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Unconference @ JISC Geospatial Event 28-29 Nov 2011

December 2, 2011

Recommendations to JISC from the Unconference sessions at the JISC Geospatial event on 29 Nov 2011.

During the second Unconference session of the day, focussing on common themes running through the projects. 6 themes were identified for geospatial data:

  • Create
  • Manage
  • Repurpose
  • Analyse
  • Share
  • Express

We discussed theme: managing geospatial data (table 2)

We = Scott Orford and Richard Fry, WISERD Geoportal ; Tom Ensom and myself, U.Geo proejct.

Key topics we discussed: metadata, standards, INSPIRE, linking, security, disclosure

Key recommendation:  providing expertise/services on  STANDARDS for geospatial data: INSPIRE, metadata standards and standards for data security.

We discussed the issues of often complex/frustrating access to micro-level data with disclosure risk and how to manage access to such data. Solutions are needed.

Services are needed for data linkage / geo analysis for disclosive data, that provide user-frendly options for researchers. E.g. Health Informatics Wales does secure anonymised information linkage for researchers. Can re-aggregations be provided via e.g. Secure Data Service  (for non-SDS users).

Anonymised mapping techniques are needed.

Another problematic issues – how to keep track of changes to boundaries, where versioning is needed, e.g. changes to postcodes, objects, counties, etc.

Data creators need awareness of spatial standards.

Metadata need to be openly exposed.

Text mining is feasible to certain degree, then needs human intelligence = intelligent text mining.

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