Handbook on Geospatial Infrastructure in Support of Census Activities

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The newly revised and renamed Handbook reflects the recommendations of the expert group meetings and regional workshops on geographic information systems (GIS) and census-mapping. It covers both managerial and operational needs in considerable detail. The Handbook addresses organizational and institutional issues that concern statistical agency heads and other managers; and it explicitly addresses technical and practical issues that concern census cartographers and takers. It also contains some examples of country practices in the application of GIS, global positioning systems (GPS) and digital mapping used in censuses contributed by some of these experts.

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Geographic databases for dissemination of census results, products and services

Chapter V discussed the use of geospatial infrastructure to support census enumeration. Chapter VI deals with geographic tasks that the NSO will carry out after the enumeration, and with the dissemination and use of geographically referenced census information. At this point in the process, the results from the enumeration should be in. All through the present Handbook we have stressed that all geographic plans must align with the overall census plan. A second key to an NSO’s investment in a geographic database is its ability to be used for all phases of the census process. Once the enumeration is complete, results can be used to refine the database further. Using the geographic database to create products to inform and educate the public will raise issues about aggregation and scale that will require input from those outside the NSO.

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