Wednesday, 14th October 2020, online

Using (big) data: Making data user-friendly


Wednesday, 14th October 2020
15.00 – 15.30
Jean-Pierre Reymond, Chargé de mission, Head of Innovation Partnerships, Permanent Mission of Switzerland in Geneva
Welcome and opening remarks
Dominic Waughray, Managing Director, World Economic Forum Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Director Telecommunication Development Bureau (ITU)
15.30 – 16.20
Panel debate on the use of Big Data
The panel discussion will be guided by the following questions:
  • What type of cognitive, technical, and analytical skills are needed for an effective use and communication of big data?
  • How to make the rather abstract results of big data analysis more tangible through data visualisation and storytelling?
  • How can big data effectively be used for evidence-based policymaking, especially in developing countries?
Panellists: Andiswa Mlisa, Managing Director, Earth Observations, South African National Space Agency. Tariq Khokhar, Head of Data for Science and Health Priority Area at Wellcome Trust. Kate Kallot, Head of Emerging Areas, Nvidia. Ronald Jansen, Assistant Director, Chief of Data Innovation and Capacity Branch, United Nations Statistical Division. Jonathan Schwabish, Senior Fellow, Urban Institute. Moderator: Steven Ramage, Head of External Relations, GEO
16.20 – 17.00
Break-out sessions
The parallel breakout sessions will focus ultimately on the following outcome: In what concrete ways can this Geneva-based community contribute to the action agenda at the World Data Forum? In particular, each group will be led by a Lead Discussant and will discuss the following aspects:
Breakout session 1: Skills for big data
Lead Discussant: Dominik Rozkrut, President of Statistics Poland and Chair of the UN Global Working Group Task Team on Training, Competencies and Capacity Development Guiding Questions:
  • What are the necessary skills to effectively analyse and use big data?
  • How do we develop greater data literacy?
  • What can NSOs do to bridge the gap in big data skills particularly in developing countries?
Breakout session 2: Big data visualisation
Lead discussant: Jonathan Schwabish, Senior Fellow, Urban Institute. Guiding Questions:
  • What makes for good or useful data visualization?
  • How can visualization make complex data digestible and decision-making holistic?
Breakout session 3: Big data for policymaking
Lead discussant: Philip Thigo, Senior Adviser, Data, Innovation and Open Government, Office of the Deputy President of Kenya Guiding Questions:
  • What are the use cases of big data for policymaking, in which policy area they are used and what are the experiences?
  • How is big data being used by Governments to respond to the COVID pandemic?
  • What are the challenges and blind spots?
17.00 – 17.15
Summary and conclusions
Each lead discussant  will be invited to report back to the plenary on 2-3 concrete ways that the Geneva-based community can contribute to the action agenda at the World Data Forum:
17.15 – 17.30
From Geneva to Bern (virtually)
Concluding remarks of the 4 Dialogues, ahead of the UN World Data Forum session on 19th October 2020. Jean-Pierre Reymond, Chargé de mission, Head of Innovation Partnerships, Permanent Mission of Switzerland in Geneva Jovan Kurbalija, Director of DiploFoundation and Head of the Geneva Internet Platform











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