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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Use of geographic databases (maps) during the census

Maps are used for all kinds of planning purposes immediately before and during a census. Activities that use maps include the allocation of enumerators to territory; the identification of rugged or inaccessible areas; managing logistics for the transportation of field staff and supplies; locating hard-to-enumerate populations and collective living quarters; delineating administrative boundaries at multiple levels; monitoring census progress; and creating locator maps.

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