Event report - Beyond 2011: census research conference

Written by Thomas King on . Posted in Features-OLD

Last week, the Office for National Statistics hosted an annual conference for stakeholders and researchers interested in its 'Beyond 2011' programme looking at options for the future of the census in England and Wales. This featured a number of presentations from ONS staff reporting on progress with research and the planned future programme, as well as academics looking at research issues and some other countries reporting on their own plans.

Event report - Conference on poverty statistics

Written by Hetan Shah on . Posted in Features-OLD

On 29 April, the RSS, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) and the UK Statistics Authority held a joint conference on poverty statistics. Around 40 key figures from government, academia and civil society were invited to attend. The event was co-chaired by RSS executive director Hetan Shah, and RSS honorary officer for user engagement, Jon McGinty.

Analysing radiotherapy and breast cancer: a Q&A with Paul McGale

Written by Oz Flanagan on . Posted in Features-OLD

Every now and again we are reminded how important statistics are to us in stark practical terms. A study undertaken by the Clinical Trial Service Unit at Oxford University has been looking at how important radiotherapy is to patients in the early stages of breast cancer. No patient would undertake a course of radiotherapy lightly and until now there has been uncertainty about whether cancer that has spread to just one, two or three lymph nodes under the arm would gain any benefit from radiotherapy after surgery.

Event report - Scotland’s referendum: statistical perspectives

Written by Russell Ecob & Ben Torsney on . Posted in Features-OLD

Our event - 'Scotland’s Referendum: Statistical Perspectives', hosted by the Glasgow and Edinburgh local groups of RSS and BIS, was held at Edinburgh University on March 26. It was introduced by the Vice principal, Charlie Jeffrey, and comprised four speakers each tackling different areas (health, economic, production and dissemination of statistics, analysis of voting trends) relevant to the coming referendum on Scottish independence. A large audience of over 100 attended for the duration.

The British Library's exhibition of seminal data visualisations

Written by Oz Flanagan on . Posted in Features-OLD

Modern computer generated graphics are creating wonderful visuals that illustrate complex statistics in easily understandable and beautiful ways. What can be achieved with visual technology was recently shown in Hans Rosling’s TV programme, 'Don't Panic: the truth about population', through holographic on-stage visualisations. But contemporary infographics, heat maps, scatter plots and cartograms all owe a debt to the early pioneers who creatively used a visual medium to communicate the lessons of science.

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