Combining and mapping census, postcode and other geographical data08-May-09University of Stirling

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This workshop will cover principles and practice for understanding the geography of census data. The workshop will be delivered by staff from two Data Support Units, UKBORDERS and the Census Dissemination Unit (CDU). Participants will get an introduction to digitised boundary datasets and Postcode Data Selector provided by UKBORDERS at Edina and an overview of the National Statistics Postcode Directory, Casweb and the GeoConvert tool from CDU.

A presenter from the Census Dissemination Unit (CDU) will provide an introduction to: UK censuses; Casweb, an online application developed by the CDU to provide access to census aggregate outputs; postcodes and their importance in geo-locating data; GeoConvert, another CDU application developed to simplify work with postcodes and provide a range of geography matching facilities. Workshop participants will have opportunities to use Casweb and GeoConvert themselves in following practical exercises.

There will also be a hands-on practical session where delegates can experiment with geographical datasets, supported by experts from the two project teams. Ward boundaries, and 1991 and 2001 census data will be used for the UKBORDERS exercises, which will entail downloading the data, uploading the boundaries in a GIS and joining the census tabular data to generate choropleth maps.

The workshop is addressed to the needs of a broad range of social science users and does not assume any prior experience with geographical information systems (GIS) or other specialist software. It will be particularly attractive to those whose work involves (for example) the manipulation and analysis of census, postcodes, deprivation and health datasets.

Samantha Cockings, Lecturer in the School of Geography, University of Southampton, will give a short talk outlining research (together with the Office for National Statistics) which is developing automated methods for maintaining the 2001 geographies in order to create the 2011 Census output geographies for England and Wales.

This workshop will include an introduction to the data services offered by and is aimed at those studying or working in the UK higher and further education sector, but is not limited to those already registered to use the census.

The workshop is free to attend and includes lunch and refreshments. However travel and accommodation costs will need to be met by the participants.

  • Time: 10.00-16.00 (registration and refreshments at 09.30)
  • Date: Friday, 8 May 2009
  • Place: Room 2X6, Cottrell Building, University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA