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Mapping Deprivation in the Isle of Wight

Researcher Researcher B, National Centre for Research Methods, University of Southampton
Discipline Social statistics, economics, social science
Outputs Shaded area mapping of ID2004 for an English County
Study area Isle of Wight, England
Geographical units Super Output Area
Time period 2004
Reference datasets SOA boundaries, ID2004
Main tasks Researcher B wanted to produce a map of contemporary deprivation on the Isle of Wight. At the time of his study in 2007, the Index of Deprivation 2004 (ID2004) was the latest index in use by the Department of Communities and Local Government. These data have only been produced at the level of Super Output Areas (SOA) and were freely available for download. As an academic researcher, Researcher B was able to download SOA boundaries from the UKBORDERS service. The index and boundary datasets were imported to ArcGIS, the GIS/mapping software available at his university. SOA codes were used to link the ID2004 deprivation data to the corresponding area boundaries. The GIS software offers many options for controlling the shading and appearance of the map. 
  Hints, Tips and References
Hints & Tips Users should be aware that the ID2004 only covers England.  Different ‘official’ deprivation indexes have been produced for different parts of the UK and the government department responsible for these has often changed between versions.  For example, the 2000 English version was called the ‘Index of Multiple Deprivation 2000’ and published by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.  Due to changes in input data and methodology, these different indexes are not directly comparable over time.
References Indices of Deprivation 2004 page at the Neighbourhood Renewal Unit [http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20100407164233/http://www.communities.gov.uk/archived/general-content/communities/indicesofdeprivation/216309/ ]