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Geography and Environmental Science

Research project: Geo-Refer - Dormant

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This Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) project involves the creation and deployment of a digital library of learning resources targeted at social scientists whose primary discipline is not geography, but whose research requires them to use and link geographically referenced data.

The original work was undertaken as part of two awards funded under ESRC's Researcher Development Initiative: "Geo-Refer: Georeferencing Resources for Social Scientists" and "Geo-Refer 2: Meeting Community-Speicific Research Needs in Geographical Referencing".

The projects involved the development of online learning materials designed to help social scientists understand geographical referencing issues, such as geographical data linkage and mapping.

The online materials were designed to be reusable, updatable, and conform to the main educational technology interoperability standards. They mainly focused on the UK and dealt with census, postcode and administrative geographies, deprivation indicators and other major geographically-referenced datasets.

The resources are highly modular and organised into four classes: concepts, methodology, data and exemplar applications. The materials demonstrate the use of common office software, ArcGIS and SASPAC.

In addition to browsing through the detailed content, the online site features a user profile form which assists users in profiling their own learning needs. It returns customised tutorial sequences through the four classes of resources relevant to their own work, accompanied by relevant examples.

In addition to authoring these online resources, the project team delivered geographical referencing workshops in various locations to assist researchers from a range of disciplines with their georeferencing tasks.

Related research groups

Population, Health and Wellbeing (PHeW)

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