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pinellasindicators.org - System Help

This page explains how to navigate pinellasindicators.org and interact with its system modules. Another help page, specific to Dynamic Reports, is accessed via the Help button in the upper right-hand corner of each Dynamic Report.

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Accessing the System Modules
Quick Profiles

Accessing the System Modules

Access to the system modules, providing data interaction and visualization tools, is via the left-hand navigation bar. You may need to login to access certain modules; and, access is automatically controlled via login privileges.

The system modules have different roles:

  • Statistics - view pre-defined groupings of indicators using Dynamic Reports or as tables

  • Advanced Statistics - use a wizard to create your own personalized data view

  • Profiles - view profiles that present data about a specific geographic area using text, tables, charts and images

  • Advanced Profiles - use a wizard to create your own personalized profile

  • Search - search the contents of the system using keywords to locate the information you are interested in

  • Resources - access additional resources incorporated into the system

Quick Profiles

Simply type the name of an area of interest into the Quick Profiles box and click the 'Go' button. This feature is not be available to all users.

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Statistics

Introduction
Displaying Statistics Using a Dynamic Report
Displaying the Statistics as a Table

Introduction

Statistics provides access to data views that can be displayed using Dynamic Reports or as tables. You can navigate to data using:

  • Themes - click on the By Themes tab to expand themes. Then click a theme of interest.

  • Geo-Type - click on the By Geo-type tab. Then click a theme of interest.

  • List - click on the As List tab. Use options below the list to specify the number of items to display. Then click a theme of interest.

  • Search - type in a search term. Any statistics tagged with this term will be listed.

  • Favorites - if you are logged in to the system, you can click on any statistics that you have added to your Favorites.

Once you have clicked a data view, the viewing options will appear. A data view may be available for more than one Geo-Type. For each Geo-Type, a number of viewing and export options will be available.

Displaying the Data View Using a Dynamic Report

Different Dynamic Reports may be available for displaying the data. They all 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/

Once the Dynamic Report has loaded you will be able to use the interactive functionality to explore the data. If you need help, click the "Help" button within the Dynamic Report.

Displaying the Data View as a Table

A table may initially show data or it may be blank. The data displayed can be changed using the "Available Data" explorer. Use the options directly above the table to add all data, latest dates only, selected dates, associates (e.g. numerators) or reset the 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. You can delete indicators from the table by clicking the cross icon. Comparison areas will be displayed at the foot of the table.

You can export the table in CSV, XML or Excel formats using the icons directly above the table. Click the email icon to send an email containing a link to the page you are viewing.

Click the Print icon at the top of the page to print the table. If Dynamic Reports are available for viewing, you can click the icons at the top of the table to see these.

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Advanced Statistics

Introduction
Choose Areas
Choose Indicators
Choose Comparison Areas
Displaying the Data a Table
Displaying the Data Using a Chart
Displaying the Data Using a Dynamic Report

Introduction

The Advanced Statistics wizard allows you to create personalized data views with the indicators of your choice and for the areas of your choice. The statistics can be viewed as a table, chart, Dynamic Report or exported.

To start designing your data view, click a Geo-Type in the list. Alternatively, click the Favorites tab. This will enable you to choose a selection of areas that you have added to your Favorites.

Choose Areas

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 Favorites 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 the maps). 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.

Choose Indicators

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 Favorite" list if you wish to use a selection of indicator instances that you added to your Favorites.

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

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.

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 charts are available.

  • Dynamic Report - view the data view using a Dynamic Report

  • Email - send an email containing a link to the table

  • CSV - export the data in CSV format

  • XML - export the data in XML format

  • Excel - export the data in Excel format

Click the "Add to favorites" option below the table if you wish to add this data view to your Favorites.

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 checkboxes. You can click the "Use in chart?" checkboxes 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 - 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.

Displaying the Data View Using a Dynamic Report

Different Dynamic Reports may be available for displaying the data view. They all 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/

Once the Dynamic Report has loaded you will be able to use the interactive functionality to explore the data. If you need help, click the "Help" button within the Dynamic Report.

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Profiles

Viewing a Profile

Viewing a Profile

Profiles present data about a specific geographic area using text, tables, charts and images. You can navigate to a Profile using:

  • Themes - click on the By Themes tab to expand themes. Then click a theme of interest.

  • Geo-Type - click on the By Geo-type tab. Then click a theme of interest.

  • List - : click on the As List tab. Use options below the list to specify the number of items to display. Then click a theme of interest.

  • Search - type in a search term. Any statistics tagged with this term will be listed.

  • Favorites - if you are logged in to the system, you can click on any statistics that you have added to your Favorites.

Click the section headings beneath the title of the Profile to jump to a particular section. Click the information icons to view metadata for the indicators included in the Profile. If charts are present, you can move the mouse pointer over a bar or line in order to display a tooltip with further information.

To export the Profile in Portable Document Format (PDF), click the "PDF" button at the top of the Profile.

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Advanced Profiles

The Advanced Profiles Wizard
Choose Areas
Choose Profile
Choose Comparison Areas
Viewing the Profile
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 personalize 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 Favorites tab. This will enable you to choose a selection of areas that you have added to your Favorites.

Choose Areas

Choose a Geo-Type from the "Geo-Type" drop down list. You can then choose one or more areas from a 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 Favorites 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.

Choose Profile

You can navigate to a Profile using:

  • Themes - click on the By Themes tab to expand themes. Then click a theme of interest.

  • Geo-Type - click on the By Geo-type tab. Then click a theme of interest.

  • List - click on the As List tab. Use options below the list to specify the number of items to display. Then click a theme of interest.

  • Search - type in a search term. Any statistics tagged with this term will be listed.

  • Favorites - if you are logged in to the system, you can click on any statistics that you have added to your Favorites

Choose Comparison Areas

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

Viewing the Profile

Click the section headings beneath the title of the Profile to jump to a particular section. Click the information icons to view metadata for the indicators included in the 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.

To export the Profile in Portable Document Format (PDF), click the "PDF" button at the top of the Profile.

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Search

Searching the System

Searching the System

The Search module allows you to explore the contents of the system and locate data of interest by entering search terms. The results of the search will be displayed under a series of tabs. Click the tab of interest to see the results of the search. Use the options below the list to display more or fewer items. For each item you can view the metadata (i.e., source and notes). You can also follow links to view the data.

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Resources

The Resources module is a searchable database of websites, reports and other documents on select topics of interest. You can navigate resources by:

  • Themes - click on the By Themes tab to expand themes. Then click a theme of interest.

  • List - : click on the As List tab. Use options below the list to specify the number of items to display. Then click a theme of interest.

  • Search - type in a search term. Any resource tagged with this term will be listed.

  • Favorites - if you are logged in to the system, you can click on any statistics that you have added to your Favorites.

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