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EEO-AGI Scotland Seminar Review : Prof. Chris Dibben : 27th Feb

Earth Observation and Spatial Analysis

Death registers, historic IQ measures, marriage certificates –mapping our pasts and reconstructing our lifecourses.

Professor Chris Dibben of our own School of GeoSciences here in Edinburgh, presented on the ambitious project ‘Digitising Scotland’. He explained that the project’s aim is to digitally capture key life events from birth, marriage and death certificates, along with some IQ test records from the Scottish population. These key life moments will be joined together to construct lifecourses and then, to go further, linked across the generations e.g. connecting the lifecourses of children to their parents, creating intergenerational data sets. The project aims to build on previous classic studies such as the Dutch famine, the Overkalix study and especially the Scotland, Lothian Birth Cohorts 1921/1936 studies.

Prof. Dibben explained that the project is in the early stages and the talk would necessarily focus on the methodologies being used. He outlined some of the challenges to…

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