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Guidelines on the Use of Registers and Administrative Data for Population and Housing Censuses

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The main purpose of this publication is to provide the producers of population and housing censuses with guidance on the use of registers and administrative data for censuses, including operational, practical, technical and legal aspects. Although various United Nations recommendations on population and housing censuses include a brief description of how registers and administrative data can be used for censuses, this is the first publication entirely dedicated to this subject. The publication was prepared by a task force composed of leading census experts from national statistical offices. The publication primarily targets national statistical offices and other agencies responsible for census taking, and is also expected to be valuable for users of census results.

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Austria case study

In the 2011 Population and Housing Census for the firsttime in Austria’s census history information on persons, buildings and dwellings was derived exclusively from administrative and statistical registers. Ten years earlier, the census was conducted as a traditional enumeration, with questionnaires and enumerators. The transition from the traditional census to a register-based census was implemented in a relatively short time. This Annex describes the general conditions and the legal framework of the transition, and presents a brief description of the register-based census model.

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