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Here you will find an explanation of some of the terminology used on Surrey-i

Surrey-i Terminology

Finding data and information

Data Collections– These are a way of grouping a number of related datasets, resources & outputs into one place

Datasets – These are the sets of aggregated statistical data

Profiles – These are pre-selected groups of information about an area which shows how it compares to the rest of Surrey e.g. a district or a ward, and are based on a theme e.g. Health & Well-being

Resources – This is a generic term for different types of interesting links or files. A resource can be of any file type (word document, pdf, power point, etc), report or weblink

Topics – These are what we use in Surrey-i to group data so that it is easier for you to find the information that you are looking for when you are browsing. They also allow you to see all of the information that is available in relation to particular topic should your interest be more general.

General terms

Correlation – Looking at two indicators to see if there is a mutual relationship between them

Comparison – Looking at two indicators to see if there are any similarities between them

Interactive Map – In Surrey-i you are able to create maps which are interactive. This means that you can move your cursor over the map to highlight an area that you are interested and a summary of the information for that area will be displayed.

Meta Data – In Surrey-i the term meta data is used to describe "data about data contents". This will include information such as the source of any data, the frequency with which the data is updated and when it was last updated and at what geographical level the data is available. You will see a summary of the meta data when you select your chosen dataset or go to the info tab once you have selected the data you are interested in.

Projects – A project is a specific piece of work. A project group will contain all of the data & resources that relate to that particular piece of work.

Geographical Regions

The below are all different types of geography which are used in Surrey-i to divide data. Please follow this link to our geographies frequently asked questions , to get more information on what each of these geographies are. Different data sets will be available at different geographical levels depending on how that data has been collected.

English Region
Local Authority (LA)
Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)
Surrey Electoral Division
Safer Neighbourhoods
Middle Super Output Area (MSOA)
Lower Super Output Area (LSOA)
Output Area (OA)

Browsing for resources

When you are browsing for a resource there are a number of filters that you can apply in order to help you find what you are looking for.

Area – This is the geographical area or organisation to which the resource relates

Custom Tags – When individuals load a resource to Surrey-i they are able to add custom tags to a resource to make it easier to find a resource

File – This is a wide category which covers all the different types of file that are available in Surrey-i

IPSV tags - Integrated Public Sector Vocabulary (IPSV) is the standard vocabulary for local authorities to use when publishing documents. As well as custom tags IPSV tags can be added to make resources easier to find

Item Type – This categorises resources in a more specific way than file so you can look for specific object or file types such as an interactive map or powerpoint slides

Published Object – A table, chart or map which has been created in Surrey-i and which has been published as an individual item.

Resource Type – This tells you what the resource is, whether it is a file, published object, report or web link.

Report - In this case means an HTML based report which has been authored in Surreyi. Reports which have not been authored in Surrey-i will be classified as files as they will have been uploaded as a separate file such as a word file or as a PDF

Web Link – A link to an internet site


These are some of the more common acronyms and terminology that you may come across when browsing data and resources on Surrey-i.

If the term you are looking for is not covered in this Glossary make sure you have tried looking at the meta data for the dataset or resource as this will contain more information about the dataset or resource and will often explain any acronyms or specific terms. This can be found by using the more info link when in the data browser or by going to the info tab once you have selected the data you are interested in. You can also contact us if you would like some terminology added to the glossary.

A & E - Accident and Emergency

APHO - Association of Public Health Observatories

CHD - Coronary Heart Disease

CI LL - Confidence Interval Lower Limit

CI UL - Confidence Interval Upper Limit

CSP - Community Safety Partnership

CWI - Child Wellbeing Index

DSR - Directly Standardised Rates

DWP - Department of Work and Pensions

GP - General Practice

IMD - Index of Multiple Deprivation

JSNA - Joint Strategic Needs Assessment

LA - Local Authority (Districts & Boroughs)

LAC - Looked After Child/ Children

NCHOD - National Centre for Health Outcomes Development

ONS - Office of National Statistics

PCT - Primary Care Trust

QOF - Quality Outcome Framework

Updated: 16 April 2014 | Owner: Holly Maskell