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Geospatial data for real-time city and local statistics and better policy

Alessandro Alasia



Wednesday, June 29, 2022


Multifunction Hall Room 5
Statistics Canada, OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities
Integrated Governance in Spatial Planning for a More Just, Green, and Healthy Urban Future
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The purpose of this workshop is to highlight the importance of using new and innovative geospatial data sources and methods to produce real-time city and local statistical indicators for informing place-based policy. Experts will discuss the opportunities that these new forms of data offer as well as the challenges that may arise in terms of facilitating partnership with data providers, structuring solid and replicable methods, and enhancing international comparability. In the workshop, potential pathways to overcome those challenges will also be discussed. The event will be chaired by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT) in Korea who will set the scene and introduce the speakers. The first presentation will be delivered by an expert from the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities to provide an overview on the rationale and recent development for incorporating new and innovative data sources to produce timely statistical indicators at local and city-level. This presentation will highlight that conventional data sources traditionally used by Statistical agencies have limitations in terms of capacity to provide real-time and geographically granular evidence and it will shed light on some specific private and public data sources that can be used for policy-relevant applications. The second presentation by MOLIT will highlight how the government has enabled timely statistical evidence during the Covid-19 crisis through data innovation. A third presentation by Statistics Canada will showcase empirical analyses on street imagery has been used to assess traffic flows in cities through open and reproducible pipelines.


The event will provide participants the opportunities to exchange and learn how to leverage new and innovative geospatial data sources to inform place based-policies. More precisely, the key objectives could be summarised as follows: • To show and discuss the potential of producing real-time statistics with the use of new forms of geospatial data. • To raise awareness among national institutions about the opportunities that unconventional geospatial data sources can offer in informing public policy in (near) real-time. • To bring together geospatial experts from International Organisations, private sector and policy makers and enable discussion on what are the opportunities that unconventional geospatial data can offer in informing better policies but also the associated challenges.

Session speakers

Mr. Paolo Veneri
Deputy Head of Economic Analysis, Data, and Statistics Division
OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities
Ms Minjee Kim
Senior Researcher
Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements
Mr. Ala'a Al-Habashna
Senior Analyst
Statistics Canada
Mr. Dennis Mwaniki
Spatial data expert
UN Habitat