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We Inhabit the Same World: Integrating Socio-economic and Environmental Data

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Dr. Veerle Van den Eynden

The Rural Economy and Land Use programme provides examples of how interdisciplinary research projects carried out by teams of social and natural scientists combine the use of socio-economic and environmental data. Data may be integrated through spatial integration (GIS), modelling, relational databases or data conceptualisations and visualisations. Integrations must take into account differences in data scale, area and framework. Whilst social science data are usually organised according to administrative areas, natural science data are based on grids or ecological zoning. Researchers use different approaches to optimise communication between such diverging data. Experiences of data integration also provide information on how best to organise and archive data to enable their long-term use within various research disciplines.

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