Connecting historical and contemporary small-area geography in Britain: the creation of digital boundary data for 1971 and 1981 census units

Walford, Nigel (2005) Connecting historical and contemporary small-area geography in Britain: the creation of digital boundary data for 1971 and 1981 census units. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 19(7), pp. 749-767. ISSN (print) 1365-8816

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Abstract

This paper reports on the outcome from a project that has developed a GIS-based procedure to capture digital boundaries for the small spatial units used in the British Population Census in 1981, and for the geographically comparable units connecting back with the previous enumeration in 1971. 1981 census geography was originally recorded as linear and textual annotations on paper base maps that were subsequently microfilmed. Four methods involving varying degrees of automation for capturing digital representations of these census units from the scanned microfilm imagery are evaluated. Details presented are in the context of British census geography before digital capture of small census units became routine, but the evaluation of the methods and the final procedure cover issues that are generally applicable in situations where the capture of historical mapping is attempted.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This work was supported by the Economic and Social Research Council [grant number: R000223528] as part of the project Mapping the British Census of Population, 1971 to 1981.
Uncontrolled Keywords: small area geography; Britain; Digital boundary data; 1971; 1981; Census, population
Research Area: Geography and environmental studies
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Science (until 2011) > School of Geography, Geology and Environment > Centre for Earth and Environmental Science Research (CEESR)
Depositing User: Nigel Walford
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2007
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2010 10:01
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/1673

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