NSS News - May 2013
Welcome to the May 2013 edition of the NSS News, a newsletter designed to keep you in touch with developments in the filed of statistics. This edition contains a summary of the NatStats 2013 Conference held in Brisbane 12-14 March; the new features of the Sample Size Calculator; and promotes the upcoming First International Workshop on Semantic Statistics and the GovHack event on 31st May that the ABS and NSS is sponsoring.
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ABS and NSS proudly sponsoring GovHack
The Australian Bureau of Statistics and the National Statistical Service is proud to announce they are the Gold sponsor of the GovHack 2013 event, to be held in 8 locations around Australia on 31 May until 2 June.
What is GovHack?
GovHack is an event that draws together people from government, industry, academia and of course, the general public to mashup, reuse, and remix government data. GovHack is about finding new ways to do great things and encouraging open government and open data.
Who can enter?
GovHack is open to everyone and anyone. From data vis, designers and UX’ers through to web developers and hard core application developers. The event is free, so pull together a team and register now.
What's in it for you?
GovHack provides an opportunity to get exposure to new ideas from different perspectives about technologies and approaches you never get to experiment with in your day to day job or at university. This is an opportunity test run those ideas you’ve had, but never had the chance to partner up with someone or the dedicated time with experts around you to make the idea a reality.
You will also be in the running for prize money and grants for the best work undertaken with government data across a number of major and minor categories. These categories will be announced on Friday 31 May.
For more information on GovHack, please visit the GovHack website.
The NatStats 2013 Conference was held from 12-14 March 2013, at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Conference theme "A better informed Australia: the role of statistics in building the nation", explored how the game of statistics is changing, and the opportunities presented by big data to drive productivity and build a strong and vibrant nation. NatStats 2013 also officially launched the 2013 International Year of Statistics in Australia, celebrating the power and impact of statistics on all aspects of our society.
The Conference attracted 350 delegates including 34 high profile presenters from both users and providers of data from government, business, the media, academia and the wider community to consider how big data might improve Australia's statistical system.
One of the key outcomes of the Conference was the Conference Communique, which will be used by the National Statistical Service community to focus its priorities and develop big data strategies to shape the future of Australia's statistical system.
NatStats 2013 launched a new initiative - The Pitch Competition. The Pitch was created as an initiative to engage Australian tertiary students in statistics. Students created a YouTube type clip that pitched a compelling story about the role of statistics in building the nation. The winning clip can be viewed on the NatStats 2013 website.
The video recordings and slides of all presentations are now available on the NatStats 2013 website.
Thank you to all speakers, exhibitors and sponsors who helped make NatStats 2013 a success.
The Sample Size Calculator has been updated!
The redeveloped sample size calculator is a useful resource for survey managers, market researchers and students wanting to calculate sample sizes for surveys using simple random sampling.
In response to user feedback, there are new examples to demonstrate how the calculator can be used for stratified random sampling.
What is stratified random sampling?
Stratified random sampling is the technique of breaking the population of interest into groups (called strata) and selecting a random sample from within each of these groups. Breaking the population up into strata helps ensure a representative mix of units is selected from the population and enough sample is allocated to groups you wish to form estimates about.
Other Sample Size Calculator updates
Other updates to the Calculator resources include improved hover over definitions and help page.
The results generated by the calculator are intended as a guide and should only be used as such - results are not to be used as the definitive "rule" about the size of a sample.
If you would like more information or have any questions about the sample size calculator please contact email@example.com
SemStats 2013 will be held as part of the workshop program associated with ISWC 2013 (the 12th International Semantic Web Conference) in October 2013.
The goal of the workshop is to explore and strengthen the relationship between the Semantic Web and statistical communities, to provide better access to the data held by statistical offices. It will focus on ways in which statisticians can use Semantic Web technologies and standards in order to formalize, publish, document and link their data and metadata.
The ABS is very pleased to be one of the local organizers for the international workshop (together with CSIRO). SemStats2013 will provide a unique opportunity for producers and users of statistics within Australia to hear from, and interact with, a range of international experts in regard to Semantic Web and its application to official statistics.
The workshop will also feature a challenge based on Census Data published on the web or provided by Statistical Institutes. It is expected that data from Australia, New Zealand, France, Ireland, the U.S. and Spain at least will be available. Further details of the challenge will be announced on the SemStats 2013 during June.