Living Reference Work Entry

Encyclopedia of Big Data

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International Labor Organization

  • Jennifer FerreiraAffiliated withCentre for Business in Society, Coventry University Email author 

Every day people across the world in both developed and developing economies are creating an ever-growing ocean of digital data. This “big data” represents a new resource for international organizations with the potential to revolutionize the way policies, programs, and projects are generated. The International Labour Organization (ILO) is no exception to this and has begun to discuss and engage with the potential uses of big data to contribute to its agenda.


The ILO, founded in 1919 in the wake of the First World War, became the first specialized agency of the United Nations. It focuses on labor issues including child labor, collective bargaining, corporate social responsibility, disability, domestic workers, forced labor, gender equality, informal economy, international labor migration, international labor standards, labor inspection, microfinance, minimum wages, rural development, and youth employment. By 2013 the ILO had 185 members (of the 193 member states of the United Natio ...

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