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Weekly Content Selection #58
As usual, I continued work on my DESW "Developed English Speaking World" population data project. This week, within this project, I continued expansion of my data for England and Wales, aggregating from the 1861, 1851, 1841, 1831, 1821, 1911, 1921, and 1931 censuses, and partly that of the 1811 census (currently working on). As I've been working on this, I've had to do a lot of reading into how the United Kingdom has been politically structured over the years since these figures are dependent on what political divisions existed at a given time. The difficult thing about the British Isles though, is that they've changed the structure of their minor divisions multiple times during the course of my analyzed time period (1800-2010). This week I came across one road block in my data, it appears that the post World War II censuses are more difficult to come across than the pre-war ones, perhaps due to a law that restricts census availability for 100 years after publication. I'm uncertain as to what the details of this law are, but I hope that I can eventually find some figures. I believe that this law is in effect to protect confidentiality. The figures that I'm looking for though aren't people specific, but division specific, so I'm hoping that I'll be able to come across these figures eventually. Since aggregating for post war figures has posed an obstacle for me, I've turned my attention to collecting figures for the earliest dates all the way back to 1801. I hope to be done this part of my data soon, as I'm currently working on 1811 and only have 1801 left. Once I have this done for England and Wales, I believe that I will likely start aggregating for Scotland and Ireland, likely to the same extent as what my current coverage for England and Wales will soon be (1801-1931). I've also done some brief touching up to my Canadian data this week. As I've been working on aggregating more data for the British Isles, the total place count analyzed in my data has increased from 8,405 to 8,479, up 74 places since last week. The screenshot included in this post is of a small section of the data that I've collected so far for England and Wales showing how I have expanded my coverage nearly to 1801. As usual, I haven't publicly released any of these updates yet, unless otherwise stated. I'm waiting until I have completed these expansions and have a finished product to release. The DESW part one article, where all of the data will eventually be released to, can be found here: As always, thank you SO much for your continued support! It means a great deal to me both mentally and financially!