INSPIRE event sparks insights into the geospatial potential for social science data

Article dated: 17 October 2011

The recent INSPIRE event hosted by the UK Data Archive and EDINA has prompted a flurry of communications and ideas surrounding the future use of geospatial data in the social sciences.
Rob Berry from WISERD demonstrated the new INSPIRE-compliant geoportalRob Berry from WISERD demonstrated the new
INSPIRE-compliant geoportal

On 7 October 2011, social science researchers joined geospatial data and service providers to contemplate the INSPIRE EU directive, which aims to create a European spatial data infrastructure to improve the sharing of spatial information between public authorities and to improve public access. The group examined in particular the Annex III data specifications, affecting social sciences data on human health and safety, utility and government services, and population distribution and demography.

Speakers included representatives from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research (WISERD), the Swedish National Data Service, EDINA and the UK Data Archive. Their presentation slides are now available on the UK Data Archive website.

Event highlights were blogged live, thanks to the JISC-funded Geospatial Engagement and Community Outreach (GECO) project team. And the Archive’s U.Geo project team (also funded by JISC) followed up with comments and reflections on their own blog.

Researchers and data professionals with an interest in this area are invited to learn more and join the conversation. Presentation slides are now available online, along with blog details. See links below for more information.