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New dataset released 

The 2011 population grid dataset can be found here. The GEOSTAT projects, with the aim to map the European Population on a 1km² grid-net, has completed its first and second (1A and 1B) iteration and released a new European grid dataset for the reference year 2006 (link). The data set combines national data from the GEOSTAT consortium and voluntary contributions from several NSIs with disaggregated grid data for those countries where national data were not available. The final 1A report (link) outlines a vision and sets the methodological foundations for European population grid datasets. The final 1B report is also available (link) The GEOSTAT project was supported by Eurostat within the Framework of the ESSnet program ( ).


Map of the Month - Cycling to work in United Kingdom

Cycling to work, DataShine, 2011, UK DataShine Census is an outstanding example of telling the stories in re-using the United Kingdom 2011 census data and enabling to tell the stories using statistics linked with location by everyone. 
Cycling to work is on the increase but is at very low levels in most places in the UK – and there are very wide variations, even across towns and cities of similar size. Bristol and London both see zones of high usage – typically in inner city suburbs popular with students and graduates. Cambridge has near universal popularity for cycling, except right in the city centre where everything is in walking distance. Source: DataShine Blog. DataShine Census provides a detailed view into United Kingdom 2011 census data. Population, housing, income, commute, and other variables are available. Source: Data Shine Census
ESTP course 2014

ESTP GIS course materials are now available. The course was held in Oslo 7th to 9th of May 2014, with the title: GIS in Statistics and Preparations for INSPIRE Reporting Obligations. For programme, presentations, course materials and photos, click here.

Call for global action - A voluntary cooperation  


EFGS call for action to establish a Global Forum for Geogrphy and Statistics (GFGS). 
After the Lisbon 2011 conference the goal has been to cover the whole world of NSIs interested in geostatistics.
Brazil will hold the first global conference for GFGS in 2015.


Conferences and membership

The 7th EFGS Conference " Together now for a better future"  will be held on 22-24 October, 2014 in Krakow, Poland.  The 2013 EFGS conference took place in Sofia, Bulgaria

There are no bindings to membership, but national contact persons have to be employees at national statistical institutes (NSIs) or mapping/cadastre agencies (NMCAs).
All members are invited to annual conferences.  

EFGS is also on FaceBook, you could find your friends here:  



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