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Mario Palma

Mario Palma

Dear Colleague,

The June 2018 issue of the SJIAOS is now available. It has the theme “IAOS - Past, Present, and Future.” Past presidents of the association reflect on its history and status and Katherine Condon interviews the current president, Mario Palma about his vision for the future.

timothy trainor

Timothy Trainor

Nancy Torrieri talks to the US Census Bureau Chief Geospatial Scientist Timothy Trainor (ret.) about geography and its role as the framework for statistics, survey design, sample selection, data collection, tabulation, and dissemination of official statistics.

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.


This issue also has a paper by Ching Choi and Len Smith at the University of New South Wales and the Australian National University. It is entitled “Record Linkage to Advance Indigenous Mortality Statistics in Australia – Sources of Error and Bias.” The authors point to the inadequacies of statistics sourced from death registration and show improvements resulting from data linkage. They also discuss conceptual, methodological and data issues that may give rise to error and bias in such data linkages.


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