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About the resource: Geographical Referencing for Social Scientists


This ESRC project involved 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. Geographical location provides a key mechanism for linkage between sources, for example between individual-level survey responses or health records and existing secondary data such as that provided by the census of population. Further examples include sets of data for incompatible areal units and primary data collection using the global positioning system. In addition to the online resources, the projects delivered a series of face-to-face training courses.


Original Project

The original work was undertaken as part of the Geo-Refer: Georeferencing Resources for Social Scientists and Geo-Refer 2: Meeting Community-Specific Research Needs in Geographical Referencing awards funded as part of the ESRC Researcher Development Initiative (RDI). The projects involved 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. In addition to authoring these online resources, the project team also delivered geographical referencing workshops in various locations to assist researchers from a range of disciplines with their georeferencing tasks. Workshop presentations are included within the online resource.



This resource was included in ReStore on 2008-05-12 and updated on 2012-06-01

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