8.5 Census Tools
Level of expertise required for this Chapter: Intermediate; specifically for LUPMIS @ TCPD
Population figures form a crucial component of spatial land use planning, particularly at higher planning levels. They help to define a spatial settlement pattern, the human settlement policy. A population census database ('Census Tools') has therefore been established as part of LUPMIS.
Like all 'LUPMIS Tools' ('Drawing Tools', ' Printing Tools' , ' Permit Tools' , 'IGF Tools'), the Census Tools are not part of the standard Map Maker software, but customization for the needs of TCPD and land use planning in Ghana.
Note: Technically, they are programmed in php and MySQL to satisfy future requests on webbased migration of GIS services. It uses MMmacro and GIS file import and export features of Map Maker (loc, xy, mme, ptp, geo files, see also Annex 18.5).
Figures can easily be retrieved and processed, also shown in their spatial distribution as maps.
Differentiation is made between census figures of settlements (related to points) and of administrative units (districts).