Geospatial Science Seminar 07.02.2012

UCL Geospatial Science Seminars

Creating a new Output Area Classification.
Chris Gale, UCL Department of Geography.

To download a PDF of the seminar please click here.

To download a PowerPoint Slide Show of the seminar please click here.

The current Output Area Classification (OAC) uses only 2001 Census data in its construction; meaning it has become increasingly outdated since its original release. With data from the 2011 Census due to be made available by the end of 2012 plans for a new OAC are well underway. The new OAC will take advantage of not only 2011 Census data but other open source data sources that are now freely available. A new OAC will be a free, open source classification with a fully published methodology. Working in partnership with the Office for National Statistics (ONS) this new OAC should be released by late 2012/early 2013.

4 comments for “Geospatial Science Seminar 07.02.2012

  1. Dom
    May 1, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Just read through the presentation and it looks like the assumptions you are making are good. I work for a LA, and am increasingly involved with 2 other LAs, discussing the relative merits of using Acorn, Mosaic etc. But OAC is never really mentioned although with a couple of tweaks it could be of much more use because often LAs need cross borough segmentation at a small geographic scale and if we haven’t all brought the same product it isnt feasible. If I could offer one tiny suggestion it would be that Mosaic are better at naming their groups/types, whereas the OAC ones are probably more academically accurate they are difficult to sell to colleagues (e.g. city dwellers/multicultural traits, if you are an inner london borough its not a surprise). Anyway keep up the good work. Dom

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