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5 New Handbooks for the Use of Mobile Phone Data in Statistics: Meeting the needs of all without burden to any

Big decisions require high-level insights. Whether managing a pandemic, or rearranging national resources to help your society grow, having good data is a must. That is why the United Nations Committee of Experts on Big Data and Data Science for Official Statistics (UN CEBD) is launching five new handbooks for the use of mobile phone data in different statistical domains. The handbooks will be presented at Expo 2020 in Dubai on 26 January at the “Bringing Big Data and Data Science Close to Home” event.
Five new handbooks to be introduced on 26 January by UN CEBD. Photo is illustrative.
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Paving the way with data-driven city planning: smart city solutions from Estonia

Making cities more sustainable, livable and inclusive is an urgent task as two thirds of the world’s population is expected to live in urban areas by 2030. We are living in the age of information and communication technology - every day we are generating and taking advantage of the big data available using navigation apps, shopping online or using transport and logistics services. What is more, countries and cities can make more informed decisions based on data. One great example is Estonia where cities strive to be smart not only in solutions but in the way of thinking. Estonia’s data-driven urban environments will be showcased at the Dubai Expo 2020 on 9-13 January.

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30 days of maps: Positium's data visualisations for the #30DayMapChallenge in 2021

Launched a few years ago by geographer Topi Tjukanov, the #30DayMapChallenge has taken the geovisual world by storm. With participants from all over the globe, the Twitter event challenges people to try out new tools and to get creative with map-making. We set out to only do a few maps, but ended up, to our own surprise, completing all 30 days. Scroll below to see all our creations for 2021. Thank you to our team members Ivan, Merli, Egle, Erik, Kaisa and Gerttu for contributing to this year's challenge. 

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Big data on the big stage at the World Data Forum 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has posed many challenges for the global statistical community. During times of crisis, the world needed to digitalise quickly, make rapid decisions and collect new types of data to battle the disease. But how to maintain integrity and trust in data when decision-makers need to react fast? These questions and more were discussed at the United Nations World Data Forum 2021 on the 3-6 October in Switzerland.

Closing gala of the World Data Forum in Bern. Photo: Siim Esko

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#MeetTheTeam: Introducing Positium’s office ninja

Ninjas are hard to find these days but we have our own right here – his name is Kaarel. He is the person who was last year described as “Office Ninja who does his job quietly and seemingly effortlessly in the background, comes to the office as if he’s in stealth mode (blink and you’ll miss him!), and is so quick-witted you never know when you’ll be hit by another on-point remark.” But who is this fascinating man behind the ninja mask?
Photo: private collection

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