Near real-time spatiotemporal population estimates for health, emergency response and national security

The Population24/7 Near Real-Time ("Pop247NRT") project aims to combine new, emerging and existing datasets in order to produce enhanced time-specific population estimates for more informed decision-making and policy formulation in the health, emergency/crisis response and national security sectors. It is a collaborative project between the University of Southampton, Public Health England (PHE), the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl). Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) under their New and Emerging Forms of Data Policy Demonstrator Projects scheme (award ES/P010768/1), the Pop247NRT project runs from 14 February 2017 to 13 May 2018.

The project’s objectives are:

  1. To enhance existing methods and tools for harvesting, processing, integrating and calibrating new, emerging and existing data sources in order to produce time-specific population estimates

  2. To deliver two substantive case studies with the project partners (Public Health England (PHE), Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl)), which explore the usefulness of the Pop247NRT time-specific population estimates for informing policy and practice within the partners’ organisations

  3. To promote knowledge transfer and sharing of expertise on data, methods, tools and their practical implementation both within and beyond the partners’ sectors