NSO mapping operations to use GPS

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, July 7 (PIA) — The National Statistic Office (NSO) in the province is currently conducting mapping operations using global positioning system to come up with the digitized maps for census operations by NSO employees.

The GPS is a navigation and precise-positioning device designed to assist soldiers and military vehicles, planes, and ships in accurately determining their locations worldwide and also used as positioning tool in airplanes, boats, cars, and for almost all outdoor recreational activities such as hiking, fishing, and kayaking.

“Primarily, the mapping operations is a nationwide undertaking in order to produce accurate and reliable digitized maps that can be used in census and survey operations, information dissemination and master sampling updating,” Provincial Statistics Officer Imelda L. Buyuccan said.

The operations, according to NSO, aims to establish a geographic information system working unit, a system designed to capture, store, control, analyze, handle, and present all types of geographical data in each province and encourage field offices to explore the other uses of GIS in relation to their work.

However, any information obtained during the census operation should be strictly private and should not be revealed to any person except to authorize NSO staff acting in performance of their duties.

This is in response to the provision of Section 4 of Commonwealth Act 591, an act to create a bureau of the census and statistic to consolidate activities of the government therein, Buyuccan explained.

She also said that the data gathering, field verification and processing will end this month of October as preparation for the 2012 Census of Agriculture and Fisheries. (ANL/MHH-PIA 1 La Union with reports from NSO/ http://scign.jpl.nasa.gov/learn/gps1.htm)

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