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  • David E Carey 9:56 AM on December 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , interactive mapping software, mapping global statistics   

    Santa uses interactive mapping software to get to grips with terabytes of data on good behaviour and help him deliver Christmas presents 

    Christmas with InstantAtlas


    InstantAtlas sent intrepid interviewer Julian Tyndale-Biscoe on the trip of a lifetime to find out how Santa has been using interactive mapping software to make his job a whole lot easier.

    There are those moments in life when you have to pinch yourself to know something is really happening. Stepping into a busy workshop in Lapland and being greeted by a chap dressed as Santa was one of them.

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    Julian Tyndale's Trek












  • David E Carey 11:46 AM on February 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: instantatlas customer workshops, local information system workshops   

    Share your knowledge, work and learn from other data experts at the InstantAtlas 2014 workshop 

    InstantAtlas 2014 Workshops

    The 2014 InstantAtlas Workshops offer a mix of presentation and open discussion giving delegates the opportunity to share ideas and challenges they face. Each workshop programme also features some great examples of how InstantAtlas products have been used by established users to create market-leading applications.

    The workshops will include a range of presentations from the IA support team on the latest developments at InstantAtlas. We are sure each workshop will provide a stimulating environment for existing customers, those interested in learning new skills, hearing new ideas and sharing their InstantAtlas experiences as well as those who want to guide the future development of IA applications.

    Find out more

  • Julian Tyndale-Biscoe 5:02 PM on December 3, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: National Community Child Health Database, NHS Wales Informatics Service, NWIS   

    How Health Maps Wales is helping to uncover patterns, trends and variation in health outcomes through the visual analysis of data 

    How Health Maps Wales is helping to uncover patterns, trends and variation in health outcomes through the visual analysis of data

    The NHS Wales Informatics Service (NWIS) collects and manages data held in a wide range of national datasets on behalf of NHS Wales and the Welsh government. This includes hospital admissions data, the National Community Child Health Database (NCCHD), outpatient attendances as well as birth and death registrations.

    NWIS wanted to develop a ‘one-stop shop’ to improve access to this data and also provide a more complete picture of health for public health professionals and commissioners in small regions. It felt that low-level geographic maps using Census output areas would give them a better understanding of their local health needs and inform spending plans.

    Getting started

    NWIS developed an interactive tool called Health Maps Wales in collaboration with the Welsh government to map a range of health indicators within broad categories.

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  • David E Carey 4:27 PM on November 14, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 6th edition diabetes atlas, diabetes statistics reporting, , , present diabetes statistics on maps   

    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

  • Sophie Lloyd 1:26 PM on October 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , New Zealand, Public Health, Success With Software   

    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 http://www.successwithsoftware.com.au

  • polljax 8:47 AM on July 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: affordability, , Housing, needs, Polly Jackson, rent, SHMA   

    Desperate houselives: How Cambridgeshire is using local housing data to identify housing insights 

    We have recently re-launched our Local Housing Allowance (LHA) changes atlas on Cambridgeshire Insight website. The atlas, originally developed in 2011, looks at how some of the changes to housing benefit may affect claimants in the Cambridge sub-region (Cambridgeshire and West Suffolk). Using data from Hometrack it shows where typical and entry-level market rents fall within the LHA rate.

    The atlas looks at the affordability of private rented housing for local housing benefit claimants. Since 2010 there have been a range of changes to this benefit and more are planned. For example, the local housing allowance rate (used to calculate housing benefit for tenants renting from private landlords) was previously based on the median (mid-point) rent within a Broad Rental Market Area. In 2011, this was reduced to the 30th percentile, meaning the LHA rate used to cover the cheapest half of rents in the market and now covers the bottom 30 per cent.

    This means there are fewer properties available for benefit claimants.

    Effect of changing LHA rate of from median rent to 30th percentile

    In October 2012, it was announced that benefits would be uprated at 1 per cent a year to 2016 – rents typically rise at 2 per cent (based on Valuation Office Agency trends). The atlas shows the possible effects of this by 2016 – a further reduction in the number of places where the LHA rate will cover the rent in full.

    Does the LHA rate cover the entry level rent for a 2 bedroom property in 2012?

    A large and increasing number of housing benefit claimants are people in low paid employment. A new addition to the atlas shows the number of hours someone would need to work at 2012/13 national minimum wage just to cover the average current private rent.

    In some of the more expensive areas of the sub-region for a 2 bedroom property this is equivalent to more than 30 hours per week (without any support from housing benefit to which a low income worker may be entitled), further demonstrating affordability problems for lower income households, even those in work.

    This atlas shows increasingly how important market rents and benefits are to those on lower incomes.  The social impact of this over time is yet to be fully determined but this atlas model suggests that affordability will worsen, making it more difficult for people to work and live in the local area.

    Audiences for this data and atlas range from housing officers, social researchers to elected members and other senior policy decision makers.

    This is definitely a topic of research that must be monitored and projects like our sub-regional Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) assist in this ongoing monitoring.

    The Cambridgeshire Atlas | Local Housing Allowance changes is available at http://www.cambridgeshireinsight.org.uk/interactive-maps/localhousingallowance

    Cambridgeshire Atlas | Local Housing Allowance changes
    Cambridgeshire Atlas | Local Housing Allowance changes

    Polly is a Research Officer (Housing) in the LGSS Research, Performance and Business Intelligence Team at Cambridgeshire County Council

    Learn more about Cambridgeshire County Council’s work with InstantAtlas in the case study ‘Combining customer insight and Output Area Classification data to create visualisations of local information and analysis’

  • David E Carey 4:31 PM on January 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: The North Denmark Region, visualization of regional and local data   

    Healthcare planning in Denmark and how The North Denmark Region is using interactive mapping to help municipalities understand local variation 

    The North Denmark Region


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  • David E Carey 9:50 AM on August 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 5th edition diabetes atlas, , mapping diabetes statistics   

    International Diabetes Federation – ‘Taking the Diabetes Atlas on to the world’s digital stage using an online data visualization tool’ 


    The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) aims to influence policy, increase public awareness and encourage health improvement, promote the exchange of high-quality information about diabetes, and provide education for people with diabetes and their healthcare providers.

    It has a global network of national diabetes associations and is involved in worldwide initiatives as well as those at local level. This means the IDF has to provide evidence of diabetes rates on a global and local scale. One way the IDF does this is to produce an annual Diabetes Atlas – a book of maps covering every country in the world. This presents a picture of diabetes based on evidence from hundreds of studies which have been reviewed by the IDF.

    The data presented in the IDF Diabetes Atlas is 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.

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  • David E Carey 10:03 AM on November 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: customer segmentation software, demographic mapping, healthcare research planning, location planning software, , market research segmentation analysis, retail planning, retail research and data intelligence, shopping center property management   

    CACI UK | Giving large retailers detailed insight to help them find the right location and promote their stores effectively 

    CACI UK and InstantAtlas Marketing data visualisation solutions


    CACI offers a range of marketing solutions and information systems to local and central government and to businesses from most industry sectors. Its location planning experts provide advice in a number of areas from retail development opportunities, shopping centre asset management and town centre regeneration to catchment areas and consumer segmentation.

    Steve Halsall is a consulting partner at CACI and heads up the Property Consulting Group (PCG). He has been with CACI for two years and was brought in to help evolve its well-established offer in this area. His team works across the public sector and commercial sector (including shopping centre owners, investors, developers and agents) providing advice on retail or leisure-led developments.

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  • David E Carey 3:25 PM on August 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: data dashboard software, data insight, data intelligence software, gp commissioning consortia, gp commissioning consortium, gp consortium commissioning, helping health ltd., intelligence, pharmaceutical reporting, presenting data at local organisation level   

    Helping Health Ltd. – ‘Giving pharmaceutical companies the ability to make strategic decisions about sales and marketing based on market intelligence’ 

    ‘Giving pharmaceutical companies the ability to make strategic decisions about sales and marketing based on market intelligence’

    Helping health was set up in 2009 to provide pharmaceutical companies, who are looking to launch a new drug or revitalise a brand, with the intelligence and insight they need to align their sales and marketing effort to local need. The Helping Health team has distilled over 40 years of experience to ensure that the move to a patient-led NHS can be turned into opportunities for healthcare brands.

    The company was set up in 2009 by Duncan and Cathy Alexander. Duncan says Helping Health collects data at local organisation level, either directly from PCTs, or other commissioning organisations. He wanted to find a way of displaying the information to show how one organisation was performing compared to another in a given disease area.

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