Program at a glance


Full program

All times are in U.S. Eastern Time

How to access the program and other important information?

  1. Stay Informed! Check out the weekly newsletter for each BigSurv20 Friday to get insights and up to the minute announcements on the wonderfulness planned for the conference attendees.
  2. Get Started! Log into your BigSurv20 account and access the program by clicking on “Go to the conference”. Be sure to test your access before the conference begins (no earlier than Nov. 4).
  3. Plan Ahead and Plan Accordingly! 
  4. a. Some Session Content Available for a LIMITED time!  Some paper/demo and poster recordings have temporary availability (as do slides). Recordings for papers/demos with limited availability are denoted below as “Viewable in live Zoom session only”; these also have no recording thumbnail. Temporary posters are denoted as “Only viewable on Nov. 20” and will have recording thumbnails available only on Nov. 20.

    b. Live Parallel Sessions have LIMITED seating! In the spirit of creating as much of an in-person experience as possible, we have limited the maximum number of attendees in the live parallel sessions to 200 to allow everyone to turn on their videos and engage in the live Q&A with the presenters (last 15 minutes of each session). All Zoom sessions will open 15 minutes prior to their official start. Get there early to grab a spot! Please note there is no limitation to the number of attendees at our opening event, plenary session, and closing session.

    New: add all BigSurv20 events to your Outlook and Google Calendar by clicking these links.

  5. Get Help! Technical support is available for Zoom - just email Shane Hamstra, shamstra[at]rti.org. For all other questions please email [email protected]
  6. How to engage with presenters and other BigSurv20 attendees?

  7. All sessions! Use our slack channels to engage with presenters and attendees during and after each session.
  8. Paper/demo sessions! Live sessions are held on Zoom. A live Q&A with the presenters are scheduled during the last 15 minutes of each session.
  9. Poster sessions! Watch those at your own leisure and don't forget to VOTE for your favorite posters by Nov. 20 (for details see Poster Award). The poster with the most votes will win the 'People's Choice Poster Award'. Remember that some presenters have opted to only have their poster presentation available on November 20th.

Friday, November 6

10:00 - 11:30

Opening and keynote (all live)

11:45 - 13:15

Big Data Challenge Kickoff

Classifieds: Coding open-ended responses using machine learning

Improving survey questions using machine learning and AI

Properties of organic data and their integration with traditional surveys

I'm sensing there's an APP for that

Big brother, big data or both? Protecting privacy in the era of big data

Friday, November 13

10:00 - 11:30

Can we make computers "think" like us?

Volume and/or value?! Improving data quality in the era of big data

I'm sensing there's another APP for that too!

Embrace the trace? Exploring digital trace data 1

Responsive design using external information and modern prediction

11:45 - 13:15

I'm sensing there's even more APPs for that!

Embrace the trace? Exploring digital trace data 2

Ethical challenges in the era of big data

Using alternative data sources and innovative methods to improve the National Survey of College Graduates

Official statistics in the era of big data

Friday, November 20

10:00 - 11:30

Is there a kink in the link? Exploring corrections and errors in multiply linked data sets

Getting your estimates on point! Survey calibration approaches in the era of probability and nonprobability surveys

Getting the combination right: Exploring the use of surveys with other data sources

A picture's worth...Improving the use of geographical characteristics in surveys

Making life easier: Demo session 1

Poster session 1

11:45 - 13:15

Link and learn: Improving estimation through data linkage and machine learning

Getting your estimates on point! Even more survey calibration approaches in the era of probability and nonprobability surveys

Getting the combination right: Further exploring the use of surveys with other data sources

Making life easier: Demo session 2

Poster session 2

The Bling of Bing...and other words: Exploring text and search data for classification and estimation

Friday, November 27

10:00 - 11:30

How official statistics can benefit from crowdsourced and administrative data

A paradata paradise: Exploring the collection, use and analysis of paradata

Advances in missing data imputation for large social surveys

11:45 - 13:15

The integration of machine learning into official statistics

Modes of data collection and their effect on data linkage results

Big data enhancements to surveys: Methods and tools

Friday, December 4

10:00 - 11:30

Plenary discussion (all live)

11:45 - 12:30

Closing session (all live)