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    Automated Boundary Creation: Atomic Small Areas in Ireland


    Fotheringham, Stewart and Foley, Peter F. and Charlton, Martin (2008) Automated Boundary Creation: Atomic Small Areas in Ireland. In: The European Information Society. Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography (LNGC) . Springer, pp. 241-259. ISBN 9783540789468

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    Abstract

    This paper describes the creation of a set of small-areas for the reporting of census data in the Republic of Ireland. The current areas used for reporting the results of the quinquennial population censuses are known as Electoral Divisions; they are large compared with similar reporting areas in Northern Ireland, they have widely varying populations and considerable internal social heterogeneity which makes them unsuitable for a wide variety of planning tasks. We describe an automated method of creating a suitable census geography which uses existing digital map and gazetteer data. We describe its structure and operation, validation and its application to nationwide. The areas have a prescribed minimum size, are designed to be consistently small, nest into the existing ED geography, cover the whole country, are constrained by natural boundaries, use streets as their unifying feature, and are reasonably homogenous.

    Item Type: Book Section
    Additional Information: This is the postprint version of the chapter, which is available at: Fotheringham A.S., Foley P.F., Charlton M. (2008) Automated Boundary Creation: Atomic Small Areas in Ireland. In: Bernard L., Friis-Christensen A., Pundt H. (eds) The European Information Society. Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
    Keywords: census; electoral divisions; gazetteer; spatial patterns;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Research Institutes > National Centre for Geocomputation, NCG
    Item ID: 10202
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-78946-8_13
    Depositing User: Martin Charlton
    Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2018 16:46
    Publisher: Springer
    Refereed: Yes
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