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New data mapping tool reveals details of Preston life

Posted on - 26th June, 2014 - 2:30pm | Author - | Posted in - Locations, News, Observations

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Launched last week, an intriguing and fascinating mapping tool that allows you to source a huge range of social and economic indicators in your own area, or anywhere else in England or Wales.

Extremely easy to use, the DataShine tool was developed by James Cheshire and Oliver O’Brien from University College London (UCL).

The mapping tool takes data from the 2011 census and Office for National Statistics. It is also part of the “Big Open Data: Mining and Synthesis” project.

All kinds of statistics are instantly available for the Preston area and this information is simple to read and understand.

Want to know the percentage of houses in Cadley with 5 or more bedrooms? How many people travel to work on a bike from Riversway? The percentage of people resident in the UK for less than 2 years in the City Centre? It’s all here with a quick click and hover of the mouse. Stunningly quick.

Very useful data to compare town against town or city against city and a far superior statistic tool than similar offerings from the government.

The map auto-updates to keep the data fresh. A great feature.

The DataShine mapping project looks to promote and develop the use of large and open datasets amongst the social science community.

This is the first part of the initiative, to visualisation the data in a new and informative way to inspire new uses and generate insights.

Take a look at the DataShine mapping tool here

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