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1 A Free and Flexible Platform for Data Collection, Analysis and Dissemination Committee for the Coordination of Statistical Activities New Approaches for Data Collection, Analyses and Dissemination Pietro Gennari, Chief Statistician, FAO 5 September 2013

2 Intro

3 CCSA 2013 New approach for data Collection, Analyses and Dissemination being developed at FAO integrates 3 different components: institutional coordination, data harmonization and IT integration. The IT tool proposed here therefore is not “the solution” per se, but constitutes the platform that enables the adoption of a coordinated approach to data collection that can involve institutions at the country, regional and international levels. The IT tool is completely integrated with other FAO dissemination tools (FAOSTAT, CountrySTAT, AMIS, ADAM and many others) => One-stop-shop for open data and tools Partnership: International, regional and national partners are called to provide inputs, data, methodologies and analyses for mutual benefit 3

4 The context

5 CCSA 2013 1.Escalation in the demand for information (including on food security and agriculture): new data better and more timely information 2.Open data initiative (G8 and beyond): Int’l organizations, regional economic communities (RECs), gov.t institutions and private sector 3.Need to harness the power of open data tools 5

6 CCSA 2013 4.Increasing involvement of Regional organization in data collection – AfDB, UNECA, EAC, UEMUOA, SADC, etc. – HLPR: role of UN regional commissions in monitoring the post-2015 dev. agenda 5.Very little progress in coordination of data collection between Int’l organizations 6.UNSC FoC on the coordination of statistical activities in the United Nations system 6

7 The problems and challenges

8 CCSA 2013 1.Dramatically increased reporting duties that highlight the need for data exchange and integration 2.Need to reduce costs of data collection and compilation: implement new data collection methodologies and adopt new data compilation tools 3.Need to improve institutional coordination within countries to ensure standardization and harmonization of data by primary data producers 4.Lack of adequate technology: Software platforms for data dissemination are often insufficient to provide adequate access to data in a usable format 5.Existing systems must be able to exchange data primarily through the use of SDMX 8 For countries

9 CCSA 2013 1.Lack of coordination: duplication of effort and discrepancy between data from different sources 2.Difficulties to establish/implement a suitable environment for an efficient information exchange 3.Need to improve information flows between countries, regional institutions and international agencies 4.Lack of data and metadata harmonization 5.Need for a clearer definition of roles and responsibilities for data dissemination between regional and national institutions 9 For agencies/organizations

10 Possible solutions: 1. Principles

11 SYB 2013 11 1.Integrated approach: FAO combines statistical capacity building, institutional coordination and technology 2.Free tools and open data: no licensing constraints; full redistribution rights 3.Common platform for data and metadata, yet country ownership of IT 4.Hub and spoke approach: countries – regions – international organizations 5.Harmonization/comparability of information 6.Mutual benefits: adding value to countries’ data and helping in data management (collection and dissemination)

12 Possible Solutions: 2. Approaches

13 CCSA 2013 13 CountrySTAT: nationally tailored web-based platform, designed to complement existing systems and provide value-added functions and visibility to agencies’ data and information products RegionSTAT: utilizes data from countries and adds value through regionally aggregated official statistics and tools for analysis 1.Supporting countries to use international standards for increased availability of internationally comparable data 2.Facilitating data sharing across national data producers through an open-source IT platform (FENIX) 3.Flexibility to contribute FENIX technology to strengthen existing systems at the regional level 4.Community of practice for validating food security/agricultural data 5.Strong capacity development program to harmonize multi-sourced data and offer training on the use of the system

14 CCSA 2013 14 Africa: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, and Zambia. Asia: Bhutan, Philippines Central Asia: Afghanistan Caribbean: Haiti Regional Economic Communities (REC): East African Community (EAC), Southern African Development Community (SADC), Union Économique et Monétaire Ouest-Africaine (UEMOA) New requests/Pipeline Projects: Algeria, Chile, Sri Lanka, Paraguay, Pakistan, Iran, ECO, CEMAC, COMESA, UNECA Partner Countries and RECs

15 Possible Solutions: 3. Tools

16 CCSA 2013 1.Based on Open Source software: no licensing constraints and full redistribution rights 2.Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) 3.Facilitates the link between countries, regions and international organizations 4.Easy and flexible data collection and upload tools – Direct data entry through online forms; – Upload data from csv/xls files; – Automated email system; – Collection of data through smartphones. 16 FENIX characteristics

17 CCSA 2013 5.Ability to handle databases, geospatial data (as remote sensing, GIS layers, etc.) and text 6.Data display as maps, tables and charts 7.High analytical capacity through embedded “R” statistical package 8.Potential to extend the application with new tools, offering more efficient and coordinated data collection and dissemination options 17 FENIX characteristics

18 CCSA 2013 1.Java and JavaScript. 2.The platform uses several open-source frameworks for the different components. E.g.: Jquery and jqwidget for the client side Geoserver and Leaflet for the maps Highcharts and Highstocks for the charts PosgresSQL, MongoDB, OrientDB as database management systems for data and metadata 3.Different components and technologies communicate through web services 4.Any software framework can be upgraded or replaced at any time without impact on the other components. 5.Any component can be used outside the FENIX interface. 18 FENIX technology

19 CCSA 2013 19 Bringing it all together: 3 levels of integration Institutional integration/collaboration International: WFP, World Bank, OECD, … Regional: UNECA, RECs, CAADP, … NationalCommittees: NSO, MoAs, NGOs, through CountrySTAT TWGs Data harmonization FAOSTAT-CountrySTAT Meta data: SDMX, Master data and code list management (MDM) International classification systems (CPC, HS) QAF for FAO data, surveys and questionnaires IT integration: FENIX Across FAO platforms: FAOSTAT, CountrySTAT, AMIS, ADAM Direct links to other sources through rest APIs: PS&D, ASTI, WDI, Comtrade, UNPD, etc. Open software, free to re-distribute, scalable, adjustable, royalty-free Institutions Data Technology

20 Thank you

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