To statistics production with the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

Introduction to statistics production with the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) - Online

Course Leader

Svein REID

Target Group

Target group are persons with little to some practical experience in GIS/ GI/ cartography, and which want to make use of GIS in producing statistics or analysis, using the ArcGIS Pro.

Entry Qualifications

The course will be offered twice in 2021, as an online course in April and as a physical “in situ” course held in Oslo in October.

  • Sound command of English. Participants should be able to make short interventions and to actively participate in discussions
  • Basic computer skills. Participants should be able to perform varied tasks using computer with some guidance or supervision.
  • Little to some knowledge of GIS
  • Before applying to the online course: Participants need to know that they will have access to the commercial GIS software ArcGIS Pro and Microsoft Teams.


  • To provide the participants with basic understanding on how to produce statistics with the use of geocoded statistical registers and map databases. Emphasis is on the use of Vector data and Vector tools, also getting to know and use the GIS-tool ArcGIS Pro.


The online course will have the same content scope as the “in situ” course, but will be a somewhat simplified version.

  • Introduction to geodata and GIS
          - What is GIS?, Spatial datamodels (Vector/Raster), Coordinate   
            systems, Topology, Quality
  • Getting to know ArcGIS Pro
  • Statistics and Geodata, the greater picture :
             - National frameworks
             - European framework (INSPIRE)
             - Global framework
  • Thematic mapping :  
              - Map elements and cartographic theory
              -  interactive <> static maps
              -  Creating a thematic map in
    ArcGIS Pro
  • Vector Grid statistics :
              - Basics and Production line for aggregated approach
  • Introduction to Spatial Analysis and ArcGIS Model builder
  • Using Model Builder for statistics production

Expected Outcome

The participants should have a good understanding on how to integrate geography in the statistical production.

Training Methods

  • Presentations and lectures
  • Exchange of views/experiences on national practices
  • Hands-on exercises (ArcGIS Pro)
  • In the online course Microsoft Teams will be used for presentation, discussions and one-to-one assistance between trainers and participants.

Required Reading


Suggested Reading

Explore http://www.efgs.info/ and especially “information base”

Required Preparation

The participants will be asked to fill in a questionnaire in English regarding their use of GIS.

Online course – software:

  • Participants must have ArcGIS Pro installed on the computer they are going to use.
  • They also need to have Microsoft Teams installed and be familiar with its use.
  • All course data will be shared with the participants before the course and must be installed on the computers before course start.
  • ArcGIS Pro is a commercial software, so all issues on licensing and installation of GIS software is an issue between each participant and their own organisation. .


Svein REID (Statistics Norway)

Erik ENGELIEN (Statistics Norway)

Practical Information





Application  via National Contact Point

13 - 15.04.2021

3 days



Deadline: 12.03.2021