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PopChange – improving access to UK-wide census data

PopChange – improving access to UK-wide census data

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On a brisk November day in London, Nick presented the PopChange project at the ODI's Lunchtime Lecture series. The Open Data Institute run a regular Friday lunchtime series looking at a range of different topics involving the use or development of open data.

PopChange is developing a new method to perform small area comparisons on Great British census data from 1971 to 2011. This gives us unprecedented access to explore changes, divisions and inequalities across the UK with data ranging from ethnicity to tenure to Townsend deprivation score.

In this lunchtime lecture, Nick explained how his team took the disparate census geographies of enumeration districts and output areas and transformed them into a 1km grid across Great Britain. Nick discussed how and why they implemented the project with a range of open methodologies, open source languages and resources, and licensing our outputs with open data and source code licenses.

As well as Nick delivering the seminar in person in London, it was broadcast across the internet, with groups participanting from @ODIBristol and @ODILeeds and across the UK using the hashtag #ODIFridays. Everyone came up with some great questions, stimulating discussions about the challenges of working with census data.

Please do register and have a go with the PopChange resource at http://popchange.liverpool.ac.uk. Do let us know how you get on!

If you missed the ODI Lunchtime seminar, you can watch it again at http://bit.ly/2g3AUOr.

Clear Mapping Co and the University of Liverpool in London are running a half day workshop in London looking at the resource in more detail, with a pratical session allowing you to have a go using in your own area. The workshop is on Mon 6th February, 33 Finsbury Square, London, EC2A 1AG. Please sign up to the PopChange website and join the mailing list, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we can add you to the mailing list.



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