Most National Statistics Offices websites have been using Joomla in the past, and many have expressed their wish to move to WordPress content management system. SDD, who provides support to the majority of NSOs across the Pacific, has addressed this request.
During the NSO Web Admin workshop in September 2019, SDD introduced the NSO network project, which is based on WP Multisites and the new NSO Theme for WordPress.
Learn more about the NSO network and how SPC members can join.
The Pacific Data Hub - Microdata Library is a gateway to the Pacific region’s survey, census, and administrative-based microdata and documentation. It is a central repository, online cataloguing and dissemination system of Pacific Island statistical microdata, metadata, reports and documents. It is a service established to facilitate access to microdata that provide information about people living in Pacific Island developing countries, their institutions, their environment, their communities and the operation of their economies. SPC provides safe access to microdata via its Pacific Data Hub-Microdata Library microdata.pacificdata.org to enable research and analysis that benefits Pacific Island people.
Find out more about the Microdata Library here.
The SPC Statistics for Development Division (SDD) has been working on a manual to assist anyone wishing to perform census and survey mapping, and analysis with QGIS. QGIS is a free and open-source GIS package which is widely used at SPC for both internal GIS work and also training and technical assistance in the region.
Below is all the tutorial material associated with the manual:
Please feel free to explore the manual. Your feedback is welcome and will help us to complete the draft and release the final document.
The Statistics for Development Division conducted a User Focus Survey in 2017 (here is a summary of the User Focus Survey, and an article with background information). As a result of this survey, and working closely with Statistics New Zealand and a consulting company called Maven in Wellington, we reviewed the SDD, PRISM and other associated websites in order to better meet the needs of users. All users will be glad to know that we are in the process of developing a new site which we hope to have available for testing by the middle of 2019. You can follow the progress of the development via this page.
One of the key differences users will notice is that we are moving away from a website which is structured as Demographers and Statisticians “think” to instead be structured as users think. That means it will revolve around themes and key words such as population, energy, trade, births and deaths rather than census, HIES, CRVS which don’t necessarily mean anything to users. We will also structure data by Country, so for example the Kiribati page will have the most recent reports for Census, HIES, DHS, a link to the Kiribati PopGIS, the Kiribati NSO website and anything else related to Kiribati. There will also be a powerful search engine which will easily enable users to search through all articles and databases.
Another key feature is that the new website will be dynamic – all documents will be stored in a document library, all statistical data in a database and all other datasets in the Pacific Data Hub. There will only ever be one copy of a document or dataset, and all changes only take place once, rather than in multiple locations. The site should be much cleaner, and easier to update than the current site.
The Statistics for Development Division is setting up a knowledge base of documentation and presentations to assist countries embarking on censuses and surveys to plan and conduct the activity, and users of the resulting data to better understand how the data was collected. Starting with Population and Housing Censuses, each collection covered on the site will contain a timeline infographic listing the key stages to the collection. Each of these key stages will contain material such as:
- project plans and budget templates,
- training material to help conduct each of the activities where training of field staff is required (household listing, pilot census, main census)
- tutorials to help with anything from updating map boundaries in a mapping application to conducting a census with tablets.
A new version of PopGIS is coming soon!
PopGIS2 has been a very popular application for users to access and visualize sub-national datasets through interactive maps and tables. In the last 12 months, PopGIS2 has had 8,000 hits across the 14 sites.
The 13 country sites contain primarily census datasets, though some also include education and poverty indicators, cyclone evacuation centres, school, household and hospital locations and more. There is also a regional site to access NMDI indicators for the Pacific.
In total, users have access to 11,000 indicators and 12,000 calculated values (proportions, ratios). All datasets, GIS layers and maps can be easily downloaded.
You can view the existing PopGIS sites here.
What is new in PopGIS3?
- A new interface based on HTML5; It is faster, more responsive and can be used on laptops, tablets and smartphones.
- Improved data import capabilities. It will be easier to import external data, aggregate to higher geographic levels and produce your own maps and reports.
- The TJS plugin for QGIS will be adapted to PopGIS3.
PDH.stat is a re-branded version of “.Stat Suite”, the SDMX-based statistical indicator platform built by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) through the Statistical Information System Collaboration Community. This platform will replace, and expand on the very popular, yet outdated National Minimum Development Indicator (NMDI) database which was established to report on Pacific development indicators including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
PDH.stat will be hosted under the soon to be released Pacific Data Hub (PDH). The Pacific Data Hub architecture is designed to accommodate data or links to data from relevant governments, Non-governmental organisations, Intergovernmental organisations, academic institutes, think-tanks and other organisations with data and interests in the Pacific. New regional initiatives established by partners will have the option of publishing their data through the PDH instead of standing up their own bespoke portals, hubs or websites. The data will be made be accessible through either open data licensing agreements, or where appropriate confidential or restricted data agreements.
What is SDMX?
SDMX, which stands for Statistical Data and Metadata eXchange is an international initiative that aims at standardising and modernising (“industrialising”) the mechanisms and processes for the exchange of statistical data and metadata among international organisations and their member countries.
Features of PDH.stat architecture:
- stores stuctured SDMX datasets,
- thorough metadata on datasets and individual indicators,
- powerful API allows machine-to-machine access to all datasets in the database enabling development partners, researchers and other, users to programatically extract information.
Features of PDH.stat explorer/browser interface:
- find datasets with free-text search, fine-tune search results through context-specific filters (facets) for topics and relevant data dimensions, and download an entire dataset,
- preview and download multi-dimensional tables and charts, and
- share created tables and charts in blogs and social media, or embed them dynamically in web pages.
The Statistics for Development Division is currently working on a Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Dashboard to provide easy access to Pacific SDG indicators. The Dashboard is being built within the Pacific Data Hub (see more below) and will allow users to explore, visualise and download SDG-specific datasets.
This new SDG Dashboard will dynamically pull data out of the PDH.stat indicator platform being implemented to replace the very popular, yet outdated National Minimum Development Indicator (NMDI) database which was established to report on Pacific development indicators including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
We hope to provide regular updates of progress on this page. All comments are welcome.
Pacific Data Hub
The Pacific Data Hub is an ambitious initiative aiming to connect people with knowledge and information on the Pacific, regardless of where those assets are stored. The data hub will either host data sets and knowledge products or just host information about data sets and knowledge products that are stored elsewhere. In addition the Hub will:
- Establish good data management and governance practices
- Improve discoverability, accessibility, utility, useability of data (including good metadata)
- Provide data stories and insights, maps, dashboards, visualisations
- Federate Pacific data from within SPC and development partners
- Provide advanced search functionality
- Allow data curators to publish stories, insights and guidance which provide context for data consumers , especially member countries who may not have the capacity to do the analysis
- Provide programmatic access to allow greater sharing of data with development partners, researchers, private sector etc
This collaborative project between SPC and Worldfish has been initiated in direct response to many requests SDD recieved for coastal population figures. These requests were coming primarily from food security and disaster management applications, but this type of data is also useful to many others.
This StoryMap has been setup to disseminate the results.
As part of this initial project, we have endeavoured to estimate populations 1km, 5km and 10km from the coast. These distances are fairly arbitrary and represent those living on the coast, those who are within walking distance of the coast and then those who are possibly too far to walk to the coast (10km).