The Office for National Statistics’ Integrated Data for Population Statistics Conference 2018 took place on 9 and 10 July at the University of Surrey.

The theme of the event was: Integrated data – Combining data to answer society’s biggest questions. The event was aimed at those interested in:

  • integrated data and the 2021 Census

  • statistics using alternative data sources

  • methods to combine and link different types of data for population statistics

We’ll be publishing the slides from the conference here shortly. In the meantime, please see below for the talks that were held at the event.

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Conference talks and speakers

Plenary sessions

We are delighted that we were able to bring together guest speakers from various statistical, academic, social research and governmental professions.

The plenary session talks included:

  • Spain: Moving to a Register Based Census, delivered by Marina Perez Julian from the Spanish Statistical Office.

  • Geospatial data integration for building high resolution demographic and development metrics, delivered by Andy Tatem from the University of Southampton.

  • International collaborations on integrated data, delivered by Becky Tinsley from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and John Dunne from Central Statistics Office Ireland.

  • Ethical issues around data linking: an official statistics perspective, delivered by Stephen Penneck who is the Chair of the International Statistics Institute Advisory Board on Ethics.

  • Local Analysts Reveal All: Integrating data to improve public services, using census data from the past, present and future, delivered by Rebecca Murphy and Anne Gray from Dorset County Council.

  • From the 1961 Census to the Zooniverse: Challenges and opportunities in making historic data accessible in the modern age, delivered by Bill South from ONS and Justin Hayes from the University of Salford.

  • Trustworthiness, Quality and Value in the 2021 Census, delivered by Pat MacLeod from the Office for Statistics Regulation.

Other key speakers

Parallel sessions that ran throughout the two days offered presentations from:

  • Ruth Gilbert, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, Deputy Director for the Administrative Data Research Centre for England.

  • Professor Mark Elliot, University of Manchester, founder of the Confidentiality and Privacy Research Group (CAPRI).

  • Dr Kerina Jones, Associate Professor of Health Informatics, Founding Editor in Chief, International Journal of Population Data Science (IJPDS).

  • Rachel Leeser, Senior Research and Statistical Analyst, Greater London Authority.

  • Steve Ellerd-Elliot, Ministry of Justice (MoJ).

  • Chris Roebuck, Chief Statistician, Data, Insights and Statistics at NHS Digital.