By Statistics South Africa, 2009.
Statistics South Africa has used scanning technology in the last 2001 Census as well as the subsequent
surveys as means of capturing the large-volume data. The implementation of the scanning technology has
allowed Stats SA to draw some important lesson in the implementation of an innovative approach in
capturing system. Thereafter, corrective measures were implemented with success in the large survey called
the community survey. Stats SA has acknowledged that the lack of proper assessment, planning, testing and
development of a full complete system at pilot phase has resulted in some weaknesses of 2001 Census data
processing. The common challenges in the developing countries are the absence of good local knowledgebase
in information technology, the lack of thoroughly tested systems, lack of good management skills of the
systems and the unavailability of enough financial resources supporting the information technology locally.
Paper presented at the 57th Session of the International Statistical Institute (ISI), Durban (South Africa), August 2009.
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