Trustees are the people who lead a charity to ensure it achieves the aims it was set up to do. They are responsible for ensuring the charity complies with the law and puts the needs of the people it supports first. Trustees use their skills and experience to support the charity, helping them make well informed decisions.
The Royal Statistical Society has formed a Data Ethics Special Interest Group to address emerging topics in the burgeoning data ethics landscape.
The group’s formation reflects the growing recognition that in an era of big data, sound ethical practices will need to be considered and developed to ensure good data stewardship in future.
We'd like to congratulate the winners of the second Mardia interdisciplinary workshop prize, which has just been announced.
Founded by RSS fellow Kanti Mardia, the prize was created to encourage cutting-edge interdisciplinary work by bringing together statistics with other science communities through workshops in emerging interdisciplinary areas. Funding of £3,000–£4,000 per year will be made available to support workshops that bring statisticians together with other scientific communities and to maintain a sustained focus.
The RSS is delighted to hear that the Greater London Authority (GLA) is voluntarily adopting the UK Statistics Authority’s Code of Practice in order to ensure the quality, trustworthiness and value of their local data and statistical outputs. It will be the first UK city administration to adopt the new Code.
The GLA produces and publishes a great many statistics through its award-winning data platform, the London Datastore. The open data helps the GLA understand the performance of key public services such as the police, transport and fire and rescue. They are also used by the London Assembly to stimulate democratic debate and hold the Mayor to account.
We're very pleased to be launching the second ‘Statistic of the Year’ for 2018 to find out which statistic best captures 2018 so far.
Last year’s winning and highly commended statistics were on topics such as causes of death (from terrorist attacks compared to lawnmower fatalities) in the USA, declining teenage pregnancy rates, the amount of 'concrete jungle' in the UK and the number of active phone connections worldwide.