On the 14th of September 2023, the African Centre for Statistics (ACS) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) successfully conducted a StatsTalk-Africa Webinar series, which focused on Machine Learning for Economic Research. The sixth of the monthly webinar series had 148 attendees, with participants noting the timeliness and comprehensiveness of the presentation and expressing the need to tackle similar topics that expound on the uses and application of Machine Learning for economics and other socio-demographic indicators related to Sustainable Development Goals in future webinars. The recording of the webinar can be accessed at

In its continuing commitment to provide a space for dialogues about data, statistics, and innovative tools with data experts and users, the ACS wishes to invite everyone to the next StatsTalk-Africa. Concept notes and relevant materials for the upcoming webinar will be shared in due course.

See below the ISWGHS September updates by Haoyi Chen (smile)

Featured event and registration:

Technical meeting on innovative approaches to improve sampling efficiency and coverage in collaboration with ECLAC Statistics Division

  • Date/Time: 9 am-12 pm EST, 10-11 October 2023
  • Register:
  • Agenda:
    • Overview of innovations in sample frames and sampling
    • Sample frames
    • Sampling rare and hard-to-reach populations
    • Nonprobabilistic sampling
  • Huge thanks to the steering committee members for the meeting:
    • Sharon Lohr, Arizona State University
    • Cillanne Boulet, Statistics Canada
    • James Muwonge, Uganda Bureau of Statistics
    • Juan Pablo Ferreira, Uruguay National Institute of Statistics


Other events:

An Overview of Some Methods for Statistical Analysis with Missing Data

  • Organised by: the American Statistical Association’s Committee on International Relations in Statistics (CIRS) and by Statistics Without Borders (SWB)
  • Date/Time: September 20th, 2023, 12 PM-1:30 PM ET
  • Speaker: Professor Rod Little, University of Michigan
  • Registration: Link

An open online session on "Digital Twin", on social survey collection processes to improve design decisions and workforce planning

Qualitative data: Qualitative research with statistically under-represented groups within the Office for National Statistics


Identifying Refugees and IDPs in Household Surveys: An EGRISS Methodological Paper


Training and capacity building

Small area estimation:

  • The guided eLearning course will start for countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific and Latin America and the Caribbean for close to 100 students, to start end September 2023
  • Update on the SAE wiki platform, and we added Povmap – an extension to the ‘emdi’ package, check out for more information. Thanks to our World Bank colleague for providing the information

Want to know more or keep up with the Web Intelligence Hub (WIH)? 

Don't hesitate to see the first edition of the Web Intelligence Hub Newsletter, which is an excellent information source about the WIH project.

Global Training on Disaggregated Estimates Using Small Area Estimation Methods in R is now available at The training was jointly developed by UNSD, ECLAC Statistics Division and UNFPA. You can register to take the course!

Also, two training handbooks on SAE have been added to the SAE4SDG platform in English and French.


The ESSnet Web Intelligence Network (WIN) project was launched by Eurostat in 2021 and aims to develop and nurture a network of like-minded individuals to have access to the Web Intelligence Hub, where they will be able to explore an array of non-traditional data sources to accelerate the modernisation of the European Statistical System (ESS).   

Building on the successful WIN webinar series delivered in 2022-2023, WIN will continue to provide a series of free webinars 2023-2024 open to all to keep the community updated on the work being carried out across the several work strands.   

The following webinars are now available to view: 

  • Web data in official statistics: process, challenges, solutions – the case of online real estate offers - YouTube
  • Methods of Processing and Analysis of Web-Scraped Tourism Data – YouTube
  • Using Web-Scraped Data to Enhance the Quality of Statistical Business Registers - YouTube
  • Architecture Methodology and Quality – An Overview - YouTube

The following webinars are now available to book on Eventbrite: 

Measuring Construction Activities using Data from the Web, 5 October 2023  

  • This webinar concentrates on using web scraping to extract data from real estate web portals for Official Statistics. Participants will be introduced to the structure of real estate portals in Germany and the importance of data from the web for Official Statistics. For more information or to book your place visit the Eventbrite page.

New avenues with Web Intelligence: Gaining additional value from cash register data by combining different data sources, 23 November 2023 

  • The use of modern data sources in official statistics is a reality and has been well formulated in the foundations of Trusted Smart Statistics. One of the cases is to acquire additional knowledge based on the content of the websites. Extracting data from enterprise websites to get characteristics is a part of the project currently done by the Web Intelligence Network. 

The webinar will explore Statistics Sweden’s experiences and the challenges faced when using Consumer Price Index (CPI) production as an illustration. It will emphasise the prospect of increasing the accuracy of measurements in the CPI production process.  

For more information or to book your place visit the Eventbrite page. 

For additional information on WIN, please access the project’s work packagesblogs and training pages. A project overview on the Data Science Campus website has also been published. To find out more or to get involved, contact at

The event will be held through the Microsoft Teams, on Thursday, 6th July 2023, from 11:00 to 12:00hr, Bangkok time (UTC+7).

Please kindly scan the QR code in the attached flyer or click this link for registration:

When it’s time, click this link to join the meeting: 

Are you interested to learn about "Data Protection Laws" in different countries?

Do you like to compare laws in different countries?

There you are, access all data protection laws on one single page: DLA Piper Global Data Protection Laws of the World - World Map (

Data integration approaches are becoming increasingly popular among official statisticians and data producers; however, more institutional and technical capacity is required to fully realise their potential. To strengthen the capacity of statistical systems in Asia and the Pacific, ESCAP has released the Asia-Pacific Guidelines to Data Integration for Official Statistics and launched the Data Integration Community of Practice, a forum for sharing relevant knowledge and experience and learning. Furthermore, in 2022, ESCAP, in collaboration with the National Statistics Office (NSO) of Nepal, initiated a project to implement a tailored approach in Nepal to improve the capacity of the National Statistical System (NSS) to integrate data and produce better data for measuring Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) indicators. This Stats Brief provides an overview of the project and the technical advisory and capacity-building support provided to the NSO of Nepal and its data partners.

Read more:


Previous issues of Stats Brief:

Asia-Pacific Stats café series, "Reinvigorating the SDGs through gender and inclusive data: Harnessing the power of networks", on Tuesday 30 May 2023, from 11:30am to 12:45pm, Bangkok time (UTC+7).

The Stats Cafe aims to provide an overview of the current state of gender statistics within the Asia-Pacific region. The session will also showcase innovative strategies, opportunities, and relationships current members have built through participation in the Gender Data Network (GDN) activities, particularly in the Africa region, and will discuss the value proposition of the expansion of such a network to the Asia-Pacific region. By participating in this session attendees will learn more about and appreciate the:

  • State of gender statistics in the Asia-Pacific region, including opportunities for improvement and collaboration;
  • Importance of cross-country exchange in scaling innovative gender data collection, analysis, and dissemination strategies;
  • Value of cohort experiences that facilitate continued professional and personal development; and
  • Impact of the GDN and possibilities for potential expansion to the Asia-Pacific region.

Click this link to register. 

The event will be held via Zoom. When it’s time, join us ONLINE here at: or scan the QR code in the flyer.

>>>>See other Asia-Pacific Stats Café Series


Building on the successful 2022-2023 WIN Webinar Series, the project will continue to deliver a series of free webinars in 2023-2024. This will keep the community updated on the work being carried out across the several work strands, will raise awareness of the project, build capability in the community, and gather feedback to inform future events.


The webinar will cover the main steps of web (internet) data acquisition and processing illustrated with the use-case of online real estate sales/rental offers. It will lead participants step by step, from assessing the webpage's content to creating a data acquisition tool and presenting possible use of the collected data. Methodological and quality-related challenges with using web data in official statistics and possible solutions developed by the Web Intelligence Network will be discussed. 

Upcoming webinars will cover the following topics:

  • Measuring construction activities using data from the web, October 2023
  • Workshop on online-based enterprise characteristics, October 2023
  • Web scraping of prices and combining it with scanner data, November 2023
  • The Web Intelligence Hub: an overview, January 2024
  • Measuring the quality of large-scale automated classification systems applied to online job advertisement data, February 2024

Asia-Pacific Stats café series, Exploring new horizons: Nepal’s practice in implementing data integration approaches, will be held on Monday, 24 April 2023, from 1330 to 1430h, Bangkok time (UTC+7).

Click this link to register and when it’s time, Click here to join the meeting.

>>>>See other Asia-Pacific Stats Café Series

On 21 March 2023, the Global Network hosted a webinar on the SDMX User Forum and on the SDMX Capacity Development Initiatives.

The speakers introduced the new SDMX User Forum. On the Forum, users of SDMX are invited to ask or answer questions, find solutions, and connect with experts and peers. It is designed as a space to generate ideas, receive feedback as well as access information on case studies and implementation scenarios. The Forum is open to all users, irrespective of their level of experience and SDMX knowledge, starting at beginner level up to experienced SDMX users, such as data modelers and system developers.

In addition, the speakers presented ongoing SDMX capacity development initiatives (including the SDMX Foundation Course on ADB eLearning, the .Stat Academy, and others) and engaged with the audience to identify their capacity development needs to better serve the SDMX Users in the future. Finally, some first information about the next SDMX Conference was given, which will take place during the second half of 2023.

Here is the link to the recording:

UN Statistics Division has jointly developed the course with UN SIAP and funded by FCDO.

This course is free of charge, intended to support those involved in the production and dissemination of official statistics in identifying and engaging with their users, to help increase the use and impact of their data in decision making.