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Thursday, 26 November 2009

The National Data Archive

An important announcement from the Central Statistics Office :

CSO embarks on the new method of data dissemination!

The Central Statistical Office (CSO) has embarked on a new method of disseminating micro-data and related meta-data. Other than disseminating information through various channels such as the CSO website, hard copies and soft copies, CSO will now disseminate its micro and meta data to all its data users through the web based National Data Archive (NADA).

CSO, whose main responsibility is to promote increased utilization of statistical information for effective decision making and informed debate on the economy by all major stakeholders, will be disseminating its’ micro data through the web based National Data Archive (NADA).

The web based National Data Archive(NADA) was implemented in partnership with the World Bank, PARIS 21 and the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ). The NADA has been established to promote best practice and international standards for the documentation of micro data amongst data producers in the country and also to provide equitable access to micro data in the interest of all citizens. Other reasons for the establishment of the NADA are to promote the effective use of existing survey and census data for statistical and research purposes, thereby encouraging a diverse range of analytical work through secondary research and also to ensure the long term preservation of micro data and the related metadata, and their continued viability and usability in the future.

CSO has therefore used this system to document, disseminate and preserve data from its Surveys and Censuses. The National Data Archive seeks to minimize the information loss while ensuring an acceptable level of disclosure risk. Where the data is particularly sensitive, access is only provided on-site in our data enclave under strict conditions, and only for research purposes.

CSO has so far documented and uploaded two (2) Censuses and twenty-one (21) Surveys using the NADA System. Some of these include the 2000 Census of Population and Housing, the 2005 Labour Force Survey, the 2007 Zambia Demographic and Health Survey and the 2008 Crop Forecast Survey.

The general public can visit our website to have access to the NADA. Request forms found on the NADA site can be used to request for further information on the NADA.

Enquiries can also be sent to:
The Director, Central Statistical Office, Lusaka
Tele/Fax: +260-211-253468

1 comment:

  1. Biometric census:


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