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  • David E Carey 3:53 PM on January 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , community asset reporting, community asset systems, community indicator reportin, council of community services, dan meranda, present community indicators in maps   

    Roanoke Council of Community Services and a new online platform that brings life to community indicators through data presentation 

    Background

    The Roanoke Council of Community Services was set up in 1960 to aid the planning of community services in Roanoke Valley. Its vision is to establish a community where organizations are able to work collaboratively to increase social wealth, provide greater access to resources, reduce redundancy and focus on human potential as the drivers for economic development and individual well-being. The Council has three areas of activity. First it acts as the central hub for identifying community needs and developing solutions to address these needs. Second it serves as a central clearinghouse, or gateway, connecting individuals in the community to programmes that are best suited to address their needs and third the Council serves as a launching pad for developing new programmes to meet community needs.

    We spoke to Dan Meranda, Vice President of Planning & Consultation at the Council about data visualization and how it is being used to provide community organizations with timely insight about the local community. Dan explains that the Council put a lot of effort into establishing which indicators could be used to develop a picture of trends over time.

    Read the full article

     
  • David E Carey 2:38 PM on November 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: city level indicator mapping, data mapping and reporting, , mapping data indicators   

    How Procalculo Prosis in Colombia is using data visualisation to help the Bogota Chambers of Commerce improve the business environment in the country’s capital city 

    Background

    Procalculo Prosis is one of Columbia’s leading geographic information solutions (GIS) providers. It was founded in 1968 and its main goal has been to help its clients make strategic decisions based on accurate insight. Its expertise in the use of data visualisation software ensures it can meet its clients’ geographic information needs.

    One of Procalculo Prosis’ clients is the Bogota Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber of Commerce was set up to improve quality of life and the business climate. It helps companies to start up and ensure that the employment opportunities created are sustainable by supporting business growth.

    At the same time the Chamber promotes social responsibility and encourages better working relationships between local authorities, employers and citizens.

    Getting started

    The Chamber wanted to use GIS and data presentation to help it understand and respond to a number of issues. These included: urban land usage, monitoring the construction in infrastructure and high informal business and labour rates.

    Read the full article >>

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    ‘How to create a button that links to a file or website’ by Andrea Kirk in InstantAtlas Support.

     
  • benwarner 3:58 PM on June 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , community indicator systems,   

    IA Tools Enhance JCCI’s Data Analysis Capacities 

    Jacksonville Community Council Inc. (JCCI) began using Instant Atlas to display its Quality of Life Progress Report community indicators in September of 2009. For the first 18 months, we used the Single Map Template to show approximately 125 indicators, many of them stretching back over 25 years, in a way that was revolutionary for our community.  People throughout our community, from policy-makers to grant writers to community advocates, appreciated the ease and clarity with which they could get the data they needed.  On our part, we appreciated the freedom from the constraints of the printed report, allowing us to update information as soon as it was released (often beating the local newspaper to the publication of new data.)

    Beginning last month, we decided to see how our community would react to seeing some of the other tools Instant Atlas has to offer. When we used the Double Map Template and began playing with the scatterplot tools, we started to see interesting (and sometimes unexpected) correlations that we could verify over time. In fact, the use of this template helped provide a definitive answer if one of our indicators truly was still a significant and useful measure today. (It was, much more than anticipated.)

    If the scatterplot tool, allowing comparisons between two indicators, revealed such interesting information, we wondered what the Bubble Plot Template might show? Once we began examining relationships among four indicators at the same time, we began to see targeted opportunities for additional research and policy direction. For example, when examining high school graduation rates, we found school districts that were overperforming in relation to the social and economic conditions within the district, and other districts that were underperforming – including districts with a reputation for excellence.  Suddenly, we were able to bring together useful information in a compelling visual display with the ability to reshape community conversations around priorities and policies – and the data is available for anyone in our community to check for themselves.

    You can see how we’re using Instant Atlas at http://www.jcci.org.

     
  • David E Carey 4:50 PM on January 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: joe baldwin, pinellas indicators   

    Pinellas County ‘How a small team is helping stakeholders get a better understanding of the community and the impact of interventions through data visualization’ 

    Pinellas County, on Florida’s West Coast, is a 280-square mile peninsula bordered by the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay. The Health and Human Services Coordinating Council for Pinellas County works with funders and providers across the community to develop a human service system for citizens that provides seamless, high-quality care based on the best use of available resources.

     

    The Council has developed a website (http://www.pinellasindicators.org) that provides timely access to statistics and dynamic data visualization. The website is sponsored by Pinellas County and the Juvenile Welfare Board: The Children’s Service Council of Pinellas County.

    Joe Baldwin is the Senior Researcher/Planner for the Council. We spoke to him to find out how the website is helping to meet the Council’s objectives and how it all started. Joe explains that the initial step was to bring stakeholders from health and human services agencies together to develop specifications. A guiding principle developed early on was that the system had to meet the needs of three groups: residents, elected officials and community leaders.

     

    Getting started

    Residents wanted a better understanding of the quality of life in Pinellas County and to discover whether agencies’ efforts were having an impact. Elected officials wanted information about their constituencies and to be able to make data-driven decisions. Community leaders wanted to be able to monitor indicators that were important to their individual organizations.

    Joe was already familiar with InstantAtlas but found out about the server version at a Community Indicators Consortium conference in Washington. He realised that this version was more suitable for the Council’s needs. “We are by comparison to other community indicator initiatives a small team,” says Joe.

    Making the project work

    “There were some challenges when it came to getting the system up and running but the support staff at GeoWise were very supportive. Once the initial leg work and the indicators were set up the team realised the extent of the efficiency gain.”

    “The Health and Human Services Coordinating Council for Pinellas County was created by an interlocal agreement between funders, and it supports the efforts of many health and human service agencies working together to effect positive change in the community. This means a data presentation tool like this has to be highly collaborative. We have a data committee that is working to develop shared responsibility for the quality of the data and avoiding duplication of effort,” says Joe.

    Read more here >>>

     
  • David E Carey 3:32 PM on December 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Arizona Department of Health Services, , data analysis with interactive maps, , dynamic mapping software, map data visualization tools, present cancer data on flash based maps, , public health data visualization, public health reporting solutions, social care atlas, state public health mapping, statistical mapping solutions, us public health mapping, visual presentation tools   

    InstantAtlas Interview with the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) 

    The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) promotes and protects the health of Arizona’s children and adults. Its mission is to set the standard for personal and community health through direct care, science, public policy, and leadership.

    The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) promotes and protects the health of Arizona’s children and adults. Its mission is to set the standard for personal and community health through direct care, science, public policy, and leadership.

    The Department operates programs in behavioral health, disease prevention and control, health promotion, community public health, environmental health, maternal and child health, emergency preparedness and regulation of childcare and assisted living centers, nursing homes, hospitals, other health care providers and emergency services.

    When it comes to collecting and disseminating information, population density plays a large part in how the Department is able to highlight significant trends in the program areas and fulfil its role in terms of community profiling. For instance, 60 per cent of the population lives in one county which means that other counties are sparsely populated – presenting a significant challenge for any organisation that wants to show detailed analysis at anything below county level.

    This issue was of concern when it came to monitoring cancer rates. Until recently, the state-collected cancer data was not complete enough to look at rates on a relatively small geographic scale, limiting analysis to the county level only.

    We spoke to Wesley Korteum, GIS Coordinator at Arizona Department of Health Services to find out more about how the Department now presents its data. He says that the graphical depiction of information about communities is an important element of their work and they have managed to overcome the challenge by creating their own Community Health Analysis Area (CHAA). There are 126 CHAAs in Arizona. Each is a geographic unit developed to present data (initially rates of cancer) at a geographic scale smaller than the county level.

    A CHAA is built from US 2000 Census Block Groups. These Block Groups are relatively small geographic regions of the state. A typical CHAA contains approximately 21,500 residents. But, because of the scattered pattern of development in Arizona they range widely in population, from 5,000 to 190,000 persons.

    Getting started

    “We have a team that has lived here most of their lives and recognised appropriate ways to aggregate Block Groups to create CHAAs that align with political and social boundaries. Each CHAA is made of different Block Groups and we try to keep areas as demographically similar as possible,” says Wesley.

    The first project was to present the cancer data. The team felt that by having this data presented in a visually meaningful way it would put an end to the ad hoc requests for custom analysis they were getting. They began the search for a dynamic data presentation tool with outputs that could be shared with non-GIS professionals such as researchers and the public. Having decided to use InstantAtlas cancer data was geo-coded and the dynamic reports created. Wesley believes that presenting the data in this way has made it more meaningful and it has changed the nature of the team’s work.

    Learn how to present public health data on interactive maps with InstantAtlas

    Download a PDF version of this article

    Read the full story here

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    Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services
    ‘Using data presentation tools to highlight results of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey’


    The Institute for Health Policy, School of Public Health, University of Texas
    ‘Making data available to the community through easy-to-use data presentation tools’

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  • David E Carey 3:09 PM on November 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Community Indicators of Shawnee County, community progress reports, , education attendance reporting, Kansas Statistics   

    Community Resources Council, Topeka – Kansas 

    The Community Resources Council, Topeka is a non-profit community agency founded in 1925. It plays an active part in the growth of Topeka/Shawnee County. From publishing the Community Resources Directory, to working with coalitions to better the quality of life, to publishing & updating the Shawnee County Progress Report, CRC strives to bring government, social services, and businesses together. CRC’s mission is to connect the resources in the community through research, information, advocacy, and collaboration.

    Information is therefore at the core of CRC’s activities and in 2009 according to CRC’s executive director Nancy Johnson, there was a growing need to keep up with developments in data presentation. Having seen how Jacksonville Community Council was using data presentation to make its community indicators available in an easy-to-digest format, she decided to try the same approach.

    Getting started

    Nancy made contact with InstantAtlas and her initial concerns about cost were laid to rest. She became convinced that it was the right data presentation tool for CRC. The board agreed and decided to buy InstantAtlas. Making the entire 2009 CRC Progress Report available online as an interactive report was the first project.

    The purpose of The Progress Report is to provide useful information to gauge quality of life in Shawnee County. It provides information to businesses, governments and other organizations to assess the condition of the community. This information is intended to be used by anyone wanting to plan for the future.

    The challenge for Nancy was that, as a relatively small organisation with just four members of staff, a great deal of work would be involved. It took longer than anticipated to set up the templates but now they have been created, loading additional data has become very straightforward. Nancy says that feedback from the team at the CRC has certainly been positive.

    Read the full story here >>

    Other stories that may interest you

    Jacksonville Community Council Inc.

    “InstantAtlas maps help our community users see where resources need to be targeted to help reduce inequalities”.
    Interview with Ben Warner, Deputy Director – JCCI

    Read the article

    or Listen to Ben Warner’s Webinar with InstantAtlas - click here (streaming video)

    Credit – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Kansas_State_Capitol.jpg
     
    • Tobias Milbradt 5:45 AM on November 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Great new website!

  • David E Carey 12:28 PM on March 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , community health mapping, community health planning, , publishing public health reports,   

    Jacksonville Community Council Inc. | ‘How Jacksonsville County is using community indicators to target resources and reduce inequalities’ 

    “InstantAtlas maps help our community users see where resources need to be targeted to help reduce inequalities”.


    Jacksonville Community Council Inc. (JCCI) was created in 1975 and its mission is to improve the quality of life and build a better community for people living in Northeast Florida and beyond. The organization is sometimes referred to as Jacksonville’s “citizen think tank”.
    JCCI has been publishing annual community indicators for 25 years. These indicators help a wide range of citizens understand trends in areas such as population growth, education, work-related statistics, healthcare and housing.
    Ben Warner is JCCI’s Deputy Director and he emphasizes the importance of making large amounts of data available in a timely and easy-to-understand way. “We first started out publishing the data in printed form but recognised that, for the data to be as useful as possible for as many audiences as we had, we needed a platform that too would allow us to have greater control over the way the data could be published and accessed,” he says.
    JCCI began to investigate different software packages that would allow it to present the data in such a way. However, concerns were quickly raised.  “We were most concerned that we would end up with a proprietary database product and would not even own the data. We wanted something that our community would find easy to use with very few technical terms involved in manipulating the data. Above all we wanted something that we could have up and running quickly.”

    Read the full article >>

    To read more of this customer profile – please download the following PDF document -
    Learn how to create InstantAtlas Community Health reports – watch this vide0

     
  • David E Carey 9:25 AM on February 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cancer atlas, , data reporting for public health, , ,   

    Welcome to this month’s edition of the InstantAtlas E-Bulletin 

    In this month’s edition we focus on International Public Health with reports from the US CDC, WHO, Florida Department of Health and the UK National Centre for Health Outcomes Development.

    • 1.1  United States CDC supports Saudi Ministry of Health’s efforts to tackle prevention of influenza H1N1 with InstantAtlas Server
    • 1.2  New H1N1 Surveillance Weekly Situation InstantAtlas Update Reports
    • 1.3 North East Florida Health Planning Council | Using InstantAtlas for Regional Analytics
    • 1.4 Florida Department of Health | New Cancer Incidence Reports for the State
    • 1.5 NCHOD National Centre for Health Outcomes Development, UK | Compendium of Clinical & Health Indicators
    • 1.6  Society of Epidemiological Cancer Registries in Germany | New Cancer Atlases published

    2. RESOURCES AND NEWS

    • 2.1  InstantAtlas named in Top 10 UK government data visualization sites -  (source – Guardian Blog)
    • 2.2 InstantAtlas interactive map used to highlight varying growth in hospital admissions throughout England
    • 2.3 NHS Wirral discuss health intelligence across joint health & social care using InstantAtlasPublic Health Webinar
    • 2.4 Where to see InstantAtlas in action – UK and International event schedule
    • 2.5 InstantAtlas Customer Reports published on data.gov.uk
    • 2.6 New Section – Recommended Twitter Authors
    • 2.7 New “How to do…” videos from InstantAtlas

    1. Client Examples


    1.1 United States CDC supports Saudi Ministry of Health’s efforts to tackle prevention of influenza H1N1 with InstantAtlas Server

    The United States Government through the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has partnered with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) Ministry of Health to enhance pandemic novel influenza A (H1N1) preparation and control during the 2009 Hajj.

    Support was provided by the CDC to the Ministry of Health (MoH), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) in developing recommendations for pandemic novel influenza A (H1N1) prevention and control for pilgrims coming to Hajj.

    President Obama’s official statement on CDC & Saudi MoH partnership.

    Link to White House Press Release

    With the application of InstantAtlas Server the CDC built the capacity of the KSA Ministry of Health for infectious disease surveillance and outbreak management capabilities for public health emergency preparedness and response.

    1.2 New H1N1 Surveillance Weekly Situation InstantAtlas Update Reports

    InstantAtlas has been at the forefront of reporting the outbreak and evolution of the H1N1 Swine Flu Pandemic in by global, regional and national health organizations.  At the World Health Organization, Weekly Situation Updates are now enhanced with new interactive map timelines to track qualitative pandemic indicators temporally.  Using special URL-parameters, the same report is used to link the user directly into each of the chosen themes : (1) Geographic spread of influenza activity; (2) Trend of respiratory diseases activity compared to the previous week; (3) Intensity of acute respiratory diseases in the population; and (4) Impact on health care services.

    1.3 North East Florida Health Planning Council – Using InstantAtlas for Regional Analytics

    The Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida is proud to introduce an easy-to-use interactive mapping tool for health analysts, grant writers, researchers, statisticians, epidemiologists, data managers and GIS experts to disseminate and compare health indicators and healthcare utilization statistics. InstantAtlas outputs, termed ‘dynamic reports’, are commonly produced to complement static reports to give readers the opportunity to explore the data behind the reports. It also provides a tool for monitoring the performance of health resources and presenting survey results.

    Community Snapshot Indicators using InstantAtlas

    Modeling one of our Core Values: We believe collaboration is a must at any cost, the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida saw an opportunity to connect JCCI’s existing Statewide Community Snapshot Indicators via InstantAtlas with our rich Regional Healthcare Analytics to enhance the interactive mapping experience.

    HPC and New Town Health Project on YouTube – click here

    This YouTube video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11LKojhvpCg) demonstrates how the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida lives and breathes one of our five Core Values: We conduct research with communities, not on or to communities.

    SOURCE [http://www.hpcnef.org/ - accessed Dec 22nd, 9.35 GMT]

    1.4  Florida Department of Health | New Cancer Incidence Reports for the State

    The Bureau of Epidemiology of the Florida Department of Health has just posted its new InstantAtlas interactive Cancer Incidence report.  This presents a  seven-year time-series from 2000-2006 with time animation.  Because of the software’s inbuilt flexibility with customization, the dashboard is able to specifically address and explain the statistical anomaly in a specific county (Union County) to avoid alarm and data misinterpretation by users.  The Department plans to extend the use of InstantAtlas to showcase data for the Florida Diabetes Prevention & Control Program.

    1.5 NCHOD National Centre for Health Outcomes Development, UK | Compendium of Clinical & Health Indicators

    The National Centre for Health Outcomes Development (NCHOD) is a unique national resource in the UK concerned with all aspects of health outcomes assessment.

    Funded by the Information Centre for health and social care, NCHOD produces the online Clinical and Health Outcomes Knowledge Base, including the Compendium of Clinical and Health Indicators. This is an extensive resource used predominantly by local authorities and Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) to help them direct public health resources effectively in their regions, to save lives.

    Director of NCHOD, Dr Azim Lakhani is in no doubt that the Compendium combined with InstantAtlas makes a difference to UK health and to saving lives. He said: “Aided by InstantAtlas, what we are now able to do on a much wider scale and much more clearly, is show people where there might be a problem. This allows them to target resources effectively.”

    1.6 Society of Epidemiological Cancer Registries in Germany | New Cancer Atlases published

    “With this Cancer Atlas, it is now possible for the first time to view and analyse existing cancer data for Germany at the federal states level”, says GEKID Chairman, Prof. Dr. Alexander Katalinic at the University of Lübeck. “We hope that the pubic, the scientific community and policy makers will make use of this tool.”

    Built with InstantAtlas desktop software, this report presents rates and case numbers for 23 specific types of tumors and overall cancer incidence.  The data are shown on a map by state as well and in linked seven-year time series graph and bar chart.  Cancer mortality data based on statistics from the Federal Statistics Office is presented in a separate interactive report.

    2. Resources and News

    2.1 InstantAtlas named in Top 10 UK government data visualisation sites

    This month InstantAtlas customer the West Midlands Regional Observatory was listed as one of the top ten UK government data visualisation sites in the online guardian blog (guardian.co.uk).  The report featured shows the proportion of the working age population claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in each local authority in the West Midlands. You can also compare data for each local authority with the West Midlands and UK averages.

    2.2 InstantAtlas interactive map used to highlight varying growth in hospital admissions throughout England


    Data compiled by healthcare intelligence experts CHKS was used to create an InstantAtlas interactive map showing the growth in hospital admissions for every primary care trust in England. The analysis featured in the Health Service Journal (21st January) and was used to highlight concern over the effective monitoring of hospital admissions which grew on average by 6.0 per cent in the year to March 2009. The interactive map will be of particular use to commissioners who want to better understand growth in admissions and the impact on local populations. Reducing hospital activity is one of the components of healthcare reform and has been given further emphasis in light of likely cuts in NHS budgets.

    2.3 NHS Wirral discuss health intelligence across joint health & social care using InstantAtlasPublic Health Webinar

    “Learn and discover how NHS Wirral employed InstantAtlas to support its JSNA Initiative and development of health intelligence across joint health & social care.”

    On February the 16th @ 10.30 am InstantAtlas hosted a webcast which was presented by our guest speaker Robert Minshall, Public Health Information Specialist of NHS Wirral.

    Robert discussed how InstantAtlas has been employed within the organisation and the benefits NHS Wirral have gained in using the application.  Robert also discussed their JSNA initiative for Wirral and presented some examples of its online InstantAtlas 6 reports for their project LHD – The Local Health Directorate.  New multi-geography atlases where also be presented by Robert showing public health indicator reports for NHS Wirral at Ward and Lower Super Output Area (LSOA) levels.

    Following Robert’s presentation the InstantAtlas support team ran some short demonstrations on how to create similar InstantAtlas reports to the ones Robert created for NHS Wirral.

    This webinar is now freely available to download or stream online – click here to watch the broadcast

    2.4 Where to see InstantAtlas in action – upcoming events

    1. North America – 27th Annual Behavioural Risk Factor Surveillance System Conference – 20TH – 24TH March, San Diego, CA
      Link to the site: http://www.cdc.gov/brfss/conference/index.htm
    2. United Kingdom – Laria Annual Conference 2010 – 14th April, The Royal Holloway University, London
      Link to the site: http://www.laria.gov.uk/laria/events/display-event.do?id=679747

    2.5 InstantAtlas Customer Reports published on data.gov.uk

    Advised by Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Professor Nigel Shadbolt and others, the UK government are opening up data for reuse. Their site data.gov.uk seeks to give a way into the wealth of government data and is under constant development.

    InstantAtlas customers have started to present their projects on the new site, see some examples below:

    • Health Maps Wales is an interactive tool that can be used to explore a variety of indicators relating to the health of the Welsh population.
      Maps are embedded within dashboards, and these allow the user to compare indicator values geographically and temporally. Indicators are available at Middle Super Output Area (MSOA), Upper Super Output Area (USOA) and Unitary Authority (UA) level, subject to rules of disclosure and small numbers. From the 25th February 2010, information will also be availble at the level of the seven new NHS Wales Local Health Board areas.
    • National Obesity Observatory -  The NOO e-Atlas is an interactive mapping tool for the analysis of data on the prevalence of obesity and its determinants for local authorities in England. Caroline Ridler, Senior Public Health Intelligence Analyst explains why NOO chose InstantAtlas: “The National Obesity Observatory needs software that is easy to use. The fact that we can use an InstantAtlas template out-of-the box saves us time and helps us to display a lot of complex data in a simple and accessible format”.

    2.6 Recommended Twitter Authors of InstantAtlas

    As real time communication tools become increasingly popular amongst bloggers and the wider online community, InstantAtlas has created a new section to our blog that highlights some of the best online authors we can find from a wide range of disciplines.
    In this month’s edition we recommend three authors and organisations who we feel bring real value to the development of online data mapping and presentation solutions.

    This is not a one way street by any means, if you follow any Twitter authors who you think would be of interest to others just let us know, we’ll be happy to add in the next InstantAtlas bulletin.

    Follow Endless Cities
    Endless Cities | No. of followers 3335 | Profile professional architect – interested in sustainability, digitalisation, web 2.0 and cutting edge relations in between arts, architecture and technology… theory vs. practice

    Follow IanWardle
    Ian Wardle | No. of followers 594 | CEO Lifeline Project, UK: Exploring social media to focus on inequality and health behaviours. For harm reduction, recovery, human rights and sustainability.

    Follow WMRO
    West Midlands Regional Observatory | No. of followers 184 | West Midlands Regional Observatory – the source of regional research, facts and figures about England’s West Midlands region since 2002.

    2.7 New “How to do…” videos from InstantAtlas

    Title | How to create an InstantAtlas report for Community Health | Published 22nd February 2010

    John Bartholomew of InstantAtlas presents how easy it is to create a dynamic and interactive IinstantAtlas report using data from the North East Florida Health Planning Council.
    Title | Creating InstantAtlas Report for Election Results & using Radar Charts for Community Profiles | Published 22nd February 2010
    Learn and discover how to create and InstantAtlas report for Election Mapping and Reporting with Dorothy Graves of the InstantAtlas support team.
     
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  • David E Carey 11:45 AM on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: aedi reports, aedi-community-profiles, bristol-profiling, census-mapping-and-reporting, , cornwall-index-of-deprivation-atlas, crime-reporting, data-visualization-for-profiling-and-reporting, early-childhood-development-reporting, election-data-mapping-software, population-mapping, quality-of-life, software-for-election-results   

    Welcome to the December edition of the InstantAtlas E-Bulletin 

    In this month’s edition we focus on Community Mapping of Childhood Development in Australia, City Profiling in the Bristol and Child-Well Being Reporting in Cornwall.

    1. CLIENT EXAMPLES

    • 1.1 Client Spotlight Australian Early Development Index [AEDI],  Australia. World’s first mapping project covering an entire country with early childhood development data at suburb level
    • 1.2 Client Spotlight: Bristol Council City Profiling Reports
    • 1.3 Client Spotlight: Cornwall Council New Index of Deprivation & Child Well-Being Reports

    1. CLIENT EXAMPLES

    1.1 AEDI | A Snapshot of Early Childhood Development in Australia

    A Snapshot of Early Childhood Development in Australia is the first National Report by the AEDI National Support Centre, which presents a clear picture of the health and development of Australia’s young children.

    With the application of InstantAtlas the AEDI provides information about how communities have supported the development of their children before school. Between May and July 2009, the AEDI was completed for 261,203 Australian children in their first year of full-time school from every state and territory.

    Megan Harper of AEDI National Support Centre says, “This AEDI project is essentially the world’s first in terms of mapping early childhood development data at suburb level across an entire country. There have been many attempts at state-wide or region-wide mapping of early childhood development indicators, however nothing across an entire country.  It’s an incredible milestone as we actually captured over 98% of ALL of Australia’s 5 year old children in our survey. Therefore the most successful completion rates of any voluntary survey across the Australia.”


    Labor Party National Conference

    The Australian Deputy Prime Minister (Julia Gillard) unveils the project in Melbourne, as she has a special interest in early childhood development.

    The AEDI is a population measure of young children’s development based on a teacher-completed checklist (the AEDI Checklist). The five developmental domains measured are:

  • - Physical health and wellbeing
  • - Social competence
  • - Emotional maturity
  • - Language and cognitive skills (school-based)
  • - Communication skills and general knowledge.Who are the AEDI?
    The AEDI provides information to help us build and strengthen communities for children and Australia.

    Watch AEDI Information Video > Click Here

1.2 Bristol Council | City Profiles

The Bristol City Council Corporate GIS Support team are using InstantAtlas Server to deliver a Local Information System; http://profiles.bristol.gov.uk/ , which provides a resource for the council and Bristol Partnership to share intelligence, through maps, atlases, statistical reports and dynamic reports about life in Bristol and its neighbourhoods.

Bristol data profiles aims to improve efficiency and effectiveness by;

●     Reducing duplication

●     Shifting the focus from collecting data to analysing it

●     Reducing requests for ad-hoc data

●     Creating a shared understanding of what intelligence is available leading to improved partnership working

●     Developing better needs assessments

●     Broadening the range of data users

●     Providing information to inform the steps of the policy design and delivery process

●     Creating a catalyst for a more analytical and focused culture for regeneration activities

A number of exciting new developments are taking place with a number of new profiles and dynamic reports being added.  Current profiles include, Quality of Life, Population, Crime, Census, Education and Health.

Some examples of their work area as follows;

http://profiles.bristol.gov.uk/

http://maps.bristol.gov.uk/instantatlas/population2008/atlas.html

http://ias.bristol.gov.uk/dataviews/report/fullpage?viewId=142&reportId=142

http://ias.bristol.gov.uk/dataviews/report/fullpage?viewId=264&reportId=246

1.3 Cornwall Council | Index of Deprivation & Child Well-Being Reports

New InstantAtlas reports have been created by the Cornwall Community Intelligence team to provide insight and key facts about the City. They include research which draws on a range of statistics to provide information about the people of Cornwall and their social, environmental and economic circumstances.

“Cornwall Council Community Intelligence Team are using Instant Atlas to allow users on their website to explore the Index of Multiple Deprivation 2007 and the Local Index of Child Wellbeing 2009.  The maps also allow users to access the print-friendly area profiles for neighbourhoods (lower layer super output areas).” says Abi Messenger, Community Intelligence Team.

To see the new reports please select below

Index of Multiple Deprivation 2007 | Local Index of Child Wellbeing 2009

A festive message from all at Geowise

The holiday season is now well upon us and the year is nearly ended.  As this is the last InstantAtlas e-bulletin of the 2009 we thought we would give you a little light hearted background information on our country Scotland.

Geowise is located in Edinburgh and this year the country has been celebrating the 250th anniversary of the poet Robert Burns. It may be the case that you may have never heard of Robert Burns but if you have stood at New Year, linked arms with friends and family and sang “Auld Langs Syne…” then you have been touched by the Bard without knowing it.

We have included below a scene for you of the City of Edinburgh at Christmas which is the home of InstantAtlas, why not click the wheel to see if its snowing today. We have also included a Robert Burns Poem “The Winter” to leave you tounge-tied.

The Winter

When biting Boreas, fell and doure,
Sharp shivers thro’ the leafless bow’r;
When Phœbus gies a short-liv’d glow’r,
Far south the lift,
Dim-dark’ning thro’ the flaky show’r,
Or whirling drift:

Ae night the storm the steeples rocked,
Poor Labour sweet in sleep was locked,
While burns, wi’ snawy wreeths upchoked,
Wild-eddying swirl,
Or thro’ the mining outlet bocked,
Down headlong hurl.

List’ning, the doors an’ winnocks rattle,
I thought me on the ourie cattle,
Or silly sheep, wha bide this brattle
O’ winter war,
And thro’ the drift, deep-lairing, sprattle,
Beneath a scar.
Ilk happing bird, wee, helpless thing!

That, in the merry months o’spring,
Delighted me to hear thee sing,
What comes o’ thee?

Whare wilt thou cow’r thy chittering wing
An’ close thy e’e?

Ev’n you on murd’ring errands toil’d,
Lone from your savage homes exil’d,

The blood-stain’d roost, and sheep-cote spoil’d
My heart forgets,
While pityless the tempest wild
Sore on you beats.

2009 is the 250th anniversary of  the birth of  Robert Burns

Link to Robert Burns – Wikipedia

Homecoming Scotland 2009 – Link

New Blogs available

Geowise are always looking at ways to let you get the most out of Instantatlas product news and information.  So today we are announcing two new blog sites for our international users. You can now view InstantAtlas news in German and Spanish at the following links  – German Blog & Spanish Blog

 
  • David E Carey 4:38 PM on December 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , county indicators, survey mapping   

    InstantAtlas supporting Community Information Systems 

    What are Community Information Systems?

    Community Information Systems are web-based solutions, often implemented and supported by a local partnership, that provide a range of end-user functionality from simple reports to sophisticated analytical and data visualization software tools. They are aimed at both internal staff within a partnership (managers, policy-makers, analysts and researchers) and external users (citizens, civic groups, non-profits and businesses). A CIS provides direct access to an evidence-base to improve their decision-making and ultimately support improvement in quality of life in local areas.

    Community Information Systems, sometimes known as Local Information Systems, should enable you to integrate community indicators with performance measures. Mobilizing and engaging communities for social change calls for a high quality intuitive presentation across multiple social themes.

    Community Information Systems (CIS) bring together a wide range of social, economic and environmental data and information around objectives like:-

    • Monitoring the health, social well-being and sustainability of communities through the management of Quality of Life indicators;
    • Bringing together government performance indicators and community targeted indicators into a single solution;
    • Widening the use of data by citizens and public officials to support decision-making, improve policy and target resources;
    • Providing a wider local intelligence context to key performance indicators for government officials; and
    • Communicating outcome measures to citizens, stimulating public debate and building confidence in progress towards societal goals.

    To see examples of InstantAtlas reports for community indicators – click here

     
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