Profiling tourism employment in England and Wales


In 2015 ONS released an interactive Atlas of Tourism for England and Wales created using InstantAtlas. This was followed by a statistical bulletin that classified the areas in the atlas to show the importance of tourism.

The template that ONS chose for the Atlas of Tourism is the Double Map Time Series, which allows the user to compare the data distribution for two variables using a map and bar chart. In order to demonstrate the versatility of InstantAtlas I have created an alternative representation of the same data using our Area Profile template. It opens showing the spatial classification developed by ONS, with clusters 4 an 5 representing what they term ‘holiday hotspots’. The report allows the user to select specific authorities in the map in order to profile them using the ‘spine chart’ graphic on the right – and to click on the indicators in the spine chart to update the map. For benchmarking purposes, the median authority has been included in the spine chart. This report is more geared towards a user that is interested in a particular authority and its tourism profile.

Click on the screenshot below to access the Tourism Area Profile report.

Pierre Jenkins, Head of InstantAtlas Support


The data in this report were downloaded here and are licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.

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



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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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AIRO adds a mapping tool for housing data in the Dublin region to its series of interactive mapping tools for all local and regional authorities in Ireland.

We have previously highlighted the interactive mapping tools for all local and regional authorities in Ireland developed by the All-Island Research Observatory (AIRO). AIRO undertakes academic and applied mapping research and produces spatial datasets and specialist tools.

Earlier this year AIRO launched a free-to-use, online monitoring tool that maps housing data for the Dublin region. The interactive mapping tool allows users to examine and interrogate the geography of Dublin’s housing. It includes over 700 maps revealing changes in the spatial patterns of all private and social housing tenures, including information relating to household composition and state housing supports to private renters.

Councillor Críona Ní Dhálaigh says mapping housing data is extremely useful for the future planning and distribution of housing in Dublin and to support the decision making of central government and the local authorities to meet the scale of housing need. This in turn will ensure good quality, accessible and affordable public housing in the Dublin region.

The development of the monitoring tool is based on the housing data available from the 2011 Census at Electoral District and Small Area levels and selected census datasets from 2006, 2002 and 1991. It is accompanied by rent supplement recipient datasets from Department of Social Protection. Future modules currently under development will include additional local authority housing related data for the Dublin region, for example in relation to housing standards and local authority mortgages.

The AIRO website has grown to become an excellent resource for planning and policy making. Justin Gleeson, Director of AIRO, Maynooth University is delighted to get this toolkit up and running and is looking forward to a continuing relationship with Dublin City Council. “This is the first step on a very exciting project and it is an initiative that is easily transferable to the rest of the country,” he says.

Using interactive mapping for Costa Rica’s National Institute of Statistics and Census Food Safety Indicator System

InstantAtlas in action

Costa Rica’s National Institute of Statistics and Census collects, compiles and presents a large amount of information across a range of areas including: population and demographics, employment, agriculture, housing and the environment. INEC started using InstantAtlas from 2013 for the National Nutritional Surveillance and Information System (SINSAN). We spoke to Freddy Bolaños Ramírez, Technical and Information Systems Unit at INEC to find out more.

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UK Office for National Statistics launches latest region and country profiles

Office for National Statistics UK Key Indicator Report for Regions and Countries

The UK ONS (Office for National Statistics) has released the latest annual release of Key Statistics, part of its suite of products on regional trends and snapshots. These reports have been paper publications since 1965 but are now produced online with data updated every two to three months.

Key Statistics provides demographic, social, environmental and economic statistics at regional level for England and the devolved administrations to allow for comparison between the countries, regions and local authority areas. The data are used by central and local government to help with planning decisions, by academics who quote regional level figures as well as students, businesses, the voluntary sector, the media and the general public.

Chuka Ilocha who works in the Local Economic and Social Analysis team within the Crime, Regional and Data Access Division says: “The reports complement the other statistics we provide at local authority level and although we haven’t publicised the release, our web metrics show that over 2,000 people have downloaded the data since it was released three weeks ago.”

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June round-up of InstantAtlas stories

Welcome to the latest edition of the InstantAtlas blog news – our monthly round-up of projects showcasing InstantAtlas software solutions and how they are being used to map and present statistics in interactive dynamic reports and profiles.

In this edition we have some great posts from Pierre JenkinsIan Holmes and Jan Weststeyn of InstantAtlas support plus a recorded webinar presentation from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. We also have customer stories from the UK Office for National Statistics and Harrow London Borough Council.

Pierre Jenkins

Customising InstantAtlas Server Emails
by Dr. Pierre Jenkins, Head of InstantAtlas Support

Our support team has received a few requests recently from InstantAtlas Server customers who want to change the look of the emails that their data observatory automatically sends out to registered users.

The “account activated”” email is an important introduction to the system. A friendly, informative email that is easy on the eye will do a good job of selling the system to the user. It can be used to direct them to helpful resources such as a user guide or video tutorials for example. And customising this email is so easy once you know how.


Ian HolmesUsing JavaScript in InstantAtlas Server Profiles
by Ian Holmes, Senior Support Consultant

One of the hot topics at the InstantAtlas Data Workshops earlier this year explained how to use JavaScript in Text Widgets for conditional formatting in the InstantAtlas Server (IAS) Profiles module. Since then the support team has received a number of requests for further information on this topic.

Substitution strings in Text Widgets enable you to create intelligent sentences that add real value to the narrative that you can put around the other Widgets in your Profile.  These have been available in IAS for a long time and we are aware that a number of customers have made good use of them.  However one of the limitations of the substitution strings is that they’re not able to do conditional statements.  For example if an Indicator value has changed between two dates it is not possible to get the Widget to enter the word ‘increased’ or ‘decreased’; instead you have to word your sentence to say that the value has ‘changed’ between the two dates.


Jan WeststeynUnderstanding Server Profiles
Extract presentation from our recent North America Public Health Webinar with the Alaska Department of Health & Social Services

Hi I’m Jan and I’m part of the user support team based in Houston and my job is to provide support to our North American clients for both our desktop and server based products.

In the next 15 mins or so I will show you some examples of our InstantAtlas Server Profiles module; how it works and I will also highlight some of the benefits you gain by using this as part of an InstantAtlas Server solution. Afterwards I’ll show you how you can build Profiles using an actual InstantAtlas Server Administration website on a live demonstration.

Okay let’s begin, please select a video link option below

Customer Story: Office for National Statistics, UK
‘How the Office for National Statistics has used data visualisation to enhance its Local Enterprise Partnership profiles’

InstantAtlas talks to Tom Mahoney, Area Based Analysis | ONS

The office for National Statistics is the UK’s largest independent producer of official statistics and is the recognised national statistical institute of the UK. It produces a series of bi-annual Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Profiles to help LEPs use official statistics to better understand the economic, social and environmental picture for LEPs and the local authority areas within them. The LEP Profiles include official statistics covering a variety of different themes to provide a broad overview of each LEP which include: demography, employment, enterprise and housing.

Tom Mahoney works in the Area Based Analysis team and says that the LEP Profiles are popular but the team felt that data mapping software would improve the profiles and help users understand the data better.

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Customer Story: Harrow Informed
‘Harrow Informed, a local information system that is helping more people access intelligence about health, crime and economic activity’

InstantAtlas talks to Solakha Lal Management Information Officer, Harrow London Borough Council

Harrow Informed is a local information system (LIS) that was commissioned by the Harrow Chief Executives Group and implemented as a partnership project by the Joint Analytical Group (which includes Harrow Council, Harrow Police and public health analysts). The aim was to develop an information hub that could be used to inform the development of strategy across the council and its partners.

Getting started

The Corporate Performance team at Harrow Council was responsible for developing the LIS. It decided that information would be best presented in a visual format and having seen other Local Authorities using InstantAtlas decided to follow suit. Several workshops and information sessions were held for data analysts, managers and councillors to help the team understand what the LIS should look like and identify which data should be used. Downloading the data from different websites and formatting was an initial concern and the team opted to use OCSI data packs, which took a familiar approach to data collection and reduced officer data time and resource.

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InstantAtlas tutorial video refresh

Over the last couple of months we have been going through a refresh of our core video tutorials. So now as well as seeing how you can create great looking flash based reports we have now provided the HTML equivalent supporting video.  Plus we have also refreshed the core product video tutorials for Designer, Publisher and Excel Data Manager.  You will also see that the videos now come with captions for those with a preference to read text instructions whilst watching the tutorials.

Our videos remain available on YouTube but for those who cannot watch our YouTube Channel we are also providing the videos on our own dedicated streaming video server.

InstantAtlas on YouTube

Using IA Publisher, Designer and Excel Data Manager

‘How to use IA dynamic reports’

InstantAtlas on our dedicated video server IA Essentials