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Nancy Torrieri

Dear Colleague,

Greetings of the Season and best wishes for the New Year!

The December 2018 issue of the SJIAOS is now available. The theme is “Administrative Data.” Associate editor, Nancy Torrieri is the guest editor for the issue. Dr. Torrieri is an expert in Geography and Official Statistics.

“Collectively, these papers offer a glimpse into the status of the use of administrative data and records in the public and private sector. Individually, they represent a variety of case studies that reflect how statisticians and other professionals are exploiting opportunities to explore and evaluate administrative data and administrative records for their research“ - Nancy Torrieri

Several manuscripts in the issue show how the use of administrative data can result in cost savings and improved operational efficiency in the census environment.

“The Usability of Administrative Data for Register-Based Censuses” - OPEN ACCESS

“Hard to Count: How Survey and Administrative Records Modeling Can Enhance Census Nonresponse Follow-Up”
Chow, Janicki, Kutzbach, Warren, and Yi

Additionally, the manuscript by Kissam, Quezada and Itili shows how local knowledge and information can be used to improve the address list used in census taking

"Community-based canvassing to improve the U.S. Census Bureau’s Master Address File: California’s experience in LUCA 2018" - OPEN ACCESS
Kissam, Ed | Quezada, Cindy | Intili, Jo Ann


Olav Ljones

We also bring you an interview with Olav Ljones, president of IAOS (2007-2009). He has dealt with many issues associated with the use of administrative records. Mr. Ljones was instrumental in the research that allowed Statistics Norway to conduct its first 100 percent register-based census in 2011. Before his retirement in 2016, he served as the Deputy Director, International Relations at Statistic Norway.

As always, the views and opinions expressed in the interviews and conversations published in SJIAOS are those of the interviewee and do not necessarily reflect the policy or position of the Journal, IAOS nor IOS Press.


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