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?
- Visit www.s3platform.eu, register and click on ‘How to form RIS3’ to browse through the applications.
- Under ‘Phase 2: Analysis of Context’, select ‘2.1: Regional Assets Mapping’.
- 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’).
- 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.
- Under ‘My report’, select ‘Preview’ to add your own description or explanation of the results.
- Repeat as required, if you wish to add additional data.
- Download the report showing your data and commentary.
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.
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 the main filters for the analysis
During the first step of the application, the user will have to choose the main filters for his analysis. These include:
- main category (e.g. geography, demography & society, economy & labour, structural business statistics, business demographics and innovation system)
- years included in the analysis
- regions that are going to be included
- variables for the analysis
It is important to notice that the application gives to users the opportunity to group their results either based on regions, or based 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 option provide the opportunity to perform comparative analysis not only within a region, but also between different EU regions.
Step 2 – Extraction of the 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 Clear button (Fig. 2a).
An additional functionality of the application offers the opportunity to download the selected data at an excel format (.xlsx). This can be done by pressing the Download button at the end of the table (Fig. 2b). The pop-up window gives the user the opportunity to open the .xlsx file or Save it in his/her computer.
Step 3 – Selection of the 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 pressing the Show Graph button (Fig. 3a). The choice must be done between two different visualisation modes: line graphs and bar charts. In both cases, it is possible to export the produced graphs in an image format (.png) by pressing the Export button at the bottom of the graph.