For our new clients who have never used Analyst before, and even for those with a little more experience, the tool can sometimes seem quite daunting. Not only is it home to over 20,000,000 data points, but there are myriad ways that this data can be sliced and diced. Sometimes it is not at all easy to know where to start, or where to go next once you have started.
For this reason, we want to introduce you to a new reference tool that we have introduced, which we believe will prove to be enormously helpful, both to users just getting started on the tool, and to those seeking to become even more proficient.
The new feature — Knowledge Base — is a directory of useful information, helpful tutorials and a glossary containing all the kinds of things that we think will be useful for users in getting the most out of Analyst. For complete beginners there are a series of “Getting Started” tutorials looking at basic things like how to navigate the tool, and where our data comes from. Moving on, there are a series of “How to” tutorials that answer questions such as How do I know what a region is, and How do I export data.
Beyond the basics, there are more advanced tutorials aimed at the education and economic development sectors. For example, the education section features information on issues like mapping apprenticeships to occupations, and identifying your region’s most important industries. Within economic development there are sections on using the Shift-Share function, and the Input-Output model.
Emsi Knowledge Base is designed as a resource to enable users to find out answers to their questions quickly and easily, and so we have included a search function to make this process even simpler. It is also designed not to be a static resource, but something than can be added to and built upon as we learn more about the kinds of things our clients need to know. We have therefore included a section where users can submit a question, and it is through hearing more of these queries that we can then add more information and tutorials to improve the Knowledge Base.
Accessing Knowledge Base
Knowledge Base is only available to our clients who have access to Analyst. You first need to login to the tool, and then click on the Support dropdown menu at the top of the screen (see image). There you will see a Knowledge Base tab at the top, and clicking on this will take you straight through.
We’d love to hear your feedback about Knowledge Base, what works, what doesn’t, what can be improved. If you have anything you’d like to share with us, contact Evie Young at firstname.lastname@example.org