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This page offers a step by step guide on how to use our Profiles, Maps and Data.  You may find it helpful to print this page to allow you to follow each step.

  • Profiles
    Profiles
  • Dataviews
    Maps and Data
  • Search Icon
    Search
  • Advanced Profiles
    Advanced Profiles
  • Advanced Data Views
    Advanced Maps and Data

Profiles

What is a Profile?

Profiles are a great place to start if you need an overview of a community. A profile will present data in an easy to read format. They are ideal for a member of that community, a novice researcher or a policy maker, the facts are there to help you understand that community’s make-up and what / where their needs might be. You decide what area you'd like the data on. Here's how...

Where to start

  1. Pick a subject from our Profiles list to view an array of graphs, text analysis and the occasional map for the geographic area you’ve selected. 

  2. You will be presented with a screen (illustrated below) giving you the option to select a geography. If it hasn't already been pre-selected for you, or you would like to change the area, click on the geography that you'd like to use. If you're not sure, use our Help on Geography page.

    Geography Drop Down Box Help on Geography

  3. If it hasn't already been selected for you or you want to change the preselection, choose the neighbourhood or area in the second drop down box

    areas drop down box Help on Geography

  4. Your profile should appear below the geographic selections you made (above).
    • Click the View / Save as PDF to save for offline use or provide a printable version of the profile.
    • Click Link to this Profile for linking back at a later date or recommending to a friend. This will put a link to your selected profile into a new email.
    • Click a section heading (beneath the title) to jump to a particular section.
    • Click the information icons throughout the profile to view information about the adjacent data (metadata).

    Illustration showing icon use

  5. If charts are present, you can move the mouse pointer over a bar, line or piece of pie to display the data in detail (a tooltip).

Illustration of the tooltips on charts

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Maps and Data (Data Views)

What is a Data View?

A Data View gives a detailed view of a given set of data and is geared up for researchers and those more confident with analysing data. (Use a Profile to get a broader overview of a community).
The Data Views tool is seen as a slightly more advanced than Profiles, so we inter disperse them amongst the Profiles and other data analysis tools we produce. A list of Data Views is available here.
This list gives you access to the data in-depth via a table on-screen, a map or downloadable excel document.

Where to start

  1. Select a subject of interest from the above mentioned Maps and Data List, or you may have navigated to a screen similar to the below via our profiles

    Data Views Illustration


  2. A Data View may be available for more than one geography (Geo-Type). For each Geo-Type, you will be presented with several ways of viewing or downloading the data:
    • Viewing
      1. table view icon Via a table on screen
      2. Map View icon Map (sometimes called a Dynamic Report)
      1. xml view icon XML
      2. Excel View icon Excel
      3. CSV view icon CSV

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Viewing data as a table on-screen Table View icon

  1. The table by default should display all available date for the latest date. If it is blank or you would like to change the pre-selection, use the "Available Data" explorer:
    1. Select all data by selecting the tick box at the top of the group of data
    2. or manually select which indicators (and dates via the + button) you would like to view by selecting the tick box adjacent to them.
    3. Choose to show latest dates or selected dates using the buttons at the bottom of the selection tool.
    4. You can optionally view the associates such as numerators and denominators by selecting 'Toggle Associates' after making your main data selection.
  2. Table View Selector

  3. Sorting the on-screen table. Use the options at the top of each table to sort, remove or find out more. Comparison areas will be shown at the bottom of the table.
    1. sort Icon Use the Sort icon to sort by that column.
    2. Delete Icon You can delete indicators from the table by clicking the cross icon.
    3. Information Icon View the metadata for an indicator or a geographic feature by clicking the information icon.
  4. Sorting options


  5. Downloading (exporting) from the table view.
    1. Click on the export icons immediately above the table to save your table in CSV, XML and Excel format respectively.
    2. Click on the email icon to send an email with a link to the page you are viewing.
    3. Export options illustration

  6. Printing the table. Select the Print icon in the top section of the page to open your print dialogue.

    Print Table

  7. If Dynamic Reports (Map views) are available, you can select it by clicking on one of the "Available dynamic reports" at the top of the screen:

    Illustration of a dynamic report download button

    More information on viewing the data via a map is available below

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Downloading the data

For each geography (Geo-Type), you will be presented with several ways of viewing or downloading the data. xml view iconXML, Excel View iconExcel and CSV view iconCSV. Click on the option most suited to your needs and the download will start.

Illustration of the download options from the dataviews table

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Displaying the Data View Using a Map (Dynamic Report)

Most of our Dynamic Reports require Adobe Flash Player 9 or later to be installed on your computer. You can download the Flash Player from http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/. Some Dynamic Reports are written in HTML 5 and simply need a modern browser to view them.

Example of a Dynamic Report or Map view of the data

  1. There may be more than one map (Dynamic Report) available in the Data View. Select one based on the geography (Geo-Type) you are most interested in.
  2. Illustration on how to select a dynamic report

  3. Once the Dynamic Report has loaded you will be able to use the interactive functionality to explore the data. Below are the basics, but if you would like more in-depth help, please view our user guide: "Guidance notes to using an Instant Atlas Dynamic Report" or use the Dynamic Report help button"Help" button (usually at the top left or right) of each Dynamic Report for customised help.

    1. Click on an area of the map (or any component such as the bar chart) to view the data for it. Hover over another and you will be given comparison data in the other available windows:
    2. Image showing how to compare data

    3. In the table window, you can sort the data by clicking the column heading
    4. If more than one indicator is availble in the data view, select a different one by clicking on the Indicators button"Indicators" button usually at the top left of the screen..
    5. Click on the data class (a colour in the legend box) to view all areas within that category (shown below). Like any clicked selection, you can go on to compare areas in this data class with other individual areas or data classes by hovering over them.

    6. for more in-depth help, please view our user guide: "Guidance notes to using an Instant Atlas Dynamic Report"

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Printing a Dynamic Report

  • To print an entire report, right click your mouse and the context menu options will appear, select print preview and as shown in the screenshot below a print preview box will appear.

  • You are also able to print individual components (windows) of the dynamic report by clicking on the dropdown box of the 'Print Preview' window:

Print Preview menu

 

NB. When printing direct from an instant atlas report it is advisable to look at the print preferences within the print window and ensure the page layout is set to landscape. Printing in portrait has a tendency to compress the image and can distort the layout.


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Search

Screen shot of the search facility

The Search facility allows you to explore the contents of the system and locate data of interest using simple search tools.
  • Enter a search term in the 'search for' box and results will appear in the following tabs:
    • Profiles - a good place to start if you require a general overview (Appears on top).
    • Maps & Data - gives a detailed view of the data and is geared up for researchers and those more confident with analysing data.
    • Geographies tab - will provide results if you searched for a Hertfordshire geography
    • The Indicators tab shows results by indicators that you searched for. The link provides links its metadata (and not the raw data itself). Click on 'Find Linked / Related' link to see which profile or data view (Maps and Data) that indicator is used in to see the data.

  • For each item you can view the metadata (or notes) by clicking on the Information icon 'information' icon. You may also be able to follow links to view the item itself.

  • Use the 'Show' options below the list to display more or fewer items.


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Advanced Profiles

The Advanced Profiles Wizard

Profiles present data about a specific geographic area (or selection of areas) using text, tables, charts and images. This module allows you to personalise the Profile by making your own selection of areas. You can start by choosing your areas or choosing your data - click the corresponding button to start designing your Profile. Alternatively, click the Favourites tab. This will enable you to choose a selection of areas that you have added to your Favourites.

View of the Advanced Profiles screen

  1. Choose Area

  2. Choose a geography from the "Geo-Type" drop down list and then choose one of more areas within that geography by holding down the 'Ctrl' key whilst clicking the mouse.

    Geography selector in advanced profiles

    It may be possible to filter the list of areas - if this is the case, use the "Filter" drop down lists to first select a Geo-Type and then an area.

    If you make a new selection of areas, you can add this to your Favourites for future use. (Log in required).

    It may also be possible to make your selection of areas using an interactive map (you must have Adobe Flash 9 or later installed on your computer to view this map). Use the map tools to zoom in/out or reset the map. You can hold down the "Shift" button on your keyboard and use the mouse to drag a box to zoom into a specific region. Hold down the "Ctrl" button on your keyboard and click on areas to select or deselect them.


    Once you have made your selection of areas click the Next Button"Next" button.

  3. Choose Profile

    Navigate to a Profile using the theme tree.

    Example of selecing a profile in the theme tree

    Select the profile and then click on the Next Button "Next" button.

  4. Choose Comparison Areas

  5. Hold down the "Ctrl" button on your keyboard and click on comparison areas to add them to the Profile.

    Selecting a comparator

    Click on the Profile button "Profile" button.

  6. Viewing the Profile

    Navigation, metadata and export options work in the same way as a standard profile.

    If you selected multiple areas for your Profile, the tables and charts will display aggregated values for your selection, values for the individual areas or both. If charts are present, you can move the mouse pointer over a bar or line in order to display a tooltip with further information.

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Advanced Data Views (for logged in users only)

Introduction

The Advanced Maps and Data (sometimes known as Advanced Data Views) wizard allows you to create personalised Maps and Data with the Indicators of your choice and for the areas of your choice. These Data Views can be viewed as a table, chart, Dynamic Report or exported.

  1. To start designing your Data View, click a Geo-Type in the list. Alternatively, click the Favourites tab. This will enable you to choose a selection of areas that you have added to your Favourites.
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  3. Choose Areas

  4. Choose one or more areas from the list. It may be possible to filter the list of areas - if this is the case, use the "Filter" drop down lists to first select a Geo-Type and then an area. If you make a new selection of areas, you can add this to your Favourites for future use.


    It may also be possible to make your selection of areas using an interactive map (you must have Adobe Flash 9 or later installed on your computer to view this map). Use the map tools to zoom in/out or reset the map. You can hold down the "Shift" button on your keyboard and use the mouse to drag a box to zoom into a specific region. Hold down the "Ctrl" button on your keyboard and click on areas to select or deselect them.


    Once you have made your selection of areas click the "Next" button.

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  5. Choose Indicators

  6. Use the "Theme" drop down list to choose a Theme. The Indicators in the "Available Indicators" box will be updated. Hold down the "Ctrl" button on your keyboard and click Indicator Instances in the list to select/deselect them. Once you have made your selection, click the single arrow button to send them into the "Selected Indicators" box. If you wish to send over all of the Indicator Instances you can click the double arrow button. You can use the reverse buttons to remove a selection or all Indicator Instances from the "Selected Indicators" box. The "Metadata" button beneath the "Available Indicators" allows you to view the metadata for any Indicator selected in the box - this enables you to make an informed choice about whether you should add it to your Data View.
    Choose an item from the "Use a Favourite" list if you wish to use a selection of Indicator Instances that you added to your Favourites.
    Once you have made your selection of Indicator Instances click the "Next" button.

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  7. Choose Comparison Areas

Comparison areas may be available for adding to the Data View. Hold down the "Ctrl" button on your keyboard and click comparison areas in the list to select/deselect them.
Once you have made your selection of comparison areas click the "Next" button.

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  • Displaying the Data View as a Table

The Data View is initially displayed as a table. You can sort the table by clicking on a column heading. You can view the metadata for an indicator or a geographic feature by clicking the information icon. Comparison areas will be displayed at the foot of the table. Click the "Add Associates" button to add any associate values (e.g. numerators) to the table. You can subsequently remove these by clicking the "Remove Associates" button.
A series of icons is available above the table:

  • Print: print the table
  • Chart: chart all areas and Indicator Instances that are selected in the table. Different types of chart are available.
  • Report: view this Data View using a Dynamic Report (Map)
  • Email: send an email with the link to this table
  • CSV: export the Data View in CSV format
  • XML: export the Data View in XML format
  • Excel: export the Data View in Excel format

Click the "Add to favourites" option below the table if you wish to add this Data View to your Favourites.

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  • Displaying the Data View Using a Chart

You can chart as many of the areas and Indicator Instances in the Data View as you like. You can select/deselect individual areas or Indicator Instances by clicking the check boxes. You can click the "Use in chart?" check boxes to select/deselect all areas or Indicator Instances. Once you have made your selection in the table, click the "Chart" button.

    Below the chart are the following options:
    • Title title: type in a new title for your chart and then click anywhere else on the page to update this.
    • Chart type: change the type of chart used to display the data.
    • Chart size: change the size of the chart. When there are many areas or indicators to display a large chart can be particularly useful.
    • Chart style: change the data shown on each axis.

Once the chart is finished, click on it using your right mouse button - you can save the chart or copy and paste it into another application.

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  • Displaying the Data View Using a Map (Dynamic Report)

  • Click on the 'Report' button to be presented with a list of templates which may be compatible with the data you have selected. Try selecting from the list which has a name which includes the geography (geo-type) you selected earlier.

Many of our Dynamic Reports require require Adobe Flash Player 9 (or later) and / or a modern browser capable of displaying HTML 5 to be installed on your computer. You can download the Flash Player from http://get.adobe.com/flash player/

Once the Dynamic Report has loaded you will be able to use the interactive functionality to explore the data. An introduction to the interactive functionality is available via the Maps and Data tab above. If you need more specific help, click the "Help" button within the Dynamic Report.


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