Integrating Statistical and Geospatial
Information: Some UNSD Activities
United Nations Statistics Division
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Outline
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UN Recommendations
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Handbook on Geospatial Infrastructure in Support of
Census Activities
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Regional Workshops on the use of geospatial tools
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International Seminar on the integration of Statistical
and Geospatial Information
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Conclusion
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UN Recommendations
 UN Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing
Censuses, Rev.2, recommended the use of Geospatial technologies
for improving traditional methods of census mapping (adopted by
UNSC in 2007).
 Other recommendations derived from UN EGM on GIS and Census
Mapping emphasized:
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the need for countries to consider the census geography programme as a
continuous process
the use of and application of geospatial technologies and information is
beneficial at all stages of population and housing census process (GI
improves the efficiency in the preparatory, enumeration, processing and
dissemination phases of the census)
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Methodological work
 2007:
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EGM on Contemporary Practices in Census Cartography
and Use of Geographical Information Systems, New York,
29 May-1 June 2007: to prepare the materials for the
workshops and for the revision of the handbooks.
 2008:
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EGM 2 : to Review the Handbook on Geographic Databases
and Census Mapping was convened in New York, 7-10 April
2008
 2009:
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Handbook Geospatial Infrastructure In Support of
Census Activities: Guidelines….
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Handbook on Geospatial Infrastructure in
Support of Census Activities
Audiences: managerial and
technical
“Cook-book” to illustrate the
role of geospatial technology in
each step of the census process
Each country has to find its own
best possible solution
Available in the six UN
official languages
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/standmeth/handbooks/default.htm
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Regional Workshops on Census Mapping with GIS
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For English-speaking African countries: Lusaka, Zambia, 8-12 October 2007 : 30 participants
from 14 countries
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ESCAP region: Bangkok, Thailand, 15-19 October 2007: 31 participants from 16 countries
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CARICOM: Port-o-Spain, Trinidad, 22-27 October 2007: 28 participants from 16 countries
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For French-speaking African countries: Rabat, Morocco, 12-16 November 2007: 48
participants from 10 countries
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for SPC region: Noumea, New Caledonia, 4-8 Feb. 2008: 30 participants from 10 countries
and two territories
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ESCWA region: Doha, State of Qatar, 18-22 May 2008: 44 participants from 12 countries
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Latin America region: Santiago, Chile, 24-27 November, 2008: 47 participants from 17
countries
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CIS region: Minsk, Belarus, 8 - 12 December 2008, 41 participants from 11 countries
(300 participants from 106 developing countries and two territories):
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Statistical Commission Decision on the Integration of
Statistical and Geospatial Information
Decision 41/110 (of the SC at its 41st session in 2010):
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(b) Recognized the importance of the integration of geographic
and statistical information and the opportunities provided in that
context by the swift development of information technology, noting
that national statistical offices are playing an increasing role in such
integration, especially in the area of census management;
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(c ) Called upon all national statistical offices to actively participate,
in partnership with relevant national authorities, in the further
development of national geographic information capacity in the
context of spatial data infrastructures, taking full advantage of
information technology and focusing special attention on the area of
improving statistical and geographic metadata compatibility;
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Integration of data: responsiveness to disasters
 Integration of geospatial data with a variety of other data,
including demographic and socio-economic data, helped create
more accurate, timely and unbiased information for better
decision-making
 By using satellite imagery, scientists and demographers can
compare images and statistics taken before and after
earthquakes to estimate the number of people affected, their
needs in terms of medical aid, food and shelter, and particularly
their location.
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Global Geospatial Information Management
(GGIM)
 Establishment of the UNCE-GGIM:
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ECOSOC decision 2011/24 on the establishment of the
UNCE-GGIM: “Recognizing the importance of
integrating cartographic and statistical information,
as well as spatial data, with a view to fostering
location-based geospatial information, applications
and services”
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Inaugural Session in Seoul: Confirmation of the integration
of GI and SI as one of the priority issues.
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Thematic Seminar on the integration of statistical and
geospatial information, Seoul, 27 October 2011:
 This Seminar was co-organized by UNSD, Statistics Korea
(KOSTAT), US Census Bureau and Eurostat
 Seminar major topics:
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collecting and handling geospatial and statistical data
integrating statistical and geospatial data
using integrated or combined geospatial and statistical data
 44 participants from 12 NSO (countries).
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Conclusions
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UNSD promotes the use of geospatial information in developing
countries and organizes workshops, seminars and expert group
meetings on GIS, GPS and other geospatial tools.
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At UNSD, we consider the Census Geography/Cartography Programme
as a continuous process.
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One of GGIM challenges: the integration of Statistical and
Geospatial data with additional thematic data from other sources is
beneficial for analysis and evidence-based decision making.
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NSOs should partner with NMAs and other stakeholders (the public and
private sector) in order to build the National Spatial Data
Infrastructure (NSDI).
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Paradigm shift: geospatial infrastructure is providing a structure for
collecting, processing, storing and aggregating data (an integrative
framework)
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