The following session has been accepted for the RGS Annual Conference 2014
Session Title: The role of commercial data in #Census2022
Organisers: Dr Ben Anderson and Dr Andy Newing, Sustainable Energy Research Group, University of Southampton
Session Chair: Keith Dugmore, Demographic Decisions Ltd. and Demographics User Group
Session Sponsor: ESRC #Census2022 Transformative Research Project
Consumer data collected by commercial organisations in the retail, utilities, financial services and telecoms sectors offers considerable potential for generating timely and novel population statistics and social indicators. In an era where traditional Census taking is being re-considered, commercial data may offer robust alternative sources of census-like indicators, whilst innovative analytic techniques applied to commercial geo- coded datasets may afford novel social indicators at the household or individual level. This session, organised by the ESRC funded Census 2022: Transforming Small Area Socio-Economic Indicators Through ‘Big Data’ project (#Census2022) provides an opportunity to share and discuss research, academic, policy-driven or commercial, which addresses the role of commercial data in a post (traditional) census era.
Session Keywords: Census2022; Beyond 2011; Commercial Data; Big Data; Small-area statistics
Accepted session papers:

  1. Extracting value from near real time domestic energy consumption data in a post-census era – Ben Anderson & Andy Newing
  2. Open and Retail Data Solutions for the Creation and Maintenance of Geodemographic Classifications – Alex Singleton, Michail Pavlis & Paul Longley
  3. Smart Grid Data Cultures – Robin Wardle & Gareth Powells
  4. Small area analysis of daily urban mobility patterns – Mark Birkin, Philip Cross, Robin Lovelace and Nick Malleson