Stat updates geographic information system

POSTED: 01/30/13 2:05 PM

St. Maarten – The Department of Statistics (Stat) works together with the Ministry of Vromi to collect data to update the government’s Geographic Information System.

This initiative entails collecting and recording up-to-date information on the location and function of each building. The project includes data like address, type of building (i.e. residence, commercial, church, school), the number of floors and units of each building, and general information.

The project started this week and is projected to run until March.

With an updated system the government and Stat will have a current map with proper street-names, and building-function data. This serves many purposes, in particular for Stat.  The updated map will help to determine the coverage of the population census, facilitate the fieldwork process on future sample-based surveys and provide a basis for spatial analysis.

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