BigSurv20 Conoravirus Monitoring Decision: BigSurv20 will NOT be held in person in Utrecht in November 2020.
Why will BigSurv20 not take place in person? The BigSurv20 organizing committee has been monitoring the spread of COVID-19 throughout the world over the last few months. Although the BigSurv20 conference was orginally scheduled for about 6 months from now, there is uncertainty about how the situation will develop in the Netherlands and around the world, and it is likely that disruptions will continue well into fall of 2020.
With the safety of our participants as our main priority, we have decided that BigSurv20 will not be held in-person in Utrecht in November 2020. Currently, all large gatherings are prohibited in the Netherlands until at least September 1. Beyond that it is not clear whether the local authorities will allow any large event with international guests in November, and there is a big chance we won’t know for certain until close to the actual conference date. This would be too late for many participants to arrange for travel and accommodation. And even if it were possible to organize the conference, it would be very hard to properly implement social distancing measures and guarantee everyone’s well-being throughout the conference.
What’s next? We are very sorry about having to make this decision. However, by making this decision early, we are hoping to provide clarity to participants and avoid problems with visa, travel and accommodation arrangements. We are hope you understand our concerns and our decision. On the bright side, we are currently exploring two alternative options for BigSurv: We will either try to move the conference to a virtual format or postpone the conference to a later date. We will make a final decision within the next few weeks and will reach out to you at the latest by June.
For participants who already applied for a travel grant, we have decided to put the application process on hold. In case we move to a virtual conference, we will not be handing out any travel awards. Similarly, we are pausing applications for the student paper competition and submissions for the data challenge until there is a decision on how we will move forward with BigSurv20.
As always, we encourage you to please email us at [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns. We will keep you updated through this website and our BigSurv20 Twitter feed (@BigSurv20, #BigSurv20). Also, you can subscribe to receive updates by using this link to register for BigSurv20 updates.
BigSurv20 Overview: Following a very successful conference in Barcelona, Spain, in 2018, BigSurv is an opportunity for computer and data scientists with an interest in social science and data collection and for social scientists, survey methodologists, statisticians and others with an interest in computer and data science to meet, interact, exchange ideas, collaborate, and learn from each other.
Continuing to explore new statistical frontiers at the intersection of big data and survey science. The goal of the conference is to improve the production of statistics on topics with a broader relevance and impact for society. The conference will combine different perspectives stemming from computer science and social sciences:
- From expertly designed data carefully measuring human behaviors, attitudes, and opinions to organic, electronic data capturing massive quantities of observations about our everyday lives in real-time.
- From generating summary statistics describing entire populations to leveraging fine-grained data informing the context of each observation.
- From the sampling of individuals within populations to considering the implications of “N=all.”
- From applying the Total Survey Error paradigm to new forms of data and adopting a total statistical uncertainty framework that will be needed to encompass the new quality issues associated with Big Data.
- From doing intensive fieldwork by traveling around the country, to leveraging the power of Big data harvesting online.
We would particularly like to encourage contributions focusing on combining traditional survey data with new data sources, such as registers, social media, apps, and other forms of digital data. Expect exciting keynote speakers, short courses on cutting edge topics in data science and survey methodology, a data challenge and a series of spectacular sessions.
Antje Kirchner – Chair of the BigSurv20 Scientific Committee
Peter Lugtig – Chair of the Local Organizing Committee