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Integrated Data on the international stage


Government Statistician Liz MacPherson (right) shows a delegation from Uruguay what can be done with integrated data.

Government Statistician Liz MacPherson (right) shows a delegation from Uruguay what can be done with integrated data.

What do virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and integrated data have in common?

They all featured at the D5 Digital Government Showcase on 21 February 2018, an exhibition of the best digital innovations in NZ government at a gathering of the world’s seven most digitally progressive nations.

Being asked to attend an event alongside 3D holograms was a testament to the international interest, excitement, and value people see in integrated data.

The D5 is a group of the world’s most advanced digital nations: Estonia, Israel, South Korea, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. New Zealand is currently the chair and hosted the summit that included a range of events.

Government Statistician Liz MacPherson was part of a panel discussion, Big Data for predictive outcomes – informing and targeting policy and resource allocation, at Digital Nations 2030which was held in Auckland on 19–20 February 2018.

At the Digital Government Showcase, Stats NZ showcased the Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI) and the Longitudinal Business Database (LBD), focusing on how it is made possible by world leading digital technology and collaboration with our partner agencies, and how it can improve New Zealanders’ lives.

The Minister of Statistics James Shaw chaired the D5 session on emerging issues in digital trade at the Ministerial Summit on 21–22 February 2018.

These events are excellent opportunities to show how Stats NZ is unleashing the power of data to change lives.

Learn more about Integrated Data and working for us here.

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Welcome to our blog!

Hello and welcome to the first Stats NZ blog post!

I’m Kate, HR Coordinator (and aspiring blogger). I’m kicking off this new initiative, designed to give insight into the Stats NZ environment, who we are, how we do things around here, and what it’s really like to work at Stats. It may come as a surprise, but it’s not all numbers and maths. We do some pretty cool things here and we work with an awesome bunch of people. Take me for example, I am flat-out terrible at maths and here I am living it up. You don’t need to be all percentages and figures to add value to Stats.

We’ll be featuring bloggers from all areas, with different roles within Stats, who will provide the low-down on what they do in a day and all the happenings in the Stats world. These blogs will be posted here on our recruitment page.

Until then, have a great summer break and we look forward to sharing more with you in 2018.