Geographical referencing and census data workshop5 February 2009University of Southampton

This workshop has now passed - see links below for workshop slides and related documents

This workshop will cover principles and practice for understanding and linking a wide range of datasets with a particular focus on linking to census data. The workshop will be delivered by staff from two ESRC-funded projects, Geo-Refer and UKBORDERS. The workshop will cover geographical referencing principles and an introduction to the Geo-Refer online training and reference resources. Participants will get an introduction to digitised boundary datasets provided by UKBORDERS at Edina.

There will also be a hands-on practical session where delegates can experiment with linking geographical datasets, supported by experts from the two project teams. Delegates will be able to bring their own data or work with demonstrator datasets. 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.

A representative from the Office for National Statistics will give a talk about census geography.

This workshop will also include an introduction to the data services offered by and is aimed at users 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: 09.30-16.15
  • Date: Thursday, 5 February 2009
  • Place: Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute (S3RI), Building 39, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, SO17 1BJ