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This data was obtained from the Central Statistics Office’s 2011 Irish census. The Irish education datasets provided by eSpatial can be used to examine and analyse the educational attainment levels of the Irish population. These datasets can be used in conjunction with the eSpatial mapping software to create reports which investigate education levels across Ireland. Reports can be generated which examine qualification levels within Ireland in relation to the total population, the male population and the female population at the Irish province and county geographical levels. You can also link and connect your own personal or commercial data to these datasets. Educational attainment levels across Ireland can also therefore be analysed in relation to your own data. Below is an example of a simple Irish education report. This report was designed by eSpatial to illustrate how to get the most out of the eSpatial mapping software and the data it provides.

A simple report was created using the eSpatial mapping software and the Education (Irish counties) dataset it provides. This report examines educational attainment levels across Ireland in relation to the amount and proportion of the population that have acquired Bachelor degrees. The Irish education datasets provided by eSpatial offer a number of different education categories which can be reported on but for the purpose of this report the Bachelor’s degree attainment category was chosen as an example.

Counties are colored and categorized according to the number of people who have obtained Bachelor degrees. The graduated color scheme adopted by eSpatial mapping software allows for a quick and easy analysis of this data. It is evident from the map that yellow colored counties (e.g. Longford) have the least number of people with Bachelor degree qualifications, less than 5,000 people while red colored counties (e.g. Kildare) have the most people at this level of education with more than 14,500 people. It is also therefore easy to surmise that the amount of people with Bachelor degrees in the light orange (e.g. Offaly), orange (e.g. Louth) and dark orange (e.g. Limerick) colored counties lies somewhere between 5,000 and 14,500 people respectively.

Firstly the topic reflected in the map can be changed quickly and easily simply by selecting the map this field option. Once this option has been selected the map will change to reflect the values in this topic (e.g. select the map this field option on Females Bachelor Degree to see these values mapped in relation to Ireland). Secondly the report can be sorted in ascending or descending order. This is useful when trying to decipher quickly which areas have the highest/lowest values (e.g. select sort descending on Males Bachelors Degree to see which county has the highest number of males with Bachelor degrees). Finally the report can also be filtered by specific values. This is useful when trying to quickly search for areas with specific values (e.g. select filter results on % Total Bachelor Degree so that counties in which 15 to 25% of their population have bachelor degrees are only displayed on the map).

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