Suburban Town Centre Profiler

March 18, 2008

After a lot of hard work by all members of the project team, I am pleased to announce the Towards Successful Suburban Town Centres’ Profiler application is now available through our website. The profiler is an internet-based tool to enable cartographic exploration of the twenty-six sample centres being investigated by the project.

In essence, the profiler provides an interactive atlas of different mapping themes for our case studies. The profiler was designed specifically for the project team to facilitate the comparison of different socio-economic and space syntax datasets across twenty-six different town centres. We have used it to identify and develop a number of project hypotheses.

The profiler is best viewed when it is launched as a full screen application for a screen 1280 by 1024 (look for the link at the top of the right hand column on the profiler application). We chose to set this restriction because we wanted to maximise the amount of the web page which we could use for the actual maps.

As a result the of the profiler being developed primarily as a research tool the profiler is optimised for the following software and hardware environment.

  • Platform: PC
  • Operating system: Microsoft Windows XP
  • Browser: Mozilla Firefox version
  • Monitor resolution: 1280 x 1024

This does not mean that it cannot be viewed using other web browsers, and indeed the profiler has full functionality in the environments listed, but some interface design features may be impaired: Internet Explorer version 7.0.5730.11 in a Windows XP environment, Mozilla Firefox v. and Safari v.3.0.4 in a Macintosh OSX 10.5.2 environment.

If you would like to access the profiler or read more about it please follow the attached link:




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