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  • David E Carey 3:53 PM on January 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , community asset reporting, community asset systems, community indicator reportin, council of community services, dan meranda, present community indicators in maps   

    Roanoke Council of Community Services and a new online platform that brings life to community indicators through data presentation 


    The Roanoke Council of Community Services was set up in 1960 to aid the planning of community services in Roanoke Valley. Its vision is to establish a community where organizations are able to work collaboratively to increase social wealth, provide greater access to resources, reduce redundancy and focus on human potential as the drivers for economic development and individual well-being. The Council has three areas of activity. First it acts as the central hub for identifying community needs and developing solutions to address these needs. Second it serves as a central clearinghouse, or gateway, connecting individuals in the community to programmes that are best suited to address their needs and third the Council serves as a launching pad for developing new programmes to meet community needs.

    We spoke to Dan Meranda, Vice President of Planning & Consultation at the Council about data visualization and how it is being used to provide community organizations with timely insight about the local community. Dan explains that the Council put a lot of effort into establishing which indicators could be used to develop a picture of trends over time.

    Read the full article

  • benwarner 3:58 PM on June 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , community indicator systems,   

    IA Tools Enhance JCCI’s Data Analysis Capacities 

    Jacksonville Community Council Inc. (JCCI) began using Instant Atlas to display its Quality of Life Progress Report community indicators in September of 2009. For the first 18 months, we used the Single Map Template to show approximately 125 indicators, many of them stretching back over 25 years, in a way that was revolutionary for our community.  People throughout our community, from policy-makers to grant writers to community advocates, appreciated the ease and clarity with which they could get the data they needed.  On our part, we appreciated the freedom from the constraints of the printed report, allowing us to update information as soon as it was released (often beating the local newspaper to the publication of new data.)

    Beginning last month, we decided to see how our community would react to seeing some of the other tools Instant Atlas has to offer. When we used the Double Map Template and began playing with the scatterplot tools, we started to see interesting (and sometimes unexpected) correlations that we could verify over time. In fact, the use of this template helped provide a definitive answer if one of our indicators truly was still a significant and useful measure today. (It was, much more than anticipated.)

    If the scatterplot tool, allowing comparisons between two indicators, revealed such interesting information, we wondered what the Bubble Plot Template might show? Once we began examining relationships among four indicators at the same time, we began to see targeted opportunities for additional research and policy direction. For example, when examining high school graduation rates, we found school districts that were overperforming in relation to the social and economic conditions within the district, and other districts that were underperforming – including districts with a reputation for excellence.  Suddenly, we were able to bring together useful information in a compelling visual display with the ability to reshape community conversations around priorities and policies – and the data is available for anyone in our community to check for themselves.

    You can see how we’re using Instant Atlas at http://www.jcci.org.

  • David E Carey 4:50 PM on January 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: joe baldwin, pinellas indicators   

    Pinellas County ‘How a small team is helping stakeholders get a better understanding of the community and the impact of interventions through data visualization’ 

    Pinellas County, on Florida’s West Coast, is a 280-square mile peninsula bordered by the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay. The Health and Human Services Coordinating Council for Pinellas County works with funders and providers across the community to develop a human service system for citizens that provides seamless, high-quality care based on the best use of available resources.


    The Council has developed a website (http://www.pinellasindicators.org) that provides timely access to statistics and dynamic data visualization. The website is sponsored by Pinellas County and the Juvenile Welfare Board: The Children’s Service Council of Pinellas County.

    Joe Baldwin is the Senior Researcher/Planner for the Council. We spoke to him to find out how the website is helping to meet the Council’s objectives and how it all started. Joe explains that the initial step was to bring stakeholders from health and human services agencies together to develop specifications. A guiding principle developed early on was that the system had to meet the needs of three groups: residents, elected officials and community leaders.


    Getting started

    Residents wanted a better understanding of the quality of life in Pinellas County and to discover whether agencies’ efforts were having an impact. Elected officials wanted information about their constituencies and to be able to make data-driven decisions. Community leaders wanted to be able to monitor indicators that were important to their individual organizations.

    Joe was already familiar with InstantAtlas but found out about the server version at a Community Indicators Consortium conference in Washington. He realised that this version was more suitable for the Council’s needs. “We are by comparison to other community indicator initiatives a small team,” says Joe.

    Making the project work

    “There were some challenges when it came to getting the system up and running but the support staff at GeoWise were very supportive. Once the initial leg work and the indicators were set up the team realised the extent of the efficiency gain.”

    “The Health and Human Services Coordinating Council for Pinellas County was created by an interlocal agreement between funders, and it supports the efforts of many health and human service agencies working together to effect positive change in the community. This means a data presentation tool like this has to be highly collaborative. We have a data committee that is working to develop shared responsibility for the quality of the data and avoiding duplication of effort,” says Joe.

    Read more here >>>

  • David E Carey 3:09 PM on November 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Community Indicators of Shawnee County, community progress reports, , education attendance reporting, Kansas Statistics   

    Community Resources Council, Topeka – Kansas 

    The Community Resources Council, Topeka is a non-profit community agency founded in 1925. It plays an active part in the growth of Topeka/Shawnee County. From publishing the Community Resources Directory, to working with coalitions to better the quality of life, to publishing & updating the Shawnee County Progress Report, CRC strives to bring government, social services, and businesses together. CRC’s mission is to connect the resources in the community through research, information, advocacy, and collaboration.

    Information is therefore at the core of CRC’s activities and in 2009 according to CRC’s executive director Nancy Johnson, there was a growing need to keep up with developments in data presentation. Having seen how Jacksonville Community Council was using data presentation to make its community indicators available in an easy-to-digest format, she decided to try the same approach.

    Getting started

    Nancy made contact with InstantAtlas and her initial concerns about cost were laid to rest. She became convinced that it was the right data presentation tool for CRC. The board agreed and decided to buy InstantAtlas. Making the entire 2009 CRC Progress Report available online as an interactive report was the first project.

    The purpose of The Progress Report is to provide useful information to gauge quality of life in Shawnee County. It provides information to businesses, governments and other organizations to assess the condition of the community. This information is intended to be used by anyone wanting to plan for the future.

    The challenge for Nancy was that, as a relatively small organisation with just four members of staff, a great deal of work would be involved. It took longer than anticipated to set up the templates but now they have been created, loading additional data has become very straightforward. Nancy says that feedback from the team at the CRC has certainly been positive.

    Read the full story here >>

    Other stories that may interest you

    Jacksonville Community Council Inc.

    “InstantAtlas maps help our community users see where resources need to be targeted to help reduce inequalities”.
    Interview with Ben Warner, Deputy Director – JCCI

    Read the article

    or Listen to Ben Warner’s Webinar with InstantAtlas – click here (streaming video)

    Credit – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Kansas_State_Capitol.jpg
    • Tobias Milbradt 5:45 AM on November 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Great new website!

  • David E Carey 2:30 PM on April 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , regional intelligence reporting, regional progress reporting, visualization tools for public health statistics   

    Welcome to this month’s edition of the InstantAtlas E-Bulletin 

    In this month’s edition we focus on UK Local Government and International Public Health with reports from Yorkshire Futures, Nottingham City Council, Louisiana Department of Health and LIGA in Germany.


    • 1.1  Yorkshire Futures | Progress in the Region Live (PiRLive) New Updates
    • 1.2 Perth and Kinross Council, UK | State of the Environment Reports
    • 1.3 London Health Observatory | Sport and Activity Planning Tool
    • 1.4 Nottingham City Councill | Nottingham Insight migration with InstantAtlas Server
    • 1.5 Louisiana Department of Health, USA | New IA 6 Live reports
    • 1.6 Landesinstitut für Gesundheit und Arbeit Nordrhein-Westfalen (LIGA), Germany | New IA 6 Reports


    • 2.1 Formation of LIS User Group announced | hosted by Wigan Borough Council
    • 2.2  Jacksonville Community Council Inc. | Community Indicator Webinar
    • 2.3 Where to see InstantAtlas in action | UK and International event schedule
    • 2.4 US Community Health Case Study (PDF) | Health Planning Council of North East Florida [HPCNEF]
    • 2.5 Twitter authors | Technology Editor, Charles Arthur | Tech for Transparency
    • 2.6 Map and report data with InstantAtlas | FlowingData.com review\z
    • 2.7 InstantAtlas Training Courses
    • 2.8 New customers of InstantAtlas

    Client News

    1.1 Yorkshire Futures | PiRLive site update

    PiRLive | SingleMap Report - Click to View

    Yorkshire Futures (YF) is the Regional Intelligence Network for Yorkshire and Humber. Its role is to provide data, information and intelligence to support and inform regional strategy and policy. Yorkshire Futures recently updated its Progress in the Region Live (PiRLive) site with the latest regional data. Accompanying the update is a new improved look to PiRLive which matches the parent website. Yorkshire Futures worked with InstantAtlas to rebrand PiRLive in keeping with the look and feel of the new Yorkshire Futures website and have also upgraded to the latest version of InstantAtlas V6.3.

    Amanda Crossfield, Data & Development Executive of YF says: “We have used InstantAtlas to create dynamic online maps known as Progress in the Region Live, which show how our region is performing against a suite of high level indicators including economic, environmental, educational and social data. You can see how Yorkshire and the Humber, its sub regions and its local authorities are doing compared to the regional and national average, and look at trends over time.”

    With PiRLive you can download the datasets in Excel format, or print out the maps for use in your reports and presentations.

    Progress in the Region Live can be used to:

    • see how the region and local authorities are doing against key indicators
    • look at trends over time
    • compare two indicators against each other
    • compare the region to the national average
    • compare local authority to the regional, subregional and the national average
    • annotate and print maps
    • download the indicator data in Excel format

    1.2 Perth and Kinross Council  | New State of the Environment InstantAtlas Reports

    Perth and Kinross Council | State of the Environment

    State of the Environment Mapping is an interactive map that allows you to see at a glance how Perth and Kinross areas (e.g. ward, intermediate geographies) are doing compared to other areas and the regional average.

    It provides information about the Perth and Kinross environment and community, including information on how clean the air is, what areas are susceptible to flooding and how many citizens are able to easily catch a bus from home.

    State of the Environment Mapping can be used to:

    • see how areas and local authority are performing against key indicators
    • compare areas to other areas and the regional average
    • look at trends over time
    • print or download graphs, tables and maps for own use
    • download the indicator data in an Excel or PDF format

    To launch State of the Environment Mapping please click here.

    Perth & Kinross also provide a general help guide [PDF 207Kb] which can be downloaded to assist  you in navigating the mapping website.
    Alternatively, you can download summaries for individual indicators by following the links.

    1.3 London Health Observatory  | Sport and Activity Planning Tool

    New online interactive tool using InstantAtlas Server for people involved in sport and activity to help them plan their marketing much more effectively without the need of a GIS specialist.

    London Health Observatory | Sport and Activity Planning Tool

    The Sport and Activity planning tool has been developed by the London Health Observatory (LHO) and Make Sport Fun for the Department of Health and NHS partners. It is based on Sport England’s proprietary Market Segmentation tool which helps organisations target new sport and physical activity opportunities in communities where they are needed most.

    This planning tool allows you to quickly and easily map where people who are interested in playing different sports live in your borough. It also allows you to see where any of the 19 sporting segments live. This means that you can now plan and target marketing much more quickly, cheaply and easily.

    The tool uses data from the multi-million pound Active People survey, Taking Part survey and Experian’s mosaic tool, and was built by the London Health Observatory, using the InstantAtlas Server product.

    LHO | Introductory Tour - Video

    The sport and activity planning tool is available to public sector and not-for-profit organisations in accordance with the raw data usage policy for Sport England’s Market Segmentation tool.

    Currently access to the planning tool for general public use is password protected, however please click on the image to view a video overview of the tool.

    1.4 Nottingham City Council  | Nottingham Insight, preparing for the future with its migration from InstantAtlas Desktop to Server

    Nottingham Insight (previously known as NOMAD+) is a shared evidence base that provides access to data, information and intelligence about Nottingham and the surrounding area.

    This partnership system aims to improve decision-making, support partnership working and secure a better future for its citizens.  However, the Nottingham team quickly realised it had to address some fundamental issues in the delivery of shared intelligence between partner organisations. The existing bespoke system required high maintenance and development time with technical staff needing to support all parts of process. Data loading was resource hungry and difficult to keep up-to-date and the user interface was deemed not intuitive – and click heavy.

    Moving to InstantAtlas Server brought many advantages for the team, many of them already had  experience with the desktop product, which they liked.  InstantAtlas Server also allowed the team to utilise OCSI Data Packs, which provided them regular data refreshes plus Server provided access to Area Profiler Tools, Widgets and Web Services.

    “We selected InstantAtlas Server for ease of creating neighbourhood maps and graphs, intuitive ease-of-use, speed of operation, affordability and expected ease of implementation and integration with the council’s ESRI tool-set.” Mick Dunn, Shared Intelligence Manager | Nottingham City Council

    Nottingham Insight | shared evidence base that provides access to data, information and intelligence about Nottingham and the surrounding area

    About Nottingham Insight

    Hosted resources including data, analysis, mapping, reports, policy and other documents, aim to benefit local authorities, partner organisations and all people interested in the growth and development of Nottingham and the surrounding area.

    Key facts and figures relating to Nottingham and its communities, can readily be utilised for:

    • Service and project planning

    • Informing policy formulation

    • Providing an evidence base for strategic decisions

    • Promoting and marketing services

    • Informing commissioning decisions

    • Providing accessible resources to organisations involved in tendering processes

    • Providing at a glance summaries and profiles for the Nottingham area

    • Helping audit inspectors to easily locate the information they require

    1.5 Louisiana Department of Health, USA | New InstantAtlas 6 BRFSS reports published

    Louisiana Dept of Health | BRFSS IA Reports

    The Chronic Disease Prevention Control Unit in Baton Rouge, Louisiana has just published its latest 2006-08 behavioural risk factor survey results at parish level.  This report aggregates 3 years of data for each of 64 parishes on 14 key health indicators. Themes span physical and mental health status, chronic disease and healthcare.

    Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals is one of 20 U.S. state departments of health that have included InstantAtlas in its online data dissemination strategy.

    1.6 Landesinstitut für Gesundheit und Arbeit Nordrhein-Westfalen (LIGA), Germany | New InstantAtlas 6 district and town profiles covering North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW)

    The new reports cover 54 districts and towns (which are similar to English county boroughs) in NRW are compared using 16 indicators which focus on socio-demographic factors, health, and health behaviour.

    To view examples of the indicator reports, please click on the following images (please note reports are in German only):

    Comparison of district profiles

    All 16 indicators are displayed and compared in a profile view. A bar chart shows for each indicator individually the value discrepancy between the chosen district and the federal average. Moreover, a second district can be added as a comparison variable. Maps, tables and an additional graph visualize at the same time the indicator value across all 54 districts.

    Funnel Plot: infant mortality

    This funnel plot is a useful way of putting apparent spatial patterns seen on a map into a more realistic perspective.  The graph shows the infant mortality rates in relation to the number of births in each district. Each dot represents a district. In statistical terms, all districts plotted between the green or blue lines  (respectively 95% and 99% confidence limits) should not be considered significantly different from the regional mean (red line), regardless of what the map suggests visually.  District variations from the average rate of infant deaths for the region may be purely accidental or unreliable due to the small number of cases. There is also a thematic map, a bar graph and a table. By using the mouse, districts can be chosen simultaneously in all four graphics.

    Resources & News

    2.1 LIS Usergroup for Northern England announced  – hosted by Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council

    Following on from the very successful LIS workshops hosted by InstantAtlas in February, delegates at the events have started to work together in organising thier first meeting to work on LIS projects and discuss what they want and have been able to do with the InstantAtlas products to aid LIS development

    Jonathan Caunce, Intelligence Analyst of Wigan MBC (Hosts of the North LIS workshop) envisaged the group being a kind of ‘open forum‘ for discussion on the LIS agenda, but with a focus specifically around the InstantAtlas product that members are all currently using / looking to use. Jonathan comments “From the discussions at the recent workshop it appeared the consensus was that delegates wanted the group to be informal with a primary focus on problem solving rather than a high-level LIS agenda as a whole.”

    Wigan MBC have proposed a first meeting date for 2pm on Tuesday 27 April in Wigan for an initial meeting of the InstantAtlas LIS User Group?

    If you would like to attend or suggest particular LIS topics please contact Jonathan directly J.Caunce@wigan.gov.uk

    2.1 Jacksonville Community Council Inc.  – Community Indicator Webinar, hosted by InstantAtlas

    “Learn and discover how Jacksonville Community Council Inc. employed InstantAtlas to support their Community Snapshot Project and the development of community intelligence across the County.”

    On April the 1st  Geowise hosted a live webcast presented by our guest speaker Ben Warner, Deputy Director of Jacksonville Community Council Inc.

    Ben’s presentation showed how InstantAtlas has been employed within their organization and highlighted the benefits JCCI gained in using the application. Ben discussed the new Community Snapshot project and presented some indicator examples of their online InstantAtlas 6 reports for Jacksonville/Duval County.

    Click here to view Webinar

    2.2 Where to see InstantAtlas in action – upcoming events

    1. North America – 44th National Immunization Conference – 19TH April, Hyatt Regency – Atlanta, Georgia
      Link to the site: http://conferences.taskforce.org/nic10/
    2. NAACCR – Annual Conference 2010 –22nd – 24th June, Quebec, Canada
      Renewed Collaboration: A Modern Paradigm for Cancer Surveillance”
      Link to the site: http://www.naaccr.org/index.asp?Col_SectionKey=10&Col_ContentID=396

    2.3 US Community Health Case Study

    The Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida (HPC) has been addressing the healthcare needs of Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, St. Johns, and Volusia counties (Region 4) for more than 40 years under a variety of federal, state, and local health planning initiatives. It strives to meet Florida’s healthcare challenges through planning, research and evaluation initiatives that target local healthcare needs and affect health policy. Download PDF Case Study for more details

    2.4 Recommended Twitter Authors

    In this month’s edition we recommend two authors and organisations who we feel bring real value to the development of online data mapping and technology solutions.This is not a one way street by any means, if you follow any Twitter authors who you think would be of interest to others just let us know, we’ll be happy to add them in the next InstantAtlas bulletin.

    • Charles Arthur | Technology Editor, Guardian UK | No. of followers 11,390 | Bio The Guardian’s Technology editor. Posting the news, chasing the news on Apple, Google etc. What you got? – Follow Charles
    • TechForTransparency | No. of followers 461 | The Technology for Transparency Network, an initiative of @globalvoices to map transparency, accountability, and civic engagement projects worldwide. – Follow techtransparent

    2.5 Map and report data with InstantAtlas – Review by FlowingData.com

    You may already know that everyone is talking about transparency and  many organizations want to do more than just post a bunch of spreadsheets. They actually want to visualize it and share their data in a way that can be consumed by the general public. InstantAtlas aims to make that easy – without any code. – Read More

    2.6 InstantAtlas classroom training courses

    Why not take advantage of our special offer this spring and come along to one of our classroom training courses.
    This offer applies to two of our courses based on classroom attendance at our Edinburgh office.

    Choose from the following options:

    InstantAtlas Desktop Foundation Course

    This course is for users with no previous (or limited) experience of InstantAtlas Desktop Edition, or somebody who having used the product wishes to refresh their knowledge.

    InstantAtlas Desktop Advanced Course

    This course is for users who are already competent in the use of InstantAtlas and wish to address advanced features of the product. If you have taken the InstantAtlas Foundation Training Course you will have the knowledge required to attend this course.

    Dates for the next Two Day Course

    April – Wednesday 21st & Thursday 22nd

    Location – GeoWise Edinburgh Office

    Can’t make these dates? –

    See our online Calendar for alternative dates and book today

    2.7 New customers of InstantAtlas

    UK Desktop clients

    Locus GIS

    Northampton Drug & Alcohol

    Borough of Poole

    Eastern Cancer Registry and Information Centre (ECRIC)

    Thames Cancer Registry (TCR)

    Northern and Yorkshire Cancer Registry and Information Service (NYCRIS)

    National Cancer Intelligence Network (NCIN)

    West Midlands Cancer Intelligence Unit (WMCIU)

    Legal Services Commission

    North West Cancer Intelligence Service (NWCIS)

    Amber Valley Borough Council

    Crofters Commission

    Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council

    Cornwall and Isles of Scilly PCT

    Bradford & Airdeale PCT

    UK Server clients

    Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

    St. Helens Metropolitan Borough Council

    South West Public Health Observatory

    East Midlands Public Health Observatory

    North East Public Health Observatory

    North West Public Health Observatory

    South East Public Health Observatory

    West Midlands Public Health Observatory

    London Health Observatory

    Northamptonshire County Council

    Suffolk County Council

    Health Protection Agency South West

    Staffordshire County Council

    Wirral Primary Care Trust

    Bury Metropolitan Borough Council

    Somerset County Council


    Energy Action


    South East Sydney and Illawarra Health


    Offord Centre for Child Studies (McMaster University)


    World Health Organization – Regional Office for Africa


    Bremer Institut für Präventionsforschung und Sozialmedizin (Bremen Cancer Registry)

    Kassenärztliche Vereinigung Bayerns (KVB)

    Landeshauptstadt München, Statistisches Amt

    Stadt Frankfurt, Bürgeramt, Statistik und Wahlen


    Justlife, Lausanne


    Alabama Department of Public Health

    Altarum Institute

    Arizona Department of Health Services

    Center for Health Services Research and Development (East Carolina University)

    Community Resources Council, Kansas

    Hawaii State Department of Health

    Health Planning Council of NE Florida

    Illinois Criminal Justice Info Authority

    Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (University of Washington)

    Kansas Department of Health and Environment

    Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services

    Pinellas County Government, et al., St Petersburg, Florida

    Washington State Department of Health

    To get more information on InstantAtlas products and services visit http://www.instantatlas.com today

    • crisismaven 8:34 PM on April 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      What an intriguing site and software! Will feature in my Data Visualisation References resource list, aspiring to be the most comprehensive on the net. (Will be updated a little later today or tomorrow, please be patient.) If you miss anything that I might be able to find for you or if you yourself want to share a resource, please leave a comment.

      • David Carey 12:38 PM on April 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the comments on the blog and thanks for adding a link in your reference section, can you let me know when its up?
        Regards David

    • John767 10:11 PM on April 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Very nice site!

  • David E Carey 12:28 PM on March 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , community health mapping, community health planning, , publishing public health reports,   

    Jacksonville Community Council Inc. | ‘How Jacksonsville County is using community indicators to target resources and reduce inequalities’ 

    “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.”

    Read the full article >>

    To read more of this customer profile – please download the following PDF document –
    Learn how to create InstantAtlas Community Health reports – watch this vide0

  • David E Carey 9:25 AM on February 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cancer atlas, , data reporting for public health, , ,   

    Welcome to this month’s edition of the InstantAtlas E-Bulletin 

    In this month’s edition we focus on International Public Health with reports from the US CDC, WHO, Florida Department of Health and the UK National Centre for Health Outcomes Development.

    • 1.1  United States CDC supports Saudi Ministry of Health’s efforts to tackle prevention of influenza H1N1 with InstantAtlas Server
    • 1.2  New H1N1 Surveillance Weekly Situation InstantAtlas Update Reports
    • 1.3 North East Florida Health Planning Council | Using InstantAtlas for Regional Analytics
    • 1.4 Florida Department of Health | New Cancer Incidence Reports for the State
    • 1.5 NCHOD National Centre for Health Outcomes Development, UK | Compendium of Clinical & Health Indicators
    • 1.6  Society of Epidemiological Cancer Registries in Germany | New Cancer Atlases published


    • 2.1  InstantAtlas named in Top 10 UK government data visualization sites –  (source – Guardian Blog)
    • 2.2 InstantAtlas interactive map used to highlight varying growth in hospital admissions throughout England
    • 2.3 NHS Wirral discuss health intelligence across joint health & social care using InstantAtlasPublic Health Webinar
    • 2.4 Where to see InstantAtlas in action – UK and International event schedule
    • 2.5 InstantAtlas Customer Reports published on data.gov.uk
    • 2.6 New Section – Recommended Twitter Authors
    • 2.7 New “How to do…” videos from InstantAtlas

    1. Client Examples

    1.1 United States CDC supports Saudi Ministry of Health’s efforts to tackle prevention of influenza H1N1 with InstantAtlas Server

    The United States Government through the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has partnered with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) Ministry of Health to enhance pandemic novel influenza A (H1N1) preparation and control during the 2009 Hajj.

    Support was provided by the CDC to the Ministry of Health (MoH), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) in developing recommendations for pandemic novel influenza A (H1N1) prevention and control for pilgrims coming to Hajj.

    President Obama’s official statement on CDC & Saudi MoH partnership.

    Link to White House Press Release

    With the application of InstantAtlas Server the CDC built the capacity of the KSA Ministry of Health for infectious disease surveillance and outbreak management capabilities for public health emergency preparedness and response.

    1.2 New H1N1 Surveillance Weekly Situation InstantAtlas Update Reports

    InstantAtlas has been at the forefront of reporting the outbreak and evolution of the H1N1 Swine Flu Pandemic in by global, regional and national health organizations.  At the World Health Organization, Weekly Situation Updates are now enhanced with new interactive map timelines to track qualitative pandemic indicators temporally.  Using special URL-parameters, the same report is used to link the user directly into each of the chosen themes : (1) Geographic spread of influenza activity; (2) Trend of respiratory diseases activity compared to the previous week; (3) Intensity of acute respiratory diseases in the population; and (4) Impact on health care services.

    1.3 North East Florida Health Planning Council – Using InstantAtlas for Regional Analytics

    The Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida is proud to introduce an easy-to-use interactive mapping tool for health analysts, grant writers, researchers, statisticians, epidemiologists, data managers and GIS experts to disseminate and compare health indicators and healthcare utilization statistics. InstantAtlas outputs, termed ‘dynamic reports’, are commonly produced to complement static reports to give readers the opportunity to explore the data behind the reports. It also provides a tool for monitoring the performance of health resources and presenting survey results.

    Community Snapshot Indicators using InstantAtlas

    Modeling one of our Core Values: We believe collaboration is a must at any cost, the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida saw an opportunity to connect JCCI’s existing Statewide Community Snapshot Indicators via InstantAtlas with our rich Regional Healthcare Analytics to enhance the interactive mapping experience.

    HPC and New Town Health Project on YouTube – click here

    This YouTube video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11LKojhvpCg) demonstrates how the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida lives and breathes one of our five Core Values: We conduct research with communities, not on or to communities.

    SOURCE [http://www.hpcnef.org/ – accessed Dec 22nd, 9.35 GMT]

    1.4  Florida Department of Health | New Cancer Incidence Reports for the State

    The Bureau of Epidemiology of the Florida Department of Health has just posted its new InstantAtlas interactive Cancer Incidence report.  This presents a  seven-year time-series from 2000-2006 with time animation.  Because of the software’s inbuilt flexibility with customization, the dashboard is able to specifically address and explain the statistical anomaly in a specific county (Union County) to avoid alarm and data misinterpretation by users.  The Department plans to extend the use of InstantAtlas to showcase data for the Florida Diabetes Prevention & Control Program.

    1.5 NCHOD National Centre for Health Outcomes Development, UK | Compendium of Clinical & Health Indicators

    The National Centre for Health Outcomes Development (NCHOD) is a unique national resource in the UK concerned with all aspects of health outcomes assessment.

    Funded by the Information Centre for health and social care, NCHOD produces the online Clinical and Health Outcomes Knowledge Base, including the Compendium of Clinical and Health Indicators. This is an extensive resource used predominantly by local authorities and Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) to help them direct public health resources effectively in their regions, to save lives.

    Director of NCHOD, Dr Azim Lakhani is in no doubt that the Compendium combined with InstantAtlas makes a difference to UK health and to saving lives. He said: “Aided by InstantAtlas, what we are now able to do on a much wider scale and much more clearly, is show people where there might be a problem. This allows them to target resources effectively.”

    1.6 Society of Epidemiological Cancer Registries in Germany | New Cancer Atlases published

    “With this Cancer Atlas, it is now possible for the first time to view and analyse existing cancer data for Germany at the federal states level”, says GEKID Chairman, Prof. Dr. Alexander Katalinic at the University of Lübeck. “We hope that the pubic, the scientific community and policy makers will make use of this tool.”

    Built with InstantAtlas desktop software, this report presents rates and case numbers for 23 specific types of tumors and overall cancer incidence.  The data are shown on a map by state as well and in linked seven-year time series graph and bar chart.  Cancer mortality data based on statistics from the Federal Statistics Office is presented in a separate interactive report.

    2. Resources and News

    2.1 InstantAtlas named in Top 10 UK government data visualisation sites

    This month InstantAtlas customer the West Midlands Regional Observatory was listed as one of the top ten UK government data visualisation sites in the online guardian blog (guardian.co.uk).  The report featured shows the proportion of the working age population claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in each local authority in the West Midlands. You can also compare data for each local authority with the West Midlands and UK averages.

    2.2 InstantAtlas interactive map used to highlight varying growth in hospital admissions throughout England

    Data compiled by healthcare intelligence experts CHKS was used to create an InstantAtlas interactive map showing the growth in hospital admissions for every primary care trust in England. The analysis featured in the Health Service Journal (21st January) and was used to highlight concern over the effective monitoring of hospital admissions which grew on average by 6.0 per cent in the year to March 2009. The interactive map will be of particular use to commissioners who want to better understand growth in admissions and the impact on local populations. Reducing hospital activity is one of the components of healthcare reform and has been given further emphasis in light of likely cuts in NHS budgets.

    2.3 NHS Wirral discuss health intelligence across joint health & social care using InstantAtlasPublic Health Webinar

    “Learn and discover how NHS Wirral employed InstantAtlas to support its JSNA Initiative and development of health intelligence across joint health & social care.”

    On February the 16th @ 10.30 am InstantAtlas hosted a webcast which was presented by our guest speaker Robert Minshall, Public Health Information Specialist of NHS Wirral.

    Robert discussed how InstantAtlas has been employed within the organisation and the benefits NHS Wirral have gained in using the application.  Robert also discussed their JSNA initiative for Wirral and presented some examples of its online InstantAtlas 6 reports for their project LHD – The Local Health Directorate.  New multi-geography atlases where also be presented by Robert showing public health indicator reports for NHS Wirral at Ward and Lower Super Output Area (LSOA) levels.

    Following Robert’s presentation the InstantAtlas support team ran some short demonstrations on how to create similar InstantAtlas reports to the ones Robert created for NHS Wirral.

    This webinar is now freely available to download or stream online – click here to watch the broadcast

    2.4 Where to see InstantAtlas in action – upcoming events

    1. North America – 27th Annual Behavioural Risk Factor Surveillance System Conference – 20TH – 24TH March, San Diego, CA
      Link to the site: http://www.cdc.gov/brfss/conference/index.htm
    2. United Kingdom – Laria Annual Conference 2010 – 14th April, The Royal Holloway University, London
      Link to the site: http://www.laria.gov.uk/laria/events/display-event.do?id=679747

    2.5 InstantAtlas Customer Reports published on data.gov.uk

    Advised by Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Professor Nigel Shadbolt and others, the UK government are opening up data for reuse. Their site data.gov.uk seeks to give a way into the wealth of government data and is under constant development.

    InstantAtlas customers have started to present their projects on the new site, see some examples below:

    • Health Maps Wales is an interactive tool that can be used to explore a variety of indicators relating to the health of the Welsh population.
      Maps are embedded within dashboards, and these allow the user to compare indicator values geographically and temporally. Indicators are available at Middle Super Output Area (MSOA), Upper Super Output Area (USOA) and Unitary Authority (UA) level, subject to rules of disclosure and small numbers. From the 25th February 2010, information will also be availble at the level of the seven new NHS Wales Local Health Board areas.
    • National Obesity Observatory –  The NOO e-Atlas is an interactive mapping tool for the analysis of data on the prevalence of obesity and its determinants for local authorities in England. Caroline Ridler, Senior Public Health Intelligence Analyst explains why NOO chose InstantAtlas: “The National Obesity Observatory needs software that is easy to use. The fact that we can use an InstantAtlas template out-of-the box saves us time and helps us to display a lot of complex data in a simple and accessible format”.

    2.6 Recommended Twitter Authors of InstantAtlas

    As real time communication tools become increasingly popular amongst bloggers and the wider online community, InstantAtlas has created a new section to our blog that highlights some of the best online authors we can find from a wide range of disciplines.
    In this month’s edition we recommend three authors and organisations who we feel bring real value to the development of online data mapping and presentation solutions.

    This is not a one way street by any means, if you follow any Twitter authors who you think would be of interest to others just let us know, we’ll be happy to add in the next InstantAtlas bulletin.

    Follow Endless Cities
    Endless Cities | No. of followers 3335 | Profile professional architect – interested in sustainability, digitalisation, web 2.0 and cutting edge relations in between arts, architecture and technology… theory vs. practice

    Follow IanWardle
    Ian Wardle | No. of followers 594 | CEO Lifeline Project, UK: Exploring social media to focus on inequality and health behaviours. For harm reduction, recovery, human rights and sustainability.

    Follow WMRO
    West Midlands Regional Observatory | No. of followers 184 | West Midlands Regional Observatory – the source of regional research, facts and figures about England’s West Midlands region since 2002.

    2.7 New “How to do…” videos from InstantAtlas

    Title | How to create an InstantAtlas report for Community Health | Published 22nd February 2010

    John Bartholomew of InstantAtlas presents how easy it is to create a dynamic and interactive IinstantAtlas report using data from the North East Florida Health Planning Council.
    Title | Creating InstantAtlas Report for Election Results & using Radar Charts for Community Profiles | Published 22nd February 2010
    Learn and discover how to create and InstantAtlas report for Election Mapping and Reporting with Dorothy Graves of the InstantAtlas support team.
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  • David E Carey 4:38 PM on December 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , county indicators, survey mapping   

    InstantAtlas supporting Community Information Systems 

    What are Community Information Systems?

    Community Information Systems are web-based solutions, often implemented and supported by a local partnership, that provide a range of end-user functionality from simple reports to sophisticated analytical and data visualization software tools. They are aimed at both internal staff within a partnership (managers, policy-makers, analysts and researchers) and external users (citizens, civic groups, non-profits and businesses). A CIS provides direct access to an evidence-base to improve their decision-making and ultimately support improvement in quality of life in local areas.

    Community Information Systems, sometimes known as Local Information Systems, should enable you to integrate community indicators with performance measures. Mobilizing and engaging communities for social change calls for a high quality intuitive presentation across multiple social themes.

    Community Information Systems (CIS) bring together a wide range of social, economic and environmental data and information around objectives like:-

    • Monitoring the health, social well-being and sustainability of communities through the management of Quality of Life indicators;
    • Bringing together government performance indicators and community targeted indicators into a single solution;
    • Widening the use of data by citizens and public officials to support decision-making, improve policy and target resources;
    • Providing a wider local intelligence context to key performance indicators for government officials; and
    • Communicating outcome measures to citizens, stimulating public debate and building confidence in progress towards societal goals.

    To see examples of InstantAtlas reports for community indicators – click here

  • David E Carey 2:03 PM on November 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , community-health-reporting, , esriuk, , , , , statistical-mapping, , ward-profiling   

    InstantAtlas E-bulletin: November Edition 

    Welcome to the latest InstantAtlas News. In this month’s edition we focus on UK Local Government clients:-


    • 1.1 Client Spotlight Worcestershire County Council | Building Area Profiles for Elected Members
    • 1.2 Client Spotlight: Nottingham City Council | Tracking Neighbourhood Change in Nottingham
    • 1.3 Client Spotlight: West Midlands Regional Observatory | State of the Region Reporting
    • 1.4 Client Spotlight: North Yorkshire County Council | New interactive Neighbourhood Profiles


    • 2.1 New Local Observatory / LIS demonstration site
    • 2.2 New demos published to illustrate the capabilities of our templates
    • 2.3 Local Economic Monitor (LEM) – latest updates
    • 2.4 West Midlands Regional Observatory New Recession Monitoring Reports
    • 2.5 InstantAtlas demos by theme
    • 2.6 Staying in touch with InstantAtlas
    • 2.7 UK LIS Workshops Feb 2010 – dates for the diary
    • 2.8 UK LIS Data & Report Packs update – The Economic Assessment Duty Pack


    • 3.1 Area Profile Template version 6.3 – new features coming soon


    1.1 Worcestershire County Council | Building Area Profiles for Elected Members

    The Worcestershire County Council Research & Intelligence Unit are using InstantAtlas Server to deliver a corporate Local Information System (LIS).  As part of this work they have built a rich set of Ward Profile reports aimed at, amongst others, elected members.  They include sections on the relevant local councillor, population, crime, economy, health, children, and place survey results.  One-click links to these reports have been published as a simple list on their intranet site (not currently publicly available).

    Click to see larger image

    Innovative follow-up work is on-going to incorporate data from their central contact centre on the number and type of phone enquiries.  Postcode-tagged enquiries around issues like road maintenance problems, refuse collection and council tax are aggregated to neighbourhood and higher level geographies and then loaded into their LIS for reporting purposes.  Reports of “most frequently asked questions” can then be presented to councillors in the form of profiles and thematic maps via the council intranet.  This opens up all sorts of options, for example, to better understand neighbourhoods that appear to have high levels of enquiries regarding specific problem issues.  Users can visualise neighbourhoods of specific geo-demographic types that have high or low levels of enquiries and whether there are actions that can be taken to target interventions and provide smarter approaches to council communications.

    David Onions, Acting Head of Research & Intelligence, comments: “Instant Atlas server is a very cost effective solution for presenting geographical data in an easily accessible format.  Worcestershire County Council is currently taking advantage of this to support our Elected Members in being even more informed about their local areas, by means of providing them with a profile of their electoral division and details of the services requests residents have made to our customer service centre.”

    If you want to see the sort of profile reports (like the ones above) that can be developed and published with InstantAtlas Server try our Local information Systems demonstration application – use the clickable map of Nottingham Wards for instant access to reports.

    1.2 Client Spotlight: Nottingham City Council | Tracking Neighbourhood Change in Nottingham

    Nottingham City Council has recently started a project to understand how they can support a requirement to evaluate and monitor regeneration activities within the City. The main objective of this project is to develop a tool to deliver evidence of social, economic and environmental change over time in relation to investment, providing a holistic approach to regeneration and enabling the monitoring of outcomes at a local level. – To read more download the PDF case study

    1.3 Client Spotlight: West Midlands Regional Observatory | State of the Region Reporting

    West Midlands Regional Observatory has produced  a new set of InstantAtlas reports to support its State of the Region 2009 Project with the aim of assisting policy makers to explorer research with highly-interactive maps. The report brings together some of the key evidence from the State of the Region dialogues, a new process started in 2008, with a range of other information about the major issues facing the West Midlands. WMRO has linked the themes to wider developments influencing regional policy and strategy. Excel datasets of indicators and the data can be explored in interactive maps covering areas such as local economy, population & health, community & culture and environment & transport

    More about this project »

    1.4 Client Spotlight: North Yorkshire County Council | New interactive Neighbourhood Profiles

    North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) has recently launched an impressive set of interactive profiles for neighbourhoods across the County.  The statistics help paint a picture of the local area covering topics such as: (1) Population Age and ethnicity; (2) Health; (3) Crime; (4) Quality of life; (5) Environment; (6) Employment; (7) Education; and (8) the local economy.  The profiles will help NYCC and its partners when planning services to make sure they are taking local variation and local needs into consideration.


    2.1 New Local Observatory demonstration site

    The Support and Marketing teams have developed a new Local Information System / Local Observatory demonstration site based on off-the-shelf web design tools.  This embeds InstantAtlas Server (IAS) and demonstrates some of the new functionality in the 6.2 release for dynamic embedding of IAS content into other web pages.  Specifically the demo shows:

    (1)    Embedding InstantAtlas Server 6.2  into a broader Local Observatory style site.

    (2)    Embedding individual charts and tables (called ‘profile widgets’)  into other web pages and add relevant commentary.

    (3)    Adding context-sensitive web links that can take users directly to dynamic Data Views and Profiles.

    (4)    Using clickable maps as a simple and easy-to-use method for users to select area-based profile reports.

    The pages are built as templates using a web design tool.  This demonstrates how a  Content Management System (CMS) tool can be implemented to allow non-technical staff to maintain content.

    2.2 New demos published to illustrate the capabilities of version 6 templates

    The InstantAtlas Template section of the InstantAtlas website has new demos by geographical area.  You can now view separate demos for both the UK and USA – Click Click here to see USA template examples | Click here to see UK template examples

    2.3 UK Local Economic Monitor (LEM) – latest updates

    Published – 11 November 2009

    October 2009 unemployment figures added to the LEM
    The October 2009 Jobseekers Allowance figures have been added to the Local Economic Monitor.
    DWP Benefit datasets have been updated on the LEM
    Data for a range of key DWP benefit datasets has been updated for Februrary 2009.
    See the latest news on the Local Economic Monitor

    2.4 West Midlands Regional Observatory – New recession impact monitoring reports

    WMRO has produced a new set of InstantAtlas interactive maps to monitor the impact of the recession at different geographical levels in the West Midlands:

    • By West Midlands Local Authority
    • By West Midlands Census ward
    • Neighbourhoods in the Rural Regeneration Zone

    The maps show Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) claimant rates (the proportion of the working age population claiming JSA), which gives an indication of unemployment.  The maps help to see how the recession is affecting different areas.

    Vist the WMRO recent blog posting ‘Observations’ for more.

    2.5 InstantAtlas demos by theme

    The Marketing team have put together some interesting examples of InstantAtlas Reports by theme for you – there are more available on the InstantAtlas showcase.

    (1) InstantAtlas for Community Information Systems (CIS)  – New York City Community Health, US (Demo) using the Single Map
    Purpose: An atlas comprising a wide range of community health indicators based on the New York Community Health Survey with a 4-year time series. The atlas is based on our new InstantAtlas version 6 template.
    How to use the Single Map Template (Video Link)

    (2) InstantAtlas for Survey Reporting – Behavioral Risk Factor Data Explorer, MMSA Rankings, US (Demo) using the Single Map
    This Single Map template provides a single map view of current BRFSS state for specific US Census Bureau Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas (MMSAs). The use of color-coded symbols make it easier to distinguish data values geographically.  How to use the Single Map Template (Video Link)

    (3) InstantAtlas for Cancer Mapping and Reporting – West Virginia Incidence Rates and Trends / Major Cancer sites (Demo)
    Purpose: This Single Map view presents West Virginia’s aggregated 1997-2001 and 2002-2006 incidence rates across the state and graphs trends between both time periods.

    2.6 Choose how you ENGAGE with InstantAtlas

    InstantAtlas customers are always looking for ways to keep in touch with news and features of the product and how it is being used around the world. So as well as providing the eBulletin service here is a compilation all the ways you can keep up with the latest news:

    InstantAtlas RSS News Feed – for all our latest Blog posts click here to grab all the news | If you’re not sure how to use RSS – click here for an overview and list of feed tools

    NEW – the InstantAtlas Email News Feed – If you prefer the latest Blog posts to come in via your email InBox then you can subscribe to ’email updates’ on the Blog.

    Twitter – Join the growing InstantAtlas community – click here

    Delicious – Bookmark – click here

    Digg – InstantAtlas RSS Feed – click here

    Flickr – View InstantAtlas reports on Flickr by Theme of interest – click here


    YouTube – Watch Free InstantAtlas Video Tutorials for InstantAtlas Desktop and Server – click here and subscribe today

    Metacafeclick here for channelclick here for video RSS feed

    Vimeo Click here for channelclick here for video RSS feed

    Daily Motionclick here for video RSS feedsubscribe to channel

    Important Note | If you are unable to view Video channels from your place of work all videos are available on CD in MP4 format.  Currently CD’s are only available for UK organisations with a UK business address

    2.7 UK InstantAtlas LIS Workshops in Feb 2010

    For all our customers and anyone interested in developing Local Information Systems (LIS) please make a note of the best date for one of our events in February.  We are hoping to finalise the programme of both the ‘North’ and ‘South’ event soon and will publish them on the web site.  More information is available from the LIS Section of our web site.

    2.8 UK LIS Data & Report Packs – New Economic Assessment Duty Pack

    Our partners, OCSI, have been working on the development of data resources and outputs to create an Economic Assessment Duty Pack.  A number of local authority customers have expressed an interest in taking this to address their obligations for production of their Economic Assessment.  For more information see our Packs page on the LIS Section of our web site.


    3.1 New Area Profile Template version 6.3 (coming soon)

    There are a couple of significant enhancements to the new Area Profile template (version 6.3) planned for release at the end of December 2009.  It  includes new configuration files for a new Radar Chart profile and an Election Results Report.

    • The Radar Chart is a significant improvement on previous releases with the ability to display a significant number of select areas on the same chart with a legend for each area.  This ability makes it useful for comparing profiles of multiple areas.
    • With local and national elections coming up in the summer of 2010 in the UK, a new election results report configuration is designed to make it easier for customers to use our templates for the purposes of reporting their results at any geographic scale.

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  • David E Carey 2:34 PM on October 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bubble plot, bubbleplot, data mapping of quality of life indicators, data presentation of community indicators   

    Video overview of the New InstantAtlas Bubble Plot Template Released 

    InstantAtlas have introduced a new template to the family – The Bubble Plot

    The Bubble Plot template combines a single map with a bubble plot for multidimensional data reporting. The bubble plot can display data for up to four variables simultaneously using a combination of bubble position, size and colour. The configurations available for this template are adapted for different data presentations styles and levels of expertise. These include using the bubble plot as a normal scatterplot or a funnel plot.

    There are four configurations of the Bubble Plot available.

    (1) The Simple Configuration – click to see sample
    (2) The Advanced Configuration – click to see sample
    (3) The Funnel Plot – click to see sample
    (4) The Scatter Plot – click to see sample


    To give you a broader understanding of this new template watch our recently published videos by Dorothy from the InstantAtlas support team.

    Bubble Plot Template Overview – Part One (click here) (4 Min 36 Sec)

    Bubble Plot Template Overview – Part Two (click here) (7 Min 16 Sec)

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