Welcome to BigSurv20

Continuing to explore new statistical frontiers at the intersection of big data and survey science.

When: November 4-6, 2020 (Save the date!)

Where: Utrecht University, Utrecht, the Netherlands

Conoravirus Monitoring: The BigSurv20 Scientific Committee is committed to ensuring the health and safety of its participants and host country residents. Because of this, we are actively monitoring the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on travel and safety. As of now, there are no planned changes to the BigSurv20 conference or to pre-conference activities. However, we will continue to monitor the situation and will be holding a BigSurv20 Scientific Committee meeting in May to determine whether any changes need to be made. We will keep you updated through this website and our BigSurv20 Twitter feed (@BigSurv20). Also, you can subscribe to receive updates by using this link to register for BigSurv20 updates.

Call for Abstracts: The BigSurv20 call for abstracts and session proposals closed on February 20, 2020. Acceptance decisions will be announced in April 2020.

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BigSurv20 Overview: Following a very successful conference in Barcelona, Spain, in 2018, BigSurv returns in Utrecht, Netherlands in 2020! This conference 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.

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.

More Information: If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected].

We hope to see you in Utrecht in November 2020!

Antje Kirchner – Chair of the BigSurv20 Scientific Committee
Peter Lugtig – Chair of the Local Organizing Committee