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Core geographic data designed to fulfil the requirements of the statistical community

dominique laurent and François Chirié

(Submission #114)


Core geographic data is a concept and a working group initiated by UN-GGIM: Europe. Core data has been defined as priority geographic data to analyse, achieve and monitor the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UN-GGIM: Europe has also set up another Working Group about integration of geographic and statistic data. The presentation aims to demonstrate how core geographic data will contribute to improve the merging of statistics and geospatial information and more widely to fulfil the requirements of the statistic community. These requirements have been collected through a wide range of means: bibliography, questionnaire, joint meetings and conferences, review of core data deliverables by the statistical community. More generally, UN-GGIM: Europe has provided a great opportunity to get better knowledge and closer cooperation between the geographic and the statistic communities. In a first step, National Statistical Institutes (NSIs) require geographic data for the collection and storage of statistical information, e.g. to carry out population census. Currently, NSIs are encouraged by several projects (e.g. Geostat) and working groups (e.g. United Nations Expert Group on the Integration of Statistical and Geospatial Information) to use a point-based framework for direct geocoding of statistics. This point-based framework should be based on themes Addresses, Cadastral Parcels and Buildings. Taking into account such requirements, these three themes have been selected as core geographic data themes by the UN-GGIM Europe working group on core data. In addition, for these core themes, the “recommendations for content” proposed by the working group on core data are promoting whole coverage of territory, completeness and other quality targets required by the statistical process. In a second step, NSIs require geographic data to compute some indicators, for instance those required to monitor the SDGs, mainly accessibility indicators and indicators about ecosystems and their protection. The data themes required to compute such indicators (Buildings, Basic Services, Transport Network, Land Cover/Land Use, Regulated Areas) are also included in the core geographic data themes selected by the UN-GGIM Europe working group. In a last step, NSIs require geographic data for dissemination of statistical information. It is typically the role of themes Administrative Units and Statistical Units that have also been selected as core data themes. In conclusion, will core geographic data fulfil the requirements of the statistical community? Likely yes, as several reports from the statistical community, such as the ESGF (European Statistical Geospatial Framework) are referring to core data deliverables!


Topic Area:  [2.2] International cooperation at EU/EFTA/EEA level
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

Additional Fields

Academic:   Yes
Data Provider:   Yes
Data User:   Yes
INSPIRE Implementer (IT):   No
INSPIRE newbies:   Yes
Policy Officers:   Yes
Public Administration (MS/Regional/Local):   Yes
Thematic specialists:   Yes

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