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Geo-spatial planning for census in South Africa

In the past geospatial techniques were limited to pre-enumeration census mapping and used to an extent for the dissemination of the data. Going forward, geospatial technology is set to become the backbone of the entire census cycle for the 2021 Census in South Africa. Currently pre-enumeration activities includes the ability to navigate to the location i.e. the coordinates of a dwelling unit to capture and update attribute information per dwelling unit via mobile applications. The information captured will be used to update the enumeration areas as well as the place name areas. Up to date imagery and spatial cadastre facilitates the processes. The collected pre-enumeration data will be used as backbone for an application for recruiting enumerators at their residing enumeration area. It will also be used for work allocation on tablets for data collection, ensuring that every assigned dwelling unit gets visited. Being digital, it also means that enumerators can navigate to the exact dwelling. Supervisors will be able to do real time quality assurance and progress monitoring will be spatially enabled and continuous.It is envisage that data dissemination will use interactive maps and tables as well as downloadable standard pre-designed products. Stats SA is currently working together with GeoSpace International to implement Hexagon SmartClient for Census that will ensure geo-spatial support and a management system for all the census processes. 


Start date: Thursday, 10 October 2019  |  End date: Friday, 11 October 2019

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