Statistics Indonesia improves census with smart mapping technology
Finding trends about our nation’s progress is made possible through the use of data made available through the National Statistical Organisations.
Our governments and businesses use these statistics to make informed decisions among others about socio-economic development, public safety, education, etc.
Badan Pusat Statistik Indonesia (BPS), also known as Statistics Indonesia, is now using Geographic Information System (GIS) technology to help decision-makers confidently make decisions.
BPS is a non-departmental government institution responsible for the collection and dissemination of authoritative population, agriculture and economic statistics.
BPS turned to Esri Indonesia to enhance its capability in its census or survey operations by using detailed thematic maps.
Within BPS, the Directorate of Census and Survey Methodology Development facilitated the implementation of the ArcGIS platform in its regional offices nationwide.
The technology has enabled BPS to efficiently collect and manage geographic information and analyse statistical surveys by creating a survey application based on the ArcGIS platform.
BPS now enjoys greater productivity with publishing and sharing information, in the form of high-quality thematic maps, across regional offices and government agencies.
GIS in Action
Due to the immediate benefits derived from using the system, BPS worked with the Ministry of Agriculture to conduct the 2013 Agricultural Census, to help policy makers, villages, and farmers take progressive steps towards food security through sustainable farming.
The 2013 Agriculture Census covered six subsectors such as food crops, horticulture, estate crops, livestock, fishery and forestry.
It was conducted in 33 provinces, 497 municipalities, 6,793 sub districts, 79,075 villages and around 67-million farmer households.
BPS used GIS technology to produce output maps, charts, and tables needed by the fieldworkers to accurately determine the agricultural households and agriculture business profile in the districts.
Due to the success of the 2013 Agriculture Census, BPS is in the process of exploring how GIS technology can further support the upcoming 2016 Economic Census.
The organisation’s use of GIS technology stands as an impressive example to other government agencies interested in improving their decision-making processes and general productivity.