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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

    Related content

    The pyramids of crime – by Sonia Bargh | Senior Research Officer – Community Safety,  Cambridgeshire County Council

    Cambridgeshire County Council case study
    Combining customer insight and Output Area Classification data to create visualisations of local information and analysis

  • 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

  • EBP 3:50 PM on May 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: JAGES, Japan Gerontological Evaluation Study, Kaigo-yobou WebAtlas, preventive care for the elderly population   

    Applying InstantAtlas dynamic reports to help decision makers improve preventive care for the elderly population 


    The Kaigo-yobou WebAtlas is a decision support system for policy making in cities/towns which was created using InstantAtlas dynamic reports. This Kaigo-yobou WebAtlas is put together by Japan Gerontological Evaluation Study (JAGES) and is mainly used by city/town agencies who work in the field of the preventive care for the elderly population.

    By presenting data (such as risks of long-term care needs for the elderly population at neighborhood-level) using a web mapping application the *Kaigo-yobou WebAtlas can support town/city agency staff to promote an effective preventive care policy.

    As InstantAtlas dynamic reports are ready-to-use web page, JAGES research group is able to present survey results on the collected data from local agencies online in addition to conventional paper-based reports. The interactive elements such as a map and graphs help users to visualize the data and have made intuitive comparison and analysis of inter-regional differences much easier.

    Find out more:

    Domestic use case “Urban HEART for Japanese Older People” (In Japanese)

    Japan Gerontological Evaluation Study (JAGES)’s HP:!about/c1ger (in Japanese only)

    Also their work has also been introduced at Center of Health Development of WHO: (available in English).

    Case study – How the Doctoral Institute for Evidence Based Policy in Japan is meeting customer needs through customised data visualization

    *kaigo-yobou means: preventive care for the elderly people
    Author - Naomi Kawakami, GIS analyst from Doctoral Institute for Evidence Based Policy (Official Partner for InstantAtlas in Japan)
  • David E Carey 4:09 PM on May 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ArcgIS Online, InstantAtlas Dashboard Builder, , Northern Ireland Assembly, online maps   

    Putting local data into the hands of Northern Ireland’s Members of the Legislative Assembly 

    Northern Ireland Assembly

    The Northern Ireland Assembly is responsible for making laws on transferred matters in Northern Ireland and for scrutinising the work of Ministers and Government Departments. It has recently developed a series of online interactive maps at ward and constituency level to help Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) get a better understanding of local needs.

    The maps cover a number of areas including: social development, justice, health social and education and employment and learning. The team used web mapping software from InstantAtlas to produce the maps which are updated annually.

    Anne Campbell, Geographic Information Consultant, says: “I usually have to create and export over 250 individual maps for MLAs but now they have the information at their fingertips in an interactive format. The fact that InstantAtlas Dashboard Builder is accessible via an ArcGIS Online account means the maps will be even easier to access. The next step will be to use it for election reporting.”

    See example Dashboard

  • David E Carey 2:27 PM on May 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2015 uk local election results, , instantatlas professional services, mapping local election data   

    Innovative election report uses virtual council chamber to show election results 

    South Kesteven Election Dashboard

    South Kesteven District has developed an innovative election report with the help of InstantAtlas Professional Services which presents a virtual council chamber. The report includes an animation feature which allows users to view the council chamber and each elected seat, looping through the different seats automatically. The view frequency can be changed using a slider next to it. The results were shown on a large screen on election night to show how many seats each party had won. As well as the overall results, the report also includes details for each ward such as percentage turnout and total votes for each candidate.

    You can find the report here:

  • David E Carey 9:49 AM on April 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: data visualisation with maps, National Federation of Regional Health Observatories, Observatoire Régional de la Santé des Pays de la Loire   

    Mapping local health data to help regional bodies, health professionals and the public make better decisions about health policy and healthcare 

    Mapping local data and make better decisions on health policy with InstantAtlas

    French regional health observatories were set up to help monitor the state of health at regional level and also to inform regional bodies responsible for decisions on health policy, health professionals and the public. Observatories exist in all French regions and are grouped together in a national federation, the FNORS (National Federation of Regional Health Observatories), headquartered in Paris. We spoke to Francois Tuffreau, directeur adjoint, Observatoire Régional de la Santé des Pays de la Loire about how it is using data visualisation to meet its objectives.

    When did you first come across InstantAtlas?

    I was working in a regional health observatory that had links with a public health observatory in England which had been using mapping software so I knew how it could be used to present large amounts of data from several different sources.

    Read the full article here

  • David E Carey 3:32 PM on February 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: community data reporting, data visualization of social indicators, environmental indicator mapping, lester king, , shell center for sustainability   

    First sustainability atlas of its kind for Houston uses data visualization to map 24 social, economic and environmental indicators 

    Rice University Houston Sustainability Quality of Life Atlases

    The Rice University’s Shell Center for Sustainability, Houston has developed a unique website to help Houstonians learn more about sustainability and community resources. Three years’ worth of data analysis was used to produce 24 social, economic and environmental indicators of sustainability at the Super Neighborhood, Council District and city levels. The website allows users to interact with data and make comparisons within Super Neighborhoods and within Council Districts. We spoke to Lester King, Sustainability Fellow at the Shell Center, author of the reports and creator of the website about software mapping.

    Read the full article here

  • David E Carey 9:56 AM on December 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , interactive mapping software, mapping global statistics   

    Santa uses interactive mapping software to get to grips with terabytes of data on good behaviour and help him deliver Christmas presents 

    Christmas with InstantAtlas


    InstantAtlas sent intrepid interviewer Julian Tyndale-Biscoe on the trip of a lifetime to find out how Santa has been using interactive mapping software to make his job a whole lot easier.

    There are those moments in life when you have to pinch yourself to know something is really happening. Stepping into a busy workshop in Lapland and being greeted by a chap dressed as Santa was one of them.

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    Julian Tyndale's Trek












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