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Use the U•Geo Browser to explore geographic variables in national survey data held by the UK Data Archive. Designed to better enable the re-use of survey data in geospatial applications, this website presents information on the correspondence between spatial variables and digital boundary files.

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1970 British Cohort Study County Data, 1986, 1996 and 2000: Special Licence Access
Study group: 1970 British Cohort Study
Coverage: England; Wales; Scotland; Northern Ireland
Spatial units: County; London Borough; County (Metropolitan); Council Area
Temporal coverage: 1970; 1986; 1996; 2000
Access conditions: Special Licence

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Annual Population Survey, January - December, 2006: Special Licence Access
Study group: Annual Population Survey
Coverage: England; Wales; Scotland; Northern Ireland
Spatial units: Government Office Region; Unitary Authority (England); Government Office Region; Unitary Authority (England); Local Authority District; Local Authority District
Temporal coverage: 2006
Access conditions: Special Licence

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Local Authority District

Variable in data file(s): ualadgb
Additional notes: Variable available for residence, place of work 1 and place of work 2.
Corresponding boundary files: https://www.census.ac.uk/Search/Description.aspx?id=Edina_UKB_England_dt_2001_gogeo&rt=ds
https://www.census.ac.uk/Search/Description.aspx?id=Edina_UKB_Wales_ua_2001_gogeo&rt=ds
Metadata record not available - access through http://borders.edina.ac.uk/
Notes on corresponding boundaries: pre April 2009 local government reorganisation. UKBorders English/Welsh Uas codes have leading 00 whereas codes in ESDS datasets do not.

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Annual Population Survey, October 2005 - September 2006: Special Licence Access
Study group: Annual Population Survey
Coverage: England; Wales; Scotland; Northern Ireland
Spatial units: Government Office Region; Unitary Authority (England); Government Office Region; Unitary Authority (England); Local Authority District; Local Authority District
Temporal coverage: 2005; 2006
Access conditions: Special Licence

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Local Authority District

Variable in data file(s): ualadgb
Additional notes: Variable available for residence, place of work 1 and place of work 2.
Corresponding boundary files: https://www.census.ac.uk/Search/Description.aspx?id=Edina_UKB_England_dt_2001_gogeo&rt=ds
https://www.census.ac.uk/Search/Description.aspx?id=Edina_UKB_Wales_ua_2001_gogeo&rt=ds
Metadata record not available - access through http://borders.edina.ac.uk/
Notes on corresponding boundaries: pre April 2009 local government reorganisation. UKBorders English/Welsh Uas codes have leading 00 whereas codes in ESDS datasets do not.

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Annual Respondents Database, 1973-2008:Access
Study group: Other
Coverage: England; Wales; Scotland
Spatial units: Ward (Electoral); Government Office Region; Unitary Authority (England); Unitary Authority (Wales); Westminster Parliamentary Constituency; Postcode (Unit); County; Local Authority District; NUTS-III Area; LAU-2 Area; Training and Enterprise Council; Trav
Temporal coverage: 1973; 1974; 1975; 1976; 1977; 1978; 1979; 1980; 1981; 1982; 1983; 1984; 1985; 1986; 1987; 1988; 1989; 1990; 1991; 1992; 1993; 1994; 1995; 1996; 1997; 1998; 1999; 2000; 2001; 2002; 2003; 2004; 2005; 2006; 2007; 2008
Access conditions: Secure Data Service

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Postcode (Unit) [anonymised]

Variable in data file(s): new_PC

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Ward (Electoral)

Variable in data file(s): ward
Additional notes: No labels available for this variable

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Annual Survey Of Hours And Earnings, 1997-2009:Access
Study group: Other
Coverage: England; Wales; Scotland; Northern Ireland
Spatial units: Government Office Region; District (Non-metropolitan); District (Metropolitan); Unitary Authority (England); Unitary Authority (Wales); Council Area; Output Area; Westminster Parliamentary Constituency; Regional Health Authority; Primary Care Trust; NHS C
Temporal coverage: 1997; 1998; 1999; 2000; 2001; 2002; 2003; 2004; 2005; 2006; 2007; 2008; 2009
Access conditions: Secure Data Service

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Output Area

Date 2001
Variable in data file(s): wcoa; hcoa
Additional notes: Output Areas are only available for years 2007-2009. Two instances for work and home respectively. Timestamp certain for 2007-2008 only. Units are available for individuals and their place of work.

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Postcode (Unit) [anonymised]

Variable in data file(s): new_workPC; new_homePC
Additional notes: Units are available for individuals and their place of work.

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British Crime Survey, 1982: England and Wales Data
Study group: British Crime Survey
Coverage: England; Wales
Spatial units: No spatial unit
Temporal coverage: 1982
Access conditions: Standard Access

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British Crime Survey, 2008-2009: Special Licence Access, Low-Level Geographic Data
Study group: British Crime Survey
Coverage: England; Wales; Scotland; Northern Ireland
Spatial units: Police Force Area; Lower Layer Super Output Area; Police Force Area; Basic Command Unit; Basic Command Unit; Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership Area; Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership Area
Temporal coverage: 2008; 2009
Access conditions: Special Licence

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British Election Panel Study, 1983, 1986 and 1987
Study group: British Election Studies
Coverage: England; Wales; Scotland
Spatial units: Standard Statistical Region; Westminster Parliamentary Constituency; Ward (Electoral)
Temporal coverage: 1983; 1986; 1987
Access conditions: Standard Access

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Ward (Electoral)

Date 1981
Variable in data file(s): census2

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British Election Panel Study, 2001; Waves 1 and 2
Study group: British Election Studies
Coverage: England; Wales; Scotland
Spatial units: Standard Statistical Region; Ward (Electoral); Parliamentary Constituency
Temporal coverage: 2001
Access conditions: Standard Access

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Ward (Electoral)

Variable in data file(s): award

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British Election Study, 2005: Internet Rolling Campaign Panel Data and British Parliamentary Constituency Database
Study group: British Election Studies
Coverage: England; Wales; Scotland
Spatial units: Government Office Region; Westminster Parliamentary Constituency
Temporal coverage: 2005
Access conditions: Standard Access

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Westminster Parliamentary Constituency

Date 2005
Variable in data file(s): pa05
Additional notes: Name and code are split into two variables

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What is the U•Geo Browser?

The U•Geo Browser is a bespoke resource discovery tool for searching and browsing georeferenced survey data held by the UK Data Archive.

The Browser provides detailed information on which spatial variables are present in each data collection and which digital boundary files correspond to those spatial variables, to better enable the use of this data in geospatial applications. Boundary files are usually available from EDINA’s UKBorders service.

The Browser also provides information on the quality, standardisation and time referencing of spatial units. The detailed information validates, clarifies and augments the metadata currently presented through the UK Data Service data catalogue, and is intended to be used alongside this.

How does it work?

The Browser is organised around two fundamental entities: studies and spatial units. Studies are data collections held within the UK Data Service collection, usually from major national surveys. Spatial units are discrete divisions of space used to geo-reference data, e.g. electoral ward or county.

With the Study View and Unit View tabs you can switch between browsing studies and browsing spatial units. Studies contain variables that are coded as geographic identifiers, using a particular spatial unit. This relationship is reflected in embedded links between the Study and Unit Views. The Unit View functions similarly to a dictionary, giving a detailed definition of any particular spatial unit.

The search box can be used to query for a particular term.

The filters on the right of the page can be used to browse and refine results thematically, by selecting relevant criteria.

Access conditions for data collections

Data files are either available via:
  • Standard Access: Requires users to register with UK Data Service, provide details of intended use and agree to an End User Licence before data files can be downloaded. The End User Licence specifies the terms and conditions of data use.
  • Special Licence: For data containing more detailed spatial units, special use conditions may exist, with users required to apply via UK Data Service for ONS Approved Researcher status or a Special Licence required by the data owner; or other access conditions may be specified. Details of the use conditions are found in the UK Data Service catalogue record.
  • Secure Data Service: detailed confidential or sensitive data are made available via the Secure Data Service that facilitates remote analysis without download.

Further information on access conditions is available:
http://www.esds.ac.uk/orderingData/termsandconditions.asp

Why can’t I find the dataset I'm looking for?

In its current form the U•Geo Browser is a demonstration tool that contains metadata on a subset of the UK Data Service data collections (major national survey data).

Any feedback on your experience with the Browser is very much appreciated, and should be addressed to: tensom at essex.ac.uk

Example search

A researcher is studying the geography of happiness across different regions and localities in the UK. She would like to use various social parameters of the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS), and wants to find out which spatial variables she can use to geo-reference the dataset. As she is particularly interested in patterns over time, she needs to know this for all waves (i.e. years) of the survey. She is keen to use a unit that is appropriate for statistical analysis, but also realises that license restrictions may limit her access to certain variables. Finally, she wants to find an appropriate UK-wide shapefile for her chosen spatial unit that she can map the data onto and create some nice visualisations to impress project stakeholders.

Using the U•Geo Browser she finds that three spatial units are available for the BHPS via Conditional Access (she can access one such spatial unit after agreeing to click-through use conditions): Local Authority Districts, Parliamentary Constituencies. These spatial units are available for all waves from 1991 until 2009. The Browser also shows her that UKBorders has the following shapefiles for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland: Local Authority District boundaries for 2001 only; Parliamentary Constituency boundaries for 1991, 1997 and 2001.

Alternatively, she could seek approval for access to the BHPS data containing British National Grid postcode grid references via the Secure Data Service.