Over the last few years, there has been a significant growth in the number of Local
Information Systems and many are now incorporating data from Neighbourhood Statistics (NeSS) alongside other data. Staffordshire Observatory launched in October 2010 and following high demand on the website users started to want access to more data which was continually updated on the website. The team started to look at the best way to incorporate NeSS data and this coincided with the launch of a new data transfer wizard from InstantAtlas that links with the NeSS database allowing users to extract the data they require.
We spoke to Duncan Smith, Senior Research and Information Officer at Staffordshire Observatory who explains that following the launch with some key data sets, the team quickly realised there was significant demand for more data. “It was clear people accessing the website were eager for more regularly updated data,” he says. “This presented us with a dilemma because we wanted to add data such as NeSS but didn’t really have the resources within the team to upload data more frequently.”
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