Consumer Data Research Centre

Archive for November 2017

Data Analysts User Group conference 2017 – videos now available

01 November 2017 - 2:53pm

On 20th October 2017 the CDRC sponsored and supported the 14th annual Data Analysts User Group Conference (DUG), hosted at the Royal Society. The conference focussed upon Data Sharing: New Challenges, Opportunities and Examples… There were some great presentations and stimulating audience discussion over the course of the day around the conference’s key questions: 1. […]

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2017 Masters Research Dissertation Programme Winners Announced

23 October 2017 - 2:54pm

The winners of the CDRC’s 2017 Masters Research Dissertation Programme were recently announced at the Data Analysts User Group Conference. The CDRC led programme provides the opportunity for students to work directly with an industrial partner and links students’ research to important retail and ‘open data’ sources.  Once again the standard of the projects was extremely high this […]

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Awards and Critical Acclaim for Where the Animals Go

16 October 2017 - 4:42pm

BCS/SOC Conference 2017 CDRC Deputy Director James Cheshire’s co-authored book “Where the Animals Go” has been awarded both the “John C. Bartholomew Award for Printed Mapping” and the “British Cartographic Society Award” at this year’s British Cartographic Society Conference. The judges said the maps within the book were “clever and attractive visualisations of multi-scale, multi-dimensional […]

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Assessing attitudes to lifestyle data and health research

05 October 2017 - 3:50pm

Health researchers have launched a major survey to see if people would be prepared to allow their lifestyle data to be matched against their health records. The survey aims to gauge whether members of the public support such large-scale data analysis and marks the start of what could be the biggest investigation ever into the […]

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Serendipity in a career in understanding foodborne illness with spatial data

06 September 2017 - 9:55am

Rachel Oldroyd, @r_oldroyd, UK Data Service Data Impact Fellow and Quantitative Human Geographer at the University of Leeds, shares her journey into the world of geographical data and developing a career in understanding foodborne illness with spatial data. “So, what do you do?” Albert Einstein once said “If you can’t explain something simply, you don’t understand it well […]

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Video now available – Dr James Cheshire speaking at the Data Science Festival in May 2017

16 August 2017 - 11:03am

Here is the video of Dr James Cheshire’s seminar at this years Data Science Festival. This talk showcased how large and complex datasets can be visualised in compelling and informative ways. Drawing from a range of examples that cover everything from commuter flows to baboons, cyclists to songbirds in order to demonstrate how maps and […]

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Classification of Westminster Parliamentary constituencies using e-petition data

14 August 2017 - 11:13am

In a representative democracy it is important that politicians have knowledge of the desires, aspirations and concerns of their constituents. Opportunities to gauge these opinions are however limited and, in the era of novel data, thoughts turn to what alternative, secondary, data sources may be available to keep politicians informed about local concerns. One such […]

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Predictive Data Analytics for Urban Footfall

14 August 2017 - 10:43am

Molly Asher (Leeds Institute for Data Analytics), Simon Brereton (Leeds City Council), and me have recently finished a project whose aim was to analyse footfall in Leeds city centre and build computer models (using machine-learning) that could estimate footfall given some external conditions (e.g. the weather, time of year, whether it was a holiday, etc.). […]

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CDRC’s Senior Researcher Ollie O’Briens work features in the Evening Standard and City AM newspapers

10 July 2017 - 10:25am

CDRC’s Senior Research Associate Oliver O’Briens work on Broadband speeds throughout London has featured in the Evening Standard and City AM newspapers. The article featured on 5th July in the Evening Standard paper on pages 12 and 14. The Evening Standard web link is: City AM have published an article:  

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Leeds Data Science Society wins Hiscox University Challenge

29 June 2017 - 3:28pm

Congratulations to the Leeds Data Science Society who have been announced the winners of the Hiscox University Challenge. The University of Leeds team fought off stiff competition from York and LSE to secure the trophy and a prize of £1000 for their society. All of the teams were set two challenges – the first was […]

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