The conference of the 11th European Forum for Geography and Statistics (EFGS) took place at Marina Congress Center in Helsinki, Finland from 16 to 18 October 2018.

The motto of the conference was “Finding the Future together”.

The conference programme consisted of the invited keynote speakers’ and many exceptional participants’ presentations:


Day 1, October 16th 2018
08.30 – 09.30 Registration
09.30 – 10.30 Conference Opening

Welcome Speech by

Statistics Finland — Marjo Bruun, Director General of Statistics Finland presentation

National Land Survey of Finland — Arvo Kokkonen, Director General of the National Land Survey of Finland presentation

EFGS — Janusz Dygaszewicz, President of the European Forum for Geography and Statistics presentation

Eurostat — Ekkehard Petri, European Commission Eurostat-Gisco

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee Break
11.00 – 12.00 Keynotes

Futures of Geographic Information in a Digitalising Society — Toni Ahlqvist, Professor of Regional Development and Policy, University of Oulu, Finland abstract presentation

UNECE Activities on the Integration of Statistical and Geospatial Information — Steven Vale, Senior Statistician and the Regional Advisor in Statistics at UNECE in Geneva, Switzerland abstract presentation

12.00 – 13.00 Session 1: International and National Cooperation

Introduction by Chair — Timo Koskimäki, Statistics Finland

A Guide For Implementation of the Global Statistical Geospatial Framework in Europe — Jerker Moström, Statistics Sweden abstract presentation

UN-GGIM:Europe Working Group on Core Data — Dominique Laurent et al., National Institute of Geographic and Forest Information, France abstract presentation

INSPIRE Community Forum – A Redesigned Platform for All Things INSPIRE — Miroslaw Migacz, Statistics Poland abstract presentation

13.00 – 14.30 Lunch
14.30 – 16.00 Session 2: International and National Cooperation Continues

Introduction by Chair — Panu Muhli, National Land Survey of Finland

The Arctic Spatial Data Infrastructure — Jani Kylmäaho, National Land Survey, Finland abstract presentation

Open European Location Services – What Is Possible — Dominik Kopczewski, Eurogeographics, Belgium abstract presentation

The POPGRID Data Collaborative — Linda Pistolesi et al., Columbia University, USA abstract presentation

Project fairHair – A Global Geoinformation Demonstration Project — Vilni Bloch, Statistics Norway abstract presentation

A Swedish National Land Cover Database — Birgitta Olsson, Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, Sweden abstract presentation

A Sustainable Partnership: Geospatial & Statistical Collaboration in Ireland — Dermot Corcoran, Statistics Ireland abstract presentation

16.00 – 16.30 Coffee Break
16.30 – 18.00 Session 3: Sustainable Development Goals, SDG indicators

Introduction by Chair — Ekkehard Petri, Eurostat, Luxemburg

UN-GGIM:Europe – The Combination of Geospatial Data with Statistical Data for SDG Indicators — Pier-Giorgio Zaccheddu et al., Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodecy, Germany abstract presentation

Testing SDG Indicators in Geostat 3 Project — Marianne Vik Dysterud, Statistics Norway abstract presentation

Applying Geospatial Tools to Produce Data for SDG Indicators in Mexico — Enrique Ordaz, National Institute of Statistics and Geography, Mexico abstract presentation

Developing Spatial Indicators for the Territorial Monitoring of South Korea — Lee Bo-Kyeong et al., Associate Research Fellow at Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements, Korea abstract presentation

Finding New Ways of Reporting Geographical Data Against the SDG Indicators — Ian Coady, Office for National Statistics, UK abstract presentation

Hungarian GIS Data for the Sustainable Development Goals — Tamas Palya et al., Government Office of the Capital City Budapest, Hungary abstract presentation

18.00 Closing of the Day
18.30 – 20.00 Reception by the City of Helsinki
Day 2, October 17th 2018
09.00 – 9.30 Keynote

The Delicate Exercise of Geo-data Visualisation — Julien Grunfelder, Head of GIS Department at Nordregio, Sweden presentation

09.30 – 11.00 Session 4: Geospatial Analysis and Visualisation

Introduction by Chair — Ian Cody, Office for National Statistics, UK

Measuring Accessibility Through Sustainable Mobility in European Cities — Hugo Poelman, European Commission, Belgium abstract presentation

Quantifying the Spatial Accesibility of Services in Switzerland — Michael Buhler, Swiss Federal Statistical Office, Switzerland abstract presentation

Official Data and Population & Environment — Maria de Carmo Bueno et al., Pier Fransisco De Maria Unicamp abstract presentation

Contribution to the Geospatial Analysis of the Poverty in Bosnia and Herzegovina — Edin Šabanović, Agency for Statistics of Bosnia and Herzegovina abstract presentation

NordMap – Web-mapping Tool for the Nordic Region — Shinan Wang & Julien Grunfelder, NordRegio, Sweden abstract presentation

Thematic mapping with OSKARI — Timo Aarnio, National Land Survey of Finland abstract presentation

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee Break
11.30 – 12.00 Keynote

The Informed Traveller, from Intelligent Maps to Flying Cars — Ed Parsons, The Geospatial Technologist of Google, London, UK presentation

12.00 – 13.30 Session 5: New Data, Standards and Tools

Introduction by Chair — Jani Kylmäaho, National Land Survey of Finland

Scraping Data for Rented Vacation Home Statistics — Matti Kokkonen, Statistics Finland abstract presentation

The Review of the GSBPM and Other Statistical Standards — Steven Vale, UNECE, Switzerland abstract presentation

Presentation of the French Handbook of Spatial Analysis — Vincent Loonis, Insee, France abstract presentation

Using Linked Data Concepts to Blend and Analyze Geospatial and Statistical Data — Hans Viehmann, Oracle, Germany abstract presentation

The New Geospatial Reference Architecture of Statistics Finland — Rina Tammisto et al., Statistics Finland abstract presentation

13.30 – 13.45 Group Photo
13.45 – 14.30 Lunch
14.30 – 16.00
                                                                                         Session 6: New Data and Tools; Mobile Data and Machine Learning


Introduction by Chair — Janusz Dygaszewicz, Statistics Poland


Calculation of Population and Migration Statistics Based on Call Detail Records — A. Aasa et al., University of Tartu, Estonia abstract presentation


Mobile Network Data for Travel and Seasonal Population Statistics — Pasi Piela, Statistics Finland abstract presentation


The Use of Mobile Positioning Data for Measuring Tourism on the Indonesian Border — Sarpono Dimulyo et al., Statistics Indonesia abstract presentation


Statistical Interference on Mobile Phone Network Data — Martijn Tennekes, Statistics Netherlands abstract presentation


New Ways to Solve Spatial Problems with Machine Learning and ArcGIS — Marko Saastamoinen, ESRI Finland Oy abstract presentation

Session 7: Quality of Data, Confidence and Trust


Introduction by Chair — Carol Agius, Eurogeographics, Belgium


Accessible and Usable – How Personas Could Support Principle 5 of the Statistical Geospatial Framework — Ekkehard Petri, Eurostat abstract presentation


A Way to Deal with Differentation Problem — Vieanney Costemalle, French National Institute of Statistics and Economics Studies, France abstract presentation


The Challenges of Annual Updated Grid Population — Ignacio Duque & Manuel Illanes, National Statistical Institute of Spain abstract presentation


How to assure quality and reliability for Spatial data Infrastructure— Jaana Mäkelä, Spatineo Oy, Finland abstract presentation



16.00 – 16.30 Coffee Break
16.30 – 18.00
Session 8: New Data, Standards and Tools


Introduction by Chair — Jani Reini, National Land Survey of Finland


Geostat House and Health — Vilni Bloch et al., Statistics Norway abstract presentation


Towards new official health statistics using GIS — Emil Vågnes et al., Statistics Norway abstract presentation


High Resolution Satellite Imagenary, Shared and Collective Data Source — Jean-Philipp Cantou et al., National Institute of Geographic and Forest Information, France abstract presentation


OGC Table Joining Service Revision Work and PoC — Timo Aarnio, National Land Survey of Finland abstract presentation


Automated Geoservice Generation by Using a Table Joining Service on SDMX Tables — Pieter Bresters, Statistics Netherlands abstract presentation


                                                                                                                                                                           Session 9: Urban Data and Area Classifications


Introduction by Chair — Teodora Brandmueller, Eurostat, Luxemburg


Ordinance Survey and ONS Discovery Work — Steve Kingston, Richard Prothero, Ordinance Survey and Office of National Statistics, UK abstract presentation


Exploring the requirement for Place-Specific Geodemographic Classification — Amanda Otley et al., University of Leeds, UK abstract presentation


A Comparative Study on Eurostat Data and Methods for Rural Areas Delimitation — Vit Paszto et al., Palacky University Olomouc, Czech Republic abstract presentation


New ISTAT ”Microzones” Layer: A New Way to Read Land Cover Statistics — Stefano Mugnoli et al., National Institute of Statistics, Italy abstract presentation


REGINA: Statistics Sweden’s Web Service for Management and Dissemination of Administrative Geographies — Karin Hedeklint, Statistics Sweden abstract presentation



18.00 Closing of the day
19.30 – 22.00 Conference dinner and Lars H. Backer Prize
Day 3, October 18th 2018
09.30 – 11.00 Session 10: Benefits of Integration of Statistics and Geospatial Information

Introduction by Chair — Rina Tammisto, Statistics Finland

UN-GGIM:Europe – Enhancement of Cooperation by Using a Questionnaire Poll — Franka Ginter & Pier-Giorgio Zaccheddu, Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodecy, Germany abstract presentation

The Geospatial Platform in Finland – More Effective Use of Spatial and Statistical Data — Teemu Saloriutta, National Land Survey of Finland abstract presentation

The German Micro-Census-Routing Project — Kathrin Gebers et al., Destatis, Germany abstract presentation

Collaboration Between Kosovo Agency of Statistics and Kosovo Cadastral Agency — Idriz Shala, Kosovo Agency of Statistics abstract presentation

Innovations in Gridded and Subnational Population Mappig — Joshua Comenetz, U.S. Census Bureau, USA abstract presentation

Joint Development of Open Source Geoportal Software with Integration to Statistical Interfaces — Sanna Jokela, Oskari Community Coordinator, Finland abstract presentation

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee Break
11.30 – 12.30 Panel discussion; A Way Forward

EFGS, Eurographics, Eurostat, NSI, NMA

12.30 – 13.00 Conference Closing, Announcement of EFGS 2019 Conference presentation
13.00 – 14.30 Lunch
14.30 – 16.00 EFGS General Assembly

Chair — Janusz Dygaszewicz, President of EFGS

Secretary — Marina Backer Skaar, EFGS Secretary



Tobias Krüger & Martin Schorcht, Leibniz Institut of Ecological Urban and Regional Development, Germany – Land consumption monitoring based on topographical geodata and population grids poster

Tracy Kugler, University of Minnesota, USA – From PDF to Data – Creating Structure from Heterogeneity poster

Karel Macků & Vít Pászto, Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic – Quality of life in Europe poster

Salla Multimäki, Gispo Oy & Laura Karhu, Statistics Finland – New map services for Statistics Finland – A user need study poster

Kari Paasonen, SaferGlobe, Finland – Visualisation of data on a politically sensitive topic neutrally, interactively and interestingly poster


The conference was hosted by Statistics Finland and the National Land Survey of Finland supported by the Statistical Office of European Union (Eurostat) and the EFGS.

Twitter account of the EFGS 2018

Photo gallery available here