IARIW-CIGI Conference November 2-3, 2023

“The Valuation of Data”
November 2 – 3, 2023, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Preliminary Program (May 10, 2023)


Wednesday, November 1, 2023

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM: Opening Reception


Thursday, November 2, 2023

8:00 AM- 9:00 AM: Registration


9:00 AM- 9:15 AM: Opening Remarks
  • Catherine Van Rompaey (World Bank and IARIW President)
  • Paul Samson (CIGI President)


9:15 AM – 10:00 AM: Keynote Address
  • Diane Coyle (Cambridge University) – “Why Do We Need to Value Data?”


10:00 AM- 11:30 AM: Session 1


Session 1: Methodologies of Data Valuation: National Accounts Approaches
Chair: TBA
  1. “Toward Data as an Asset in the System of National Accounts” – Proposal

John Mitchell (OECD) Nicola Massarelli Eurostat), Richard Heys (ONS) and Erich Strassner (IMF)

Discussant: TBA

  1. “Estimation of Investment in and Stock of Data in the Canadian System of National Accounts” – Proposal

Brenda Bugge (Statistics Canada), Koami Amegble (Statistics Canada) and Amanda Sinclair (Statistics Canada)

Discussant: TBA

  1. “On the Measurement of “Data” in Economic Analysis and National Statistics” – Proposal

Michael Wolfson (University of Ottawa)

Discussant: TBA


11:30 AM – 11:45 AM: Break
11:45 AM – 1:15 PM: Session 2


Session 2: Methodologies of Data Valuation – I
Chair: TBA
  1. “Valuing the U.S. Data Economy Using Machine Learning and Online Job Postings”-  Proposal

José Bayoán Santiago Calderón (Bureau of Economic Analysis) and Dylan G Rassier (Public Company Accounting Oversight Board)

Discussant: TBA

  1. “Online Platforms’ Creative “Disruption” in Organizational Capital – The Accumulated Information of the Firm: The Depreciation of the Value of Data” – Proposal

Wendy C.Y. Li (Moon Economics Institute) and Peter J Chi (University of California)

Discussant: TBA

  1. “Data Enclaves: Valuing Google’s Data Assets” – Proposal

Kean Birch (York University)

Discussant: TBA


1:15 PM- 2:15 PM: Lunch
2:15 PM-3:15 PM: Session 3


Session 3: Methodologies of Data Valuation – II
Chair: TBA
  1. “Unpacking the Valuation of Data in the Data-Driven Economy” – Proposal

Dan Ciuriak (Centre for International Governance Innovation)

Discussant: TBA

  1. “An Inquiry into the Production of Data and How it Creates Value” – Proposal

David Eliot (University of Ottawa and The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation (PhD Scholar))

Discussant: TBA


3:15 PM – 4:45 PM: Session 4


Session 4: Methodologies of Data Valuation: Special Topics
Chair: TBA
  1. “The Value of Statistics: Progress Report on the ONS-UNECE Task Force” – Proposal

Richard Heys (ONS)

Discussant: TBA

  1. “Private Funding of Free Data: A Theoretical Framework”- Proposal

Rachel Harris Soloveichik (Bureau of Economic Analysis)

Discussant: TBA

  1. “Global Distribution of Economic Values of Cross-Border Data Flows” – Proposal

Wendy C.Y. Li (Moon Economics Institute)

Discussant: TBA


4:45 PM – 5:00 PM: Break
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Session 5


Session 5: Economic Perspectives on the Value of Data and Other Intangibles
Chair: TBA
  1. “Intangibles, Market Capitalisation, and the Measurement of Data Value – A Study on Select Indian Companies in Chemical Industry” – Proposal

Ratan Kumar Ghosal (University of Calcutta)

Discussant: TBA

  1. “Data, Intangible Capital, and Economic Growth in Canada”- Proposal

Wulong Gu (Statistics Canada) and Ryan Macdonald (Statistics Canada)

Discussant: TBA


6:45 PM – 7:30 PM: Reception (Delta Hotel)
7:30 PM: Conference Dinner
  • Dinner Speaker: TBA

Friday, November 3, 2023

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM: Session 6


Session 6: Valuation of Health Data 
Chair: TBA
  1. “Accounting for the Worth of Health Data: Database Shareholding and its Effects on Data Valuation and Governance” – Proposal

Danny Lämmerhirt (TU Dortmund)

Discussant: TBA

  1. “Un-working Data in the Health Tech Sector: From Data Quality to Data Value” – Proposal

Natalia-Rozalia Avlona (University of Copenhagen)

Discussant: TBA

3. “Flipping the Script: A Buyers’ Perspective on the Value of Data” – Proposal

Jennifer Webster (Pfizer), Beverly Buckta (Pfizer), Richard Urena (Pfizer) and Joseph Donaldson (Pfizer)

Discussant: TBA


10:30 AM – 10:45 AM: Break
10:45 AM – 12:15 PM: Session 7


Session 7: Personal and Platform Data 
Chair: TBA
  1. “Mapping the Relational amidst Consent Permissions in Personal Data Stores: Constructing (and Valuing) the (Data) Future(s)” – Proposal

Georgia Meyer (London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE))

Discussant: TBA

  1. “Data as Representation” – Proposal

Sean Martin McDonald (CIGI) and Ben Gansky (Arizona State University)

Discussant: TBA

  1. “Measuring the Value of Network Effects from Digital Platforms” – Proposal

John Lourenze S Poquiz (Kings College London)

Discussant: TBA


12:15 PM – 1:15 PM: Lunch
1:15 PM – 2:45 PM: Session 9


Session 9: Data Governance 
Chair: TBA
  1. “Better Governance to Unleash the Value of Data: China’s Practice of Building a Data Trading System in the Global Context”- Proposal

Alex He (Centre for International Governance Innovation) and Rebecca Arcesati (Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS))

Discussant: TBA

  1.  “Governance Framework for a FAIR and Care Health Synthetic Data Ecosystem’”- Proposal

Helen H Chen (University of Waterloo, School of Public Health Sciences), Maura Grossman (University of Waterloo, Cheriton School of Computer Science) and Shu-feng Tsao (University of Waterloo, School of Public Health Sciences)

Discussant: TBA

  1. “Valuation amidst Anonymization: Case Studies from the Individual to the Commons and Back Again using Viljoen’s Axes of Horizontal Data Relations” – Proposal

Georgia Meyer (London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE))

Discussant: TBA


2:45 PM – 3:00 PM: Break
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Session 10


Session 10: Policy Implications of the Valuation of Data 
Chair: TBA
  1. “Data Valuation for Knowledge Sharing and Decision Making” – Proposal  

Gabriel Kulomba Simbila (National Bureau of Statistics of Tanzania)

Discussant: TBA

  1. “Increasing the Value in Use of Open Government Data in Small Island Developing Countries” – Proposal

Lila Rao (University of the West Indies) and Maurice McNaughton (University of the West Indies)

Discussant: TBA


4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Closing Panel on Policy Issues Related to the Valuation of Data
  • Panellists TBA 
6:30 PM: Informal Dinner


Saturday, November 4, 2023

8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Excursion to Niagara Falls and possibly Alexander Graham Bell Family Homestead National Historical site in Brantford.



Program Committee:

        • Diane Coyle (Co-Chair, Professor at the University of Cambridge) – Bio
        • Bob Fay (Co-Chair, Managing Director at CIGI) – Bio
        • Alison Gillwald (Executive Director of Research ICT Africa) –Bio
        • Richard Heys (Deputy Director at the ONS) – Bio
        • Wendy Li (Executive Director of Moon Economics Institute) – Bio
        • Marshall Reinsdorf (Former Senior Economist of the IMF) – Bio
        • Carolina Rossini (Director of Partnership and Research at Datasphere Initiative) – Bio