Public Statistics Resources as a Source for Research in Geography of Industry


  • Wiesława Gierańczyk Statistical Office in Bydgoszcz
  • Maciej Ryczkowski Statistical Office in Bydgoszcz



administrative data sources, commuting, geography of industry, labour market areas, public statistics sources


The article aims to present data resources for the needs of research in geography of industry in Poland. These sources can be independently obtained primary sources or secondary sources. Primary data have a unique value. They are collected for a specific purpose to solve a specific problem. They usually allow for a detailed description of the theme under investigation. As they are obtained directly from the surveyed entities during statistical research, they show timeliness and originality. In the research in geography of industry, primary data sources are used relatively rarely. It is mainly due to the time-consuming and costly nature of this type of research and the increasing difficulties in obtaining consent for research from respondents. Therefore, secondary data, which are the results of previous research, primarily by Statistics Poland, are especially popular. Statistics Poland, deals with issues useful from the point of view of the research in geography of industry, both in the form of surveys of the official statistics and as part of experimental studies. The article describes research carried out by Statistics Poland, which provides essential information about the industry and its location. Administrative data sources which may be helpful in this regard have also been mentioned. Public statistics has access to many of them. The area of interest of official statistics regarding data on industrial activities also refers to the data on the labour areas, which were created using the European version of the TTWA algorithm. The argument presented in this article proves that public statistics investigates a broad spectrum of phenomena related to industrial activities, and the results of these studies are and may be widely used by researchers in geography of industry.


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Author Biographies

Wiesława Gierańczyk, Statistical Office in Bydgoszcz

Wiesława Gierańczyk, Ph.D. She holds a PhD in Earth Sciences, is a graduate of the Faculty of Geography at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. She is a researcher, now the acting director of the Statistical Office in Bydgoszcz. She has completed postgraduate studies in financial management and marketing, statistical methods for the analysis and presentation data, science and research project manager. She is the author or a co-author of many reference studies and a reviewer of academic papers published in national and international journals. Her main interest areas include innovation, geography of industry and regional development.

Maciej Ryczkowski, Statistical Office in Bydgoszcz

Maciej Ryczkowski, Ph.D. Statistical Office in Bydgoszcz and Nicolaus Copernicus University, Faculty of Economic Sciences and Management. In 2003, Maciej Ryczkowski graduated from the I Secondary School of Cyprian Kamil Norwid in Bydgoszcz with mathematical-computer studies specialisation. Next, he studied economics at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń with specialisation in international finances. He graduated in 2008. Four years later he defended his doctoral thesis: ‘Monetary Policy of Milton Friedman and Direct Inflation Targeting Strategy’. Currently he is an assistant professor in the Department of Economics of the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Management of the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, and a specialist in the Statistical Office in Bydgoszcz. In the years 1999–2003, he was a laureate and finalist of many mathematical competitions. His academic interests focus on monetary policy, in particular on the importance of money in economies, as well as on labour market policy.


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How to Cite

Gierańczyk, W., & Ryczkowski, M. (2018). Public Statistics Resources as a Source for Research in Geography of Industry. Studies of the Industrial Geography Commission of the Polish Geographical Society, 32(4), 240–251.

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