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Dear Users!

We're happy to present you the most recent developement of regionaldata.org (version 2.3) which introduces lots of long planned new features at your service. With the help of the new Map Wizard based on Google Maps the user can create chloropleth maps in almost an instant which describe the territorial differences of an indicator. Also we have improved the animated scatter chart function - from now on you can group values based on territorial level - enabling you to make much more colorful charts in an instant. As an another improvement you can see the regression coefficient right next to the chart itself. We have extended the database with several indicators from NFÜ(Hungarian National Developement Agency) allowing you to choose from more than 800 indicators, making you able to query the database in more than 50 million different ways. We have also added more than 130 indicators related to the 27 members of the EU with which you can create maps spanning through multiple countries. All these improvements are funded from a small budget (funds given by the Hungarian Academny of Sciences for the years 2012-2013) and wouldn't be possible without the hard and passionate work of the developement team of regionaldata.org. We hope you'll be happy and satisfied using the new analysis and charting features of regionaldata.org. We also hope that this tool will let you know more about your country and the other countries of the EU.

21 March 2013

As the result of a long and tireless effort on developing the Resource Map program, Resource Map version 2.1 has been made available to users. This development resulted in enormous progress in several areas since the initial launch of the program in 2008.

The most important is that now the Resource Map contains the social and economic indicators of county, regional, large regional (NUTS3, NUTS2, NUTS1), or even national aggregation levels, of not only Hungary, but of all European Union countries (EU-27) as well.

Accordingly, maps can be drawn of these regional breakdowns.

In addition, in collaboration with our colleagues at NCSZI , the map drawing applications was significantly revised as well. This allows for detailed spatial units (even sub-regional) maps to be drawn and download taking into account the territorial units selected by the user. As a result of our research cooperation koztar.hu, a web-based "data warehouse" application, has been created which operates a simplified version of the Resource Map.

We developed further a charting application, which was inspired by the world-renowned program gapminder and which was included in version 1.1 in 2011. Now it has become possible to prepare a chart for any listed territorial unit.

We developed a new menu option ("Data Record") which accepts any Xij data tables that contains i number and j number record attributes (fields), and is capable of analyzing some basic functions (frequency distribution, variance analysis, cross, correlation). The analysis is performed with the help of the Resource Map, and the results can be saved by the user. Currently, corporate databases for two empirical studies of expected labour market demand is available to users. The development of the menu item „Labour market forecast, prediction of process changes” (TÁMOP-2.3.2-09/1-2009-0001) research program was the result.

An important innovation has permitted users to have their own account. In accordance with the principle of cloud computing, results, tables, charts, and maps can be stored and recalled on the server at any time and saved on the machine that you wish to work on. In addition, it is possible that users themselves upload to the system information about the spatial characteristics of any or all of the EU-27 countries, based in their chosen field level. These data (indicators) are handled by the users, as well as any analysis performed, drawn maps or charts using a combination of existing system data.

In addition, we have decided not to remove version 1.1 - as it contains a number of features that we couldn’t build into version 2.1 - and we will continue to make it available in the advanced version.

And last but not least we expanded the system to 170 indicators, and updated the data for the indicators from 2009 and 2010. With this the Resource Map includes nearly 40 million data items from Hungary, and Eurostat's GDP and population data for the 27 European Union countries is also available.

We hope to further develop the program and expand the number of available indicators. The work has been accomplished with a minimal budget (see here). Financial support for further development is welcome (tothij@econ.core.hu).

With this, we officially hand over v2.1 of the Resource Map (regionaldata.org) - we hope users will have as much enjoyment using it as we had in developing it.

Budapest, February 22, 2012.

regionaldata.org developement team

22 February 2012
The program developer team

There are economists, sociologists, geographers, and program designers among the program developer research unit staff whose cooperation and common effort generated the present system of the Hungarian Regional Database.

Hajnalka Lőcsei

conception, research fellow

e-mail: nanga@ludens.elte.hu
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Nándor Németh

conception, data attendance, research fellow

e-mail: nem.nan@gmail.com
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Tamás Uhrin

program development, software developer

e-mail: tommix.work@gmail.com
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Judit Kis


e-mail: kisj@econ.core.hu
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Ágnes Czibik

writing the manual for the Hungarian Regional Database, research fellow

e-mail: agnes.czibik@gvi.hu
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Nóra Staub

research fellow

e-mail: staubnori@yahoo.com
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Sándor Rácz

program development, software developer

e-mail: racz.sandor@gmail.com
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István János Tóth

conception, head of research

e-mail: tothij@econ.core.hu
telefon: +36 20 3345825
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Róbert Goldmann,
Dániel Mester,
Péter Mód,
Kata Nagy,
Tibor Papházi,
Attila Varga

social policy data

telefon: +36 1 2376777
Nemzeti Család- és Szociálpolitikai Intézet


Bence Bublik

research fellow, testing

e-mail: bence.bublik@gmail.com
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About the Hungarian Regional Database (HRD)

The 1.0 version of the HRD has been designed to give an overview of the emergence and state of development of the regions, counties, mezo-regions and settlements of Hungary, using nearly 500 economic and social indicators, of the period between 1990 and 2008. In the current version of the Hungarian Regional Database, the data are accessible in six classifications (regional, counties, three mezo-regions and one classification according to labour market areas), while the program allows users access to nearly 32 million individual data items.

The HRD was financed by the Hungarian Government. The basis of the HRD development was the agreement between the Institute of Economics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences IE HAS and the Employment and Social Office agreements (agreement 1 - pdf és agreement 2 - pdf), the cooperation agreement between the Institute for Social Policy and Labour [now: Nemzeti Család-és Szociálpolitikai Intézet] and IE HAS(cooperation agreement - pdf) as well as the enthusiastic (and often voluntary) work of the development team.

Depending upon our financial resources, we would like to carry on with the development of the program following the release version 1.0. In the near future we hope to upgrade the underlying data and add a new menu option for those interested in regional differences pertaining to the social and economic trends of Hungary.

We have launched this 1.0 version of the HRD with the conviction that it will help all those who would like to easily and quickly access data related to Hungarian regions, counties, mezo-regions or settlements as well as the related social and economic indicators according to their varying needs.
Developers' team of the Hungarian Regional Database

Background to the Development of the Hungarian Regional Database (HRD)

Since 2007 a research unit, IE HAS, has been dealing with developing programs available on-line which provide on-line queries and downloadable social and economic datasets by territorial units (i.e. regions, counties, mezo-regions, and settlements). Iloma "Iloma" the first interactive on-line interface of this kind, was developed in September 2007, and it made accessible and downloadable a significant number of economic, demographic, and social indicators provided by IE HAS, for everybody from the the Institute's website.

The Hungarian Regional Database (http://v11.eroforrasterkep.hu/) was developed by the same research team and a demo version was launched in October 2008 as a supplement of our study carried out in the framework of the research program "Planning and designing the operating conditions of an Interactive Resource Map by mezo-regions" as laid down in a contract signed by the Employment and Social Office (now: the Public Employment Service) and IE HAS (download the paper in Hungarian here). Similar to the previously developed on-line site Iloma, the Hungarian Regional Database is strongly related to the work carried out in the() (download the paper in Hungarian here).). Similar to the previously developed on-line site Iloma, the Hungarian Regional Database is strongly related to the work carried out in the databank of IE HAS and is partly built on the indicators calculated on the basis of the data handled by IE HAS and provided by the Hungarian Tax and Financial Control Administration, the Hungarian Central Statistics Office and the Public Employment Service.

The beta version of the Hungarian Regional Database was finished in July 2009, and was presented on 28 September 2008 at the professional event of the Committee of Labour Sciences at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in the hall of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (download the presentation here in Hungarian). In the development of the beta version we used the development experience of previous development projects, and utilized the American and European examples (BEA, MAGIC) of developments making economic data available.

In late 2009, the Analysts Team for Social Policy(SZECS). of the Institute for Social Policy and Labour (SZMI) got involved in the development of the 1.0 version of the program.

SZECS, cooperating with IE HAS, worked out and inserted into the HRD a system of indicators related to some important services and supplies of the Hungarian system of social policy. During our work, we have completed the existing database with new calculated indicators that can efficiently help the sectoral governance of the social area, the preparation of decision-making at central and local levels, and the work of researchers and analysts of social policy. The system makes it possible to poll on different territorial levels, and offers several display modes for the users of the system.