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    Transform United Nations statistical publications into #opendata.

    Use your image recognition, machine learning, and other skills to scrape information from 70 years worth of UN Statistical Yearbooks to create a machine-readable dataset.

    Making this historical set of data ‘readable’ will be the first step to making it easier for Government, researchers and others to use. Future challenges will be set to add more structure to this dataset.

    The leading solutions will be recognized during World Data Forum 2018 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and at the Science Technology & Innovation Forum for the SDGs at the United Nations, New York, USA, June 5-6 June.

    The Challenge

    Extract all statistical data from the UN Statistical Yearbooks in PFD format available in this website at:, and turn that information into a machine-readable dataset. See the expected outcomes below.

    Expected Outcomes

    Your solution should include:

    • A data set. A clean data set with all the data contained in the pdf’s it can be one or many csv files in a GitHub repository or a data base file.
    • Code. A repository of the programmes (code), data files, and other tools used for building your solution. These should be hosted in a public repository and should allow UNSD to run the tools on local servers.
    • Documentation. A brief document describing the functionalities, methodology and approach taken to solve the challenge.

    Register to this website to submit your solution and results. After registering, you will also be able to ask questions to the core team members see below.

    Challenge Phases & Timeline

    Throughout all phases below, teams are encouraged to interact with the core team at the challenger organizations to discuss the requirements for this project.

    1. Formation of Teams (self-organized online and offline). Using the Unite Ideas website, project leaders can submit their ideas for architectures and approach while volunteers list their skills and offer to join their team(s) of choice. You don’t have to be in a team, you can also work independently. 1 month (End: Feb 28, 2018)

    2. Individuals and self-organized team(s) collaborate independently to implement their solution. 2.5 month. End: May 6, 2018 last day to submit your working app.

    3. Review phase. End: June 3, 2018.

    Open Source

    All the inputs and outputs of this project must be covered by recognized open source and creative commons licensing. You will be asked to accept terms and conditions prior to submitting any content.
    It is encouraged that teams leverage and extend existing open source frameworks.

    Contact Points

    Mr. Eduardo Belinchon De La Banda, UNDESA Statistics Division.

    Mr. Ian Mark Rutherford, UNDESA Statistics Division.

    Mr. Jorge Martinez Navarrete, United Nations OICT, Innovation Unit.

    Contact them by creating your account on Unite Ideas.

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