The New Year marks the start of Statistics2013, the International Year of Statistics – a worldwide celebration and recognition of the contributions of statistical science.
The aim of Statistics2013 is to promote the importance of statistics to the broader scientific community, business and government data users, the media, policy makers, employers, students, and the general public. Its goals also include nurturing statistics as a profession, especially among young people.
An ever-increasing list of organisations are now participating in the International Year of Statistics. Last week, the number of countries participating reached 105, with more than 1,350 participating organisations. The list of participating organisations is published here
Former RSS president, Denise Lievesley, is representing the Society on the International Year of Statistics steering committee, together with 2013 Council member Rob Mastrodomenico. The RSS will be promoting Statistics2013 through its getstats campaign, Significance magazine and the regular events it will be running through the year, including our regular meetings, the Cathie Marsh Lecture in November and of course, the RSS annual conference, which this year is taking place in Newcastle in September. We will also be hosting an international event at the RSS in Errol Street in the autumn to celebrate Statistics2013.
The Steering Committee welcomes all interested parties to participate in Statistics2013. A flyer
is available for distribution, and the organisation encourages the widespread distribution of the Statistics2013.org
Recently Statistics2013 also released a video to commemorate the launch (see above).