RSS helps preserve independence of Puerto Rican stats agency

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The RSS has played a significant role in helping to turn around plans to dismantle the Puerto Rico Institute of Statistics (PRIS).

Significance, the RSS and American Statistical Association (ASA) flagship magazine, published two articles earlier this year regarding proposals by the Puerto Rican government that were likely to have led to the dismantling of PRIS as an independently controlled entity.

RSS Series A journal scores highly in 2017 Impact Factor figures

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The Royal Statistical Society's journals continued to perform well in the 2017 Impact Factor scorings, which were released in late June.

The RSS Series A journal increased its Impact Factor from 1.852 to 2.473 and jumping from 21st to 11th in the rankings in the Statistics and Probability category.

New RSS partnership to connect fellows with trustee opportunities

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As part of our Statisticians for Society initiative, the RSS has partnered with Reach Volunteering to connect RSS fellows with the latest trustee opportunities in the UK. 

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.

RSS takes its statistics courses to Leeds, Cardiff and Manchester

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The RSS is taking some of its most popular courses out of London and is now offering a range of foundation and professional data-related courses in Cardiff, Leeds and Manchester in September 2018.

Our popular foundation course, Basic Statistics is being run at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Leeds on 13-14 September. Coached by Ellen Marshall, the statistics co-ordinator in the Maths and Statistics Help centre (MASH) at Sheffield University, the purpose of this course is to help participants understand some basic statistical concepts such as hypothesis testing and confidence interval estimation as well as how to develop a strategy for simple data analysis. Ellen is the winner of an internal student union award for Innovation in Academic skills development & Sigma Outstanding Contributor award in the field of Maths and Statistics Support. 

Significance August 2018 issue out now!

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The August 2018 issue of Significance is out now in print and digital formats. In this issue we tell the story of R – the statistical programming language that became a subcultural phenomenon. On its 25th anniversary, we explore R’s history, community and culture – and consider what the future might have in store.

We also mark the upcoming centenary of a paper by RA Fisher in which he first introduced the statistical term 'variance'. What followed was a whole new field of statistical analysis.

RSS forms new special interest group for data ethics

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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.

GLA adopts statistics code of practice

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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.

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