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This document (called the Handbook), prepared by members of Task Team on AIS data of United Nations Global Working Group on Big Data for Official Statistics (GWG), is intended to provide detailed description on global dataset of AIS (Automated Automatic Identification System), to share methodologies in calculating indicators from AIS both for official statistics and experimental use and to outline possible future work regarding AIS dataset. It also contains use cases in different domains in using AIS datasets for certain purposes, such as maritime transport indicators, monitoring fishery, estimating of CO2 emissions produced by ships. Because global AIS dataset is available at UN Global Platform (UNGP), a computing platform offered by GWG to its members, this document describes in detail on how to access and utilize the platform with main objective that others would be able to replicate calculation of indicators without the need to procure IT infrastructure and AIS dataset itself.

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