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Interactive web mapping of geodemographics through user-specified regionalisations

Lan, T; Longley, P; (2021) Interactive web mapping of geodemographics through user-specified regionalisations. Journal of Maps 10.1080/17445647.2021.1912667. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

The analysis of spatial distributions is possible using a broad spectrum of new and existing digital data sources. Challenges can arise with respect to use of areal units that are both appropriate and compatible. In addition, regional statistics are prone to scale and aggregation effects that manifest the modifiable areal unit problem (MAUP). This paper introduces a web mapping system that allows users to experiment with standard and bespoke zonal schemes in the geodemographic analysis of regional patterns. We describe the architecture and design of the platform and its associated data processing techniques before demonstrating its value through user case scenarios. Using the segregation index as an example, we demonstrate how the use of interactive maps can assist in revealing the scale-dependent nature of the index. Our web mapping system can be employed to help geography students, policymakers and researchers better understand the underlying geodemographic structure of functional regions.

Type: Article
Title: Interactive web mapping of geodemographics through user-specified regionalisations
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/17445647.2021.1912667
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/17445647.2021.1912667
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group on behalf of Journal of Maps. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: Interactive web mapping, geodemographics, scale, aggregation, MAUP, data-informed policy making
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Geography
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10125265
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