Session on the Arctic Demography Index
Regular working session on the international project Arctic Demography Index implemented under the Arctic Council was held online.
The project Arctic Demography Index convened Petrozavodsk State University in Russia, Laval University in Canada and UiT - The Arctic University of Norway. PetrSU is the core university in this project with Maria Pitukhina as project director, Professor at the Department of World History, Political Science and International Relations. The project is implemented at the Budget Monitoring Centre.
Professor Valery Gurtov, senior researcher Maria Pitukhina, head of department Irina Stepus, senior programmer Vitaly Sidorov, leading specialist Anna Simakova and specialist Alexandr Averyanov; Professor Gérard Duhaime, researcher Karen Everett from Laval University; Andrey Mineev (Ph.D.) from UiT - The Arctic University of Norway joined the session of the Budget Monitoring Center of PetrSU.
Welcoming the participants, Maria Pitukhina provided information about the progress of the Arctic Demography Index project activities agreed upon by the participants during the first session in March 2021.
The issues discussed during session in June touched upon demographic indicators visualization and formats of data presentation.
Using Power BI technologies, Vitaly Sidorov showed the visualization of demographic indicators of the Arctic provinces and municipalities of Finland, Sweden, Norway and Russia.
Infographic materials were placed on five tabs with dynamic visualization for the period 2010-2019 and possible comparison at the regional and municipal level.
Part of visual materials contained both diagrams (for small indigenous peoples of the North) and maps (population density).
Working with data visualization, Canadian and Norwegian colleagues asked a number of questions related to the content and a way the content representation.
Discussing the project development, Professor Gérard Duhaime noted a complex structure of demographic indicators in Canadian statistics and a need to clarify the database structure used in Power BI. Andrey Mineev drew attention to the insufficient data on small indigenous peoples of the North (Sami) and the need to separate urban and rural municipalities when conducting demographic indicators analysis.
At the end of the meeting, Maria Pitukhina proposed that subsequent session on the Arctic Demography Index project be held in September 2021.