Hi everyone – I am Jessica Gardner from the UNECE Statistical Division, and I am very pleased to join in this blog. At the upcoming UNECE Work Session on Dissemination and Communication in Washington (12-14 September 2006), I will present a paper on ‘Blogs – are there applications for statistical agencies?’. When researching this topic, I was delighted to learn about ‘Blog about Stats’, and the work Armin and others are doing to utilise this emerging communication channel.
According to Technorati, there are more than 52 million blogs currently in existence, with around 75,000 new ones being created every day. It is certainly a medium worth taking notice of! Statistical agencies could consider:
- using blogs to communicate with staff and customers
- creating a policy on blogging (whether or not you decide to publish an official agency blog)
- monitoring what the blogosphere is saying about your agency
Perhaps the most immediate benefit to be gained from blogs is the creation of cost-effective knowledge management and communication systems. It seems ‘Blog about Stats’ aims to do just that, by providing a platform for communication between dissemination specialists in statistical offices. Well done!