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Standards Based Services for Dissemination and Processing of Geospatial Data: An Example Using the UK Census

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James Reid
University of Edinburgh

This paper will report the findings of the Data Integration and Dissemination (DIaD) project , which is investigating the potential of using international open standards based techniques (Open Geospatial Consortia) to perform data linkage between two of the most heavily used UK academic census outputs - the aggregate statistical data and the output geographies. The primary objective of this work is to develop a data dissemination model which demonstrates a more generic capability - that of 'geo-linking'. This provides the ability to separate census statistical data (for example, but other geospatially-linked data are equally capable of utilising this approach) and the boundary (geometry) data to which it relates. Geo-linking allows for distributed, multi-source datasets to be seamlessly linked in a fashion that facilitates data separation for management and administration purposes. In essence, the approach proposed will provide an extensible infrastructure applicable not only to the immediate needs of the UK Census Programme but also more widely to a broader range of use cases. Additionally, using the same standards based approach, the project will aim to demonstrate how further value added processing can be invoked by transforming the geo-linked outputs through a series of ancillary web processing services.

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