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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Managerial considerations for heads of national statistical offices and other decision makers

This chapter is intended for managers of national statistical organizations (NSOs), census directors and geographic section heads. It covers mainly institutional issues (i.e., the non-GIS technical content), focusing on various considerations associated with the use of geospatial technologies. NSOs can produce geo-referenced data with a higher degree of accuracy in less time, but only if activities are carefully planned. Included are examples of country experiences illustrating the utility of geospatial technologies for census work.

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