Posted on 7 May 2010 by martin sullivan
Media coverage of yesterday’s general elections has included many interactive online maps. Voters have been able to explore the election votes in different ways, seeing who won what where, and how close the contests were.
Here at the Observatory, we use InstantAtlas software to produce this kind of map. We’ve produced a map of yesterday’s election results as an example, but in fact we have many other maps available covering a wide range of topics. For example, Jobseeker’s Allowance claims by ward or the results of the place survey, which asked residents how they felt about their local government.
Looking at these kinds of data geographically can often be illuminating; maps can often reveal patterns that the raw data alone wouldn’t reveal. At the Observatory, the spatial dimension is something we’re always considering – maps aren’t just for election time!
Filed under: Data, Geographical Information, Maps, West Midlands | Tagged: data visualisation, ge2010, gis, maps, West Midlands | Leave a comment »
Posted on 25 March 2010 by martin sullivan
The 2009 R&D Scoreboard, produced by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, examines the research and development spending of 1,000 UK companies. Dubbed the UK1000, these are the businesses which invested the largest amounts in R&D.
The Scoreboard does not measure total research and development spending, merely the biggest investors, so some substantial businesses (not to mention the wider business population) are not captured in the figures.
The Scoreboard also considers the top 1,000 companies globally (G1000), which includes only a subset of the UK1000, in order to make international comparisons.
Filed under: Data, Economy & Labour Force, Innovation, West Midlands | Tagged: BIS, Innovation, R&D, R&D spending, research and development, West Midlands | Leave a comment »
Posted on 11 January 2010 by martin sullivan
In December 2009, the Women’s Enterprise Centre of Expertise (WECOE) held a dissemination event marking the end of their project on women’s enterprise.
The event gave a platform to a large range of speakers, from ministers of parliament to academic researchers.
Rosie Winterton MP reviewed the progress of government policy in the sphere of women’s enterprise, and indicated future policy directions.
Professor Mark Hart spoke of his work (Women and entrepreneurial activity in the West Midlands: evidence from GEM 2002-08, pdf, 287kb) with data from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor which indicates that the primary factor hampering the development of women’s enterprise in the West Midlands is their disproportionate fear of failure. This is an important finding which suggests a clear direction for policy makers to take.
Filed under: Economy & Labour Force, Enterprise, Research, West Midlands | Tagged: Enterprise, entrepreneurs, gender, Self-employment, WECOE, women's enterprise, Women's Enterprise Centre of Expertise | Leave a comment »
Posted on 5 November 2009 by martin sullivan
Most of the time we compare the relative performance of the West Midlands to that of other English regions, but how do we compare with other regions in the wider EU?
INNO Metric’s 2006 Regional Innovation Scoreboard (RIS) made such comparisons, assessing data from over two hundred regions across twenty-five states of the EU to assess their relative performance in innovation. In a few weeks’ time, they will release an updated edition of the RIS using the latest available data to compare and contrast innovation performance across the EU.
Last Friday, we attended INNO Metric’s validation workshop in London to gain an understanding of the new RIS.
Filed under: Economy & Labour Force, Events, Innovation, Research, West Midlands, West Midlands Regional Observatory | Tagged: EU, Europe, European Innovation Scoreboard, Innovation | Leave a comment »
Posted on 18 September 2009 by martin sullivan
The results of the Place Survey 2008 have recently been released.
This is a national survey administered by local authorities. It aims to collect consistent national data on the way people feel about their local area and the way in which their local authority is run.
We can use the results of the place survey to compare the West Midlands region as a whole to other English regions, and to compare local authorities within the West Midlands to one another.
Filed under: Data, Economic inclusion, Geographical Information, Maps, Population, Population & Society, West Midlands | Tagged: CLG, communities, Data, local government, Place Survey | 1 Comment »
Posted on 31 July 2008 by martin sullivan
The Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) has just published its 2007 Statistics on Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in the UK and its regions, including a statistical press release and a suite of data tables.
This year’s release includes the bi-annual regional breakdown of the national figures, listing the numbers of enterprises of various sizes in the West Midlands and other regions. The figures suggest several changes since 2005: the total number of enterprises increased by more than 20 000 to over 375 000, and total turnover increased by 10% to more than £210 billion.
Contributions to turnover were not even. 0.1% of all West Midlands enterprises employed 37% of the region’s employees, and contributed to 42% of the turnover.
Filed under: Data, Enterprise, West Midlands | Tagged: BERR, employment, Enterprise, small and medium enterprises, SME, smes, statistics | Leave a comment »
Posted on 24 July 2008 by martin sullivan
On 18 July, several members of the Observatory attended a masterclass on data presentation hosted by the Association of Regional Observatories. Speakers at the event included Ed Swires-Hennessy (Local Government Data Unit, Wales), Alan Smith (Head of Data Visualisation, Office for National Statistics) and Robert Radburn (Research and Information Team, Leicestershire County Council).
It’s going to take some time to work through the wealth of information showcased at the event, but some of the techniques demonstrated there have already provided food for thought. Continue reading
Filed under: Data, Events, Geographical Information | Tagged: Association of Research Observatories, charts, data presentation, data visualisation, statistics | 1 Comment »