Dec 14, 2013

Introducing The World of Statistics!

In the International Year of Statistics News, December 2, 2013, the Steering Committee reflect on the achievements of the International Year of Statistics (Statistics2013), now drawing to a close, and look ahead to the future:

Participants will agree the International Year of Statistics has been a tremendous yearlong celebration of all things statistics. Much has been accomplished over the past 11 months and during the year and a half leading up to 2013. For instance, an engaged network of more than 2,300 organizations—national and international professional statistical societies, colleges and universities, primary and secondary schools, businesses, government statistical agencies, and research institutes—representing 128 countries came together to promote statistics around the world. Hundreds of informative and insightful events worldwide—many attended by the public—were sponsored by Statistics2013 participating organizations. Media organizations the world over took notice of the International Year of Statistics.

These and other successes are prime examples of why the organizers of Statistics2013 decided it was essential to continue beyond the end of this year the momentum generated by the global Statistics2013 movement.

To continue carrying the key messages of statistics to the world’s population, the Statistics2013 Steering Committee has selected a new name for the movement. That new name is: The World of Statistics!

The mission of The World of Statistics will be to further advance the goals of the Statistics2013 campaign, which are:
• Increase public awareness of the power and impact of statistics on all aspects of society
• Nurture statistics as a profession, especially among young people
• Promote creativity and development in the sciences of probability and statistics

The new organization World of Statistics will have a new website, http://www.worldofstatistics.org, and related communications mediums. Key components of the Statistics2013 website will be carried over to The World of Statistics website. Among these will be the Teacher Resources, Statistics as a Career and What is Statistics? sections and the popular Activities Calendar, which lists hundreds of statistics-related events and meetings from around the world.

If your organization already has confirmed activities for 2014, 2015 or beyond, please send us information about these events so we can post these to the new Activities Calendar or send us this information as you finalize your events. Be sure to use the Event Submission Form for the Activities Calendar to submit information about your organization’s event.
The Twitter handle will change January 1 to @astatworld. Please take a few minutes to start following this new The World of Statistics Twitter account.

Finally, the International Year of Statistics News newsletter will become News of The World of Statistics. Beginning the first of the New Year, the newsletter will be published every three weeks and will be emailed to you and thousands of your colleagues worldwide. As you have done previously, please send us information about your organization’s events and activities using the Post-Event Information & Photo Submission Form and we will publish your article in an upcoming issue of the News of the World of Statistics.

We—the members of the Statistics2013 Steering Committee—thank you for helping make the International Year of Statistics an unqualified success and urge your continued active participation in The World of Statistics.

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