The automatic identification system (AIS) is a tracking system for ships, originally developed for collision avoidance. I n the recent years, it is also used for analyses from various fields.The data is automatically transmitted every few seconds over very high frequency (VHF) radios from  approximately 100,000 vessels worldwide. 

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This introductory course aims to raise awareness of what AIS data is and shows how it can be applied at a National Statistical Organisation (NSO). Information will be shared on how to obtain AIS data, plus the opportunities and challenges it presents for incorporating its use at the NSO.