The University of Southampton
University of Southampton Institutional Repository

Finding and investigating geographical data online

Martin, David, Cockings, Samantha and Leung, Samuel (2008) Finding and investigating geographical data online In, Fielding, Nigel, Lee, Raymond M. and Blank, Grant (eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Online Research Methods. London, UK, SAGE pp. 403-418.

Record type: Book Section


The chapter will provide: an overview of geographical referencing and the importance of geographically referenced data; examples of geographical data linkage and mapping, including some case studies; and a discussion of the creation of geographical datasets and of how work with online geographical data relates to other elements of the geographical information industry. We explain how geographical information systems (GIS) are relevant, and guide readers who wish to find out more about GIS per se to relevant sources that provide an introduction to GIS. Our discussion of the emergence of online tools for geographical data is subdivided into: Data sources (e.g. NeSS, US Factfinder); Geographical linkage (directories, lookups, e.g. GeoConvert); Mapping (both online, using virtual globes and mapping sites, and offline using data from the internet); and more specialist spatial analysis tools. In further guidance for those seeking to apply these tools we highlight the resources provided by Geo-Refer.

Full text not available from this repository.

More information

Published date: July 2008
Keywords: geographical information, gis, georeferencing, representation, sources, linkage, mapping, spatial analysis, online
Organisations: PHEW – S (Spatial analysis and modelling), Remote Sensing & Spatial Analysis


Local EPrints ID: 64162
ISBN: 1412922933
PURE UUID: 78ffc261-d5d2-46b4-a7ce-ce34fb4f1703
ORCID for David Martin: ORCID iD

Catalogue record

Date deposited: 04 Dec 2008
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 14:14

Export record

Download statistics

Downloads from ePrints over the past year. Other digital versions may also be available to download e.g. from the publisher's website.

View more statistics

Atom RSS 1.0 RSS 2.0

Contact ePrints Soton:

ePrints Soton supports OAI 2.0 with a base URL of

This repository has been built using EPrints software, developed at the University of Southampton, but available to everyone to use.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.