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As part of the European Structural and Investment Funds agreement, all EU regions must produce a descriptive analysis on their regional assets, eg: economic performance, employment and infrastructure. This application integrates this data into a searchable platform, in order to enable anyone to access, compare and produce visually appealing reports on regional assets across the EU. This would be useful for anybody wishing to scope potential markets, or benchmark progress in economic development or the growth of particular industries and sectors.

How does it work?

  1. Visit www.s3platform.eu, register and click on ‘How to form RIS3’ to browse through the applications.
  2. Under ‘Phase 2: Analysis of Context’, select ‘2.1: Regional Assets Mapping’.
  3. Select the topic, time period, regions and indicators that you wish to be mapped and choose whether you wish this information to be grouped by region or indicator (‘variable’).
  4. You can choose to download the raw data, set it out in a bar or line graph format, or save either the data itself or your graph into a report.
  5. Under ‘My report’, select ‘Preview’ to add your own description or explanation of the results.
  6. Repeat as required, if you wish to add additional data.
  7. Download the report showing your data and commentary.
Figure 1 Overview of the information flows within the Regional Assets Mapping application.

Figure 1 Overview of the information flows within the Regional Assets Mapping application.

The main output of the application is a Word document setting out a report on the regional assets data which the user has elected to search for using the application, set out in the format which the user has chosen. The report has text boxes under each piece of data where you can add a description and commentary if you wish.

Background

The Regional Assets Mapping application uses data provided by Eurostat, the EU’s statistical office. The EU regions in the application follow Eurostat’s NUTS (Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics) system for dividing up the economic territory of the EU.

How to use this application step-by-step?

Step 1 – Selection of main filters for analysis

During the first step of the application, the user will have to choose the main filters for his analysis. These include:

  1. main category (e.g. demography & society, economy & labour, structural business statistics, business demographics, innovation system and geography)
    Figure 1a:  Step 1 – Selection of category

    Figure 1a: Step 1 – Selection of category

  2. years included in the analysis – regions to be included – variable for the analysis
    Figure 1b:  Step 1 – Selection of years & regions & variables

    Figure 1b: Step 1 – Selection of years & regions & variables

  3. group by region or variable

    The application gives users the opportunity to group their results based either on regions, or on variables. Thus, we can obtain results in two forms: i) results for a specific variable for a number of regions; and ii) results for a number of different variables for a specific region. These two different options provide the opportunity to perform comparative analysis not only within a region, but also between different EU regions (Fig. 1c).

    Figure 1c:  Step 1 – Selection of group type

    Figure 1d: Step 1 – Selection of group type

Step 2 – Extraction of selected data in table format

In the second step of the application, the user will be able to see his/her selected indicators in a table format by pressing the Search button. He/she is also able to reset the selection criteria by pressing the Reset button (Fig. 2a).

Figure 2a:  Step 2 - Extraction of data in table format

Figure 2a: Step 2 – Extraction of data in table format

An additional functionality of the application offers the opportunity to download the selected data in an excel format or CSV format. This can be done by hovering the Download button at the end of the table (Fig. 2b). The pop-up window gives the user the opportunity to open the file or save it in his/her computer.

Figure 2b: Pop-up window for downloading data in a table format

Figure 2b: Pop-up window for downloading data in a table format

For specific benchmarking calculations between regions, such as min/max/avg, you can make use of the Benchmarking App (2.1), by downloading the data in xls format here and then uploading it in the Upload data section of 2.1 App, as depicted below.

Figure 3a: Step 3 Selection of the appropriate visualisation mode for the data

Figure 2c: Upload xls file in Benchmarking App

Step 3 – Selection of appropriate visualisation mode for the data

The third step of the application offers the opportunity to select the appropriate visualisation mode for the data by hovering the Show Graph button (Fig. 3a). The selection must be made between two different visualisation modes: line graphs and bar charts. The user can also use the Insert to Report button to include table data in his final report.

Figure 3a: Step 3 Selection of the appropriate visualisation mode for the data

Figure 3a: Step 3 Selection of the appropriate visualisation mode for the data

Figure 3c: Bar chart produced by the Regional Assets Mapping application

Figure 3b: Bar chart produced by the Regional Assets Mapping application

Figure 3b: Line graph produced by the Regional Assets Mapping application

Figure 3c: Line graph produced by the Regional Assets Mapping application

In both cases, it is possible to export the generated graphs in an image format (.png) by pressing the Download Image button at the bottom of the graph. The user can also save the graphs into his final report by selecting the Insert to Report button.

Step 4 : Creating and export of final report

As mentioned above, the user can save either the data itself or the graphs generated into his report, by pressing the Insert to Report button (Fig. 3a, Fig. 3b and Fig. 3c). He can repeat this, if he wishes to add additional data to his report, after applying new filters to regional data. By pressing the Export button located in the My Report menu (Fig. 4a), the user can export his report directly to a .doc file, with all data gradually included to it.

Figure 4a: Step 4 - My Report options

Figure 4a: Step 4 – My Report options

By selecting the Preview button, the user can preview the report and add some explanation of the results grouped by category, and then click the Download Report button to export it in .doc format (Fig. 4b). Finally, the app gives the user the opportunity to see the overall status of this report in the form of a dendrogram, indicating which variables have already been included, by pressing the Progress button of the My Report menu (Fig. 4c). These extra functionalities are only available for the registered users of the application, as the data are stored incrementally in their personal account.

Figure 4b: Step 4 - Preview Report screen

Figure 4b: Step 4 – Preview Report screen

Figure 4c: Step 4 – Overall Variable Report Status

Figure 4c: Step 4 – Overall Variable Report Status

Related documents

Selected use cases using the Regional Assets Mapping tool of the Online-S3 platform:

Will be uploaded after the pilots

Selected RIS3 strategies including Regional Assets Mapping:

Regional Assets Mapping

You can select the years, regions and variables of the chosen category to be included in your analysis. You can also group your results based either on regions or variables. By pressing the Search button, you will obtain the results in table or chart format.

Year:

Choose regions to include in your search:

Filter by variable:

Group by:


My Report

  • You have to sign in to create your report.
  • You have to sign in to create your report.
  • You have to sign in to create your report.

See all variables by category:

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