Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A (Statistics in Society)

The Royal Statistical Society has launched a call for a themed issue of the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A (Statistics in Society).

The title will be The Future of Online Data Collection in Social Surveys: Challenges, Developments and Applications.

Technologies change very rapidly and affect all aspects of life, including surveys and their designs and implementation. Data collection organisations in many countries are undergoing a paradigm shift in data collection and, therefore, social surveys, including censuses, are experiencing major transformations. There is an urgent need for evidence on how to utilise all the opportunities technological change offers and how to ensure that online data collection is effective and efficient, and results in high quality data, which can be confidently used for important policy and financial decisions. This themed issue of the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A, is dedicated to finding solutions to these

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History of the Royal Society

The story of the Royal Society is the story of modern science.

Our origins lie in a 1660 ‘invisible college’ of natural philosophers and physicians. Today we are the UK’s national science academy and a Fellowship of some 1,600 of the world’s most eminent scientists.

Nullius in verba

The very first ‘learned society’ meeting on 28 November 1660 followed a lecture at Gresham College by Christopher Wren. Joined by other leading polymaths including Robert Boyle and John Wilkins, the group soon received royal approval, and from 1663 it would be known as ‘The Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge’.

The Royal Society’s motto ‘Nullius in verba’ is taken to mean ‘take nobody’s word for it’. It is an expression of the determination of Fellows to withstand the domination of authority and to verify all statements by an appeal to facts determined by experiment.

Advancements and adventure

The early

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