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European Forum for Geography and Statistics

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 the integration of geograhy and statistics. The EFGS has taken the initiative to establish a Task Force for Global Forum for Geography and Statistics
Brazil will hold the first global conference for GFGS in 2015.

Map of the Month - Newly released population grid by the Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australia 1st grid data Australia's most densely populated residential area in 2011 based on the newly released gridded population data was in Sydney around the suburbs of Potts Point and Woolloomooloo. The 1 km² grid cell covering these suburbs had a usual resident population of 14,747 in 2011. This map compares the population grid for Sydney and Melbourne. It shows that Sydney had more areas in the highest density range shown in the map with 21km² exceeding 8,000 people per square kilometre compared to Melbourne which only had one grid cell exceeding 8,000 people per square kilometre, around the suburb of Carlton. Source: the Australian Bureau of Statistics 

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 ( ).

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.


Conferences and membership

The 7th EFGS Conference " Together now for a better future"  was held on 22-24 October, 2014 in Krakow, Poland. The conference was a great sucsess due to excellent hosting and hospitality by Statistics Poland. Conference photos are available here, EFGS appreciates highly all contributions to the conference. Statistics Austria is the host for 2015 Conference. 

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.  

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