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  • jowhitlam 3:53 PM on March 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Hertfordshire’s Profiling Approach. We’re here! (Part 2 of a series) 

    In our last article, we introduced you to our approach of using Profiling as our core data delivery tool, its reception and usage by our users.  In this installment we share what it takes to keep our 700+ datasets in shape, the projects we are working on and the team behind it all.

    Instant Atlas is at the core of our Team.  Due to various service rationalisations, we have been gathered centrally with approximately half the team still funded and working for those services, making them subject ‘specialists’…

    Read the full article here

  • David E Carey 1:01 PM on March 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , mapping local community data   

    Ensuring local information systems give strategic planners high-level insight and at the same time avoid information overload. 

    local information systems with instantatlas

    The text included in this article is a transcript from our recent TalkLIS webcast interview with Tim Healey of Coventry City Council and Jamie Whyte of Trafford Council with Julian Tyndale Biscoe of InstantAtlas. You can also hear this interview by selecting the soundcloud player below.


    Hello, and welcome to the fifth in our series of talk LIS interviews. My name is Julian Tyndale-Biscoe. Today I’m joined by Jamie Whyte, data innovation specialist at Trafford Council and Tim Healey, corporate research officer in the Coventry Insight Team at Coventry City Council.

    I wondered if I could ask, Tim, you first actually, if you could tell me a little bit about the project that you’ve been working on, your LIS project and what the challenges you faced when you developed the system?


    Read the full transcript
    or listen to the interview below

  • David E Carey 10:36 AM on March 5, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: health statistics, public health planning, rich mccoy, vermont department of health   

    ‘Putting data into action at Vermont Department of Health’ 


    The text included in this article is a transcript from our recent webcast interview with Rich McCoy of Vermont Department of Health and Julian Tyndale Biscoe of InstantAtlas. You can also hear this interview by selecting the sound cloud box option below.


    Hello, my name is Julian Tyndale-Biscoe and I’d like to welcome you to the third in our US public health webinar series. Today we are joined by Rich McCoy, Director, Center for Health Statistics at Vermont Department of Health. He is going to tell us about the project he has been working on. We wondered first off Rich if you could tell us why you think it is important to bring data into one place so it can be used as a central resource?


    So until very recently our approach, our organizational model, was to leave it up to the staff to maintain their data sets individually and choose which tools they would use, which software packages they would use, for both the analysis and the reporting of these data…

    Read the full transcript
    or listen to the interview below

  • Sophie Lloyd 9:44 AM on February 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: dan ex, dr. dan exeter, mapping health inequalities, school of population health, university of auckland   

    Mapping health inequalities in cardiovascular disease using mapping software at the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, Auckland 


    InstantAtlas is being used by Dr Dan Exeter at the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences at the University of Auckland to map health inequalities. Dan is a senior lecturer in the School of Population Health and his current research focuses on the development of deprivation indices using routine administrative data sources. He explains how InstantAtlas is helping him to create interactive online atlases of cardiovascular disease treatment and outcomes.

    What is your project?

    I have a background in quantitative health geography and my current research is focussed on geographical variations in health outcomes…

    Read the full article here

  • David E Carey 6:43 PM on February 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Behavioral Risk Factors, mapping local public health data, public health observatories, regional health profiling   

    Regional health profiling with InstantAtlas 

    Regional Health Profiling

    Health profiles are an increasingly popular way of presenting snapshot overviews of health for localities or regions in a given area. When presented as interactive reports online, they are effective in helping local government and health services make decisions to improve regional and local health outcomes.

    We wanted to share a few examples of how InstantAtlas is being used to create public health profiles.

    Click here for further details

  • David E Carey 11:46 AM on February 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: instantatlas customer workshops, local information system workshops   

    Share your knowledge, work and learn from other data experts at the InstantAtlas 2014 workshop 

    InstantAtlas 2014 Workshops

    The 2014 InstantAtlas Workshops offer a mix of presentation and open discussion giving delegates the opportunity to share ideas and challenges they face. Each workshop programme also features some great examples of how InstantAtlas products have been used by established users to create market-leading applications.

    The workshops will include a range of presentations from the IA support team on the latest developments at InstantAtlas. We are sure each workshop will provide a stimulating environment for existing customers, those interested in learning new skills, hearing new ideas and sharing their InstantAtlas experiences as well as those who want to guide the future development of IA applications.

    Find out more

  • David E Carey 9:38 AM on February 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Population Health Assessment, Public Health Surveillance   

    Health planning in Sudbury and District, Ontario and how mapping software is helping planners answer questions about local communities 


    InstantAtlas in action

    The public health system in Ontario, Canada is made up of 36 non-profit public health agencies, together with the Public Health Branch of Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, public health laboratories, primary health care providers and Public Health Ontario . The Sudbury & District Health Unit (SDHU) is one of these public health agencies and Marc Lefebvre Manager, Population Health Assessment and Surveillance explains how it has been using InstantAtlas to help planners understand local health needs.

    What is your project?

    As a health unit we often get requests for information about the demographics of the local population. We realised that we could provide some basic demographic information in an online tool using the Canadian census data. The idea was to give health planners the chance to find the information themselves and then ask more detailed questions about how one area might compare with another, for example. Planners can use census information on population counts, rates of growth and density to create a broad profile of their communities.

    Read the full story

  • David E Carey 10:48 AM on January 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: italian public health, liguria regional health agency, local health profiling   

    How InstantAtlas has helped Liguria’s Regional Health Agency create a local health profile using interactive mapping 

    InstantAtlas and the Liguria Regional Health Agency

    InstantAtlas in action

    Dr Roberto Carloni at Liguria Regional Health Agency explains how it has used interactive mapping software to develop an interactive local area health profile to help analyse health needs, future demand and improve regional planning.

    What is your project?

    Our project was set up to develop a health profile of Liguria. The idea was to give local government officials, regional decision makers and policy makers a tool with essential information to help them identify local priorities for intervention and variances between needs, demand and supply of services.

    Read the full article here

  • soniabargh 6:26 PM on December 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: age pyramid, cambridgeshire atlas, crime atlas,   

    The pyramids of crime 


    The Cambridgeshire research group have created these population pyramids so that locally you can see the profiles by district of victimisation and offending. This is to help local service delivery and ensure best practice in evidence led policy.

    “The likelihood of becoming a victim varies depending on personal circumstances and lifestyle. For example the risk of being a victim of crime is highest amongst single, 16-24 years old who live in relatively deprived areas. The lowest risk lies with someone in an older age range living in an affluent rural area. It’s important to remember that the impact of becoming a victim of crime varies from person to person. A relatively minor offence can have a serious outcome for a vulnerable victim”.[1]

    This Cambridgeshire atlas shows two factors that might affect the likelihood of becoming a victim of crime or an offender of crime, gender and age. The atlas does this by showing the rate per 1,000 people of offending and victimisation by gender and by age groups in a pyramid at district level. Currently it does not break it down by crime type.

    The data comes from police recorded crime in Cambridgeshire and covers the year 2012.The data was also used in the Victim and offender needs assessment 2013 (VONA), which provides the detail behind the pyramid. Key findings include;

    • 31,503 victims of crime (excluding businesses) during 2012 as identified by Cambridgeshire Constabulary
    • 80% of offenders identified by Cambridgeshire Constabulary were male

    How it works

    This atlas complements the VONA by showing the rate of victimisation and offending at district level.  The atlas allows you to view 10 different population pyramids, two for each district (one for offenders and one for victims).  You can compare different age groups between districts and with the County by adding comparator lines to the pyramid.


    Once you pick one or two comparator lines you can see the difference in offending between males in Cambridge City compared to Fenland.

    Rate of offending in Cambridge City compared to Fenland

    Rate of offending in Cambridge City compared to Fenland

    Cambridge City rates of offending are shown in the pyramid whilst Fenland’s rates are shown in the pink outline on top of Cambridge City’s pyramid. As you can see, Cambridge City has a particularly high rate of offenders who are male and aged 15-19 whilst Fenland has a bulk of its offenders who are male but aged 20 to 24.


    We can compare multiple areas, so if we looked at the rate of victimisation (we change the data using the navy blue button (Victims 2012 rate) above the pyramid) and add the comparator line for Cambridgeshire and Fenland. We see this.

    Rate of victimisation for Cambridge City compared to Fenland and Cambridgeshire

    Rate of victimisation for Cambridge City compared to Fenland and Cambridgeshire

    Cambridge City data is shown in the pyramid, Cambridgeshire is shown in the black outline and Fenland is shown in the pink outline. The rate of victimisation in Cambridge City is higher for females aged between 15 to 19 years old than it is in Cambridgeshire and Fenland.

    Your turn

    Look for yourself and use the pyramid to compare rates of victims and offenders in different districts or to see the difference between males and females, and perhaps you could try and see which age group has the highest rate of victims in your area.

    The Cambridgeshire Atlas | Victim and offender gender and age pyramid (2012) is available at


  • David E Carey 2:45 PM on December 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: christmas 2013, , festive season   

    Holiday wishes from all of the InstantAtlas team and why not tell us which is your favourite animal? 


    As the festive season approaches we thought you might like to find out more about our native wildlife.

    We have included a voting option, so you can let us know which is your favourite.

    Click here to read about the animals and let’s see which one is the most popular.

    Click here

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