Historical Data Conversion and Archiving: Development of Metadata, Conversion and Archiving of Time Series Data of the Completed Censuses and Surveys of the BBS
Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) plans to convert Census/Survey microdata into next generation technology formats using IBM proprietary technology. After Bangladesh’s independence, there is a rich repository of statistical information in IBM 360 to ES/9000 mainframe 8600 tapes, dating back to the late 1970s and early 2000s. The overarching objective is to strengthen the prevailing national statistical archiving system. BBS will be making available this large volume of converted data to the citizens of Bangladesh (and if needed, the world community) so that academic and scholarly debates can take place with cognizance of this historical data. This is a big step towards dissemination of Big Data covering Bangladesh’s economic developmental trend since its birth in 1971. By revisiting time series data, it is hoped that well-informed and meticulous policies can be designed and formulated in the future. Most fundamentally, availability and easy accessibility of such a large volume of Big Data will inspire reassessing economic theories and indicators of development informing Bangladesh’s position in global rankings such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).