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GEOSTAT 2 – a point based reference framework for European statistics

The general goal of the GEOSTAT 2 project was to foster better integration of statistics with geospatial information so that official statistics could develop more complete and detailed descriptions and analyses of society and environment.

The specific objectives to be achieved in the project were:

  • To propose a general model of a point-based national geospatial reference framework for statistics – national addresses, buildings and/or dwelling registers. The reference framework should be adapted to the statistics in the widest possible sense.
  • To promote and consolidate the existing resources of knowledge on spatial statistics as regards the ESS (European Statistical System). This task encompassed constructing, formatting, and transferring existing information to the online Knowledge Base (Wiki) on spatial statistics.
  • To support the activities undertaken by the European Forum for Geography and Statistics (EFGS), exchanging information and capacity building.
  • To disseminate and share the results of GEOSTAT projects among National Statistical Offices.
  • To promote the application of spatial statistics and the use of geospatial information in the statistical production chain within the framework of the Generic Statistical Business Process Model – (GSBPM).
  • To increase the involvement in the activity of the EFGS community of the National Mapping Agencies (PAM) or other entities maintaining spatial data and responsible for geocoding registers.
  • To take active part in the work on the integration of statistics and geospatial information within the framework of UN-GGIM (Global Geospatial Information Management).

It was a 24-month project, which was conducted from February 2015 to January 2017.

The project activities were carried out by a consortium of European National Statistical Offices (KUS) with extensive experience in the field of geospatial statistics. This group was made up of National Statistical Offices, which have years of experience in the field of geospatial statistics, or which have made large progress in this field recently. The group therefore representd different traditions and possibilities concerning the use of georeferenced information in order to take effective measures in response to the challenges arising from various requirements of the ESS.

The National Statistical Offices of the following countries were involved in the project:

  1. Sweden (coordinator),
  2. Austria,
  3. Finland,
  4. France,
  5. Norwey,
  6. Poland,
  7. Portugal.