The pharma industry’s clinical trial data portal: a Q&A with Robert Cuffe and Rebecca Sudlow

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The campaign to open up clinical trial data held by pharmaceutical companies has gained significant traction in the last couple of years. The AllTrials campaign brought together an umbrella group of organisations (including the RSS) that shared the view that research data like this should be publicly available for dissemination.

Statistician or statistical scientist? an interview with RSS president Peter Diggle

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For someone who has recently been made president of the Royal Statistical Society, it’s perhaps surprising that Peter Diggle doesn’t see himself as simply a ‘statistician’. ‘I see myself as a statistical scientist rather than a statistical mathematician,’ he says. Almost everything I do, I couldn't do on my own, and I like to think that the people I do it with couldn't do it as well if they didn't have me. The statistics are integral to the science rather than a separate discipline.’

RSS holds first training day for new statistical ambassadors

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Presenting statistics to the public is never an easy task. Use too many numbers and formulae and you risk alienating your audience. Use too few and you can end up oversimplifying the issue and distorting the facts. The RSS takes this issue very seriously, which is why November 25 2014 marked the first training day for the Royal Statistical Society’s newly formed group of statistical ambassadors.

Event report - RSS getstats in parliament: migration statistics

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As part of its getstats campaign to promote greater statistical understanding, the RSS held an event in parliament on Thursday 4 December, titled ‘Migration statistics: what the data tell us'. It was jointly organised with the House of Commons Library and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Statistics and was attended by around 40 parliamentary staff, parliamentarians and other interested parties.

Care.data: a year of bungling and confusion

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When trying to describe the care.data project, beleaguered seems the most illustrative word. Its positive fundamental aims have been overshadowed by questions that stretch into far wider questions of individual privacy, data ownership and trust in the NHS.

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