Newly released occupation and industry data at the UK Data Service

As previous indicated we’re overhauling our historical statistics held at the UK Data Service. Each dataset is released under new easier access licence conditions (CC-BY-SA), complementing the download options on our own Vision of Britain site. We’ve done more cleaning, where possible added our gazetteer ID numbers to ease dataset matching and added lots of extra data and tables. To find our data search for ‘gbhd’ in the UK Data Service catalogue: https://ukdataservice.ac.uk/find-data/. The latest material we’ve added all relate to occupation and industry from the Census.

SN 4559: We’ve re-released the very large collection of occupation tables adding extra data for 1861 and 1911 for England and Wales and Scottish data for 1861, 1881, 1911 and 1951.

SN 9020: We’ve added a new category for Industry tables which cover England, Wales and Scotland in 1931, 1951 and 1971. These are about the workplace itself, so the business of the employer rather than individual jobs.

SN 3706 has been permanently embargoed as all the material in its tables are now held within tables in the datasets above. The only table that wasn’t, “empl_1961_gb”, is now included in SN 4559.

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Planned maintenance: Thursday 10th November

Our website, A Vision of Britain through Time, will be completely unavailable from 9 am today (10th November) as we complete some essential works. We aim to complete the work by the end of the day. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

* Update 2:30pm 10/11/2022 * The maintenance is now complete and the site is live again.

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New releases of our data at the UK Data Service

We’ve been overhauling our historical statistics held at the UK Data Service, hence the recent embargo of our data held there. When each dataset is ready it’ll be released under new easier access licence conditions (CC-BY-SA), complementing the download options on our own Vision of Britain site. We’ve done more cleaning, where possible added our gazetteer ID numbers to ease dataset matching and added lots of extra data and tables. Please bear with us, the process is on-going but takes a while as some tables are easier than others to update. To find our data search for ‘gbhd’ in the UK Data Service catalogue: https://ukdataservice.ac.uk/find-data/.

So far the re-released datasets include:

  • SN 4552: Mid-twentieth century Census education tables. For England and Wales the dataset was expanded from just 1951 to include 1961, but it also now includes Scotland 1951-61
  • SN 4561: Census data for social class and socio-economic groups. This release covers England and Wales 1931-1971 as before, but now also includes Scotland 1951-1971
  • SN 4557: The single table on marital status in 1931 in Scotland which now includes the rows for Aberdeen that were missing from the previous release!
  • SN 4554: Housing density tables for England and Wales have had 1911 and 1951 added to the existing 1901 to 1971 range.
  • SN 4553: Housing amenities tables (formerly called housing conditions), still cover 1951 to 1971 for England and Wales, but now also include Scotland for the same dates.

There are also completely new datasets which include:

  • SN 8960: A new Census dataset for housing density in Scotland for 1911 to 1971, but excluding 1921
  • SN 8945: An 1851 British education data which is unusual as it’s from a special volume which was not repeated in the other nineteenth century Censuses
  • SN 8995: A new Census category, housing tenure. It just covers 1961, but has tables for both England and Wales and for Scotland
  • SN 8994: A new deposit of the Strike Register 1903-1938 for every fifth year (no gazetteer IDs have been included in this table).

Some of our datasets held at the UK Data Service have not had their content updated, however we have re-released them with more open licence conditions. These include:

  • SN 4558: Census migration tables 1851-1951
  • SN 4564: wage statistics for towns 1845-1906
  • SN 4565: hours of work statistics for 1900-1913
  • SN 4565: small debt statistics, 1847-1938
  • SN 4569: trade union statistics, 1851-1918.

Finally we discovered there must have been some confusion about versions at some point in the past. We found some of the datasets from our original deposit had been replaced with newer versions of the same data but in different Data Service study numbers. To eliminate this duplication and make it clearer to Data Service users which is the most up-to-date versions of the data they should be using we’ve removed access to the really old versions which will remain embargoed permanently. Instead, pressing the “Access data” button will give a documentation page containing a hyperlink to the newer version of the same material in the catalogue. These include:

  • old set SN3710 replaced by SN4564 and SN4565
  • old set SN3712 replaced by SN4569
  • old set SN3714 replaced by SN4568.

We’ll keep this blog and Twitter (@gbhgis) updated as and when other new releases happen.

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Planned maintenance: Tuesday 11th January

Advance notice that our website, A Vision of Britain through Time, will be completely unavailable from 9 am tomorrow (Tuesday 11th January) as we complete some essential works. We aim to complete the work by the end of the day. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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Planned downtime: Friday 19th November

Advance notice that our website, A Vision of Britain through Time, will be completely unavailable from 9 am on Friday 19th November as we complete some essential works. We aim to complete the work by the end of the day. Apologies for any inconvenience.

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Website issues

Apologies if you have had trouble accessing our main website A Vision of Britain through Time in the last few days. We know there is a problem and we are trying to fix it.

We hope to get normal service resumed as soon as possible.

* Update 26/07/2021 * – the website is now back up, thank-you for your patience

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Don’t Lose Your Way

An estimated 10,000 miles of footpaths across England and Wales are under threat of being lost forever, but today marks the beginning of a new digital project to identify them all before it is too late.

We’re supporting the Ramblers’ new campaign ‘Don’t Lose Your Way’ to help map these paths and it uses the footpath information that was gathered during our GB1900 project to help identify possible locations.Square find map save twotone 2

While our paths are often taken for granted, they allow everyone to enjoy the countryside  and connect us to our history within the landscape. However, many footpaths are not recorded on the definitive map of rights of way. If they are not found and added by the cut-off date in 2026 when the final map must be completed, they could be lost forever.

To meet the deadline, the Ramblers are asking people to help. They have launched a new online tool that splits the country into 150,000 1km squares and makes it easy to compare current and historic maps side by side. You can start using it now by joining the search at: ramblers.org.uk/dontloseyourway

 

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Issues with website

Apologies if you have had trouble accessing our main website A Vision of Britain through Time in the last few days. We’ve been making some technical changes and it seems to have had unexpected consequences.

We hope to get normal service resumed as soon as possible.

*update 31/01/2020* We believe the majority of these problems are now fixed. However, there remains an issue with computers that have not been updated recently that we’re still looking into.

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New department name

At the beginning of this month the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences was merged with the Department of Geography, where the GBHGIS project team has been based since the start of 2000 when it moved to the University of Portsmouth. There are no current plans to physically move us so all contact information remains the same except for the departmental name. We will be updating our websites to reflect this in due course.

Please update any contact information you hold for the Great Britain Historical GIS project team members to say we are now based in the:

School of the Environment, Geography and Geosciences. 

Thank-you.

 

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Hot off the press – new articles published

Twice in the space of two days we have been able to celebrate the successful publication of an article. On Monday we arrived back in the office to discover the Historical Methods theme issue on crowd-sourcing and citizen science had been fully published while we were on leave. It contains our GB1900 article about volunteer motivations (the article itself has been available through the publishers early online system for some time):

Paula Aucott, Humphrey Southall & Carol Ekinsmyth (2019) ‘Citizen science through old maps: Volunteer motivations in the GB1900 gazetteer-building project’ in Historical Methods: A Journal of Quantitative and Interdisciplinary History, 52:3, 150-163, DOI: 10.1080/01615440.2018.1559779

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Then yesterday we were notified that another article has also been published. A very quick turnaround considering we only went through the proofs the previous afternoon! This one is about the architecture of our administrative unit ontology which, among other things, we use to help structure information on our website A Vision of Britain through Time. The article gives two case study examples of how this works in practice, firstly the Poor Law Unions and Registration Districts of nineteenth century England and Wales and secondly international nation-states.  This one is published open access so you can read it straight away:

Humphrey Southall & Paula Aucott (2019) ‘Expressing History through a Geo-Spatial Ontology’ in ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, 8:8, 362, https://www.mdpi.com/2220-9964/8/8/362

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