How can the LIS help you find Data in Warwickshire?

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11th March 2016

What is the LIS?

The Local Information System (LIS) is used to store and share Warwickshire data and statistics.

We focus on the figures of Warwickshire, but we also have lots of comparative statistics on the surrounding sub-region (Coventry and Solihull), Local Enterprise Partnerships, the West Midlands region and national figures.

We collect data from a wide variety of sources and upload it to our database. We then reformat it, so that it’s easier for you to digest.

Take a look at the Local Information System by clicking on this link: http://www.warwickshireobservatory.org/data-charts/.

Or you can simply click on the Data & Charts button in the Navigation Bar above.

How can the LIS help you find Warwickshire Data and Statistics?

At first glance the LIS can seem slightly complicated but bear with it because it’s a very useful tool.

By making use of each of the things described below, you will hopefully be able to find the Data you want.

You’ll find the following terms get used a lot:

Themes, Dataviews and Indicators

The Local Information System is made up of 12 themes. You can use these 12 themes to find local and national level data.

The 12 themes are:

  • Children & Young People
  • Community Safety
  • Culture & Society
  • Deprivation & Need
  • Economy & Employment
  • Education & Learning
  • Energy & Environment
  • Health & Wellbeing (JSNA)
  • Housing
  • Population & Census
  • Quality of Life
  • Transport & Highways

When you click on one of the 12 themes you’ll be taken to a theme page, with the “DataView icon DataViews” tab (highlighted in orange) selected by default. This page is a list of sub-theme headings and within each sub-theme is a list of “Dataviews” – these are denoted by the graphic: Data View icon.

Within each Dataview is a collection of “Indicators”…

Here’s an example of what I’m talking about:

  • Theme: Community Safety
  • Sub-theme: Crime and Disorder
  • Dataview: Alcohol-related Crime
  • Indicator/s: (Example Indicators) “Recorded crime attributable to alcohol”, “Recorded crime attributable to alcohol (rate per 1,000 population)”, “Recorded sexual offences attributable to alcohol”, “Recorded sexual offences attributable to alcohol (rate per 1,000 population)”.

Geo-Types

Before you can see actual figures for the indicators in a Dataview, you must first choose a Geo-Type.

This term refers to the type of geographical area the indicators relate to – the choice is entirely dependent on the research you’re doing!

These Geo-Types include (amongst others):

  • England
  • Region (i.e. West Midlands)
  • Warwickshire Districts (North Warwickshire, Nuneaton & Bedworth, Rugby, Warwick, Stratford-on-Avon)
  • Wards (including the latest 2015 District Electoral Wards for Warwickshire)
  • 2011 Census: LSOA (Lower Super Output Areas in Warwickshire)

Choose a Geo-Type and then pick the format you’d like it in – either as a “Report” (on screen) or a “Download”. If you prefer to download the data, click on the “Excel” or “CSV”options provided.

Reports include both “Tables” and “Dynamic reports”. Clicking on “Table” will take you to a webpage with the data displayed for that geo-type. These tables have some functionality, such as:

  • being able to display the historical (time series) figures on a specific indicator
    (from the list of indicators at the top of the page, click on the “+” button against an indicator name to display all available dates. Then click the tick box next to the indicator name to select the full time series, or tick individual boxes to select specific years. Then click on the “Show selected dates” button to refresh the table displayed. You can quickly return to the original (latest dates) table by clicking the “Reset” button);
  • view more detailed descriptive information (metadata) about an indicator
    (by clicking on the “i” icon in the indicator column heading);
  • being able to select and remove specific columns from the table
    (just click on the blue “X” in the indicator column heading);
  • sorting table rows in ascending or descending order, according to the values in a particular column
    (by clicking on the small data table icon in the column heading).

Some DataViews also have dynamic reports, which are interactive maps to display and explore the indicators. These are available in either HTML5 or Flash, for older browsers (IE8 or earlier). We are currently working on developing more dynamic reports, so will be writing another blog post once these are ready!

Help!

If you need any help, take a look at the Help page, or contact us by email: localinformationsystem@warwickshire.gov.uk

Note: If we don’t have the data you’re looking for, please contact us using the email above.