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Census Open Atlas Project Version Two

February 5, 2014
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Census Open Atlas Project Version Two

This time last year I published the first version of the 2011 Census Open Atlas which comprised Output Area Level census maps for each local authority district. This turned out to be quite a popular project, and I have also extended this to Japan. The methods used to construct the atlases have now been refined,...

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Census Atlas Japan

September 15, 2013
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Census Atlas Japan

The 2011 Census Open Atlas project has been put on hold recently as various other research projects have intervened - more on these soon. However, over the summer  Chris Brunsdon and I have taken a research trip to Ritsumeikan University (Japan) where we visited Keiji Yano and Tomoki Nakaya. As part of this trip I began developing...

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2011 Census Open Atlas Project

February 5, 2013
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2011 Census Open Atlas Project

This month has seen the release of the 2011  census data for England and Wales at Output Area Level. This offers the possibility to map various attributes about people and places for very small geographic areas. Output Areas represent the most detailed geography for which Census data are released and are the building blocks for many popular products...

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Creating 2011 Census Output Area Change Maps Using R

December 13, 2012
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Creating 2011 Census Output Area Change Maps Using R

The 2001 Census used a different set of Output Areas (OA) than the current 2011 boundaries; reflecting changes in the spatial distribution of the underlying population. For example, if an area has become more heavily populated since 2001, it makes sense that a previous OA might be split into multiple new segments. The ONS have provided both...

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Using R with Routino to provide road network paths between random Tweets and an iconic Smiths landmark

October 31, 2012
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A couple of days ago I posted how you can go about installing Routino on OSX; and now I have just finished writing a quick post over on my Rpubs blog about how you go about using it from within R. I also wanted to know a bit more about how R and Twitte...

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Installing Routino under OSX

October 29, 2012
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Installing Routino under OSX

Routino is a set of libraries that enable road based route calculations to be conducted over OpenStreetMap data. I have been using them extensively over the past six months for a project looking at CO2 emissions and the commute to school. Although Routino was designed to run under Linux, it can also be compiled and installed under OSX (sorry...

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How Scenic is the HS2 Route?

October 29, 2012
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How Scenic is the HS2 Route?

It is fairly clear from the duration between this and my last post that various other things have been getting in the way of updates. Anyway, I shall try and post a few updates on news and things I have been working on recently in the coming weeks befo...

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Extracting all Crime Data for England and Wales using R and MYSQL

February 14, 2011
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Extracting all Crime Data for England and Wales using R and MYSQL

Last week I started creating some data extraction code for the new England and Wales crime maps website using the R software / language. Although there is an API, a more efficient way of accessing all of the data (and without causing stress to their AP...

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