MEDSTAT IV – Training Course on Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Italian Geographical Society (Rome, 04-06.04.2017)

Three days of training on GIS and statistics led by trainers from the Research and Development Unit “Geography and Statistics, Population and Health” of the Italian Geographical Society.

The training course took place in Rome, Italy on 4-6 April 2017 at the Mattei Palace, a 16th century building inside the Villa Celimontana and seat of the Italian Geographical Society. Participants from National Institutes of Statistics of ENP-South countries had the chance to learn, or to improve their knowledge, about the most used applications of GIS for the production, dissemination, and analysis of statistical data. It was also a unique opportunity for countries to share their experiences on the use of geo-information for statistics in their respective Institutes, and to be updated on the latest worldwide developments for the integration between geospatial and statistical data.

The participants shared their experiences on GIS in their National Statistical Institutes.

The training agenda included topics such as grid statistics and degree of urbanization, online tools for the management and integration of geospatial and statistical data, mobile methods and techniques for statistical data collection, use of GIS in censuses and in statistical sample surveys, statistical geospatial frameworks, European geospatial standards, and role of geospatial data to support the definition and monitoring of SDG indicators for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Lessons and discussions were supported by presentations of case studies and by practical exercises carried out by the trainers directly with GIS software.

Group photo of the participants in the training course.

All the participants expressed high satisfaction for the knowledge and skills acquired during the course, and most of them called for more training on specific topics and applications of GIS for statistics. They committed themselves to share the outcomes of the training with the management and colleagues in their respective Institutes, in line with the training approach followed by the MEDSTAT IV Project. From both side, trainers and trainees, was acknowledged the importance for more integration of spatial and statistical data for analysis and the formulation of development policies.

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Auteur : Siska Cahyati

BRIEF DESCRIPTION The MEDSTAT IV project provides expertise and technical support to promote the harmonisation of statistics in line with EU and international standards in 6 domains: business register and business, trade and balance of payments, energy, labour market, migration and transport). It follows on the previous phase implemented over the period 2010-2013. Countries covered: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Libya, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Syria and Tunisia (cooperation with Syria is suspended).

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