Pandemic Geographies and Challenges with the 2021 England & Wales Census Results

The Census is the most comprehensive demographic survey in the UK, providing detailed data for government and academics in many fields, from health and education, to planning and transport. The 2021 Census has a unique context, as the 2021 census day (21st March 2021) occurred when the UK was still in the 3rd national lockdown … Continue reading Pandemic Geographies and Challenges with the 2021 England & Wales Census Results

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So you’ve submitted your census form – what next?

In the last of our blogs for Census week, Edward Morgan, Head of Census Analysis Coordination at the Office for National Statistics shares, what next? My only regret from filling out my census form this week was the absence of any celebratory music following a click of the submit button. On reflection, a casual ‘thanks’ … More So you’ve submitted your census form – what next?

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The value of the Census: what can the data tell us?

In the next of our blog posts for Census week, we showcase recent research undertaken using Census data to explore the remarkable growth and stability of multi-ethnic neighbourhoods in England, by Dr Gemma Catney, Professor Richard Wright, and Professor Mark Ellis. The original article, posted in Geography Directions, can be accessed here. You can also … More The value of the Census: what can the data tell us?

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What will the 2021 Census tell us about life after COVID-19?

Where do you stand on the timing of the Census? Over the past few days we have shared a couple of blogs with contrasting views. Today, Prof Nicola Shelton looks into just what the 2021 Census may tell us in these turbulent times. Original article available here. When the 2021 census was first planned, we … More What will the 2021 Census tell us about life after COVID-19?

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Do we need a 2026 Census?

In today’s post for Census week, Prof Danny Dorling raises questions about the timing of the census: “a snapshot of a strange, unrepresentative time, an image of pandemic Britain”, do we need a 2026 Census? Original article published in The Observer, available online at The Guardian. If Borish Johnson is serious about levelling up, he … More Do we need a 2026 Census?

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Geography and the census

What can the census offer to geographers, and how does geography contribute to the census? Following on from yesterday’s blog on ‘why should you fill it in in?’, Professor David Martin asks what can the census offer to geographers, and how does geography contribute to the census? The original article, posted on Geography Directions, can … More Geography and the census

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2021 Census – why should you fill it in?

Researchers at the University of Liverpool’s Geographic Data Science Lab share this blog post on the census and why you should fill it in. Sunday 21st March marks a once-in-a-decade moment – the 2021 Census.  Why should you stand up and, quite literally, be counted? Happening every 10 years, the Census is a national survey completed by … More 2021 Census – why should you fill it in?

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Working Nation

Top Industry maps the most popular employment for each of the ~220000 statistical small areas* within the UK. I’ve reused the “top result” technique that has produced interesting maps for travel to work, to look at the Industry of Employment tables produced by the national statistics agencies, from the 2011 Census. The tables I’ve used … Continue reading Working Nation

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Extra Detail in DataShine Commute

We’ve made three changes to the DataShine Commute websites: For DataShine Scotland Commute we have made use of a new table, WU03BSC_IZ2011_Scotland, published recently on the Scotland’s Census website, which breaks out small-area journeys by mode of transport, in the same way that the England/Wales data does. The small-area geography used, Intermediate Geography “IG”, is … Continue reading Extra Detail in DataShine Commute

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Announcing DataShine Scotland

We are delighted to announce the launch of DataShine Scotland! Using data from Scotland’s Census 2011, we have mapped over 1000 metrics (covering 70 topics) for Scotland’s 46,351 census output areas. While many of Scotland’s Census questions (and the resulting data) were harmonised with the England/Wales census (mapped here), there are some differences. For example DataShine Scotland maps Gaelic-speakers, those who … Continue reading Announcing DataShine Scotland

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DataShine: 2011 OAC

The 2011 Area Classification for Output Areas, or 2011 OAC, is a geodemographic classification that was developed by Dr Chris Gale during his Ph.D at UCL Geography over the last few years, in close conjunction with the Office for National Statistics, who have endorsed it and adopted it as their official classification and who collected […]

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The labels that appear on the map add some context, and help you find out where you are, but we realise that sometimes these labels can be less than helpful, and can obscure the data. With this in mind, we have now added a “Labels” button, beside the “Buildings” button, at the bottom. Clicking this […]

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DataShine Website updates

DataShine has been out for around a week now, and we’ve made some changes to fix small bugs. Specifically: DataShine should work much better in Internet Explorer 9 now, as we now prompt this browser to use compatibility mode, with which the website displays correctly. When showing a dataset that diverges around the mean, we […]

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Geospatial Science Seminar 07.02.2012

Creating a new Output Area Classification.
Chris Gale, UCL Department of Geography.

To download a PDF of the seminar please click here.

To download a PowerPoint Slide Show of the seminar please click here.

The current Output Area Classif…

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London Population Change 2001 to 2009

In a previous post I talked about the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) in London, and how a “standard” representation only reflects the geographical reality of the land. By utilising a cartogram tool this potential issue can be overcome by rescaling each areal unit by its resident population, for the IMD I used mid-year population estimates available from the Office for National Statistics at Lower Layer Super Output Area (LSOA) level. To add a layer of context to the previous maps, I have constructed cartograms for London to illustrate the change in population between 2001 and 2009. I have used 2001 census data along with 2009 mid-year population estimates to calculate the percentage change for each of the 24,140 output areas (that contain on average 250 individuals nationally) that make up Greater London for the age ranges: 0-4, 5-14, 15-24, 25-44, 45-64 and 65 and over. To create the cartogram aspect of the maps I have used the total population of that particular age range in 2009 to rescale each areal unit. I have also produced the same population change maps using the “standard” representation of London to allow comparison with the cartograms. The results of this can be seen […]

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