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How do we define functional labour market areas?

We all know that spatial analyses based on administrative boundaries to understand labour market activity are questionable, because of the modifiable areal unit problem (MAUP) and measurement issues, leading to spurious causal relationships, misguided policy...

Are we moving away from Open Data?

It has been difficult to turn on the news over the past couple of weeks without seeing some mention of business rates. Periodically the “rateable value” of non domestic property are re-assessed by the Valuation Office Agency and these data are used as the...

UKDS Webinar

Very efficiently, just a few minutes after I finished my talk for the UK Data Service on new data and cities, the video cast is already available! Thank you very much to the UKDS for having me and I hope you enjoy watching it at least as much as I did giving...

Mark Green interviewed on BBC Radio Merseyside

Mark Green was interviewed on BBC Radio Merseyside on 21st February as part of Roger Phillips lunchtime show. Mark was discussing the findings from his latest paper on the sharp increases in mortality rates in 2015 that have occurred right across England and Wales...

Serge Rey speaking at Liverpool

What: Spatial Distribution Dynamics with PySAL
Who: Professor Serge Rey
When: Thursday March 2nd, 2017; 2pm
Where: South Campus Teaching Hub, Lecture Theatre 3 (SCTH-LT3) [Map].

Geographic Data Science, 2016 Edition

As part of the Geography and MSc in Geographic Data Science at the University of Liverpool, this is the second year I’ve delivered the course “Geographic Data Science” (GDS), a general overview to the key GDS methods with a hands-on focus taught in...

Why (and where) did mortality rates sharply rise in 2015?

One of the great public health successes globally throughout the 1900s (and beyond) has been the continual improvement in human longevity. In the space of 100 years, life expectancy for England and Wales improved from 51 (1910/12) to 79 (2010/12). Improvements in...

Non-Standard Evaluation and Debugging in R

Working on the project that will update the dataset of town centre catchments that we created in the lab last year, I wanted to create a lookup table of the most attractive stores in the country. In the first column of the table I wanted to have the retail brand name...

Webinar on Computers, Cities and Data

I’ll be talking computers, cities and data at the UK Data Service webinar series on February. The talk will cover a bit of the data revolution we’re currently undergoing and how this relates to research on cities. The slides will be plenty filled with...

Solutions to the proj issue with rgdal in R

After updating packages in RStudio, I experienced the ‘rgdal::checkCRSArgs: no proj_defs.dat in PROJ.4 shared file’ issue in R, running R version 3.3.2 on macOS Sierra. After searching GitHub I came across this...

New year resolutions, gyms and health

One popular tradition that the New Year brings is a resolution, in which an individual decides to use the start of a new year to make a positive change to their life. Most common resolutions include trying to improve our diets, finances or being more organised (and...

Happy New Year (and new year resolutions in the lab)

We here at the Geographic Data Science Lab would like to wish you all a very happy New Year. Commonly, this time of the year we all make resolutions as ways to help make positive changes to our lives. We asked a few members of the Lab what their resolutions will be...

Seminar by Lex Comber

We are pleased to welcome Prof. Lex Comber from the University of Leeds on Monday December 12th. Info and logistic details are below. If you’re around Liverpool and interested in Big (Geo)Data, be sure to come over. Who: Professor Alexis Comber When: Monday...

GB pollution data

As part of a project to identify healthy spaces in Great Britain, pollution data from DEFRA has been cleaned and aggregated to multiple geographies. In order to do this the R package raster() was used to, as well as QGIS to generate zonal statistics. The data used is...

GPU Technology Conference Europe 2016, Amsterdam

At the end of September I spent a few enjoyable days in Amsterdam, a city famous for its canals, bikes, trams and coffee shops, attending NVIDIA’s first European GPU Technology Conference (GTCEU16). I first deployed GPU technology to solve mathematical problems...

Britain’s Railways Mapped in Tweets

  Do you spend your time tweeting on rail journeys? Geospatial analysis of Twitter data suggests that many of us do. In a sample of more than 6 million GB geotagged tweets captured from the Twitter API over 12 months, 2.7% originated along a railway route. To...

Short GIS Courses – Liverpool and London

We are launching a range of one day courses in conjunction with the University of Liverpool, with courses running in both Liverpool and London. Introduction to QGIS: Understanding and Presenting Spatial Data This course will introduce spatial data and show you how to...

Open Geographic Information Science

Chris Brunsdon, Seth Spielman and I were very pleased to find out yesterday that our paper on Open Geographic Information Science was one of the International Journal of Geographical Information Science top 5 downloaded papers in 2016. We were especially pleased about...

Funding success at the lab

We are delighted to announced that Mark Green was part of a successful team of international researchers who have been awarded funding as part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation call ‘Drivers of Food Choice’ ($299,997 ). The title of the project is:...

Building an Academic Website using Rmarkdown

For quite some time I have been bothered by the disjointed nature of my academic website (www.alex-singleton.com) which is primarily used as a repository for my publications and a blog; which also mostly these days is a chronology of my talks. However, since we setup...

Barcelona and Madrid comparison – Airbnb

There has recently been a public release of Airbnb data and has been conveniently cleaned by insideairbnb.com (available: http://insideairbnb.com/get-the-data.html). This allows comparisons between cities. This post looks at differences between the 2 biggest cities in...

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