The focus of this month’s E-zine is Metadata.
What is Metadata?
Metadata is "data about data ", and is used to describe the design, specification and content of datasets held on NINIS.
It tells the user the purpose of the dataset, how it was collected and if there are data quality issues they need to be aware of.
The user should read the metadata to see if the dataset meets their needs.
Every dataset on NINIS has accompanying metadata. For datasets which open in MS Excel rather than in grid format, there is an additional tab for metadata within the spreadsheet.
To access the metadata, select the metadata tab in the top right hand corner of the dataset.
Other NINIS news
A new dual population pyramid has been added to NINIS under the Census themes. The
Population Estimates – Census Comparator
allows you to compare the population of Local Government Districts and the new 11 districts (LGD 2014) within Northern Ireland for the 2001 and 2011 Censuses.
Census 2011 Local Characteristics for Northern Ireland will be published on 20 March 2014 at 9.30am.
This release comprises Local Characteristics for a range of different geographical breakdowns of
Northern Ireland including Local Government Districts (LGDs), Assembly Areas (AAs), Electoral Wards,
Super Output Areas (SOAs) and Small Areas (SAs). For more detail on the content and schedule of future
releases visit the Northern Ireland Census 2011 Output Prospectus.
Local Government Districts 2014
NINIS currently has 80 datasets and 20 interactive maps available at the new 11 districts (LGD2014),
under a variety of themes including Census, Population and People and Places.
We are asking all data providers to supply NINIS with LGD2014 data where possible, prior to the purdah period.
Also available on NINIS for the 11 new districts are Census 2011 Infographics,
as well as Census 2011 and Deprivation 2010 area profiles.
Small Area Population Estimates for Northern Ireland (rebased 2001-2010 and new estimates for 2011-2012)
for the new 11 districts will be released on 27 March 2014 at 9.30am. This release will include counts of the
Northern Ireland population as at 30th June, by sex and age.
Datasets and Interactive Content
New datasets added to NINIS in February include:
A number of new interactive maps were added:
Datasets updated with latest year data include Childhood Obesity Rates
, Prescriptions for Antidepressant Drugs
and Claimant Count Annual Averages.
Interactive maps updated with latest year data include Median Sale Price of Residential Properties: Jan 2013 – Dec 2013
and Claimant Count Long Term Unemployed Annual Averages.
NINIS Training Workshops
The next NINIS Workshops will take place in McAuley House on 27 March 2014, with places on both morning and afternoon sessions still available.
To register, visit the Workshops
section of the NINIS website.