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.

Giving members of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine access to workforce information using interactive mapping software

Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine and InstantAtlas

The Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) is the professional organisation for physicists, clinical and biomedical engineers and technologists working in medicine and biology.

The IPEM’s Workforce Intelligence Unit was set up to give it a credible voice in policy development, the training and education of physicists, engineers and associated services working in all areas of medicine and healthcare. As a leading centre for workforce intelligence the IPEM is able to map demographic, health and services information, across the four countries of the UK, and overlay workforce information. We spoke to Jemimah Eve, Project Officer, about mapping software and how it is being used to meet IPEM’s objectives.

When did you first come across InstantAtlas?

I saw Public Health England’s Atlas of Variation and realised it was a good way to get information into the hands of people who don’t have a detailed knowledge of html or GiS systems…

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How the University of Veracruz used data visualisation to help develop the state’s Observatory on Food Security and Nutrition


The University of Veracruz was established in 1944 and is considered the state’s premier institution of higher education. The university now has a presence in five university regions and 28 municipalities. The university works with many national and state-level organisations that are seeking to improve the lives of people living in Veracruz.

The Faculty of Nutrition, Xalapa, which belongs to the Universidad Veracruzana, works in partnership with other agencies and hosts the Centre for Food Security and Nutrition State of Veracruz (OBSAN). The Observatory’s mission is to provide a platform that provides information on food security and nutrition in the State of Veracruz and to contributes to decision-making and policy development.

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IPPR – How a UK think tank is using data presentation turn a project on the needs of older people in London into a useful resource


IPPR, the Institute for Public Policy Research, is the UK’s leading progressive think tank, producing rigorous research and innovative policy ideas. IPPR publishes more than 50 reports each year and it uses its website as a hub for progressive thinking.

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One of its recent projects was supported by the City Bridge Trust – a charity that supports charitable activity benefitting Greater London. The project culminated in a report Older Londoners that highlighted the urgent need to tackle social isolation among the oldest members in society. It found that the number of people in London aged over-65 is expected to rise by a third in the next 20 years and those aged over 90, by 95 per cent.

Senior research fellow Kayte Lawton says: “It was a project looking at ageing and growing problems faced by the over-80s. This is a group of people who are often classed with the over-65s but we wanted to differentiate the needs of this older group. They often have greater social care and health needs.”

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All-Island Regional Research Observatory (AIRO)


Ireland’s All-Island Regional Research Observatory (AIRO) was initially established as a pilot project with the guidance and lead of the National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA) and the National Centre for Geo-Computation (NCG) based in the National University of Ireland Maynooth.

The initial aim of the project was to provide reliable information through the collection, analysis and mapping of data relevant to the cross-border region. It was aimed to act as a spatial, social and economic databank resource for community, public and private bodies. Since then the AIRO project has broadened its horizon and developed a series of interactive mapping tools for all local and regional authorities in Ireland.

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