Wellington to host international data symposium

On 9 March 2023 data experts will converge in Wellington to discuss how data and analytics can continue to inform and support the decisions we face as societies.

 “Quality data and analytics systems help us understand our communities, where we live, and how we live our lives,” Alex Brunt, Deputy Chief Executive, Social Wellbeing Agency said.

“This data symposium will bring together international and local data experts to discuss ways data can be collected as a national asset to improve people’s lives,” he said.

The symposium has the theme Our Data Sources as a Strategic National Asset and will feature international experts(external link) in data infrastructure, artificial intelligence, advanced analytics, and privacy, including:

  • Professor Julia Lane, New York University, Cofounder of the Coleridge Initiative
  • Nancy Potok, Data Foundation, former Chief Statistician of the USA
  • Bill Simpson-Young, CEO Gradient Institute
  • Professor Chris Dibben, Director of the Scottish Centre for Administrative Data Research, Co-Director of IPDLN

Approximately 200 participants are expected at the symposium, hosted by Te Rourou Tātaritanga Informatics for Social Services and Wellbeing and the Social Wellbeing Agency, at Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand.

Note: Te Rourou Tātaritanga Informatics for Social Services and Wellbeing is a data science research project involving a partnership between the Social Wellbeing Agency, Victoria University of Wellington and The University of Auckland.

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