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Crowdsourcing with Statistics Canada: a pilot project to explore new frontiers in data collection, mapping, and open data

January 18, 2017 at 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Location:5345 Herzberg Laboratories
Audience:Alumni, Carleton Community, Current Students, Faculty, Staff and Faculty
Key Contact:CUIDS


In the Spring of 2016, Statistics Canada initiated a pilot project aimed at understanding the potential of data crowdsourcing for statistical purposes. The project makes use of OpenStreetMap (OSM) as the open data platform and invites prospective contributors to volunteer georeferenced information on buildings. The pilot project focuses on the Ottawa-Gatineau region but other regions may be added to the project in the future. This seminar will outline some of the preliminary results from the pilot, the lessons learnt so far, as well as the next steps in the implementation of this project.

The project web page and a link to the OSM editor for the project can be found at:


Alessandro Alasia is Chief of the Data Exploration and Integration Lab (DEIL), at the Centre for Special Business Projects, Statistics Canada. He has been working full-time at Statistics Canada since 2007. Prior to that appointment, he led several research projects with the Agriculture Division (Statistics Canada) and the Rural and Cooperatives Secretariat (AAFC) as consultant and post-doctoral fellow. Since 2011, he has been delegate and then Vice-Chair of the Working Party on Territorial Indicators at the OECD. Alessandro also worked as consultant in agriculture and rural development research projects, mainly in Southern Africa, with international organizations and national cooperation agencies. He has taught at the graduate and undergraduate level at the University of Bologna (Italy), the Eduardo Mondlane University (Mozambique), and the International Comparative Rural Policies Studies program. Alessandro graduated in Economics from the University of Torino (Italy), earned a MSc from the School of Specialization in Agriculture Economics and Business of the Catholic University (Italy), and a PhD in Agricultural Economics with specialization in Rural Studies from the University of Guelph.

This seminar is free and open to all. Complimentary coffee, tea and light snacks will be provided beginning at 1:15 p.m. We hope you can join us!

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