UNSD-ESCWA regional workshop on census data processing in the ESCWA region: contemporary technologies for data capture, methodology and practice of data editing

18-05-2008  – 22-05-2008 Doha

The purpose of the Workshop is to present international standards for processing population and housing censuses and to highlight the significant additional capabilities of contemporary technologies and their use for census data capture and data editing. More specifically, the Workshop will: (1) Present revised international standards for conducting population and housing censuses, focusing on recommended core topics as identified in the United Nations Principles and Recommendations Revision 2; (2) Discuss ways of improving the management and planning of the census, including outsourcing issues; (3) Present and discuss contemporary technologies in census data capture, including the use of Optical Mark Recognition (OMR), Optical Character Recognition/Intelligent Character Recognition (OCR/ICR), Internet data collection, use of handheld devices for data collection, (4) Discuss the process stages for data capture, (5) Present an overview of major commercial suppliers for data capture; and (6) Present the principles and practices for census data coding and data editing. The workshop will also offer the opportunity to the participants to present the experience of their countries in census data processing.

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  • Jean Michel Durr, Tel.: +1 917 367 9165, E-mail:

Workshop on energy and environment statistics for the Gulf Council Countries

01-05-2006  – 03-05-2006 Doha

The workshop is organized and hosted by The Planning Council of Qatar. Experts from the statistical offices and other governmental agencies of the GCC countries are to attend the meeting.

The workshop is to overview the activities of the United Nations Statistics Division with special emphasis on energy and environment statistics and support to build and increase capacities to improve energy and environment statistics and indicators. Also it is to discuss environment statistics and environmental impact assessment, frameworks, concepts and definitions, significance of legal and institutional frameworks and overview the annual questionnaires. Furthermore, it is to provide a forum for exchanges of information on the status of the national energy and environment statistics and to support establishing a network of energy and environment statisticians and other experts in the GCC countries.


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