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Breaking the boundaries: Integrating 200 years of the Census using GIS.

Gregory, Ian and Ell, Paul S. (2005) Breaking the boundaries: Integrating 200 years of the Census using GIS. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A (Statistics in Society), 168 (2). pp. 419-437. ISSN 0964-1998

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Abstract

The census and similar sources of data have been published for two centuries so the information that they contain should provide an unparalleled insight into the changing population of Britain over this time period. To date, however, the seemingly trivial problem of changes in boundaries has seriously hampered the use of these sources as they make it impossible to create long run time series of spatially detailed data. The paper reviews methodologies that attempt to resolve this problem by using geographical information systems and areal inter-polation to allow the reallocation of data from one set of administrative units onto another. This makes it possible to examine change over time for a standard geography and thus it becomes possible to unlock the spatial detail and the temporal depth that are held in the census and in related sources.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A (Statistics in Society)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Areal interpolation • Boundary changes • Census • Error • Geographical information systems • Long-term change • Spatial analysis
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > History
ID Code: 19851
Deposited By: Dr Ian Gregory
Deposited On: 17 Nov 2008 11:17
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2014 11:09
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/19851

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