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Integration of Spatial Information and Statistics in Cities – Case Study Zagreb

Darko Sisko, City of Zagreb, City Office for Strategic Planning and Development

Many major European cities run their own statistical offices to meet their needs that are not fulfilled by national and European statistics. Usually, those offices produce and process data for subcity spatial level (city districts and neighborhoods), conduct benchmarking with other comparable cities, serve as consulting bodies in city administration and publish statistical publication on city topics. Strategic and spatial planning departments in the cities are traditionally one of the most important users of statistical data. To fulfill the needs of city planners, statistical data have to be georeferenced and integrated with many diverse spatial data sets. This is important for the development of SDG indicators for cities, but also for very specific needs of everyday life of city administration. City of Zagreb has 90 years of tradition in city statistics, and 150 years of tradition in city planning and spatial analysis. Since 2017, city statistics, and spatial analysis departments are pushed to work closely to each other by forming of Sector for strategic information and research under City office of strategic planning and development. The results of this "unification“ can be measured by improvements in the work of both departments, and especially in the new interdisciplinary analysis and projects.


Merging data on accommodation and tourist activity with geospatial information

Andrej Cupica, Croatian Bureau of Statistics

This presentation is intended to describe the use of administrative data resources for the purpose of project "Merging data on accommodation and tourist activity with geospatial information". Having GeoSTAT application promoted on CBS website, the users have shown their interest in data from tourist activity realised in commercial accommodation establishments. There is also a need to provide internationally comparable data in accordance with the European standards for the tourism statistics. The source of data for the statistical survey on tourist traffic (number of arrivals and overnight stays of tourists) and accommodation capacities is the administrative source the eVisitor system, which is under the responsibility of the Croatian Tourist Board. The eVisitor is an application based on the legal obligation and regulations for the registration and check-out of guests staying within the territory of Croatia, enables the automation and control of the collection of overnight tourist taxes. It is applied to all commercial and non-commercial tourist registration in the Republic of Croatia. The Methodology is prepared in accordance with the GSBPM v. 5.1. while for the data processing is used the ArcGIS Desktop 10.4. Standard software. The georeferenced data are in the ETRS89/LAEA coordinate system. Thank to this project the users will get geographically referenced tourism statistics, on grid per square km such as the number of tourist arrivals and nights by country of residence, types of accommodation establishments, as well as the number of establishments, accommodation units and beds. 


LEARN4SD: A Machine Learning based Poverty Mapping Exercise in Austria

Matthias Till, Statistics Austria

The project LEARN4SDGis aims to extend the use of geographic information systems to sample data for which detailed regional estimates are normally not available. More specifically, dissemination of important indicators for the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) shall be supported. This involves the production of maps with an enhanced geographic resolution, compared to direct estimates from relatively small survey samples in the social statistics domain. The project explores new data sources on spatial distributions, registers and their integration with sample data by machine learning algorithms. A first application is presented by high resolution mapping of EU-SILC based poverty estimates for which income registers but also yet unused relevant geospatial auxiliary information is used. Several runs of cross validation are considered in the evaluation of the results, to avoid overfitting and give an indication of the variance of different approaches. Preliminary results suggest that predictions on unit level work remarkably well but certain geographical patterns deserve further investigation. For instance, urban regions as well as frontier regions (possibly rated to labour mobility across borders ) still appear to exhibit unplausibly high poverty rates. This contribution will present the results available by the time of the conference, including poverty maps on NUTS3 level and below. The discussion includes challenges with regard to privacy and the political sensitivity in disseminating such experimental statistics. 


New ISTAT ”microzones” layer: the current state of art

Stefano Mugnoli, ISTAT

The Italian National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT) aims to enrich the supply and quality of the information produced and provides the data production through the Integrated Statistical Registers system (SIR). One of the four SIR registers is the Base register of the sites (RSLB) that will make it possible to uniquely locate all SIR information. For this reason, ISTAT has planned the implementation of the enumeration areas layer called "microzones". Therefore, the new layer constitutes the base map to contain and disseminate SIR data and information. The Istat Service of Environment and Territory presented the microzones project as an upgrade of the Census 2011 cartography (see EFGS 2018 conference, Helsinki). The activities have been going on also thanks to an effective cooperation within Istat between head and regional offices, especially Apulian and Sicilian ones. AGEA (Agency for the Agricultural Supplies) data are a very important too. In the presentation, some specific characteristics of the final product are highlighted in order to make clear that microzones layer represents an important innovation in respect of official statistics. There will be presented some of the information that can be extracted, by taking as an example, some province capitals as Milan and Bologna. Some example and statistics of land cover and use that can be obtained by microzones analysis will be shown too. One of the described crucial step is the working of the assessment, which includes the sharing of the results obtained with local authorities after the revision of the starting layer proposal.


The sustainable development goals in Hungary and the geospatial data availability

Tamas Palya, Lechner Nonprofit Ltd

The paper presents the Hungarian Society of Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing’s (MFTTT) contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals implementation of the SDG Target in Hungary and it gives a picture about the progression of the national implementation of SGDs in 2019. From SDGs aspect, the authors give non-exhaustive review of those common reference and thematic geospatial data together with Earth Observation databases which are operating from former times and can be used to monitor the SDGs implementation in Hungary. Institutional background of the Geospatial Data and Earth Observations, the respective databases and GIS web services show that there are deficiencies in the Hungarian Spatial Data Infrastructure when applying them to serve the performance of SDGs related actions. Conclusions and recommendations are shortly presented for the future activities as related to GI/EO-aided monitoring, reporting, regulation, capacity building, compiling and editing curriculums, training and teaching for successful SDGs implementation in Hungary. Keywords: UN 2030 Agenda, Sustainable Development Goals, Earth Observation, Geospatial Information, Spatial Data Infrastructure, Statistical conformability, Implementation, Data policy, Hungary.


Interactive Map on Gender Equality in Municipalities: facilitating effective use of gender statistics

Gytis Strasevicius, Statistics Lithuania

In 2018, Statistics Lithuania started developing a user-friendly interactive map on gender equality in municipalities aiming at improvement of the gender equality data collection and facilitation of effective use of gender statistics. The interactive map on gender equality in all 60 municipalities allows monitoring equality between women and men based on more than 40 indicators covering the areas of demography, socioeconomic status, economic empowerment, access to various care services, decision making, health and violence in public places and domestic violence. Inter-institutional cooperation was resorted to create the map, because gender equality data is collected and provided by different institutions covering basically comparable administrative data. Moreover, the map will be annually updated ensuring regular and timely gender equality data collection and dissemination. Lastly, the society has been informed about the created map. The map is targeted at local administrations, public administrations, equality bodies, civil society organizations, media and the general population. The interactive map is intended to provide an easy and accessible tool for the society at-large to monitor and compare gender equality indicators in different administrative units. This tool possibly promotes effective use of gender statistics, raising awareness on gender inequality and contributing to evidence-based policy formation. To enhance the effective use of the introduced interactive map by reaching different users groups several communication channels have been chosen.


Spatial Availability of Public Services in the Concept of Public Service Monitoring System in Poland

Marek Pieniążek, Statistics Poland

The purpose of the presentation is to show the role of geospatial information in the development of the Public Service Monitoring System (SMUP).
For local government and residents, the most important questions relate to the quality and availability of public services for which public authorities are responsible. In Poland, the value of services provided by local government exceeds EUR 52 billion.
Currently, Statistics Poland is implementing, together with the Ministry of Administration, a project with a goal to provide a public service monitoring system. It will be a publicly available base of indicators and variables describing the availability, quality, quantity and cost effectiveness of services rendered. The data will serve, inter alia, to improve the provision of services to residents. Representatives of local government organizations in Poland - the Association of Polish Cities and the Association of Polish Poviats participate in the work on the System. The System is planned to be launched in the second half of 2021.
In the first stage of functioning of the System, there will be information on 9 areas of services available - real estate management, construction and development, road and transportation, environmental protection, education, local social policy, culture and recreation, local taxes as well as geodesy and cartography. Expenditure on these areas exceeds over 90% of local government expenditure on services.
One of the most important challenges is to provide information on the availability of services in combination with statistical information. The presentation will show concepts for data acquisition and their visualization in the form of maps and spatial analyzes.


Start date: Thursday, 10 October 2019  |  End date: Friday, 11 October 2019

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