About Jon Peltenburg

Technical Director | InstantAtlas

Using mapping software to create the first health atlas for Bavaria

Health Atlas of BavariaBlog Page Layout - EN

The Bavarian State Office for Health and Food Safety (LGL) is the central administrative body in Bavaria for food safety, health, veterinary as well as industrial and product safety. Its role is to record and evaluate health risks for the population, inform consumers and protect them from being misled or deceived, undertake applied research focused in cooperation with manufacturers, universities and government agencies. It also supports the official control of foodstuffs, the public health service, the official veterinary and occupational safety and health administration in Bavaria.

Read the full article

Benchmarking maternity service indicators in the south west of England

How online mapping software is helping Welsh Assembly Members and their support staff access statistics about their local areas

How Aragon Health Sciences Institute is driving innovation and improvement in health services with the help of an interactive atlas of variation in healthcare


The Instituto Aragonés de Ciencias de la Salud (Aragon Health Sciences Institute) is responsible for research and knowledge management in Biomedicine and Health Sciences for the public health system in Aragon. Its purpose is to help drive innovation and improvement in health services through knowledge management.

Which project initially sparked your interest in data visualization?

We were working on an atlas of variation in medical practice in the national health system based on the academic work behind the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care. Our aim was to map unwarranted variation in medical practice.

Read more

Is the Snowman population in decline?


With global warming high on the international political agenda, mapping software has for the first time been used to reveal the state of health of the global population of snowmen. The new atlas shows how global warming has had an impact on numbers and population health.

According to NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, average temperatures have climbed 0.8 degree Celsius around the world since 1880, much of this in recent decades. The 10 warmest years in the 134-year record all have occurred since 2000, with the exception of 1998. 2014 ranks as the warmest on record and the Arctic is feeling the effects the most. Average temperatures in Alaska, western Canada, and eastern Russia have risen at twice the global average, according to the multinational Arctic Climate Impact Assessment report compiled between 2000 and 2004.

A Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of the InstantAtlas team.

Find out more

Improving access to demographic and population health data in Nevada with online interactive mapping software

I attended the Esri International User’s Conference and saw a presentation by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals on its atlas. I have been collecting health data since 2004 and it has been a long-held objective to create an online version. However, the cost of and or programming a website was more involvement than I wanted and InstantAtlas seemed like a reasonably-priced solution.

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.