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U.Geo: Unlocking the geospatial potential of survey data

This project, part of JISC's Geospatial programme, developed a geo-service for the UK Data Archive to enhance the geospatial potential of national survey data made available by the Archive to the social sciences and humanities communities.

The project created clear information on the potential of linking national survey data in the Archive collections to readily available boundary and point geographies, and then improved resource discovery of data held at the Archive for geospatial analysis by standardising and referencing spatial unit definitions within the metadata of the data collections. In addition, the project developed a roadmap for the Archive metadata schema, based on the Data Documentation Initiative, to become fully compliant to the European INSPIRE directive.

The aim was to increase the availability of geospatially enabled data via the Secure Data Service or via Special Licence agreements, for surveys where small geography variables pose disclosure risks.

Archive contribution

The project was managed by the Archive and built on its knowledge and expertise in:

  • end user requirements for the data it provides to researchers and teachers
  • providing access to potentially disclosive data
  • historical administrative units

The work involved collaboration with EDINA, who provided strategic input based on their expertise of geospatial data, metadata and applications and the EU INSPIRE directive. The Secure Data Service contributed expertise on providing secure access to potentially disclosive data.

Principal investigator:  Veerle Van den Eynden
Funder:  JISC
Dates:  January 2011 - November 2011
Contact:  Veerle Van den Eynden
Links:  U.Geo blog
U.Geo Browser (beta version)
JISC Geospatial programme
U.Geo: Report on user needs