Monday 28 June 2010

Helping to unveil the power of statistical data

Statistics and geography are closely linked because mapping is a fundamental requirement for the implementation of any census or survey. But what would be the role of Google Map Maker in the world of statistics? Can it make a difference? Google’s Map Maker team has been keen to answer these questions.

Under the leadership and vision of Dozie Ezigbalike from UNECA, the (Google) Map Maker team initiated a Train the Trainers programme in Africa that aims to strengthen the capacity of national organizations in making statistics more accessible, useful, and interesting to the wider public. We do so by tying together technologies -- Google Map Maker, mobile applications, Google Earth and MapsGoogle fusion tables, and Public Data Explorer -- that support data collection, sharing, visualization, and publishing. Jointly with UNECA we have organized Train the Trainers events in Nigeria and Morocco, and trained people at National Statistics Organizations (NSO) from Burundi, Cameroon, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Egypt, Lesotho, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Swaziland, Uganda, and Zambia.

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