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Ghana Statistical Service launches Data Science Roadmap

The Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) has released its Data Science Road Map for the period 2022 to 2027.

The roadmap launched during the African Statistics Day celebration last Friday, November 18, outlines the plan for incorporating data science into the development and distribution of official and research statistics.

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According to Government Statistician at the GSS, Professor Samuel K. Annim, the initiative will enhance, accelerate, and automate the compilation of already disclosed data and act as a catalyst for the production of new statistics.

Prof Annim added that his outfit seeks to use data science to automate processes, standardise procedures, and use machine learning to identify emerging data trends and analytical techniques.

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He assured that the Statistical Service will utilize data science more frequently during the next five years.

The GSS, he said, had changed the basis of its Producer Price Index (PPI) and was now concentrating on eight sectors rather than the previous three.

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The Government Statistician indicated that the service was planning to provide 2.6 million indicators that it was employing.

“So for the first time we are launching how you can calculate your own personal inflation based on the items, out of the 307 items that we have in our basket that each and every one of us consume.

“We want personal use of the data and again contrary to what we did in the year 2000 and 2010, we developed a census that, or we released microdata 10 per cent of which has been fully anonymised to the general public and will demonstrate its use,” he stated.

Additionally, GSS has established a site for accessing information on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) called the Sustainable Development Goals National Reporting Platform.

The Deputy Government Statistician, Dr. Faustina Frempong-Ainguah, who was also present at the fair, asserted that the GSS’s mandate was to produce official statistics to support national development.

For this reason, the service was striving to establish a more cohesive working relationship between agricultural statistics, policy, and how to relate it to fisheries and food security.

Dr. Frempong-Ainguah urged ministries, departments, and agencies to use the GSS data to guide their policies and programmes.

The 2022 African Statistics Day celebration was on the theme “strengthening data systems by modernising the production and use of agricultural statistics: information with a view to improving resilience in agriculture, nutrition, and food security in Africa”.

Exhibiting the numerous socioeconomic and statistical data that will aid the GSS in providing data was the fair’s main goal.

The 2021 Population and Housing Census, Consumer Price, Producer Price Index, Demographic and Health Survey, Ghana Annual Household Income and Expenditure Data, Fertility and Mortality, Housing Characteristics Report, and Water and Sanitation Report were presented during the fair.

Source: The Independent Ghana

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