European Forum for Geography and Statistics
Map of the Month - There are 368 built-up localities in Estonia.
The map shows the largest built-up locality Tallinn, which, besides the Tallinn city area, covers the settlements of Tabasalu and Laagri. A built-up locality is a built-up area where the distance between buildings is no more than 200 metres and where there are at least 200 inhabitants. Hence, the borders of built-up localities do not coincide with those of settlement units. Based on the data from 2011, there are 369 such built-up areas in Estonia, where approximately 85% of the enumerated permanent residents live.
The data are produced based on the results of the 2011 Population and Housing Census and the building data from the Estonian National Topographic Database. Data are available in the statistics mapping application. Source: Statistics Estonia.
The GEOSTAT project with the aim to map the European Population on a 1km² grid-net has completed its first 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 report (link) outlines a vision and sets the methodological foundations for European population grid datasets. The GEOSTAT project was supported by Eurostat within the Framework of the ESSnet program (http://www.essnet-portal.eu/ ).
The 2013 EFGS confere took place in Sofia, Bulgaria. The 7th EFGS Conference will be held on 22-24 October, 2014 in Krakow, Poland. There are no bindings to membership, but national contact persons have to be employees at national statistical institutes (NSIs). All members are invited to annual conferences.
Call for global action - A voluntary cooperation
EFGS call for action to establish a Global Forum for GeoStatistics (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.