The ARITHMUS team is extremely happy to announce the release of its second working paper. The paper is titled ‘Citizen Data and Official Statistics: Background Document to a Collaborative Workshop’ and is freely available for download on our publications page.
The paper introduces the notion of ‘citizen data’ as a possible source for (or complementary source to) official statistics. It gives a background to four notions underlying our conceptualisation of citizen data as data co-produced with citizens, and as an expertise and practice between statistical science and citizen science. These are: experimentalism, citizen science, smart statistics and privacy by design. The working paper then provides a brief review of previous or current projects producing citizen data in other contexts.
We developed the paper in preparation to a collaborative workshop between academics and practitioners on the design of a citizen data app. The activity of designing such a device, we propose, might contribute to thinking about the future of official statistics in a way that addresses drawbacks of Big Data.