GIS Government News Weekly: Pakistan’s Census, Growth of Democracy

Pakistan Does its Own Census

UNFPA Country Representative in Pakistan Ms. Ann Keeling and Chief Statistician, Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) Asif Bajwa Tuesday signed a cooperation work plan to strengthen the Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping for the Pakistan Census.

The big news, however, is that the PBS is taking on the Census from the UN who implemented it for the last three years.

See the Spread of Democracy Over Time 

Vox offers an animated map of Polity IV scores over time for the countries of the world. Polity IV is the most commonly accepted measure of democracy among political scientists

Countries are ranked on a scale of -10 to 10, with each score broadly representing whether a country has elections, how fair they are, and whether, once in office, leaders can govern like dictators. Anything that scores 6 or higher is a democracy, and shows up in blue on the map.

The animated map and some snapshots along the way tell quite a story.

California EPA Tosses Out ZIP Codes, Moves to Census Tracts to Track Pollution 

The California Environmental Protection Agency has released a statewide list of census tracts most burdened by pollution, providing a first-of-its-kind ranking certain to pressure regulators to clean up neighborhoods with long-standing health risks.

Previous studies showed roughly the same patterns: that many disadvantages areas had a higher burden from pollution. But that previous work was built on ZIP Codes (1800) vs the new data build on census tracts (8000). The new tool, it's hoped, will better deliver state funds to improve health in the burdened areas.


[City] Council accepted an agreement between the City of Sedalia and Midland GIS Solutions for the implementation of an upgraded integrity Silverlight GIS website and HTML mobile GIS website.

Sedalia is in Missouri. Not sure if that state is still big on Silverlight, but the rest of the country seems to be stepping away from it.

One of Last Counties in Ohio Gets GIS 

“Right now, we’re in the process of doing “Pictometry,’ which is a wonderful tool for the county [Morrow County],” she [Auditor Mary Holtrey] notes. “It’s a four-sided view of each property. We are one of five counties that doesn’t have GIS (geographic information system) and we just signed a contract for the prototype to be done. Then we will have GIS like the other counties.”
It's interesting that Pictometry for this county is synonymous with GIS.

Published Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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