As 15th November marks the annual celebration of GIS day, academics within the School of Geography, University of Lincoln, have utilised GIS and its various applications to enhance their research.

Geographic Information Systems, or GIS for short, are computer software and hardware systems that enable users to capture, store, analyse and manage spatially referenced data. There are various associated applications of GIS, including crime mapping, road networking and remote sensing applications – to name a few.

Using GIS, Dr Gary Bosworth co-authored a paper, “Home-based businesses in Rural England” which was presented at an ESRC seminar in 2014:

Home-based businesses (HBBs) play an important role in rural settlements where the scale of economic activity is lower and their social function can often be more significant. However, as small enterprises operating from a residential address, they are often overlooked by policy-makers resulting in their potential contribution to rural development being under-valued. This paper draws on Census data for England to identify the scale of home-working and HBBs in the more rural districts of England.’

GIS was used to map 2011 Census data to show the rural urban spread of home-based businesses in England as the basis for ongoing research to better understand their distinct characteristics and challenges the distribution of home-based businesses across the United Kingdom, as illustrated below, Figures 1 and 2.

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