Using data visualisation tools to provide local context for decision making and meet open data aspirations

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The Cambridgeshire Research Group has created several interactive atlases combining local and national open data with a range of InstantAtlas data visualisation analysis tools. It has been working to establish a local data portal called Cambridgeshire Insight Open Data as the single place to get local information. Organisations are now sharing data in order to change the way people live and work in the county, as well as meeting the requirements for an open government. Using the latest developments in InstantAtlas visualisation tools Cambridgeshire Research Group is using Cambridgeshire Insight to meet the open government aspirations. We spoke to Hendrik Grothuis, Research Manager-Innovation, Cambridgeshire Research Group, Cambridgeshire County Council about the project.

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Cambridgeshire Insight goes from strength to strength

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The Cambridgeshire Research Group at Cambridgeshire County Council is not only celebrating success at last year’s LARIA awards, it has been developing Cambridgeshire Insight to ensure it continues to provide good quality information that can help the community make better informed decisions at every level.

The team’s success at LARIA saw researcher Zonni Auburn named as New Researcher of the Year. This award is given to a researcher with under five years of experience in a research field who has made a significant impact. The Group also was commended in the Best use of community safety or policing research category (for the Cambridgeshire Atlas: Victim and Offender Pyramids) and shortlisted in the Most engaging presentation of local area research category.

The Cambridgeshire Atlas: Victim and Offender Pyramids is just one example of the Group’s determination to present a wide range of data in an easy to understand format. The atlas provides a breakdown of victim and offenders for each district, by age group and gender in Cambridgeshire. This allows users to see the profiles of victimisation and offending by district. Comparisons can be made between different age groups between districts and with the County by adding comparator lines to the pyramid.

In addition, the team posts regular blogs about its latest projects such as its open data in public transport initiative. The council has recognised that in order to deliver more jobs and economic growth the Greater Cambridge area has to grow whilst maintaining ease of movement. [See also the Economic Assessment Atlas] However this requires moving toward more intelligent mobility. At the heart of intelligent mobility is data, this data has been described as a ‘new form of oil’ for the transport system which will allow; greater understanding of the network, better mapping of demand, more accurate information for users and the implementation of ideas such as ‘Smart Parking’.

The Cambridgeshire Insight partnership has used Breakthrough Two funding to begin to unlock some of the most requested data sets as well as making some of the already available data more user friendly by developing streaming application program interfaces (APIs). This allows developers to gather real time information. Interest has already been shown by a company who would like to use a live stream of the Car Parking data and work on an API has begun. This data will then be used in a pilot Smart Parking platform. You can out more about the initiative here.

Links

Cambridgeshire Insight| Informing Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire Insight Open Data portal

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