How data visualization is helping the Greater London Authority meet its objectives

Instant Atlas case study – Greater London Authority, UK

The Greater London Authority (GLA) is a strategic authority with a London-wide role to design a better future for the capital. It supports the work of the Mayor of London and the London Assembly in representing the interests of Londoners.

The GLA was formally established in 2000 and its three main areas of responsibility are: economic development and wealth creation; social development and environmental improvement.

The GLA Intelligence Unit is relatively new and comprises a number of departments that were previously separate but now work together as a single unit. These are: DMAG (data management and analysis group); GLA Economics; Information Services Team (library) and Consultations Team (primary survey, research and opinion data).

The GLA assists a number of organisations with their intelligence gathering. These include: the 33 London Boroughs; the London Fire Brigade; the London Development Agencies; Transport for London and the Metropolitan Police Authority. This means that data is collected and made available at a low level. We interviewed Gareth Piggott, Senior Research and Statistical Analyst, General Statistics Team, to find out how the GLA is using InstantAtlas and what he believes the benefits are.

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