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Reconciling socio-economic and environmental data in a GIS context: An example from rural England

Huby, M., Owen, A. and Cinderby, S. (2007) Reconciling socio-economic and environmental data in a GIS context: An example from rural England. Applied Geography, 27 (1). pp. 1-13. ISSN 0143-6228

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The study of sustainable development relies upon an understanding of the linkages and interactions between the physical, social and economic environments. One of the problems confronting investigations of sustainable development has been the apparent incompatibility of spatial data collected by different academic disciplines, due to the differing scale and nature of data collection. This paper discusses techniques for reconciling such data in the development of a spatial data set designed to characterise rural England in terms of what is there, what it is like, the living and working conditions, and the political and economic context. The methodological considerations of combining data from different sampling regimes, scales and themes to a consistent unit of analysis are described. They suggest that the origin of the data, be it social, economic or physical, need not in itself be a barrier to integration. While recognising certain constraints imposed by different disciplinary cultures, the paper argues that an understanding of data form and distribution is far more critical for the creation of a spatial dataset describing the variety of conditions prevailing in rural England.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Sustainable development; Spatial data integration; Rural environments
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Social Policy and Social Work (York)
The University of York > Stockholm Environment Institute at York (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2009 16:43
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2009 16:43
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apgeog.2006.10.001
Status: Published
Publisher: Elsevier
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2006.10.001
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/5632

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