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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Open Data – Did we work it all out?

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You may recall we previously told you about our plans for an Open Data Workshop. Well, last month we brought together over 50 people working for the public sector, private organisations and the third sector (such as charities). It was great to see such a range of people and organisations with an interest in open data. We were also pleased that those who attended found it useful, and we would like to thank them all for making it an entertaining, enjoyable and thought provoking event. Continue reading

Equality Data + Working Together = Open Data

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Image of a data logoMaking data easily accessible is something all Welsh public bodies should be doing, whether it’s Welsh Government, your local authority or your local health board. It’s probably fair to say that in reality there’s room for improvement. The good news though is that we’re working together to find ways to do things better. Continue reading

From A Level to Apprenticeship

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Planning my future looked as though it was going to be the biggest decision I would ever make in my life, so I tried avoiding it. Whilst coming to the end of my A-levels this year, not knowing what my favourite subject was, or whether I wanted to go to university, I was completely clueless. However, after speaking to those with experience it landed me in this amazing opportunity that provides so many choices. Continue reading

Apprenticeships – too good to be true?

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Picture of Dom, Digital Data and Technology ApprenticeBefore joining Welsh Government I completed my degree in History at the University of Reading. After graduating I wasn’t sure about what path to take regarding a career, as until then I’d only worked part-time jobs while at school. Over Christmas I started working in retail as a customer assistant, and began building my experience and skills. After 3 years and undertaking a variety of roles I decided that I did not see a long-term career in retail management and began searching for a different career path aligned with my interests. Initially I was debating going back to university to continue my education; however I was disappointed with the potential prospects offered by a Masters in History. I fired off applications for all sorts of jobs, from the National Crime Agency to air traffic control – just to try something different. Continue reading