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Borken is a Kreis (county) in the northwestern part of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany in the Münster region. The county is home to around 364,000 people and since 2014 it has provided citizens with a number of atlases which serve as a source of information as well as an important tool for municipalities, institutions or companies that rely on statistical data on the county and the county’s towns and cities. We spoke to Markus Wydera about the atlas and how interactive mapping software is used to present data and information.
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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.
Colorado Department of State takes accountability to the next level with an innovative election reporting initiative. Accountability in Colorado Elections (ACE), uses interactive mapping software to produce a series of interactive maps, charts, and tables of Colorado election data by county helping the people of Colorado gain an insight into how their government conducts elections.
Turning a vision into reality
Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler has been the driving force behind a website designed to help the people of Colorado get a better understanding of how their elections are run. Gessler challenged his team to take publicly available data and put it into a digestible format for everyone to see. The data includes information about the statewide election that takes place each November as well as Primary elections that occur in June in even years. The data is presented in five major topic areas: types of ballots issued and receipt statistics; county compliance with legal requirements and participation in recommended activities; gross and net elections costs provided by counties; voter registration statistics; and recently added voter turnout by party affiliation.
NHS England has developed Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) outcomes tools to provide interactive access to outcome and related indicators for all CCGs. The first tool it developed, the CCG Outcomes Tool, takes data from the CCG Outcomes Indicator Set to provide clear, comparative information for CCGs, Health and Wellbeing Boards, local authorities, patients and the public in England about the quality of health services commissioned by CCGs and the associated health outcomes. The indicators are useful for CCGs and Health and Wellbeing Boards to help identify local priorities for improvement and to demonstrate progress that local health systems are making.
The CCG Outcomes Tool allows users to view maps, charts and tables for all CCGs. An Outcomes Explorer allows the user to see the relationships between two outcomes, or between demographic information and outcomes. Rob Shaw, Economic Adviser, NHS England explains how the two were developed.
The London Borough of Croydon provides a large number of services for local people, businesses and visitors to the borough, including services for children and adults, and environmental, cultural, sports, housing, planning and benefits services. Anesa Kritah, Strategic Intelligence Manager, talks through the latest developments for the Croydon Observatory.
Delegates at this year’s InstantAtlas workshops were given a unique insight into the world of interactive mapping software thanks to a day of workshops and presentations from Europe, The United States and Australia.
After an initial welcome from Geowise managing director Mike Forster, conference attendees were guided through future developments within the InstantAtlas suite of products including InstantAtlas for ArcGIS Online. A useful session on presenting maps and data on tablets and mobile devices followed before delegates were transported to Saxony, German for a lively presentation from Andreas Valley.
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In our last article, we introduced you to our approach of using Profiling as our core data delivery tool, its reception and usage by our users. In this installment we share what it takes to keep our 700+ datasets in shape, the projects we are working on and the team behind it all.
Instant Atlas is at the core of our Team. Due to various service rationalisations, we have been gathered centrally with approximately half the team still funded and working for those services, making them subject ‘specialists’…