Director, Emerging Data & Methods
Australian Bureau of Statistics
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Ric Clarke is the Director of Emerging Data and Methods in the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). He joined the ABS as a technologist in 2008, after a career of more than 15 years with the Defence Signals Directorate (DSD) spanning communications analysis, systems development, project management, and strategic planning. Originally a physicist, Ric also has postgraduate qualifications computer science. In his current role, Ric leads research and development into new methods and technologies for exploiting diverse data sources in the production of official statistics. Areas of current focus include the Semantic Web and linked data, automated reasoning, machine learning, text mining, and interactive visualisation of multidimensional data.