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The Applications of GIS in Census Data

09 May 2011
12:15 - 13:30

Date :

09 May 2011

Time :

12:15 – 13:30

Presenters :

Mr Tholang Mokhele


The applications of Geographic Information System (GIS) in the socioeconomic sciences are rapidly growing, especially for census data, which is a powerful tool for world development & poverty reduction.  

It is anticipated that many, if not all countries will be using some element of GIS during 2010 round of population censuses. GIS is a computer-based system that allows geographically referenced information to be captured, stored, edited, displayed, analysed and printed. The use of GIS in censuses dates back to the mid 20th century. In South Africa, GIS was used for the first time during a census in 1996 and is therefore still a relatively new tool in the census environment. The importance of population census, census geography, and the applications of GIS in census will be discussed. In addition, the challenges and opportunities, especially in developing countries, in the applications of GIS in census will be presented. Examples of GIS applications in census data will be explored using South African 2001 census data. 

Mr Tholang Mokhele is a GIS Doctoral Research Fellow in the Knowledge Systems Programme. He holds an MSc with Distinction at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, 2009. Before joining the HSRC on 1 August 2009, he was a Tutor and Demonstrator for GIS and Remote Sensing courses at the University of KwaZulu-Natal for a period of two and half years. He has also worked at the Aids Foundation of South Africa, Durban, as a Research Intern for few months. His areas of research interest include: GIS and Remote Sensing in socioeconomics (census), spatial statistics, spatial analysis & modeling, regionalisation, computational geography, infrastructure, disaster management, environmental monitoring & assessment and human diseases such as HIV/Aids, Malaria and TB patterns. Mr Mokhele’s publication record spans the authoring and co-authoring of more than 5 conference presentations and journal articles. His most recent work, published in Sugar Cane International Journal, 2009 , investigated the potential use of hyperspectral remote sensing in sugarcane health monitoring. 

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