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Geospatial Analysis and Visualisation at ADA

Presenter 1
Rhys Hawkins
Australian National University
Presenter 2
Steve McEachern
The Australian Data Archive

The expanding computational resources, web interfaces and spatially enabled data have provided an increasing capability for spatial visualisation in social science data analysis. This has prompted the Australian Data Archive to develop visualisation tools for spatial information that complement and extend the traditional analysis methods used in the social sciences. These improved methods however have major implications for the processing workflow for archiving of survey data, from the design of surveys to incorporate the accurate recording of geospatial identifiers, to maintaining confidentiality of geo-located respondents information to prevent identification by unauthorised users, and allowing researchers access to the data in new and powerful ways. This paper will present the recent work of the ADA and the ANU Supercomputing Facility in this area, providing an overview of progress in developing the ADA GIS data framework as well as a demonstration of new online visualisation tools for exploring spatial social science data.

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