs: A Visualization Method for Labor Market Intelligence:

Rain Opik, Toomas Kirt, and Innar Liiv

Augmenting Statistical Data Dissemination by Short Quantified Sentences of Natural Language:

Miroslav Hudec, Erika Bednárová, and Andreas Holzinger

Editorial Collaborators

Index to Volume 34, 2018

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Added on 17 December 2018

Call for papers - Journal of Official Statistics (JOS)

We invite submissions to the Special Issue: Population statistics for the 21st Century

The aim of the special issue is to present cutting-edge innovations in the methodology and applications relevant for official population statistics, in order to help the users of statistical products better address the challenges of the 21st century.

We invite submissions especially in the following areas, the list of topics being non-exhaustive: Key concepts in population statistics, Methods for demographic estimation and forecasting, Specific areas of application, Production of official population statistics and Cross-cutting ethodological themes. Deadline for submissions is September 30, 2019.

Special Issue Guest Editors:

Jakub Bijak, Professor of Statistical Demography, University of Southampton, United Kingdom

John R Bryant, Senior Researcher, Statistics New Zealand, Christchurch, New Zealand

Elżbieta Gołata, Professor and Pro-Rector, Poznań University of Economics and Business, Poland

Other editors to be confirmed.

Special Issue: Population statistics for the 21st Century:

Reliable population statistics are indispensable for many crucial areas of public policy and planning worldwide. At the same time, the world is changing rapidly, with population processes gaining pace and acquiring new forms, such as the increasingly fluid mobility and migration. Novel technologies, data sources and analytical methods offer new, better than ever opportunities to deal with the demographic challenges of the future. The role of official population statistics in addressing these challenges – from aiding humanitarian relief for victims of wars and environmental catastrophes, to ensuring sustainability of social security systems for the decades to come – is fundamental.

The aim of the special issue is to present cutting-edge innovations in the methodology and applications relevant for official population statistics, in order to help the users of statistical products better address the challenges of the 21st century.

We invite submissions especially in the following areas, the list of topics being non-exhaustive:

We invite submissions especially in the following areas, the list of topics being non-exhaustive:

1. Key concepts in population statistics To make the official demographic statistics fit for the 21st century, the key concepts related to populations and their dynamics need to be revisited and updated. To that end, we welcome rigorous papers or letters, addressing the conceptual issues related to defining populations, residence, migrants and migration events, urban and rural areas, and so on. We envisage that successful papers in this category would include concrete recommendations that can form a base for further discussions on international statistical fora.

2. Methods for demographic estimation and forecasting We invite methodological papers dealing with various aspects of official population statistics. Specific topics regarding estimation under this theme include: methods for small area statistics, the design and use of methods for register-based and census-based estimates, as well as census methodology as such – from full count to register-based or sample-based enumeration. We also invite contributions on forecasts or projections of populations, households, as well as individual components of demographic change. Papers exploring innovative methods, such as offering statistical versions of indirect demographic estimation, the use of administrative sources, ‘Big data’, and data linkages in population statistics are also welcome.

3. Specific areas of application

On the applied side, we encourage submissions offering specific solutions to key challenges of official statistics in specific areas of demographic and population-related applications. They may include methods for the individual components of demographic change, specific populations or subpopulations, as well as studying populations across different dimensions (such as health, education, migration or ethnic background, and so on).

4. Production of official population statistics We welcome submissions concerned with the statistical infrastructure, production and dissemination of population statistics. This broad category can include papers looking into the practical aspects of making efficient use of new data sources, increasing data availability to the users, integration of different data, geo-referencing, or visualisation of population statistics. Papers demonstrating practical solutions to specific computational, organisational and practical challenges are particularly encouraged.

5. Cross-cutting methodological themes

Finally, we encourage papers on cross-cutting methodological themes in official population statistics. These can include, but are not limited to, comparisons of statistical approaches for different demographic applications, such as Bayesian versus frequentist, or model-based versus design-based methods. More broadly, papers on various applications of methods of statistical demography in official statistics, with their challenges and opportunities, are welcome.

Submission guidelines and deadlines:

Manuscripts should be submitted through the JOS Manuscript Central


All manuscripts must adhere to the JOS submission and peer review rules and will go through the usual JOS review process. Instructions for authors are available at

JOS is an open access journal. For more information about JOS, see

For all articles of JOS, see the JOS-archive at

Deadline for submissions is September 30, 2019.


Following the signing in November 2018 of a contract between SSA and ABS that funds events in 2019 whose purpose is to increase engagement between the ABS, SSA members and the broader statistical community, and build professional capability of ABS staff; and the subsequent call to SSA sections and branches for event proposals, the Official Statistics Section has put forward the following:

A full day forum in the second half of the year on Methods of Official Statistics, open to ABS staff and SSA members, that will be the culmination of theme discussions and workshops in the first half of the year among different branches, from which a forum focus should emerge. The forum will be in the format of short (15 minute) presentations followed by open discussion. Depending on the particular focus there may be a theme address. It is hoped to use the funding to have contributions edited and issued as a record. It is proposed to use ABS video conferencing facilities to allow people within reach of an ABS office anywhere in Australia, and possibly in New Zealand, to take part without a requirement for travel.

The format was successfully tested in May this year with a Workshop on State Space Methods in Official Statistics. ABS staff in Canberra, and in four other offices took part, with presenters and discussion distributed among the offices.

We may use the budget allowed to look into the production of a pod cast; and to invite guest participants from abroad.

If you wish to join the small organising team behind this suggestion please contact your local convenor, or the Section coordinator.

We see this event as recurring in later years, allowing new focus and more opportunities for statisticians with an interest in advancing the statistical basis of official collection activity to publicise their work, collaborate across employment lines and learn from the experience of others.


A message received from the IAOS President on 27 November 2018:

"Dear Colleagues,

As part of the process of election of officers undertaken every two years, I am pleased to inform you that the Executive Committee (EXCO) has set up a Nominating Committee, chaired by Dr. Ola Awad (former IAOS President 2015-2017), to make nominations for the posts of President-elect and four Executive Committee members for the term 2019-2021. The 2019-2021 Executive will serve under the Presidency of Mr John Pullinger, UK.
If you would like to nominate a suitable candidate, or you are,interested in participating as an EXCO member, please submit your,candidacy or the names of possible candidates to Dr. Awad, chair of the Nominating Committee. Please send your submissions, along with a CV of the candidate, to, cc copying
The deadline is Monday, December 17th, 2018. The Nominating Committee will assess all submissions received anddevelop a slate of candidates for each of the vacancies, giving attention to the importance of achieving a proper geographical distribution and balance between producers and users of official statistics (IAOS Statutes, 7.4).
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact either Dr Ola Awad or myself.

We look forward to your submissions.

Best regards,

Mario Palma

IAOS President 2017-2019"

Links: [1]       [2]


Statistics and Evaluation

The drive to evidence-based policies and decisions – whether in government or for large organisations outside it – should be good news for the statistics community. But is it? The commitment to (better) statistics in consequence has seen renewed investment in major survey and data projects, and to a limited extent the hint of a reverse of the conspicuous decline in employment of data base and survey skills close to policy areas of government. But only a hint; the farming out of research has seen close alliances between policy arms of government and a few key centres of policy research in the corporate and academic sectors, by definition at a distance from the data resource . Statisticians have been retained in maintenance capacity to service the production of ‘evidence’ framed in terms of research agendas.

Having got that off my chest, there is now the opportunity for fruitful collaboration between this rump of the profession (well represented I hope among prospective active participants in the S&M Section) and the somewhat more recent splendid regiment of evaluators, those people usually within an organisation whose remit is to test what is working, and to advise management on the health and direction of its spending programmes. The evaluators are represented professionally by the Australasian Evaluation Society, whose activities parallel ours (without our mathematical baggage but with across Tasman enrichment). Where there is potential for cross over is in the methods of evaluation; professional ethics; training; and jointly sponsored events.



1.      Babbie, E.R. (1973). Survey Research Methods. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Pub. Co.

2.     Busha, C.H., and Harter, S.P. (1980). Research Methods in Librarianship: Techniques and Interpretation. Orlando, FL: Academic Press, Inc.

3.     Don A. Dillman, Jolene D. Smyth, and Leah Melani Christian. (2008). Internet, Mail, and Mixed-Mode Surveys: The Tailored Design Method (3 ed.). Wiley Publishing.

4.    Leeuw, E. D., Hox, J. J., Dillman, D. A., & European Association of Methodology. (2008). International handbook of survey methodology. New York: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

5.     Dugard, P., File, P., and Todman, J. (2011). Single-case and Small-n Experimental Designs – A Practical Guide to Randomization Tests (2 ed.). Taylor & Francis.

6.     Scheuren, F. (2004). What is a survey? This booklet is written primarily for non-specialists and aims to improve survey literacy among individuals who participate in National Opinion Research (NORC) Surveys or use NORC survey results.

Journals & Newsletters

1.      Journal of Official Statistics

2.     The Journal of Official Statistics is published by Statistics Sweden, the national statistical office of Sweden. The journal publishes articles on statistical methodology and theory, with an emphasis on applications. It is an open access journal, which gives the right to users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of all articles. (Accessed 20 April 2012)

3.    Survey Research Newsletter

A newsletter published three times a year and serves as a clearinghouse for information about academic and not-for-profit survey research organizations around the world. (Accessed 20 April 2012)

Online Resources

1.     American Statistical Association Survey Methodology Research Methods Section
(Accessed 20 April 2012)

2.     The Duke Initiative on Survey Methodology
(Accessed 20 April 2012)

3.    International Association of Survey Statisticians (IASS)
The IASS aims to promote the study and development of the theory and practice of sample surveys and censuses.

4.     Methodspace
A social network and blog for those involved in research. It provides a place to learn about survey research methods, events and read journal articles. A registration is required.

5.     Proceedings of the ASA Survey Research Methods Section
(Accessed 20 April 2012)

6.     RECSM: Research and Expertise Centre for Survey Methodology. Universitat Pompey Fabra.
(Accessed 20 April 2012)

7.     Statistics Canada Survey Methodology Publications
This page provides a chronological index of publications relating to survey methodology, including PDF access to these publications. (Accessed 20 April 2012)

8.  Survey Practice
AAPOR’s e-journal with public opinion and survey research articles and commentary.

9.    Survey Software
This page is from the ASA Survey Research Methods Section and is a summary of available software for the analysis of surveys with complex sample designs.

10.   Trochim, William M. The Research Methods Knowledge Base, 2nd Edition. Internet WWW page, at URL: <> (Accessed 20 April 2012).


The University of Wollongong’s Centre for Statistical and Survey Methodology (CSSM) has teamed up with the Institute for Innovation in Business and Social Research and the Sydney Business School to provide a graduate program in Survey, Market and Social Research. The Graduate Certificate in Survey and Market Research Methods provides students with the skills needed to develop, conduct and analyse survey data and research. Survey and research methodologies form key elements of the course as these provide the foundation for credible findings in support of social, market, business and health research. The course is intended to meet the needs of professional who are involved in the development or analysis of survey data.The course comprises four core subjects:

1.      Introduction to research design and analysis for survey

2.     Statistical and data collection methods for survey

3.     Survey Methods

4.    Sample design and estimation

It is delivered on a part time basis by the Centre for Statistical and Survey Methodology at the Sydney Business School located at Circular Quay. CSSM is a Centre for Excellence in Survey Methodology, which has strong links with agencies, businesses and research centres in Australia and Overseas. CSSM attract lecturers with extensive practical experience and respected international reputations from all parts of the world.

Large numbers of surveys are conducted or sponsored by government agencies, research centres and businesses every year. This course will assist participants to enhance the quality and value of research used to inform the decision making of these groups.

Upon successful completion of the graduate certificate, students may progress into either of the:

1.      Masters of Survey and Market Research Methods, which provides development opportunities for professionals in private and public research centres to expand their knowledge and skills in contemporary survey methodologies;

2.     Masters of Marketing and Social Research offered by the Institute for Innovation in Business and Social Research, which provides development opportunities for people in government, industry and research centres and encourages research into relevant market and social research methodologies.

For more information please contact Anica Damcevski on  or 02 4221 5435
or and bring to the attention of anyone they think may be interested.

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