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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.
Could you tell us more about the latest additions?
Like most local authorities, the use of good quality small area statistics is a good way to identify trends for research data. The Cambridgeshire Atlas | Indices of deprivation 2015 helps public sector organisations and others identify some of these issues rapidly. We created an easy-to-use atlas using the latest Index of Multiple deprivation that highlights areas more or less relatively deprived, in national terms. This atlas includes overall multiple deprivation but also contains useful indicators on deprivation topics such as income, health, living environment, children and older people.
How have you incorporated Open Data stories?
The Cambridgeshire Insight Open Data stories provide context on how our data is being to help people understand local data. To illustrate these stories, authors use a combination of data, images and screenshots to add local meaning. The atlases already that have been produced for these topics give quick access to these resources and provide a great starting point for those interested in further learning.
What other features have you added?
We have included the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough (GCGP) Economic Assessment project as an interactive visualisation using the Cambridgeshire Atlases to allow another level of engagement with this important strategic data . This informs county and district councils' strategic economic interventions, as well as those of the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The assessment also forms part of the evidence base for the preparation of a range of local strategies such as local plans for transport and development, skills and economic development strategies. The GCGP Economic Assessment atlas comprises three sections: People, Business and Place. Each section uses data ranging from hi-tech businesses to local commuting patterns to give a strategic view of the LEP area. By creating different visualisations for each section we can present a variety of data from different sources in a range of formats to suit multiple users.
What are the next steps for Cambridgeshire Insight?
The strategic direction of our research work continues to provide good quality, relevant data. This complements our work on providing the most suitable and accessible formats for presenting this data. This could be using an InstantAtlas data visualisation, a PDF research report on Cambridgeshire Insight or the open data that are used to feed these resources. All of these resources are available on our open data portal, Cambridgeshire Insight Open Data.
The next step is to identify the benefits from some of the new interactive report writing tools coming from InstantAtlas. We want to find out how we can leverage existing resources and present data with these tools. Our work with Cambridgeshire Insight, open data and data visualisation is partnership driven, which means its strength really lies in the energy, people and projects driving it so we can engage with new customers and partners.
Connect with the Cambridgeshire team
Guest blogging posts from the Cambridgeshire Insight team
The pyramids of crime by Sonia Bargh
The Cambridgeshire research group have created these population pyramids so that locally you can see the profiles by district of victimisation and offending. This is to help local service delivery and ensure best practice in evidence led policy...
Desperate houselives: How Cambridgeshire is using local housing data to identify housing insights by Polly Jackson
We have recently re-launched our Local Housing Allowance (LHA) changes atlas on Cambridgeshire Insight website. The atlas, originally developed in 2011, looks at how some of the changes to housing benefit may affect claimants in the Cambridge sub-region (Cambridgeshire and West Suffolk). Using data from Hometrack it shows where typical and entry-level market rents fall within the LHA rate.