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Internet site, hosted by ESRI (UK), provides access to mapped socio-economic data

1 April 2004, Aylesbury – The Leeds Initiative has chosen ESRI (UK), a provider of enterprise Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the UK, to host, a new, interactive website that will provide public and partner access to information such as population structure, crime and health statistics within Leeds. Partners in the initiative include the police, health providers and educational bodies. This is the first time that such information has been brought together and made available to the general public. is an interactive source for geographic information and statistics across Leeds. Users can analyse data on topics such as burglary, ethnicity and population by plotting them against Ordnance Survey base maps or aerial photography. This analysis can be based on pre-defined areas such as wards, primary care trusts or police divisions or alternatively user defined areas. In addition, reporting tools allow the user to produce statistical reports for their chosen geography.

The site will be used by both the general public and Leeds Initiative partners. Voluntary and community organisations may use the site to gather information to support funding bids. Partner agencies can use the site to gather evidence to support their work – overlaying datasets on a map has enabled the Leeds Initiative to build up a picture of the levels of deprivation across the city on which neighbourhood renewal plans can be justified and actioned.

Jacky Pruckner, Manager of the Geographical Research & Information Team based at Leeds City Council, says:
“Prior to the Leeds Statistics website, anyone who wanted to access this sort of information had to put in a request form to the team who would then collate the information and run the requests. With over 250 requests a year, some of which involved producing up to 30 profiles, this was very time consuming. Now using the Leeds-statistics website this information is available at the click of a mouse.”

One of the partner agencies making extensive use of the site is Leeds Community Safety Partnership. With a statutory requirement to reduce crime and disorder in the Leeds area, the Partnership are currently half way through a three-year strategy aimed at tackling the specific areas of anti-social behaviour, burglary, drugs and violent crime. The Leeds-statistics site provides the partnership with a valuable source of information, which supplements the data they receive from their various partners.

Simon Hodgson, Performance Review Manager at Leeds Community Safety Partnership says:
“Leeds-statistics is an incredibly useful resource. We use the site to draw demographic information for wider geographical areas, as well as drilling down to below ward level. We can then examine the information to determine if there are any links between the demographics of an area and the crime that is occurring. The demographic information also allows us to tailor our crime and disorder reduction strategies to the specific problems in the area.”

“We were so impressed with the site, that we have commissioned ESRI (UK) to develop a similar resource for use specifically by the Community Safety Partnership, which includes our crime data. This way, we can directly compare various data sets. The great thing is that this information is now available immediately from our desktops.”

ESRI (UK) is hosting the underlying database for the site, which is spatially enabled through ESRI’s spatial database engine, ArcSDE. The website, also hosted by ESRI (UK) is delivered to the desktop via ESRI’s Internet Map Server, ArcIMS.

The contract is part of Leeds’ five year partnership agreement with ESRI (UK), which was signed in 2003.


About ESRI (UK)
ESRI (UK) delivers enterprise geographic information solutions to organisations in both public and private sectors in the UK. Founded 25 years ago, and with over 1600 customers, it is one of the largest and most experienced Geographic Information Systems (GIS) companies, combining market leading products, UK specific services, applications and data, to local authorities, central government, utilities and telecoms, defence and business markets. Examples of ESRI (UK)’s customers include Channel 4 Time Team, The Environment Agency, Leeds City Council, Metropolitan Police Service, Norwich Union, Transco and Westminster City Council. ESRI (UK) is the sole distributor of ESRI Inc.’s world leading ArcGIS suite of products. For more information on ESRI (UK) please visit the website at

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