York new build housing

July 8, 2013

City of York Council are offering the public a chance to view and comment on strategic plans for the next 10 to 15 years. One of the biggest growth areas is in Housing. The plan calls for over 20,000 new …

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Visualising demographic data: GP Prescriptions

July 3, 2013

Good visualisation delivers a message and helps the discovery of patterns in data. People look at the graphs first, the numbers last.  At Beacon Dodsworth we specialise in demographic data – data about people – and with our flagship Geographical …

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The Importance of Backing Up Your Prospex Data

June 18, 2013

It is now thought that over 2.7 Zetabytes (1021bytes) of data exist in the digital universe today. To put that into perspective; 1 gigabyte of data (109 bytes) equals around 7 minutes of HD-TV video, so we are talking huge …

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Don’t Forget to Screen if You Want to Live Longer…

June 9, 2013

To mark Cervical Cancer Prevention Week (24th to 30th January 2016), we wanted to explore the geodemographic targeting methods available to organisations that could help to raise awareness on how important screening can be in detecting and curing Cervical Cancer. …

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Demographics: Prescriptions by GP Practices

May 24, 2013

Following the recent release of data from the Health and Social Care Information Centre, we have downloaded c.300 million records of prescriptions by GP Practices. This data has already thrown up some interesting demographics and we would like to share …

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Helping Charities With Geodemographic Data and GIS Mapping

April 30, 2013

I count myself as being very lucky in how I was brought up by my parents. I appreciate it more as I get older. There are things that I took for granted which many in the world would just love …

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GIS Mapping and Emergency Planning: Supply Routes

April 25, 2013

We are going to investigate ways in which Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can help organisations plan logistics when a serious emergency hits. Now, before we get started we need to make it quite clear that this is a purely hypothetical …

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Map of the Month – Ordnance Survey Midrange and Meridian Transport Network

April 23, 2013

This month we are looking at two sets of data from the free Midrange raster maps and the Meridian transport network. As this article is published during Wallace and Gromit’s Big Breakfast Week, where people get together at breakfast time …

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Loving Local – How Targeting Close to Home Creates a Successful Marketing Campaign

April 18, 2013

With the rise of digital advertising and the decline of the local print media why are local campaigns still so important? For a start people tend to spend the majority of their income within a few miles of where they …

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Mapping for a healthier and happier UK

March 13, 2013

In the news recently there have been reports that the UK is lagging behind other countries for many health indicators. The five biggest avoidable killers are heart disease, cancer, stroke, lung disease and liver disease. These are classified as avoidable since …

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