DESA News Vol. 13, No. 09 September 2009

Capacity development

Implementing industrial classifications of economic activities

International workshop will be organized in Kunming, China, from 14-16 September by DESA’s Statistics Division and the Chinese National Bureau of Statistics

The Statistics Division offers training in Statistical Classifications through the conduct of international workshops. Workshops are planned with an awareness of the importance of statistical classifications to the implementation of the 1993 SNA, and to the implementation of the current round of Population Censuses and household survey programmes. United Nations Classifications Workshops emphasize basic principles of classification methods while specifically covering classifications of economic activity and products. The workshops may also cover other reference classifications of the international family, such as those of education, occupation, employment, time-use or health.

This workshop from 14-16 September will focus on issues of implementation of the Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities (ISIC) Revision 4 and the Central Product Classification (CPC) Version 2 and cover general implementation such as the setup of an implementation plan, the development of national adaptations, the implementation of the revised classifications in the business register and surveys, as well as issues of backcasting. The workshop will also discuss the interpretation and application of the classifications in key areas of interest, based on new concepts introduced.

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Preparing for the 2010 Population and Housing Census

Census evaluation and post enumeration surveys will be the focus of the regional workshop in Addis Ababa from 14-18 September

DESA’s Statistics Division, in collaboration with UN Economic Commission for Africa, is organizing a regional workshop for English speaking African countries on census evaluation in the context of the 2010 World Programme for Population and Housing Censuses. The purpose will be to present an overview of the various methods of evaluating censuses with a focus on the post enumeration survey (PES) methodology.

More specifically, the workshop will cover elements of the PES with regard to planning and implementation; frames and sample design; methodologies for evaluating content and coverage errors; matching procedures; imputation of missing values; and tabulation and dual system of estimation. The workshop will also offer the possibility to the participants to present and discuss the experience of their countries on different aspects of census evaluation and the post enumeration survey.

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Leveraging technology for parliamentary libraries and research services

Global Centre for ICT in Parliament, the Italian joint Parliamentary Library and the IFLA Library and Research Services for Parliaments Section, held a training session on 18 August

The one-day training focused on the use of new technologies to enhance the capacity of parliamentary libraries to respond to parliaments' information needs. Special attention was given to existing free and open source solutions for libraries and to the use of Intranet for digital information services. A specific session was dedicated to the negotiation and management of contracts for electronic resources.

The event, directed at Heads of parliamentary libraries and IT staff providing support to the libraries from a number of parliaments in developing countries and economies in transition, provided a great opportunity for participants to enhance the understanding of the potential of technology in the library and research services environment.

The training was held on the eve of the 25th Annual Pre-Conference of the IFLA Library and Research Services for Parliaments Section which focused on Digital Information for Democracy: Management, Access and Preservation.

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