The Bristol City Council Corporate GIS Support team is providing the council and the Bristol Partnership with an online resource to share intelligence, through maps, atlases, statistical reports and dynamic reports about life in Bristol and its neighbourhoods.
We spoke to Mark Newman, Senior GIS Analyst, Bristol City Council to find out more about the project. Mark explained that Bristol City Council initially saw the potential for InstantAtlas as a platform for geodata visualisation. The council has been a pioneer and strong advocate for digital technology and its benefits on the engagement between general public and Local Authority, and on the social, economic and cultural aspects of a connected City. Its Open Data portal has helped it to make the most of tools like InstantAtlas.
The council identified a number of groups who were likely to be users of the service. Within the council this included analysts within the different business units, service managers as well as senior member of the council who would need to access data for strategic overview. In the wider Bristol Partnership and beyond this included charities, organisations needing evidence for funding, academics and the citizens of Bristol. To cope with the range of user skills the data visualisation had to work for people with GIS experience and those without.
Meeting the need
Users are now able to access a wide range of data through the Bristol data profiles website (http://profiles.bristol.gov.uk/). This includes Bristol statistics and census information and much of this information is used by the council as evidence on which to base its plans and policies. Indicators of quality of life in Bristol are also available. The Quality of Life in your Neighbourhood survey began in 2001 and provides an annual snapshot of quality of life in Bristol…
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