Introducing a new era of digital censuses

A new pattern has emerged in conducting censuses during the last decade—a pattern that has ushered in the recognition of the central role of geography in understanding the world and its communities.

Geography is increasingly acknowledged as key to virtually all national data systems, providing a structure for collecting, processing, aggregating, managing, analysing, sharing, and disseminating data.

In its digital form, geospatial information is exchanged more rapidly, used and reused at will, duplicated without alteration, and easily disseminated to end users.

Listen to the Directions with Stan Grant podcast to hear Linda describe how data can inform effective policies that tackle some of humanity's greatest challenges.

In her latest book, Linda Peters delves into the topic of digital geospatially-enabled censuses, providing a framework and recommendation for how governments across the world can collect and use authoritative data to a best-practice standard.

Providing practical examples and learnings from the 2020 round of Census, Linda’s insights are particularly valuable ahead of Australia’s 2021 Census.

“The United Nations recommended the necessity for countries to keep abreast of technological advances made since the previous round, especially in GIS and Global Positioning Systems (GPS). The UN also recommended that, for the 2020 Round of Censuses, the adoption of GIS should be a major strategic decision.”

- Linda Peters

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