There are three types of posts: News, reports and data posts. News posts can be found through the latest news column on the front page. Data and report posts can be found in the latest resource feeds of the frontage, as well as in the thematic pages. All posts can also be found through the search facility, top right corner of the screen.
Thematic pages are pages that show information about specific themes. There are 8 thematic pages accessible through the front page. Each thematic page shows a dashboard with the key figures related to the selected theme in Milton Keynes and a feed of the latest data and reports that relate to this theme.
Data posts are posts that are associated with data. Each data post includes a description of the data, at least one file that contains the downloadable, raw data and can include charts visualising parts of the data. All charts and visualisations are interactive and can be downloaded (as images, etc.) All posts can be shared on various social networks.
Charts on MK Insight always have the same form and functions. They represent simple, two-dimensional data which can be represented as different types of charts (bar charts, the default representation, pie chart and line chart), as well as in a simple table.
You can select a specific region of a bar chart or a line chart to display by dragging the mouse across this region. Once you have zoomed in, buttons will appear in the top right corner of the chart (see image) allowing you to reset the zoom, or switch to panning mode so you can explore the entire chart by dragging it left or right.
If you have an account allowing you to contribute data, you can use the “contribute” section to create a new post, including a data post. Simply describe the data you want to add, using text, categories and tags. You can upload the file containing the data using the “add media” button.
If the file you have added is a spreadsheet (Excel or CSV), a feature will appear as soon as you have saved your post for the first time to create visualisations for your data. It allows you to select the part of the spreadsheet to visualise, choose the type of “things” it represents (wards, estates, schools, roundabouts, etc.) and attaches specific dimensions to them based on the values of the columns. Once that is done, the tool will suggest a set of charts that can be inserted in your post. These charts can be copied anywhere else on the site as well and reused through data pages.
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