The first international conference on Big Data Meets Survey Science (BigSurv18) is no longer accepting abstracts for presentation at the conference on the theme “Exploring New Statistical Frontiers at the Intersection of Survey Science and Big Data.”

BigSurv18 will be held October 25–27, 2018, at the Research and Expertise Centre for Survey Methodology at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain. The conference offers an opportunity to address the ongoing paradigm shift in how researchers produce, analyze, and use statistics. The event, hosted by the European Survey Research Association (ESRA), is intended to foster communication, collaboration, and understanding between two groups: (1) computer and data scientists focusing on emerging Big Data sources and analysis techniques, and (2) methodologists and researchers working on traditional sources of data collection and statistical analyses. By uniting efforts, we can identify and overcome academic divides and make unified “Big Survey Data” population inference a reality.

BigSurv18 Call for Abstracts (Closed February 28, 2018)

We invite presenters from the various disciplines and around the world to submit an abstract for presentation at the conference. In addition, to accommodate differences in publication objectives and cultures across the disciplines papers will be eligible for consideration in one of two publication outlets:

  1. An edited conference volume/monograph to be published by John Wiley & Sons in 2019.
  2. A peer-reviewed special issue of Social Science Computer Review quickly following the conference.

In your submission, please indicate (1) if you would like your paper to be considered for publication and (2) state your preferred publication outlet. We will do our best to accommodate your request. When we notify you about whether your abstract was accepted, we will also let you know if you are under further consideration for one of these two publication venues.

To be considered for the conference, presentations and papers should be broad and forward-looking; they may be original research or syntheses of the state of the art. The following are examples of topics that are of particular interest:

  • Using Big Data sources—such as data from social networks, traditional business systems, and the Internet of Things—in statistics production
  • Measuring new phenomena in society using Big Data
  • Discussing methods for combining Big Data with traditional data sources
  • Using data mining and machine learning methods to develop and understand population statistics
  • Methods within machine learning for modelling human behaviors
  • Assessing new data processing and analytical tools for Big Data
  • Implementing data visualization methods for Big Data
  • Designing of interfaces, virtual agents, and computational systems for interactive data collection
  • Distributed infrastructures of data collection
  • “Total Statistical Uncertainty” frameworks for estimates derived from nonprobability datasets
  • Defining and describing data quality in a Big Data environment
  • Discussing methods to deal with threats to representativeness, including methods for mitigating coverage issues
  • Methods for dealing with variable specification inconsistencies across datasets
  • Methods for repairing or mitigating missing data and data sparseness
  • Addressing issues in population modelling and inference
  • Inferential paradigms in Big Data applications
  • Using Big Data in various ways for sampling frame development and other sampling applications
  • Exploratory data analysis with Big Data
  • Incorporating Big Data in a Bayesian framework
  • Methods for
    • selecting relevant data streams;
    • ensuring reproducibility, traceability, and provenance;
    • using Big Data to reduce, control, and evaluate total survey error; and
    • evaluating quality in Big Data applications.
  • Handling confidentiality and privacy
  • Addressing legal and proprietary issues, as well as ethical concerns and the concept of harm


Submission Guidelines

Please submit your abstract (500 words or fewer) or session proposal to https://www.bigsurv18.org/conference by February 28, 2018. Your submission should include the title of the paper, all co-authors and their affiliations, and e-mail address of the lead author. In addition, please remember to indicate your publication preference. The author of each accepted paper will present it at the conference. Presenters accepted for the edited conference volume must submit a complete version of the paper by the end of 2018. Presenters accepted for consideration in the special issue must submit a complete version of the paper for peer-review by the end of July 2018. A formal paper will not be required of presenters who do not wish to publish in either outlet.

Session proposals. Each session should consist of 4 to 5 papers. When submitting your session you will be asked to provide a brief session description (150 words or fewer) followed by the request to submit individual abstracts for each session paper (see instructions for abstract submissions above).

All abstracts will be peer reviewed by three reviewers. Individuals will be notified of an acceptance or rejection early in April, 2018. 

  • Papers that have not been accepted for either publication outlet will be considered for presentation at the conference.
  • Papers that have not been accepted for a formal presenation may instead be accepted as a poster (see below).
  • If we are able to accommodate your publication request or recommend an alternative publication outlet, the editorial board will shortly thereafter reach out to you with more information.


Presentation Formats

The abstract will be selected either for oral presentation in parallel sessions or for a poster presentation. Posters will be displayed throughout an entire conference day and presenters are expected to actively present those during the morning and afternoon breaks.


Presenter Guidelines

Please visit www.bigsurv18.org/presentation-format for more information.



Questions about BigSurv18 can be directed to Antje Kirchner (akirchner@rti.org) or Craig Hill (chill@rti.org). For travel to Spain, please see Travel, Visa and Other Considerations in Spain.