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Experiences of Applying Information Technology in the Hong Kong 2006 Population By-census

Margaret Mbogoni
10. Use of new technologies in census operations

The paper, prepared by the Census and Statistics Department of Hong Kong, China, discusses the applications of IT in different stages of the 2006 Population By-census (06BC) in five broad areas: (i) supporting field operation with Geographic Information System (GIS)1 technology; (ii) allowing sampled households to make appointment for enumeration at preferred time slots through an Internet application “Appointment Request Service”; (iii) providing electronic questionnaires to respondents for electronic reporting; (iv) using Intelligent Character Recognition (ICR) and Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) technologies to capture data on completed questionnaires; and (v) disseminating 06BC results through the Internet. The paper also discusses the practice of releasing the microdata of population census/by-census.


Paper prepared for the ESCAP Expert Group Meeting on Effective Use of IT in Population Censuses, Bangkok, 10-12 December 2007


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