The area of transference has as its main purpose the transfer of knowledge to agencies and bodies responsible for the design and implementation of public policies. Another, no less important, goal is to develop mechanisms providing the interface with the technically minded general public – through the Centre’s Databases and the Software TerraView Politica Social - and with society in general – via the CMS’ collection of maps [Mapoteca], that aims to reach, for instance, educators and students of elementary and middle schools.

The main practical objectives of the area may be pointed out as: the setting up of a Geographic Information System (GIS) with spatial data for the use of urban planners and formulators of public policies; the systematization, consolidation and dissemination of information on different experiences of public policy concerning urban and metropolitan issues, so as to act as a multiplying center in the field; the development of in-house applications intended to integrate data from various sources; the provision of training in the use of geo-referenced data for the design and implementation of public policies, by means of professional courses on the subject; and, finally, to act as a center for the diffusion of diagnoses, indicators, and applications related to the understanding and use of spatial data.


Transference area activities focus on:

  • Consolidating and updating of the GIS (Geographic Information System) and relational database of CEM.
  • Training activities emphasizing the spread of TerraView Social Policy software, developed with INPE (Brazilian Institute for Space Research).

The main activities related to the first item refer to the continued update of digital street maps, a basic database for all geo-reference activities, updating and creating new geo-referenced data, as supported by SEADE Foundation, one of our partner institutions.

Moreover, the organization of the Population Count of 2007 (for the State of São Paulo) and the Census of 2010 (for the Metropolitan Region of São Paulo), by sensor sector, are two important activities that will allow researchers to study the development of social conditions (and demographic dynamics), compared with the census basis of 1991 and 2000, previously held by CEM.

The activities related to the second item involve the spread, with the support of INPE and the Diffusion area of CEM, of GIS applied as a tool for planning and implementing social policies, and the use of the free software TerraView Social Policy (TSP), adapted by CEM in partnership with INPE, in training activities. 

Minor adjustments to correct or improve the TSP are also underway, and will rely on the evaluation of and regular feedback reports from the program’s users who cooperate with CEM. 

Furthermore, the CEM team (researchers, undergraduate and postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows) undergo regular internal training activities on analysis and statistical techniques. The organization of workshops with partner institutions and experts happen at the optimal time, in order to validate new methodologies and discuss substantive results. The organization of seminars that will be open to a wider public is being considered.

For more information, contact Daniel Waldvogel (