“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.”
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