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  • Julian Tyndale-Biscoe 1:29 PM on November 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    How East Sussex County Council has improved the analysis of deprivation within by adding a new atlas to its East Sussex in Figures website 

    We spoke to Tim Carpenter East Sussex in Figures (ESiF) Co-ordinator, Research and Information at the council about the latest developments.


    East Sussex in Figures is a website providing the latest statistics on the social, economic and demographic character of East Sussex and its communities. The team at East Sussex County Council has been using InstantAtlas for several years and recently created a new atlas that allows users to call up areas of deprivation within the county and to interpret the data in a geo-spatial way. We spoke to Tim Carpenter East Sussex in Figures (ESiF) Co-ordinator, Research and Information at the council about the latest developments.

    Why did you create the new atlas?

    It started with a presentation that we did to the members of the chief executive’s department about Indices of Multiple Deprivation (IMDs). The indices are used widely to analyse patterns of deprivation and to identify areas that would benefit from and are eligible for special initiatives or programmes. They are key to releasing funding for projects, from road schemes to new playground equipment and are useful for everyone from parish councils to county councils. In the past, bespoke reports and research on deprivation were carried out as and when required using ArcGIS. So we decided to create a new atlas to provide users with tools to carry out their own research without requiring specific GIS knowledge or skills.

    What does the new atlas show?

    It gives a much more realistic picture of deprivation and also gives a sense of geographical space for the users. The challenge we have in East Sussex is that it is mainly a rural county with a low population density away from the coast and so any visual analysis by Lower Super Output Area (LSOA) alone will not give a representative image of deprivation in the county.

    The detail provided by the background mapping makes identifying neighbourhoods much more effective without removing the visual impact of the standard deprivation yellow to blue colour scheme. Users can map each domain and the filters allow user to look at specific geographical areas within the county (districts and parishes etc.) and create a custom deprivation profile for this area.

    Who is using the atlas?

    We get many queries on deprivation from councillors, colleagues, third sector organisations and residents asking us to tell them about levels of deprivation in the areas they live, or are responsible for. The addition of a Google interface allows them to search by postcodes or street names and so it really does give them the picture they can understand. In addition, users can filter according to their specific geographical areas or responsibility and create a bespoke deprivation profile. Beforehand this process would have taken around 30 minutes using ArcGIS and would have been a one off process each time a profile was required.  It is a great example of a reusable, multi-functional easy to use geographical evidence base.

  • David E Carey 4:15 PM on November 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: catalan election results, elecciones dashboard, elections dashboard, mapping elections data   

    How mapping software was used to present up-to-the-minute results of the 2015 Catalan elections 


    The 2015 Catalan elections were seen by politicians as a tipping point in the future of Catalonia with 76 per cent of Catalonia’s 5.5 million voters going to the polls which was a record–breaking turnout.

    After the votes were counted 62 seats in the Catalan parliament were won by Junts pel Si the main pro-independence party. Together with 10 seats won by a smaller nationalist party won pro-independence parties are now the biggest political force. The separatists say the victory means they have the backing of the people to form an independent Catalan state.

    The election results were collected and presented as a dashboard by Esri Spain using InstantAtlas Dashboard Builder. Huffington Post ran an article highlighting the election map which were used to build a detailed picture of the results as they came in.

    See dashboard here

    Find out more about InstantAtlas and election reporting here.

  • David E Carey 10:49 AM on November 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: atlas of variation, frank olsen, helse nord, , norwegian public health data   

    “How Norway’s first atlas of variation uses mapping software to reveal variation in healthcare” 

  • David E Carey 2:45 PM on October 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , health data mapping, nhs atlas of variation 2015, , public health england,   

    How Public Health England is using interactive mapping software to present detailed public health data with the 2015 NHS Atlas of Variation 

    Public Health England and the NHS Atlas of Variation

    Public Health England (PHE), established in April 2013, exists to protect and improve the nation’s health and wellbeing, and reduce health inequalities. It does this through world-class science, knowledge and intelligence, advocacy, partnerships and delivery of specialist public health services.

    InstantAtlas is widely used within PHE as it has a enterprise licence and was used for their Atlas of Variation in Healthcare, which has received widespread interest and coverage in the media.

    Read the full article

  • David E Carey 1:17 PM on October 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: county data mapping, kreis borken, statistical data mapping   

    “Presenting statistical data to a wide range of users across multiple platforms using online mapping software” 



    How did you first hear about InstantAtlas?

    A colleague who is involved in monitoring education for the county found out about InstantAtlas at a meeting and told me about it…

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  • David E Carey 9:13 AM on October 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine, ipem, ipem work intelligence unit, mapping healthcare data, training in medicine and healthcare   

    Giving members of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine access to workforce information using interactive mapping software 

    Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine and InstantAtlas

    The Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) is the professional organisation for physicists, clinical and biomedical engineers and technologists working in medicine and biology.

    The IPEM’s Workforce Intelligence Unit was set up to give it a credible voice in policy development, the training and education of physicists, engineers and associated services working in all areas of medicine and healthcare. As a leading centre for workforce intelligence the IPEM is able to map demographic, health and services information, across the four countries of the UK, and overlay workforce information. We spoke to Jemimah Eve, Project Officer, about mapping software and how it is being used to meet IPEM’s objectives.

    When did you first come across InstantAtlas?

    I saw Public Health England’s Atlas of Variation and realised it was a good way to get information into the hands of people who don’t have a detailed knowledge of html or GiS systems…

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  • David E Carey 3:05 PM on September 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: brant county health atlas, county level health dashboards   

    Using mapping software to improve understanding and awareness of health status within Brantford & Brant County, Ontario. 

    Brantford and Brant County, Ontario

    The Brant Health Atlas is an interactive mapping tool that provides information on the health of residents in the City of Brantford and the County of Brant in Ontario, Canada. Information is available on socio-demographic characteristics and a variety of key health indicators by age, sex and neighbourhood. These health indicators are aligned with core indicators developed by the Association of Public Health Epidemiologists in Ontario (APHEO). The tool allows users to view this information on a map, in tables, or graphs. We spoke to Adam Stevens, epidemiologist at the Brant County Health Unit (, about the mapping tool and the benefits they have seen from using InstantAtlas.

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  • David E Carey 3:06 PM on July 29, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Nestlé Research Center, nutrition data reporting, nutrition health atlas,   

    How web mapping software is helping Nestlé employees to understand global nutrition with the help of an easy-to-use Nutrition and Health Atlas 


    The Nestlé Research Center is at the heart of fundamental scientific research and innovation within Nestlé. Its role is to drive science and technology, from basic nutrition and health research, to applied research for product development and application. The NRC supports all of Nestlé’s product categories with scientific and technological expertise. We spoke to Dantong Wang in Public Health Nutrition at the Research Center about its new Nutrition and Health Atlas.

    How did you find out about InstantAtlas?

    I was introduced to the InstantAtlas web mapping application by a colleague who had used it before. We tried it out and realised that InstantAtlas Server could help us present large amounts of data that we had compiled for our project. However, we also needed support with the branding and customized design work which we discovered InstantAtlas Professional Services could also help with.

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  • Julian Tyndale-Biscoe 9:58 AM on June 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , cambridgeshire insight, community safety data mapping, LARIA, , pyramids of crime, Zonni Auburn   

    Cambridgeshire Insight goes from strength to strength 


    The Cambridgeshire Research Group at Cambridgeshire County Council is not only celebrating success at this year’s LARIA awards, it has been developing Cambridgeshire Insight to ensure it continues to provide good quality information that can help the community make better informed decisions at every level.

    The team’s success at LARIA saw researcher Zonni Auburn named as New Researcher of the Year. This award is given to a researcher with under five years of experience in a research field who has made a significant impact. The Group also was commended in the Best use of community safety or policing research category (for the Cambridgeshire Atlas: Victim and Offender Pyramids) and shortlisted in the Most engaging presentation of local area research category.

    The Cambridgeshire Atlas: Victim and Offender Pyramids is just one example of the Group’s determination to present a wide range of data in an easy to understand format. The atlas provides a breakdown of victim and offenders for each district, by age group and gender in Cambridgeshire. This allows users to see the profiles of victimisation and offending by district. Comparisons can be made between different age groups between districts and with the County by adding comparator lines to the pyramid.

    In addition, the team posts regular blogs about its latest projects such as its open data in public transport initiative. The council has recognised that in order to deliver more jobs and economic growth the Greater Cambridge area has to grow whilst maintaining ease of movement. [See also the Economic Assessment Atlas] However this requires moving toward more intelligent mobility. At the heart of intelligent mobility is data, this data has been described as a ‘new form of oil’ for the transport system which will allow; greater understanding of the network, better mapping of demand, more accurate information for users and the implementation of ideas such as ‘Smart Parking’.

    The Cambridgeshire Insight partnership has used Breakthrough Two funding to begin to unlock some of the most requested data sets as well as making some of the already available data more user friendly by developing streaming application program interfaces (APIs). This allows developers to gather real time information. Interest has already been shown by a company who would like to use a live stream of the Car Parking data and work on an API has begun. This data will then be used in a pilot Smart Parking platform. You can out more about the initiative here.


    Cambridgeshire Insight| Informing Cambridgeshire

    Cambridgeshire Insight Open Data portal

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  • David E Carey 1:30 PM on June 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Fraser Health, Health Observatory, Population Health Analysis   

    Improving access to public health data using interactive maps for a range of stakeholders in the Fraser Valley, Canada 


    Fraser Health provides a wide range of integrated health care services to more than 1.6 million British Columbians living in communities stretching from Burnaby to White Rock to Hope. Its services range from acute care hospitals to community-based residential, home health, mental health and public health services. It is one of Canada’s largest and fastest growing health authorities, with over 22,000 employees, 2,500 physicians and nearly 6,500 volunteers. We spoke to GIS Analyst, Geoff Ramler in the authority’s Population Health Observatory about software mapping and the way it is being used to improve decision making.

    What were you looking for in a software mapping solution?

    Our stakeholders need data and information to help them make decisions about the way healthcare and other services are delivered. With a wide range of individuals using this data, from municipal planners and city managers to healthcare staff, we had to make sure it was presented in a way that was easy to access and understand. Keeping up with these individual requests for data and analysis was creating a challenge for the Observatory. We needed a way to put information into the hands of our stakeholders, and at the same time, lighten the load on our team.

    Read the full article here

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