TALISMAN is a node of the National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) and is funded through the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as part of a strategy to improve the standard of research methods across the UK social science community.  The key rationale for TALISMAN is to act as a catalyst for methodological innovation by forging strong links between research and capacity building in geospatial analysis and simulation. TALISMAN is based in the Centre for Spatial Analysis & Policy (CSAP) at the University of Leeds and the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) at University College London.

TALISMAN node Director Prof Mark Birkin explains more about the work of the node and big data challenges in a recent podcast.

Methodological Innovation

TALISMAN is developing new methods of geospatial data analysis and simulation, specifically models of spatial systems that emphasise potential flows at and between locations. The methods we are developing are based on spatial interaction, agent-based models (ABM), cellular automata (CA), and microsimulation. TALISMAN is developing substantive extensions to these models by embedding them in new media, using Web 2.0 and 3.0 technologies. In this way, we aim to generate new and powerful methods with applications relevant to key policy questions.

Geospatial Intelligence

In addition to developing new models of geospatial analysis, TALISMAN is also enhancing the dissemination of spatial analysis skills through an extensive training and capacity-building programme.

Training is being delivered in three overlapping, but largely distinctive blocs: 1) basic spatial analysis 2) advanced spatial analysis and 3) new methods for data capture and agent-based modelling. See our Training Events page for the latest courses on offer.

TALISMAN’s key objectives are to:

  • Develop and extend state of the art geospatial methods in the form of new data analysis techniques and new simulation models.
  • Build new methods of data acquisition and visualisation that will help illuminate and address key policy challenges at local, national and global levels.
  • Improve the uptake and dissemination of skills in geospatial analysis through a comprehensive suite of training and capacity-building activities.
  • Contribute to the success of the NCRM programme and participate fully in its activities. See our Past Events and Upcoming Events pages for some examples.