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Thread: The Colonia Census - history and geography resource for the Colonia region

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    The Colonia Census - history and geography resource for the Colonia region

    The Colonia region is large enough to be interesting, but small enough to be comprehensively recorded and analysed. It also has many differences from the Sol region, and some less obvious points of interest. Unlike most of the galaxy, it is also actively being expanded and developed.

    The Colonia Census - https://cdb.sotl.org.uk/ - aims to record the history and geography of the region and provide information useful to those resident or visiting, as well as providing a neutral BGS data resource for local factions.

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    Current site features:
    - Introduction section
    -- summary of the current state of the Colonia region
    -- information about Colonia and the census for new visitors

    - Overview section:
    -- a map of Colonia with several filtering and highlighting options
    -- a list of inter-system distances including likely expansions for the controlling factions
    -- a history of major events
    -- trends in player traffic over time

    - Catalogues section:
    -- lists of all systems, stations and factions
    -- leading to detail pages on those places and groups
    -- leading to extensive influence histories for factions and systems

    - Reports section:
    -- comparisons of traffic and criminal activity between systems
    -- data on faction sizes and influence by various measures
    -- historical data on states of various factions

    - Economy section:
    -- trade data helpers, including "entire region" stock levels of goods and other tools for local trade CGs
    -- information on the effects of BGS states on supply, demand and pricing
    -- information on the BGS effects of various mission types
    -- information on what outfitting is available in the Colonia region

    - Contributors section:
    -- information on the age of data and where updates are needed
    -- login for manual data entry (usually not needed)

    Additionally there is a Discord bot which can be used to query most of this data through a chat interface.

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    The region being small enough to cover in detail - as well as being entirely self-contained in BGS terms - makes it practical to run a lot of detailed analysis and reporting with fairly good data quality. Please ask if there's anything else you would find useful - new features have been regularly added since the site was originally set up.

    The majority of site data is collected automatically through the EDDN network - if you're on PC, you can contribute to this using tools such as EDDiscovery, ED Market Collector, or EDDI. It is currently not possible to collect the data on daily traffic, crimes or bounties this way, as it is not provided in the Journal or through the cAPI - this data is dependent on volunteers collecting it manually. Please get in touch if you're in the region and would like to help with this (or if you're able to add it to the Journal and would like to *massively* help )

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    Question please. Is this effort a one-off for Colonia only, or do these sites exist for all of the ED systems? Thx,

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    Originally Posted by DiscoDog1234 View Post (Source)
    Question please. Is this effort a one-off for Colonia only, or do these sites exist for all of the ED systems? Thx,
    I only maintain it for the Colonia region.

    For general summaries of all systems there is EDSM https://edsm.net/ and EDDB https://eddb.io/, of course. They have different aims and provide different sorts of data and analysis.

    I know some of the bigger player groups have private tools with similar capabilities internally, to cover their regions of interest. I don't know the details.

    I'm happy to advise on adapting it to other locations if someone wants to do the work ... it would be moderate effort (for a programmer) for other semi-isolated areas such as the Pleiades or California Nebula ... and rather more work (and some difficult decisions) for a section of the main bubble.

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    Hi Ian,

    Thanks for putting together and maintaining your website, I found it very helpful with outfitting for the mining CG.

    I can't find ship availability per station on your site, although I know this is available on inara.cz so not a problem. Are all ships +20% cost compared to the standard, or does it vary per station, or per ship?

    Cheers

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    Originally Posted by madbilly View Post (Source)
    I can't find ship availability per station on your site, although I know this is available on inara.cz so not a problem. Are all ships +20% cost compared to the standard, or does it vary per station, or per ship?
    I could probably add it, though "if it has a shipyard and the outfitting sells the armour" is a reasonable guess. Though oddly some Federal armours are available despite the Fed ships (obviously) not being.

    No, only certain stations are +20% costs (I *think* Colonia, Ratraii, Ogmar, Kojeara - but not Carcosa, strangely)

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    So it's only the systems containing "high quality outfitting" then, even if the station itself doesn't offer high quality outfitting.

    Thanks