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  • 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.

    Read the full story

    Julian Tyndale's Trek












  • David E Carey 4:02 PM on December 2, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cdc diabetes interactive atlas, data divination, health data visualizations, , pam baker   

    The Centre for Diseases Control’s diabetes atlas gets a nod of approval from a leading technology journalist 


    Some readers may remember we have previously highlighted the Centre for Diseases Control (CDC) and the use of InstantAtlas interactive mapping software to present information on diabetes. The CDC’s interactive atlas allows the user to view data and trends for diagnosed diabetes (new and existing cases), obesity, and leisure-time physical inactivity at national, state, and county levels.

    The atlas has now been mentioned in a book by freelance technology journalist Pam Baker. The book called Data Divination: Big Data Strategies features a number of case studies showing how organisations are using big data to their advantage. Baker uses her understanding of analytics and how that applies to data. She details the strategies that business leaders need to make sense of big data for their organisations.

    The premise of the book is that big data is transforming business and organisations must manage the flood of information that has been accelerated by Internet growth and the expansion of mobile communications. In 2011 the McKinsey Global Institute said the use of big data will become a key basis of competition and growth for individual firms saying: “From the standpoint of competitiveness and the potential capture of value, all companies need to take big data seriously.

    Baker develops this theme and explains how businesses can turn big data to their advantage. She refers to the CDC’s diabetes atlas as a good example of what can be done by putting health data in the public domain. She says: “The Atlas depicts national, state, and county data in a collection of maps, tables, graphs, and motion charts and enables the viewing of data in myriad ways simultaneously. The information is available for public use and is free. Users need only click on the features or data sources they want to use. Further, users can drill down from there using a variety of filters.”

    The book has already been included on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s recommended reading list and added to many notable research library collections such as at the national library in the UK, the British Library.

    Read the book:

    Data Divination: Big Data Strategies is sold as a textbook as well as sold to general and professional development readers. The book is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million and other book stores including independents worldwide and as an ebook on everything from Kindle and Nook to Safari Books Online.

  • Julian Tyndale-Biscoe 2:59 PM on December 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Críona Ní Dhálaigh, dublin city housing monitoring tool, , maynooth university   

    AIRO adds a mapping tool for housing data in the Dublin region to its series of interactive mapping tools for all local and regional authorities in Ireland. 

    We have previously highlighted the interactive mapping tools for all local and regional authorities in Ireland developed by the All-Island Research Observatory (AIRO). AIRO undertakes academic and applied mapping research and produces spatial datasets and specialist tools.

    Earlier this year AIRO launched a free-to-use, online monitoring tool that maps housing data for the Dublin region. The interactive mapping tool allows users to examine and interrogate the geography of Dublin’s housing. It includes over 700 maps revealing changes in the spatial patterns of all private and social housing tenures, including information relating to household composition and state housing supports to private renters.

    Councillor Críona Ní Dhálaigh says mapping housing data is extremely useful for the future planning and distribution of housing in Dublin and to support the decision making of central government and the local authorities to meet the scale of housing need. This in turn will ensure good quality, accessible and affordable public housing in the Dublin region.

    The development of the monitoring tool is based on the housing data available from the 2011 Census at Electoral District and Small Area levels and selected census datasets from 2006, 2002 and 1991. It is accompanied by rent supplement recipient datasets from Department of Social Protection. Future modules currently under development will include additional local authority housing related data for the Dublin region, for example in relation to housing standards and local authority mortgages.

    The AIRO website has grown to become an excellent resource for planning and policy making. Justin Gleeson, Director of AIRO, Maynooth University is delighted to get this toolkit up and running and is looking forward to a continuing relationship with Dublin City Council. “This is the first step on a very exciting project and it is an initiative that is easily transferable to the rest of the country,” he says.

  • David E Carey 3:34 PM on November 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ACE Election Dashboards, Americans with Disabilities Act, Colorado Department of State, discriminatory state voting, Elections Division Director, Judd Choate, Scott Gessler, statewide election reporting, Voter registration, voter registration statistics   

    Colorado ACE Election Dashboards

    Colorado Department of State takes accountability to the next level with an innovative election reporting initiative. Accountability in Colorado Elections (ACE), uses interactive mapping software to produce a series of interactive maps, charts, and tables of Colorado election data by county helping the people of Colorado gain an insight into how their government conducts elections.

    Turning a vision into reality

    Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler has been the driving force behind a website designed to help the people of Colorado get a better understanding of how their elections are run. Gessler challenged his  team to take publicly available data and put it into a digestible format for everyone to see. The data includes information about the statewide election that takes place each November as well as Primary elections that occur in June in even years. The data is presented in five major topic areas:  types of ballots issued and receipt statistics; county compliance with legal requirements and participation in recommended activities; gross and net elections costs provided by counties; voter registration statistics; and recently added voter turnout by party affiliation.

    Read the full story

  • David E Carey 11:58 AM on November 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: emily silcock, health and social care atlases, kent and medway public health observatory,   

    Using interactive maps to involve local communities in health and social care service development while informing commissioning decisions 



    Kent and Medway Public Health Observatory has developed Health and Social Care Maps to give an overview of local healthcare needs and service gaps. The maps pull together information from a range of sources across both health and social care and are helping to involve local communities in health and social care service development while informing commissioning decisions. We spoke to Emily Silcock, Public Health Information Analyst at the Observatory about the interactive maps.

    When did you first discover mapping software?

    The team first became aware of InstantAtlas when looking at the SEPHO website (now SEKIT) over 5 years ago and had seen the mapping software being used on other health related websites…

    Read the full article

  • David E Carey 12:46 PM on October 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ADHS, , community profiles dashboard, interactive mapping of public health data   

    How Arizona Department of Health Services has used interactive mapping software to help community planners ensure spending meets local need 


    The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) was set up to promote and protect 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 carries out initiatives in diverse areas such as behavioural 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 centres, nursing homes, hospitals and emergency services.

    Read the full article here

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