“Presenting statistical data to a wide range of users across multiple platforms using online mapping software”



How did you first hear about InstantAtlas?

A colleague who is involved in monitoring education for the county found out about InstantAtlas at a meeting and told me about it…

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Improving access to public health data using interactive maps for a range of stakeholders in the Fraser Valley, Canada


Fraser Health provides a wide range of integrated health care services to more than 1.6 million British Columbians living in communities stretching from Burnaby to White Rock to Hope. Its services range from acute care hospitals to community-based residential, home health, mental health and public health services. It is one of Canada’s largest and fastest growing health authorities, with over 22,000 employees, 2,500 physicians and nearly 6,500 volunteers. We spoke to GIS Analyst, Geoff Ramler in the authority’s Population Health Observatory about software mapping and the way it is being used to improve decision making.

What were you looking for in a software mapping solution?

Our stakeholders need data and information to help them make decisions about the way healthcare and other services are delivered. With a wide range of individuals using this data, from municipal planners and city managers to healthcare staff, we had to make sure it was presented in a way that was easy to access and understand. Keeping up with these individual requests for data and analysis was creating a challenge for the Observatory. We needed a way to put information into the hands of our stakeholders, and at the same time, lighten the load on our team.

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Innovative election report uses virtual council chamber to show election results

South Kesteven Election Dashboard

South Kesteven District has developed an innovative election report with the help of InstantAtlas Professional Services which presents a virtual council chamber. The report includes an animation feature which allows users to view the council chamber and each elected seat, looping through the different seats automatically. The view frequency can be changed using a slider next to it. The results were shown on a large screen on election night to show how many seats each party had won. As well as the overall results, the report also includes details for each ward such as percentage turnout and total votes for each candidate.

You can find the report here: http://www.southkesteven.gov.uk/elections2015/atlas.html

First sustainability atlas of its kind for Houston uses data visualization to map 24 social, economic and environmental indicators

Rice University Houston Sustainability Quality of Life Atlases

The Rice University’s Shell Center for Sustainability, Houston has developed a unique website to help Houstonians learn more about sustainability and community resources. Three years’ worth of data analysis was used to produce 24 social, economic and environmental indicators of sustainability at the Super Neighborhood, Council District and city levels. The website allows users to interact with data and make comparisons within Super Neighborhoods and within Council Districts. We spoke to Lester King, Sustainability Fellow at the Shell Center, author of the reports and creator of the website about software mapping.

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The Centre for Diseases Control’s diabetes atlas gets a nod of approval from a leading technology journalist


Some readers may remember we have previously highlighted the Centre for Diseases Control (CDC) and the use of InstantAtlas interactive mapping software to present information on diabetes. The CDC’s interactive atlas allows the user to view data and trends for diagnosed diabetes (new and existing cases), obesity, and leisure-time physical inactivity at national, state, and county levels.

The atlas has now been mentioned in a book by freelance technology journalist Pam Baker. The book called Data Divination: Big Data Strategies features a number of case studies showing how organisations are using big data to their advantage. Baker uses her understanding of analytics and how that applies to data. She details the strategies that business leaders need to make sense of big data for their organisations.

The premise of the book is that big data is transforming business and organisations must manage the flood of information that has been accelerated by Internet growth and the expansion of mobile communications. In 2011 the McKinsey Global Institute said the use of big data will become a key basis of competition and growth for individual firms saying: “From the standpoint of competitiveness and the potential capture of value, all companies need to take big data seriously.

Baker develops this theme and explains how businesses can turn big data to their advantage. She refers to the CDC’s diabetes atlas as a good example of what can be done by putting health data in the public domain. She says: “The Atlas depicts national, state, and county data in a collection of maps, tables, graphs, and motion charts and enables the viewing of data in myriad ways simultaneously. The information is available for public use and is free. Users need only click on the features or data sources they want to use. Further, users can drill down from there using a variety of filters.”

The book has already been included on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s recommended reading list and added to many notable research library collections such as at the national library in the UK, the British Library.

Read the book:

Data Divination: Big Data Strategies is sold as a textbook as well as sold to general and professional development readers. The book is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million and other book stores including independents worldwide and as an ebook on everything from Kindle and Nook to Safari Books Online.

International Diabetes Federation launches 6th Edition of the Diabetes Atlas on World Diabetes Day

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) has released the latest edition of the IDF Diabetes Atlas on World Diabetes Day – an international day to mark the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, the primary discoverer of insulin.

The Atlas contains new estimates on the global and regional prevalence of diabetes and the latest figures confirm that diabetes is on the increase in all countries. The data can be re-published because the IDF has set up a common user license. This allows the statistics presented in the Atlas to be used widely by news media, governments, and international organisations such as the World Bank, the World Health Organization, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and the World Economic Forum. It is also used by health professionals, scientists, economists, policy-makers, and national and international agencies.

The online Atlas allows users to see worldwide trends and also drill down to country level to make inter-country comparison. You will find the Atlas here: http://www.idf.org/diabetesatlas

The US Centre for Diseases Control has also produced a diabetes atlas which allows users to view data and trends for diagnosed diabetes (new and existing cases), obesity, and leisure-time physical inactivity at national, state, and county levels: http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/atlas/index.htm

Anyone interested in a UK perspective on diabetes might be interested to listen to our webinar with Gavin Terry, Healthcare Policy Manager, Diabetes UK : http://www.instantatlas.com/health-charities-webinar.xhtml

How interactive mapping software is being used to present health related data and information by CPHROnline in New Zealand

Centre for Public Health Research

InstantAtlas in action

Caroline Fyfe, Research Assistant, has been working on the New Zealand, Centre for Public Health Research website CPHROnline. Here she tells us how the project got off the ground and the benefits of using InstantAtlas.

What is your project?

Our project is called CPHROnline. The website allows health professionals, academics and the public to access all kinds of health related data online via a series of interactive maps. As well as mapping health data, CPHROnline reports include bar charts comparing health data between different regions and time series charts which show how health indicators within each region have changed over time.

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Post contribution by Sophie Lloyd, Director of Success With Software – The official reseller for InstantAtlas in Australia, NZ and SE Asia – Find out more www.successwithsoftware.com.au