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Friday lunchtime lecture: PopChange – creating access to UK-wide census dat...
Fri 18 November 2016, 13:00 – 14:00 GMT
Friday lunchtime lectures are for everyone and are free to attend. You bring your lunch, we provide tea and coffee, an interesting talk, and enough time to get back to your desk.
PopChange is a research project, developing a new method to perform small area comparisons on Great British Census data from 1971 to 2011. This gives users unprecedented access to explore the changes, divisions and inequalities across the UK with data ranging from ethnicity, tenure and Townsend deprivation score, with more variables to follow.
In this lunchtime lecture Dr Nick Bearman explains how we took the disparate Census geographies of enumeration districts and output areas and transformed them into a 1km grid across Great Britain. Nick discusses how and why we implemented the project using a range of open methodologies, using open source languages and resources, and licensing our outputs with open data and source code licenses. These include R scripts to used generate the grids, and MarkDown and Clojure to create a range of resources to make the data accessible to users.
About Dr Nick Bearman
Nick is Senior GIS Analyst and Course Director at Clear Mapping Co, an award winning international cartographic design and GIS training consultancy. We create beautiful maps to improve efficiency in the workplace with an inclusive and sustainable design focus. He is also an Honorary Lecturer at University of Liverpool and a Chartered Geographer and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.