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Making agricultural information user-friendlier requires the adoption of the same approach about this information that users will have. So the usual breakdown of statistical fields - resulting from the statistical collection techniques - is not always appropriated. To be user-friendlier, statistical data has to be harmonized and linked within a common breakdown: GIS (Geographical Information System). GIS constitutes a common dissemination tool able to contain such a reference. The spatial commonly used breakdown is an administrative one, because the main user of statistical data is the decision-maker. Hence EU statistics harmonized such a breakdown through the NUTS (Nomenclature des Unite Territoriales Statistiques).

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Authors: VIDAL C, European Commission, Eurostat, Luxembourg (LU);RASE D, European Commission, Eurostat, Luxembourg (LU);DELINCÉ J, JRC, IPSC, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: An oral report given at: The Joint ECE/FAO/Eurostat/ORCD Meeting on Food and Agricultural Statistics in Europe. Held in: Geneva (CH), 17-19 October 2001
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