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Our ten top tips for managing address data

1. Standardise, standardise, standardise. Train your staff to understand why it matters which field they post the postcode into. Spend time creating standard protocols for titling, addressing, multiple occupancy, etc and it will pay dividends in avoiding duplicates and non-matches later.   2. Design your database with its final end use in mind – optimise for querying,...
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Where are the London Airbnb ‘hollow’ spots?

With continuing pressure on the national housing market, concerns are being raised that some communities are being ‘hollowed out’ by short term rents. Airbnb is a key digital platform currently enabling this trend. But to what extent is this true? Not withstanding the wider debate around how sort term rents may have an Read more

Mapping the future of food

Issues of Brexit and migration against a back drop of climate change is once again bringing the UK food supply into focus. Leaving the EU brings both an opportunity and a challenge to our food system. As geographers we understand the importance of a holistic view for national food resource and security. Previously we have carried out...
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The regional growth of BIDs

BIDs have seen rapid growth in recent years across the country. But what are the patterns of this growth? Using our town centre boundary series, we can see the relative establishment of BIDs within regions. Our boundaries are statistically comparable areas of town centre activity across the country. The biggest relative adoption of...
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Patterns of shops, patterns of play: insight into how space may relate to behaviour

We have been given the opportunity to re-visit some data generated for previous research into machine gambling in Britain. This data had the potential to uncover some interesting relationships between gambling and the spatial configuration of B2 machines within betting shops. Little is currently understood about how, if machines are concentrated in certain areas, this may...
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Lies, damn lies and floorspace statistics…?

It’s a well-known fact that there is too much retail floorspace currently available relative to demand. Or is it? It’s an article of faith that town centres are being adversely affected by competition from out of town retail developments. But what are we basing that faith upon? We’re not short of reviews and recommendations about the future...
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High Street trends

What really happened to the British high street during the recession years, and what needs doing to preserve their future? Geofutures' Mark Thurstain-Goodwin and Gaynor Astbury contributed to an evidence based report ‘British High Streets: from Crisis to Recovery?’ recently produced by the University of Southampton for the the Government’s policy advisory group The Future High...
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Spotlight on town centre business rates

What happens to local authority business rates income when out-of-town retail parks compete with town centres? This evidence of out-of-town impact was missing, so we undertook the analysis using Valuation Office Agency data, and our own nationally consistent town centre boundaries originally developed for DCLG. The study period 2005-2010 examined the impact of steep recession, during which...
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Our gambling research

Gambling research expert Heather WardleWe're excited to move into the next phase of our research into the spatial distribution of gambling and its effects on the places where gambling venues are found. Building on our previous work with social research firm NatCen, we're creating the Gambling and...
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‘Average’ property prices? Really?

Scroll through the content in this Geofutures Mapcase to see why there's no such thing as average property prices. The text area on the left has its own scroll bar if you need it. The left/right arrows allow you to drill deeper into each information section, where multiple graphics or comments can be presented. [iframe src="//mapcase.geofutures.com/geofutures/housing/" width="100%"...
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Important aims, interesting data analysis

Throughout our time in business, we’ve been lucky in being able to contribute to research which is both important in its aims and fascinating in the methods which can be applied. The Environment Agency was an early adopter of spatial analysis, not just to manage assets and immediate interventions, but to plan for future policy and...
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See how a Mapcase works

Here's a live example of a Mapcase working in a simple iFrame. It's fully interactive and mobile responsive. It's hosted separately, load-managed to handle expected traffic, and embedded in this website with a simple line of code. What easier way is there to bring your data to life, illustrate a point and engage your audience? [iframe src="https://mapcase.geofutures.com/mapcase/geofutures/ageingbritain/"...
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Five things you need to know about building an evidence base

1 – Why your organisation needs evidence

‘Evidence’ is a buzzword that’s in danger of being over-used, but if an organisation needs to make a decision, it should ideally do so based on some reliable information. This helps it to make decisions which bear some relation to the real world so you can make more money,...
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What’s in a Mapcase?

A Mapcase is a fusion of data, a blog and an interactive map, which allows you to tell a story of what's happening. UK consumer charity Which? used a Mapcase to illustrate how different regions of the UK were being affected by the squeeze on household spending power. You can tell the story in words, but...
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Eight things you can do with GIS

Exploratory spatial data analysis
At the heart of what we do for clients, the spatial statistical analysis and visualisation of data across space, as well as the combination of multiple datasets unified by location, reveals insights which two-dimension stats analysis rarely can. We are also currently developing spatial data mining techniques that build on...
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