The United Nations Regional Hub for Big Data in Brazil aims to contribute to the advancement in the use of big data to improve the production of official statistics, promoting the sharing of knowledge and the development of innovative initiatives in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The Hub is based at the National School of Statistical Sciences (ENCE), an academic area of the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE). ENCE will coordinate the efforts and contributions from different areas of the Institute in support of the activities of the Regional Hub. Founded in 1953, the ENCE has a long tradition of training and research, working at the undergraduate and graduate levels, in addition to offering e-learning. Ongoing experiences in the Region will help to leverage the mission of the Hub. Various National Statistical Offices are already seeking to enhance the use of Big Data to improve statistical and geoscientific production, in particular, the use of web scraping and satellite images.