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Map of the Month - Statistics Finland making use of Oskari, an open source web-mapping software

Latest Positio magazine introduces Oskari. Oskari is an open source web-mapping software project started by the National Land Survey of Finland. Oskari is now developed by a growing community of developers from governmental organizations as well as from private companies. OSKARI Web mapping software


Statistics Finland belongs to the Oskari network, the governing body of the software. To support the use of open statistics in Oskari-based applications it is important to develop the structure of open statistical data and its metadata.

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EFGS 2015 Vienna conference coming closer

The EFGS 2015 Vienna Conference is to be held from 10th-12th November 2015 at Hotel Mercure Wien Westbahnhof in Vienna, Austria. This year's conference will be hosted by Statistics Austria with the support from Eurostat and in co-operation with the Austrian Federal Office of Metrology and Surveying (BEV). 

Please visit our conference website which provides you with further information on the conference details, the location as well as other useful travel information. The registration can be done via the conference website.

If you have any questions please contact the local EFGS2015 team at 



Nordic Forum for Geography and Statistics (NFGS) conference held in Stockholm, 9th-10th September

The NFGS Conference was organized and hosted by Statistics Sweden on the 9th-10th September 2015. The conference addressed methods, baseline data, confidentiality and presentation of statistics. Another focus area for the 2015 conference was international activity related to spatial statistics discussing UN-GGIM as well as how different Nordic countries work with the Inspire directive.
More information can be found at own conference page.


New dataset released 

The 2011 (and 2006) 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. 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 GEOSTAT project was supported by Eurostat within the Framework of the ESSnet program ( ).

Call for global action - A voluntary cooperation  


EFGS call for action to establish a Global Forum for Geography and Statistics (GFGS).  
After the Lisbon 2011 conference the goal has been to cover the whole world of NSIs and NMAs interested in the true integration of geograhy and statistics. The EFGS has taken the initiative to establish a Task Force for Global Forum for Geography and Statistics


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

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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