Community Information Database - Video tutorial

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Video tutorial


(Beginning of video tutorial. The text “Introduction to the Geostatistical Observatory of the Community Information Database” appear on screen)

Home page

The observatory includes 4 main workspaces, you can access them via the buttons here. Or via the shortcut at the top. Other shortcuts can be found on the home page to help you browse more easily.

Indicators page

Let's discover the indicators workspace

(On the left, you will find the control panel.)

More than 1000 indicators presented in several themes

(Classify by type and select an indicator population of women aged 45 to 49.)

The indicator is displayed on the map area

(Up to 2 indicators can be displayed on the same map. The selected indicators are displayed in the basket where they can be shown or hidden using the eye.)

Click on the indicator documentation icon

(Each indicator has its own metadata sheet.)

(The second menu in the control panel, "Change the geographical breakdown", helps us to change our analysis grid.)

The observatory contains several geographical breakdowns.

(We select "Province 2016" and the indicators displayed are aggregated to this geographical level. We also change to the level "Census Division 2016" to visualize the indicators on this level. In the label at the top of the map we see an arrow that shows that we have a history of the evolution of this indicator.)

We can visualize the evolution of an indicator over time through the temporal animation.

(The search for a territory is done on all the geographical levels.)

(Search: I search for Ottawa and select the entity "Ottawa" in the desired level, a selection and a zoom is done directly on the selected entity.)

(From a territory, you can select all the geographical entities within a given radius, by clicking and dragging to draw the radius or by clicking on "act on this selection". The value of the selection is displayed in the map key of the indicator(s) displayed.)

Changing the parameters of a displayed indicator

(Click on the "parameters" button in the map legend of an indicator to change the symbol, colour and size for proportional circles, and the discretization method, number of classes and colour contrast for choropleth analyses.)

Zoom in/out with the buttons or with the mouse wheel

Once the map is customized, it can be exported in different formats

Display plans to extend the environment of my map


Let's discover the values behind the selected indicators in the basket

(The table displays the values behind all the indicators in the basket. You can apply a multi-criteria filter and export the data of the whole table, the filtered values or only the values of the selected areas.)


It allows having key figures on the whole territory compared to a selected area.

(You can export the synthesis in PDF or in an XLSX file to have the data behind each graph of the synthesis.)

We can display two menus at the same time.

Display plans to extend the environment of my map

(You can display rasters in order to dress up the map before exporting it, using the "Actions" button.)

(Once the map is customized, it can be exported in different formats.)

Reports page

(The reports and chapters are displayed in the left part of the window.)

We switch between the chapters, either directly in the tree structure” "Or by using arrows.

(The graphs are dynamic and allow you to isolate a single area and discover the data behind each graph which can be exported individually.)

A report with 15 chapters, covering different themes

We can customize our study and comparison areas to fit our research.

The data of each graphic can be displayed and the graphs can be exported individually

Personalize the study and the comparison zones to adapt them to your needs

Several options are available to customize the study or comparison area

(I compare the Ottawa census division to the Quebec census subdivision, all the graphs adapt according to my choice.)

You can isolate the data of a zone

Export the report

It is possible to export only one chapter or the whole report

(The custom report is fully exported by going through the "Actions" button.)

External data page

A portal dedicated mainly to personal data using 2 options

(Copy/paste territorial or punctual data.)

We define the appropriate geographical reference

The dataset must be prepared according to the recommendations in the text or based on the template file.

(I copy the columns of my dataset and paste them in the dedicated space.)

The indicators are displayed immediately

(I modify the metadata of the indicator, or I create a new indicator using my own data.)

The data is aggregated to all possible geographical levels

Once my indicators are created, I integrate them into the main tree structure

(The purpose here is to compare them to the existing indicators in the observatory, in order to have complete analyses.)

I display on the same map my personal data, as well as data from the Community Information Database

(End of video tutorial.)

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