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  • David E Carey 3:51 PM on November 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: government reporting, mapping statistics, , ONS, regional profile reporting, UK interactive maps   

    UK Office for National Statistics launches latest region and country profiles 

    Office for National Statistics UK Key Indicator Report for Regions and Countries

    The UK ONS (Office for National Statistics) has released the latest annual release of Key Statistics, part of its suite of products on regional trends and snapshots. These reports have been paper publications since 1965 but are now produced online with data updated every two to three months.

    Key Statistics provides demographic, social, environmental and economic statistics at regional level for England and the devolved administrations to allow for comparison between the countries, regions and local authority areas. The data are used by central and local government to help with planning decisions, by academics who quote regional level figures as well as students, businesses, the voluntary sector, the media and the general public.

    Chuka Ilocha who works in the Local Economic and Social Analysis team within the Crime, Regional and Data Access Division says: “The reports complement the other statistics we provide at local authority level and although we haven’t publicised the release, our web metrics show that over 2,000 people have downloaded the data since it was released three weeks ago.”

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  • David E Carey 3:29 PM on May 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: adam croker pembrokeshire, developing local information systems, , ONS, pembrokeshire county council   

    ‘How Pembrokeshire County Council’s online and interactive data resource is helping to reduce ad hoc queries for information’ 

    Background

    Pembrokeshire County Council has a long-held ambition to put data into the public domain in a usable and easily-understandable format. Much of this data has geographic information and it has been a natural development to use data visualisation.

    Adam Crocker, GIS/Information Manager in the Policy & Corporate Planning department says the council collects a large volume of data covering crime,agriculturedemocracydeprivationeconomic indicators, the environment,incomepopulation and housing. In some cases the data goes back to 2005.

    Getting started

    Once the council had decided to use InstantAtlas the team set about creating Statistical Maps and Tables – the section of the council’s website devoted to data sharing. “We thought about everyone who would be using it from members of the public to council employees,” he says.

    His first impression of InstantAtlas was that the ability to carry out analysis over time would be particularly helpful to users. The first report Adam worked on was job vacancies which used data such as claimants for Job Seeker’s Allowance and he said it was straightforward once he got the data from ONS and Nomis.

    Read the full article here

     
  • emmajamesocsi 11:53 AM on August 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Index of Multiple deprivation, Joint Strategic Needs Assessment, , Local data, Local Government Data, , NASCIS, , ONS, Public domain data, Service data, social demographic data   

    OCSI Data Packs help Facts about Coventry improve local public services 

    Facts about Coventry – some background

    Coventry’s Local Information System, ‘Facts about Coventry’ (http://www.facts-about-coventry.com), was set up in November 2010 by the Coventry Partnership. It set out to offer citizens and service providers a single point of reference for information about the public services people use, and background contextual information about the place itself.

    Facts about Coventry primarily aims to ensure Service Managers can improve services through better access to better data. However, the system also serves a wider range of users, including local councillors, civil society organisations or members engaged in the Big Society, local businesses, those with an interest in public issues, students with projects, teachers and more. We talked to Tim Healey, Corporate Research Officer for Coventry City Council to find out more about how they are using Data Packs.

    Launching Facts about Coventry

    Unlike many Local Information Systems, ‘Facts about Coventry’ was not built on an existing system, but was built from scratch. Before the development of this system, the different departments within the authority were used to collecting and presenting their data in different ways from one another, with no integrated system in place. Faced with this problem at the inception of ‘Facts about Coventry’, developers decided the best approach was to buy a system using ‘off the peg’ solutions.

    After an extensive review of the range of products available, Instant Atlas Server (http://www.instantatlas.com/iads.xhtml) and OCSI Data Packs (http://www.data-packs.com) stood out as offering the best solutions. Data Packs were selected due to the comprehensive range of public domain data and reporting they made instantly available, and because they were prepared in a way that enabled the user to load them directly into the Coventry system in a format readily processed by Instant Atlas.

    Benefits of Data Packs for Coventry

    A powerful tool for service managers

    Facts about Coventry has proved to be useful to all Partnership data teams and service managers. As Tim explained, it is standard practice in Coventry for service providers to collect and analyse local service information. The contextual information provided by Data Packs is now used to support and strengthen this local data and has enabled service providers to deepen their analysis.

    Read the full article

     

    Watch the latest InstantAtlas Essentials Tutorial #17
    How to configure a component to be a pop up window

    Video Transcript below

    Today I would like to show you, how you can make a component of your dynamic report to be a pop-up window that can be toggled on and off using a button.

    To demonstrate this, I will use this example report. This report is as it comes out of the Publisher – nothing has been changed yet.

    Now let’s say I would like to make the Time Series Chart a pop-up window. I would maybe want to do this if a component is not primarily important for the report or if I am running out of space to display all components next to each other.

    I will open the config.xml file in the InstantAtlas Designer, select the component I would like to make to a pop-up window – in my case the Time Series Chart – and tick the checkbox of the property ‘PopUp Window?’. There is another property called ‘PopUp Window Visible?’ which allows me to define if I want the component visible when I open the report or if it shall be hidden on start-up. I want it to be hidden initially, so I leave this checkbox unticked.

    Now I need a button to be able to toggle the component on and off. I will insert a new button via ‘Insert’ – ‘Button’ and give it a label e.g. ‘Time Series’. In the URL field of the ‘Links’ tab I now have to call an ActionScript function. This has to start with “script:” followed by the appropriate function name. The Designer section of the InstantAtlas Desktop User Guide lists all available ActionScript functions but I can also find the name of the function of I select the Time Series Chart again and hold my mouse pointer over one of the two pop-up window properties. The tooltip that appears will tell me the correct ActionScript function, in this case ‘toggleTimeSeries’.

    So I go back to the new button und write exactly this function behind the ‘script:’. Please note that the function names are case sensitive.

    I can now save my changes and refresh the report in my browser window. Initially I don’t see the time Series chart but when I click on the Time Series button, I can toggle the component on and off.

    By the way: The data explorer is by default set up as a pop-up window which is toggled using the ‘Data’ button. If you would prefer to have the Data Explorer as a static component rather than a pop-up window, you can simply delete the ‘Data’ button and untick the ‘PopUp Window?’ property in the Data Explorer Properties.

    If you experience any difficulties in setting up your own pop-up windows, or if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact support@geowise.co.uk.

     
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