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Issue Date: February 18th 2019
Last modified: March 13th 2019
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Earth Observations for Official Statistics

This handbook, written by members of the United Nations Task Team on Satellite Imagery and Geospatial Data, provides a guide for National Statistical Offices considering using satellite imagery (known as earth observations) data for official statistics.

This is a white cover publication, pre-edited text subject to official editing and subject to further consultation.

Link: https://unstats.un.org/unsd/statcom/50th-session/resources/2019%20Orientation%20handbook.pdf

This handbook, written by members of the United Nations Task Team on Satellite Imagery and Geospatial Data, provides a guide for National Statistical Offices considering using satellite imagery (known as earth observations) data for official statistics. It was produced as an input to the United Nation Global Working Group on Big Data for Official Statistics report to the United Nations Statistical Commission for 2017.

The handbook provides a brief introduction to the use of earth observations (EO) data for official statistics, types of sources available and methodologies for producing statistics from this type of data. It also summarises the results of four pilot projects produced by Task Team members; Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Australia, Instituto Nacional de Estadística Geografíca e Informática (INEGI), Mexico, Departamento Administrativo Nacional de Estadistica (DANE), Colombia and Google. Supplementary material includes a methodology literature review, and the full reports of the pilot projects.

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