How to Use?
This an unusual website. You will find that most websites you visit have static images and graphs. However, in the Gaucho Beef Observatory, the maps, graphs and tables are generated directly from our powerful database when you click on a specific element of a dashboard or filter the information as you wish. Therefore, prepare yourself to access dynamic, transparent and easy-understand information.
We have prepared one dashboard per topic, and each of these dashboards are expanded into a number of pages, each of which looking at a specific point of view. The first pages will show information that is more aggregated, and as you move forward the pages will show more specific information.
You will be able to navigate through several topics, divided into two large groups of information: beef cattle (from birth to slaughter) and beef (market information). If you look at the homepage of the website, all dashboards are shown, to give you an overview of this intelligence system.
Of course, a high speed, stable internet connection is necessary to navigate this website. When you click in any element of a dashboard, please allow for a little time until the maps or correlations requested are shown, as they might need to access millions of data points before being presented to you. Although the Gaucho Beef Observatory can be accessed by mobile phones, we recommend using it with larger screen equipment (such as a desktop, laptop or tablet), as each dashboard carries a large amount of information that can be hard to read on a small screen. However, if you do access it from a mobile phone, hold it in landscape orientation and click the double arrow, located at the right-hand bottom corner of the dashboard, to expand it to full screen mode.
The Gaucho Beef Observatory presents information beginning in January 2010 and updated with the latest published information available.
Now let’s look at some navigating instructions:
|Means you can filter the information by the criteria presented (years, weeks, cities, etc)..|
|Presents information by currency (Brazilian Reais or United States Dollars).|
|Information presented in a Graph.|
|Georeferenced information is being presented.|
|Apresenta as informações comparativas sob forma de ranking.|
|Comparative information showing a rank.|
|Presents correlations between the information shown.|
|Presents summarized information.|
How to navigate the dashboards:
A) The first page of a dashboard will show you an overview of the information, or in other words, the accumulated data from 2010 until the latest published and available data.
B) When you click on the space between the page numbers at the bottom of a dashboard, you will see a black rectangular screen with the names of the pages in the dashboard. You can navigate directly to your page of interest there. Each of the following pages will show you information from a specific point of view, clearly shown both on the title of the page and the name of the page.
C) In each page of the dashboard you can interact with the information presented. For example: if you click on the year of a graph, the other maps, tables and graphs will adapt and show information only from that year. If you click on a line of a table, the other graphs will also present information relative to your selection.
D) You can narrow your selection down as you choose from broader to more narrow information. The logic is the same you will find on an Excel spreadsheet. For example, you can click on a specific region of the map, and then on a city (or more) that belongs to that region, thus narrowing down your selection.
E) You can turn on or turn off a selection, just like you would to turn on the lights in your office. Let’s say you’ve clicked and selected a country. If you want to see all countries again, click again on that same country previously selected. If you have clicked several items on a sequence, unclick them in the opposite order.
F) Where needed, we have used the pink color for female calves, heifers or cows; the blue color for male calves, steers, ox or bulls, and the orange color for the totals.
G) When you navigate over any element of a graph, you will see a black rectangular label that highlights the specific information presented on that data point.
H) You will notice some of the vertical bar graphs have bars between them with a lighter shade of the same color. When a change occurs (let’s say, a city ranked first in 2015 for such criteria, and ranked second in 2016), you will have this kind of information clearly stated in the black rectangular label (showing the previous value, the difference, its position on the ranking and its change of position).
I) We also present word cloud graphs. In those graphs, the most relevant items will be shown with a larger font, and the less relevant with a smaller font.
J) The data can be filtered through the elements presented on each dashboard. However, some filters with aggregated data will allow for a selection over different points of view. These also work by clicking to select and clicking once again to undo the selection, or if you want to select several items at once, click on one item, and while clicking the CTRL button, click on the next item or items. If you use IO/S system computers, the button to be clicked for multiple selections is COMMAND.
We truly hope you appreciate having easy access to transparent and comprehensive data about beef cattle and the beef market in Brazil and Rio Grande do Sul state. Now that you know us, we’d also appreciate if you divulge the Gaucho Beef Observatory, so that we can continue to foster the development and modernisaton of the beef industry. Whenever you present data from this platform, may we kindly ask you to always state that the information was made available by the Gaucho Beef Observatory.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact us by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.