Tunisia Automates Census Work with Web, Mobile, and Enterprise GIS
In 2024, the National Statistical Institute (NSI) in Tunisia will count all 11.5 million people living in the North African country. As in many other countries, conducting the census is the most intense and expensive peacetime operation that occurs in Tunisia. The process relies on tens of thousands of fieldworkers and requires a big budget—it cost about 40 million Tunisian dinars (approximately US$13 million) to administer it in 2014.
To make the count easier and more efficient, a team of IT engineers and GIS enthusiasts at NSI has instituted Air Stat, an initiative that aims to automate census surveys and their related statistical processes. But instead of having this revolve around developing a bunch of apps from scratch, the engineers working on the project made it their goal to have Air Stat integrate cutting-edge technologies, such as cloud computing, mobility, and web and mobile GIS, as building blocks for design. This way, the IT engineers can easily assemble agile and secure solutions—without getting bogged down in coding—that can automate any mobile or web-based survey and statistical process from sampling to dissemination.
The project, which began in 2014, is part of a United Nations-financed initiative to use mobile technology in statistical processes in countries...