Breaking the boundaries: Geographical approaches to integrating 200 years of the Census

I.N. Gregory, Paul Ell

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    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)419-437
    Number of pages19
    JournalJournal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A (Statistics in Society)
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2005

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Economics and Econometrics
    • Statistics and Probability
    • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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