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4.1 Metadata

Sources and Definitions

• Continues to develop comprehensive standardized metadata on sources and definitions for the millennium development goals indicators database, to provide user-friendly public and agency access to authoritative metadata on sources and definitions for international statistics.


4.2 Classifications

Harmonization of international economic and social classifications

• To continue the publication of a Classifications Newsletter;
• To continue maintaining the UN Classifications Website and Registry;
• To develop complimentary tools and documentation for the revised classifications, including alphabetical indexes and correspondences to other versions of the classifications as well as to other activity and product classifications such as NACE, CPA, PRODCOM and HS;
• To prepare the Companion Guide to ISIC and CPC;
• To prepare other training materials to facilitate the implementation and use of ISIC and CPC;
• Setup of an open discussion and knowledge forum, supported by members of the Expert Group on International Economic and Social Classifications in support of the implementation of ISIC and CPC;
• To maintain the Classifications Hotline which provides assistance to national statistical offices and others with regard to interpretation, structure and use of ISIC, CPC and the Classifications of Expenditure According to Purpose;
• Hosting of an Expert Group meeting on classifications;
• Conduct of two regional workshops to support the ISIC and CPC implementation.

International economic and social classifications

• To continue the publication of a Classifications Newsletter;
• To continue maintaining the UN Classifications Website and Registry;
• To develop complimentary tools and documentation for the revised classifications, including alphabetical indexes and correspondences to other versions of the classifications as well as to other activity and product classifications such as NACE, CPA, PRODCOM and HS;
• To prepare the Companion Guide to ISIC and CPC;
• To prepare other training materials to facilitate the implementation and use of ISIC and CPC;
• Setup of an open discussion forum, supported by members of the Expert Group on International Economic and Social Classifications supporting the implementation of the ISIC and CPC;
• Hosting of an Expert Group meeting on classifications;
• Conduct of two regional workshops to support the ISIC and CPC implementation.


4.3.1 Population and housing censuses, registers of population, dwellings and buildings

2010 Programme on Population and Housing Censuses

• Serving as the Secretariat of the 2010 World Programme on Population and Housing Censuses, continued to coordinate global and regional activities aimed at achieving the goal of the 2010 World Programme to ensure that all countries and areas conduct a population and housing census at least once in the period 2005-2014.
In general, UNSD will continue updating the 2010 world programme resource center with information about census taking worldwide and technical documentation on census good practices, and prepare e-training materials based on the 2007 -2008 workshops on census cartography and the use of GIS. A free software, CensusInfo, will be developed with DevInfo, to help countries disseminate their census results.

Methodological work:

• Finalized the Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses, Rev. 2 and published it in print form in 2008 and on the web.
• Organized two Expert Group Meetings in New York: the first on Contemporary Practices in Census Mapping and Use of Geographical Information Systems , 29 May- 1 June 2007, and the second on the revision of the Handbook on GIS and Digital Mapping, 7-10 April 2008.
• Organized six sub-regional workshops on census management and mapping with GIS in 2007 and 2008 (2 in Africa, 1 each for the SPC, ESCAP, Caribbean and Latin America regions).
• Organized four regional workshops on data processing (data capture, data editing and quality assurance in 2008 (2 in Africa, 1 each for the ESCWA and ESCAP regions).
• Developed the 2010 Census Knowledge Base - http://unstats.un.org/unsd/censuskb/
• Developed a website for the 2010 World Population and Housing Census Programme http://unstats.un.org//unsd/demographic/sources/census/2010_PHC/default.htm
• Finalized the revision of the Handbook on GIS and Digital Mapping. Editing is in progress on the "Handbook on Geospatial Infrastructure in support of census activities".
• Work is in progress on handbooks for census reports and data editing.
• UNSD is finalizing the Handbook on Measuring the Economically Active Population and Related Characteristics in Population Censuses, in collaboration with the ILO, for release in 2009.


4.3.2 Business and agricultural censuses and registers

Economic Censuses and Surveys

Priority objectives:

• Compilation of country practices in economic censuses and surveys; the work will be done in cooperation with UNECE and other regional commissions.

Ongoing work:

• Consultations with developing and transitional countries on economic censuses and surveys in order to begin preparation of a report on good practices in this area.

Statistical Business Register

Priority objectives:

• Compilation of country practices in establishing, maintenance and use statistical business register; the work will be done in cooperation with UNECE and other regional commissions.
Ongoing work:
• Consultations with developing and transitional countries on use of administrative data and on statistical business register in order to begin preparation of a report on good practices in this area.


4.3.3 Household surveys

Guidelines for designing household sample surveys

Methodological work:

A handbook on Designing Household Survey Samples: Practical Guideline is ready for formatting and publication. A hands-on publication, that will assist countries in designing household surveys.


4.3.5 Other administrative and non-survey sources

Civil registration and vital statistics

Ongoing methodological work:

Disseminate widely and systematically the handbook series on the development and maintenance of civil registration and vital statistics systems. The following publications have been issued since 1998:
• Handbook on the collection of Fertility and mortality Data, Sales No. 03.XVII.11, United Nations, New York, 2003;
• Handbook on Training in Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems, Sales No. E.02.XVII.10, United Nations, New York, 2002;
• Principles and Recommendations for a Vital Statistics System Revision 2, Sales No. E. 01.XVII.10, United Nations, New York, 2001;
• Handbook on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems: Management, Operation and Maintenance, Sales No. E.98.XVII.11, United Nations, New York, 1998;
• Handbook on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems: Preparation of a Legal Framework, Sales No. E. 98.XVII.7, United Nations, New York, 1998;
• Handbook on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems: Developing Information, Education and Communication, Sales No. E.98.XVII.4, United Nations, New York, 1998;
• Handbook on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems: Policies and Protocols for the Release and Archiving of Individual Records, Sales No. E.98.XVII.6, United Nations, New York, 1998;
• Handbook on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems: Computerization, Sales No. E.98.XVII.10, United Nations, New York, 1998.

Priority objectives:

Improve the coverage of vital registration systems and the capacity of countries to provide vital statistics from registration systems.

New activities:

UNSD plans to continue to conduct workshops on vital statistics data collection as an integrated activity of population and housing censuses programme. A knowledge base will be developed to disseminate information on national experiences.


4.5 Dissemination, data warehousing

Dissemination

• Maintains Internet access systems for its databases in international trade and national accounts, to provide more efficient public, governmental and international agency access;
• Maintains processing systems and is preparing Internet access systems for its databases in energy, environment and industrial commodities to provide more efficient public, governmental and international agency access;
• Continuation of work on UNdata under the project "Statistics as a Public Good". Providing free access to UN-System data will result in an increase in the dissemination, use and understanding of global statistics. Enhancement of the data and metadata presentation and the capability to search and browse several databases using one easy-to-use interface in UNdata are some of the features that have been introduced.


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