1 week after Brexit: social science resources

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It has been one week since the people of the UK voted to leave the European Union. The changes to come will have long reaching effects economically, politically and socially. Research began before the vote and has continued after with a range of resources available to social scientists to study “Brexit”.

The Blavatnik School of Government is hosting a public event Brexit Britain: what now?. There will be a debate from a panel of experts Professor Anne Davies, Lord Wood of Anfield and Dr. Emily Jones. The event will take place in the Blavatnik School of Government on Thursday 30 June at 6pm. It is free to attend but registration is required.

Dr. Kathryn Simpson, University of Manchester, has been consulted throughout the referendum campaign for here expertise in comparative European politics, political behaviour and public opinion. She has discussed the need and demand for reliable quality data to examine all sides of the EU referendum, and its consequences, in her latest blog post Making sense of Brexit – the data you need to analyse.

Many of these data are available through the UK Data Service and include:

For the latest data news check out the Bodleian Data Library.

The Bodleian Libraries subscribes to a range of newspapers that are covering “Brexit” including The Economist (also available in print at the SSL), The Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal. News databases like Factiva will also be useful.

Other resources
The SSL has recently blogged about our range of resources on the EU, migration and democracy. Check out our previous blog post for more information.

New software available at SSL

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The reader PCs at the SSL have recently been updated with new ArcGIS 10.2 software. This software aids in the analysis of geospatial data or any statistical information that includes geographical variables such as location, elevation, population density and so on.

The package includes;

  • ArcCatalog 10.2,
  • ArcGlobe 10.2,
  • ArcMap 10.2
  • ArcScene 10.2
  • plus ArcGis for desktop help

These programs can be used to

  • View maps/mapped information as part of analysis
  • Compile geographic data
  • Build and edit maps to help analysis or visualisation
  • Amend properties and fields in geospatial databases and generally manage such information
  • Develop projects that draw on the large user base and functionality this package has built up

It can be used with any geo-spatial data such as the Landscan population database available through SOLO (http://solo.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/OXVU1:OXFORDOXF05190)

Pop in to the SSL and try it out.