Translating networked based accessibility measures into an open source environment; challenges and opportunities

Richard Williams , Gary Higgs, Mitchel Langford, Tim Banks , Rhian Edwards

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There is a large literature that has explored the use of ‘floating catchment area’ (FCA) techniques in measuring access to a range of primary and secondary health services. This paper describes the development of open source tools which incorporate FCA techniques initially applied in the context of mapping and modelling access to mobile cancer services. Tests completed on the open source tool allow it be used to compare to an existing proprietary tool developed for use in ArcGIS. This study includes reflections on the underlying data used within these models as well as the software itself in order to better understand differences in outputs and computational speed when performing FCA analyses in an open source environment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGIS Research UK conference Proceedings
Subtitle of host publicationUniversity of Leicester
PublisherUniversity of Leicester
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 18 Apr 2018
Event2018 GISRUK Annual Conference - University of Leicester, Leicester, United Kingdom
Duration: 18 Apr 201820 Apr 2018
Conference number: 26


Conference2018 GISRUK Annual Conference
Abbreviated titleGISRUK 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • Healthcare Accessibility
  • GIS
  • Two Step Floating Catchment Area (2SFCA) tools
  • Open Source
  • Cancer Services


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