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Standing Committee on Regional and Urban Statistics
Submitted by Wendy Thomas
ISI sessions organized by SCORUS
IPM20: “Bringing Stats Home: Role of Official Statistical Offices in supporting comparability, while retaining national relevance” was organized by Dominic Leung and contained three presentations by Andrew Reamer (USA), Klaus Trutzel (Germany), and Stephen Leung (Hong Kong, SAR China) providing different models for the involvement of national level official statistical offices in the collection and dissemination of comparable data at local levels.
The presentations were compared and contrasted by the discussant Uwe Neumann (Germany).
IPM21: “Improving comparability of urban and regional data: Standards, harmonization, and sharing metadata resources” was organized by Wendy Thomas and contained three papers discussing structural metadata standards (Bryan Fitzpatrick, UK), geographic comparability (Wendy Thomas, USA), and topical comparability and harmonization of topical elements (Matthew Sobek, USA).
The two sessions were attended by 35-45 delegates. Statements and questions from the audience reinforced the growing importance of analyzing and comparing data for regions within countries, in particular metropolitan areas and surrounding regions. It was noted that it is important to understand the effects of metropolitan areas as social and economic engines for development as well as the effect of interaction within surrounding urban and rural areas. Also noted were the issues common to supra-national, national, regional and municipal governments including: coordination and cooperation between levels, access to microdata for sub-national areas, comparability of sub-national area definitions, and the availability of very small area data to support interpolation of consistent geographic areas for comparison within and between countries.
SCORUS Business Meeting
World Urban Forum will take place on UN Habitat Day, 5 October 2010.
IAOS/SCORUS Conference on official statistics and the environment: approaches issues, challenges and linkages will be held in Chile, 20-22 October 2010. SCORUS will be involved in developing approximately three sessions.
ISI World Statistics Congress in Dublin, Ireland, 2011 – SCORUS is proposing two sessions and working to actively support and contribute to IAOS related sessions. Following the ISI World Statistics Congress, SCORUS will be holding a Satellite Meeting in Galway, Ireland.
Conference on Regional and Urban Statistics and Research
Sub-themes and their coordinators:
If you want to
present a paper, please submit an abstract not exceeding 300 words to the
relevant coordinator, or to the Chair of the Programme Committee by e-mail at:
Submission deadline: 15 May 2010
SCORUS – The International Network for regional and urban