Combining and mapping census, postcode and other geographical data9 March 2009University of Essex

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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.

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.

Shane Bartley, Strategy and Performance Advisor at Southend Borough Council, will give a short talk about their preparations for the 2011 census.

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: 09.30-16.15
  • Date: Monday, 9 March 2009
  • Place: SSRC Building (2N2.4.16), University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex CO4 3SQ.