DataDive held at Society’s HQ

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The Royal Statistical Society’s lecture theatre and council chambers at its Errol Street premises was the venue for DataKind UK’s recent DataDive event, held over the first weekend of October 2014. It’s the first DataDive event since the RSS partnered with DataKind to launch its Statisticians for Society initiative, and there were several RSS fellows in attendance. StatsLife reports back from the event and spoke to some of the fellows taking part.

Helping to build statistical capacity in Africa: a Q&A with Jane Hutton

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In 2003, the physicists Neil Turok and Fritz Hahne embarked on a project to create an indigenous pool of mathematical excellence in Africa. Together they founded the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in South Africa. Since then, the project has branched out to form centres in Senegal, Cameroon, Tanzania and Ghana, under an initiative to find the next Einstein in Africa.

The well-being of nations: a Q&A with Paul Allin and David Hand

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National well-being has gone from being an alternative theoretical idea to now being a firmly established part of the Office for National Statistics' output in the space of a decade. Coinciding with the autumn update to the ONS national well-being measures, Paul Allin and David Hand have released a book, The Well-being of Nations: Meaning, Motive and Measurement, which takes a comprehensive look at why well-being should be measured and where the concept is headed.

Lively debates on data trust at this year's political party conferences

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The RSS has been glad to once again promote the importance of data and statistics in public policy at this year's party conferences, following our involvement in fringe events last year. Together with IpsosMORI we hosted two fringe events at the Conservative and Labour conferences on the topic of 'Who do you trust with your data?'

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