Cambridgeshire County Council – ‘Combining customer insight and Output Area Classification data to create visualisations of local information and analysis’

The Research Group at Cambridgeshire County Council has created a number of interactive atlases that combine local data with the social classification tool Output Area Classification (OAC). These have added insight into local areas across the county and provided a fresh approach for interrogating data that is held on resident populations. The interactive maps use various datasets and have been combined with OAC to offer insight into local communities. Gurjeet Rajania, Senior Research Officer: Consultation and Customer Knowledge and Hendrik Grothuis LIP Project Manager, have now just released their most comprehensive atlas to date; the Ward Profile Atlas. This includes a wide range of socio-economic and demographic indicators to develop a fuller picture of issues affecting local areas in Cambridgeshire.

Starting point

We spoke to Gurjeet and Hendrik about their use of interactive maps and customer insight data. Gurjeet explains their starting point was to use data from the 2008 Place Survey and display with OAC. The Place Survey was designed to give a snapshot of residents’ opinions of their local areas and was a requirement of every Local Authority. The survey included a series of national indicators covering satisfaction with local amenities and services, community cohesion and environmental concerns.

Gurjeet and Hendrik wanted to display the data with a high level of granularity at ward level across the county for each of the national indicators. They also wanted to overlay the map with OAC. Hendrik has been producing interactive maps using InstantAtlas for the county council for some time and Gurjeet worked with InstantAtlas in the past to display indices of deprivation at another Local Authority. They both recognised that it would be a useful data presentation tool. Hendrik worked on developing the InstantAtlas template while Gurjeet made sure the data was collected and available in the right

Meeting the need

There has been a great deal of interest from the council’s community engagement team and also from its transport services and community safety teams. This is because it allows them to see a detailed picture of what residents in the area think about local services and it therefore helps them assess gaps in provision. Gurjeet and Hendrik were pleased by the positive response and quickly set about producing another OAC atlas. What followed were the Living Costs and Food Survey atlas and the full OAC atlas.

The combined Place Survey and OAC atlases have been commended by the council’s chief executive, Mark Lloyd. On his blog, he said: “As we look to target our services, we need a really deep understanding of the County so we can answer the ‘who, what, where and when’ questions. I encourage colleagues to make maximum use of the intelligence about the County held by the Research Group.”

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New Place Survey Atlas published by Cambridgeshire County Council

In 2008 Cambridgeshire County Council wanted to find out what people thought of living in the local area and their views on the services provided by the council and other local organisations (such as district councils, the police and the primary care trust).

Throughout Autumn that year it carried out a survey – which also met the UK Government requirement for all local authorities in England and Wales to carry out ‘the Place Survey‘.

A questionnaire was sent out to a random sample from across the county and 5,925 responses were returned. The results helped identify which services citizens felt were doing well and those that needed improvement, as well as the priorities for the services that are being provided.

Hendrik Grothuis, Senior Research Officer says “The Cambridgeshire Atlas shows Place Survey data at a ward level across the county. It includes all 18 of the national indicators measured in the Place Survey. In addition to this two other domains are included that show levels of satisfaction with the council and whether the council provides value for money. All data shown in the atlas are percentages allowing for the figures to be easily compared to the county, regional and national rates. The atlas also displays Output Area Classification (OAC) in the county as contextual geographies that can be added to the map. OAC is a geodemographic tool offering socio-demographic data for local neighbourhoods.


Hendrik Grothuis Senior Research Officer, Cambridgeshire County Council

“The Cambridgeshire Atlas displays six of the seven OAC supergroups and the three groups from the Countryside supergroup. The Countryside group has been segmented because it covers such a large area of Cambridgeshire. Using the groups adds greater distinction to the atlas.”

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New IA Essentials Videos for InstantAtlas Server

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
  • 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 ( 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 [ – 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 (  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:
  2. United Kingdom – Laria Annual Conference 2010 – 14th April, The Royal Holloway University, London
    Link to the site:

2.5 InstantAtlas Customer Reports published on

Advised by Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Professor Nigel Shadbolt and others, the UK government are opening up data for reuse. Their site 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.

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

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).

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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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Welcome to the October Edition of the InstantAtlas New Bulletin

Welcome to the latest InstantAtlas News.  In this month’s edition we cover the following:-


  • Client Spotlight 1: Jacksonville Community Council Inc. (US) – Community Snapshot Project
  • Client Spotlight 2: Remote Codex (Brazil) – InstantAtlas reports for The Rio Grande Institute of Rice
  • Client Spotlight 3: Nottingham City Council (UK) – Tracking Neighbourhood Change in Nottingham
  • Client Spotlight 4: Oxford Consultants for Social Inclusion (UK) – Local Economic Monitor


  1. New Solutions page: Reporting and Mapping Election Results – InstantAtlas for the creation of live results and socio-political reports and atlases that offer rich visual analysis
  2. New Solutions page: Reporting Survey Results – Addressing the challenge of presenting survey statistics intuitively to large audiences
  3. New demo: Geodemographics – Demonstration of the freely available OAC (Output Area Classification) dataset for school locations across Nottingham, UK
  4. New demo: Deprivation – The optimum way to present the UK Index of Multiple Deprivation? A new demo for London Borough of Newham based on the new Area Profile Template
  5. Updated UK Local Government Examples page – see what others are doing in the UK at a local level, review best practice, re-use ideas and share configuration and metadata files
  6. New UK InstantAtlas Local Information Systems (LIS) Workshops announced for Feb 2010
  7. New UK LIS Data & Report Packs page – example reports now available


  • InstantAtlas Desktop 6.2 – How to use the NEW Bubble Plot Template
  • InstantAtlas Server 6.2 coming soon – key new enhancements



1. Jacksonville Community Council Inc. (USA)


Community Snapshot presents over 100 indicators in nine themes including Education, Economy, Natural Environment, Social Environment, Arts and Culture, Health, Government, Transportation, and Public Safety. These indicators provide a roadmap for the community in Northeast Florida.

This interactive InstantAtlas report prepared by JCCI presents the most current data together with historical trends, and will help define critical areas demanding community attention.

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2. Codex Remote (Brazil)

New InstantAtlas reports for the Instituto Rio Grandense do Arroz

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(Produced using InstantAtlas Desktop 5)

This new InstantAtlas report was created for the Instituto Rio Grandense do Arroz in by Codex Remote [Porto Alegre-RS, Brasil].  It includes a rich selection of statistics with time-series graph, bar chart and a map with multiple layers of information.  This report provides the client with up to date information on the rice harvests, prices and factors affecting yields.

3. Tracking Neighbourhood Change in Nottingham

Nottingham_Tracking_ChangeA project has recently been undertaken by Nottingham City Council to support a requirement to evaluate and monitor regeneration activities within the City. The main objective of this project was to develop a tool to evidence 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.  This is in line with current UK local initiatives around Total Place and Strategic Commissioning.  A management dashboard style interface was built based on the Profiles Module of InstantAtlas Server to present a wide range of relevant information for tracking change at a neighbourhood scale.  More information will be published about this application in next month’s eBulletin.  If you’d like to know more please contact us.  There is additional information about mapping spend patterns on our Local Government Examples page.

4. Local Economic Monitor


For those of you yet to discover it, OCSI have developed a free online resource, the Local Economic Monitor, ( allowing you to monitor key economic indicators down to district level across England.  We have been asked recently by a number of people “are OCSI maintaining this as new data is published?”.  The answer is “Yes”, they are keeping it up-to-date as new data becomes available.  Read their latest news on data updates.

Latest News – green shoots emerging?


1. Mapping and Reporting Election Results

InstantAtlas dynamic reports are ideal for presenting “live on-the-night” election results reports online.  They are also being used for delivering more analytical political and social atlases to analyse and predict voting behaviour. The key feature of the product is its ability to create reports and maps at any geographic scale or coverage.  This allows local, regional, national or international organisations to deliver richly interactive outputs.

For those in the UK, County and European elections are planned for early June and there’s the small matter of a national election around that time too – see for details.

For more on using InstantAtlas for reporting election results click here

111th Congressional Election Results, 2008

The US Congressional Election atlas demo shows the results of the House of Representatives race of the 111th Congressional Elections, which occurred simultaneously with the 2008 Presidential Election (Obama v McCain). The interactive report displays the winning political party and elected Representative for each Congressional District. You can filter results rapidly for specific States, Census Divisions and Census Regions.

InstantAtlas Template: Single Map

Bremen 2009 Election Atlas


The Bremen Election Atlas shows the results of the recent elections to the German Bundestag in the districts of the City of Bremen. The interactive application allows comparisons with the previous elections and also links to selected socio-demographic indicators. – See Report in German – or English

2. Reporting and Mapping Survey Results

InstantAtlas directly addresses the challenge of presenting survey results in a way that allows any number of web site users to explore them intuitively. It is an ideal internal and external reporting solution where users need the flexibility to explore the results interactively themselves and the ability to understand the geographic breakdown of the results.

We have provided some recent Survey Reporting examples below from the US and UK. They use a number of different InstantAtlas Templates.

Click on the screenshot images to load the examples.

For more information on Survey Reporting with InstantAtlas – click here

Place Survey Report to compare the West Midlands region as a whole to other English regions

The West Midlands Regional Observatory, in its role as source of regional facts and figures, created a place survey atlas for West Midlands councils, to co-ordinate place survey data for the region.  The interactive features of the atlas let councils choose data that is useful to them, and identifies local priorities.  Hosting the atlas on their website ensures that the atlas is accessible to a range of regional partners.

InstantAtlas Template: Area Profile

Bournemouth Council, UK  – Local Place Survey report 2008

This report has been created by Bournemouth District Council to allow users to explore the results of the 2008 Place Survey at Ward level.

InstantAtlas Template: Area Profile

3. New report on Geodemographics


A number of customers have expressed interest in exploring the potential of the freely available Output Area Classification (OAC) created by ONS and the University of Leeds.  We developed this OAC demo for Nottingham at Output Area level based on our Single Map template.  It presents the locations of all schools across the city in relation to standard OAC groupings.  It incorporates extensive metadata, notes and photos (available from the University of Sheffield OAC site).  The map shading scheme follows guidelines used by others for presenting OAC Supergroups and Groups.  Filters are also available to subset the area by Ward.

If you are an InstantAtlas customer and would like to re-use any of the metadata and configuration files developed for this OAC demo please contact our Support Team ( and we can send you the full report – this could save you a significant amount of time.

Newham_Lonond_OACS_Atlas4. Presenting the Index of Multiple Deprivation

We have developed this IMD report for the London Borough of Newham using the Area Profile Template.  It presents the IMD 2007 as a local and national rank and includes the main sub-domains allowing users to view a ‘deprivation profile’ for any of the 159 Lower Super Output Areas in Newham.  Filters are available for those LSOAs classified as most deprived 5%, 10%, 15% and 20%.  The default map classification and shading of graphic elements are all consistent.  Branding applied to the atlas is in line with the corporate style of

If you are an InstantAtlas customer and would like to re-use any of the metadata and configuration files developed for this IMD report please contact our Support Team ( and we can send you the full report – this could save you a significant amount of time.

5. Local Government Examples page

We have fully revised our existing set of local government examples to demonstrate that InstantAtlas is a multi-purpose tool that can be used for a wide range of purposes.

We hope to inspire customers with new ideas and highlight new business areas where InstantAtlas can add value.  We also want to use this space to present best practice in the application of data visualization principles which others can apply.  If you have suggestions for us to include, please send them to

6. New LIS Workshops – February 2010

In response to the results of a recent customer survey, we will be running two one day UK LIS workshops in February 2010, a ‘North’ event and a ‘South’ event.

They will offer a mix of presentation and discussion style sessions.  The programme will include examples of leading LIS applications that review lessons learnt and also future challenges.  Tom Smith, director of OCSI, will chair a discussion around data issues and application to areas like performance frameworks and strategic assessments. GeoWise staff will present ideas on good practice and the future direction of InstantAtlas technology.  We hope the workshops will provide a stimulating environment for existing customers and those interested in LIS applications to share their experiences and help guide the future development of LIS applications.

7. LIS Data and Report Packs


In partnership with OCSI we have developed a set of LIS Data and Report Packs to support public agencies manage and deliver their Local Information Systems and Data Observatories more effectively. The Data and Report packs provide:

  • Consistent, nationally published sets of themed indicator data compiled at the lowest geography available, including time series to the most recently available data.
  • Data can be provided for customer-defined areas with a range of suitable comparators.
  • High quality reports (Profiles and Data Views), that can optionally be loaded into customer systems – view an example summary profile report which is supported as one of the outputs in the Core Starter Pack.
  • Including detailed, searchable metadata provided by the data suppliers and enhanced by us.
  • A refresh service at appropriate intervals to keep this data up-to-date.

We have now created a dedicated LIS Pack page providing further information and examples of the reports – click here


1. New InstantAtlas Bubbleplot Template – Available in IA 6.2

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.

The New Bubble Plot Template can be published with 4 different configurations depending on the data you wish to present.
The options are as follows:-

(1) Scatterplot
(2) Funnelplot
(3) Bubble – Simple
(4) Bubble – Advanced


Find out more about the Bubble Plot Template.

2. What is New in InstantAtlas Server 6.2

Key enhancements that have been added to the forthcoming release of InstantAtlas Server 6.2 include:

  • Ability to link (via URLs) directly to specific Profiles and Data Views
  • Support for widget fragments and complete profile fragments to allow you to embed these in other web pages (including 3rd party applications)
  • New scatterplot widget for profile reports
  • Stacked bar chart functionality in charts for profile reports
  • Full support for OCSI Data & Report Packs (including refreshes)
  • Overall improvements in performance for handling large datasets and error handling


This month’s Bulletin in PDF Format

Get to know InstantAtlas Server better with the recent release of two new videos  covering two IA Server core modules; the Data Views module and the Profiles module.

NEW_IA_Server_Videos_BannerData Views Module

Data Views are logical groups of indicators defined by administrators that are delivered as a collection to address the needs and tasks of specific users. They are organised into Themes and can be viewed as InstantAtlas dynamic reports or tables. The Data Views module adds a wizard to the Administration Console for designing and building Data Views and for managing the InstantAtlas dynamic reports that are used to view them. – Watch the Video

Profiles Module

Area Profiles are a widely used and highly effective way of delivering a report containing a mix of appropriate information relating to a specific area or number of areas. The Profiles module adds functionality to the Administration Console for administrators to design and build profiles. – Watch the Video


How to use InstantAtlas for reporting on Infectious Diseases by John Bartholomew



United Kingdom

Government Office East Midlands
Wirral PCT
Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust
Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion
Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy
East Sussex County Council
Manchester Joint Health Unit


Planet – the Partnerships Network -Irl


Auckland Regional Council -NZ


Alberta Health and Wellness, Govt. of Alberta


Bayerisches Landesamt für Gesundheit und Lebensmittelsicherheit

Die Senatorin für Arbeit, Frauen, Gesundheit, Jugend und Soziales – Bremen


Instituto de Nutrición de Centro América y Panamá


Ministerio De Salud, Panama City


Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center

Alaska Department of Health and Social Services

Missouri Cancer Registry, Univ. of Missouri-Columbia

Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics, Inc.