Guest Blog: Using Geospatial data to underpin research and policy decision making in Wales

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Dr Richard Fry is a Senior Lecturer in Geography and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at Swansea University Medical School. Here he explains the role that geospatial data and geographical mapping are playing in producing research to inform policy in Wales.

swansea_singelton_campusWales is a geographically and socially diverse country meaning that where we live and work plays a huge part in our health and wellbeing. With the impact on health and wellbeing at the forefront of all policy decisions in Wales, it is clear that as a nation we need to understand more about how, and why our geography affects us in Wales.

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Guest Blog: Introducing Unlocking the power of location: the UK’s Geospatial Strategy

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The Geospatial Commission is an expert committee that sets the UK’s geospatial strategy and promotes the best use of geospatial data.  In this guest blog the Geospatial Commission introduce their National Geospatial Strategy.

This blog is part of a blog-exchange with the Welsh Government.

geospatial imageLocation is a defining element of the way we live, work and socialise. It can impact the services and spaces we have access to, the language and accent we speak in, even the quality of our wifi connection. Understanding the world in terms of location, using location-based data, is crucial to the functioning of modern society. This is most strikingly demonstrated today by the role location data continues to play in the response and recovery to the coronavirus pandemic. Has the question of ‘where?’ ever been more relevant?

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A beginners understanding of what user research is

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Throughout school I always enjoyed taking part in making and designing new things for others (my favourite lesson being Textiles). I’m not implying that creating a dress is the same as implementing a policy, but they have very similar needs. These include, a (hopefully) happy user, an end product and that feeling of success! It turns out that by finding out what people wanted, and adapting to their needs I was actually carrying something called user research.

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Chief Statistician’s update: how does COVID-19 mortality in Wales compare with the rest of the UK, and how does it vary within Wales?

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On Friday the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published two more articles on COVID-19 related mortality, expanding further on the critical range of analysis that they have been publishing to help us all better understand the nature and impact of this pandemic.

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Chief Statistician’s update: producing statistics during a national pandemic (follow-up to previous update)

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In my update of 23 March 2020, I outlined how we intended to review our forthcoming data collections, research activity and outputs in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This has been undertaken to prioritise the response to the current situation – both in terms of our own resources within Welsh Government, but importantly also those of our data providers who are delivering key front-line services across the health, social care and public service sectors. This note provides an update on our plans.

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