Creating a single hub for key Northamptonshire data in an easily accessible format using graphs, maps and tables

Using data visualisation tools to provide local context for decision making and meet open data aspirations


The Cambridgeshire Research Group has created several interactive atlases combining local and national open data with a range of InstantAtlas data visualisation analysis tools. It has been working to establish a local data portal called Cambridgeshire Insight Open Data as the single place to get local information. Organisations are now sharing data in order to change the way people live and work in the county, as well as meeting the requirements for an open government. Using the latest developments in InstantAtlas visualisation tools Cambridgeshire Research Group is using Cambridgeshire Insight to meet the open government aspirations. We spoke to Hendrik Grothuis, Research Manager-Innovation, Cambridgeshire Research Group, Cambridgeshire County Council about the project.

 Could you tell us more about the latest additions?

 Like most local authorities, the use of good quality small area statistics is a good way to identify trends for research data…

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“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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How the London Borough of Croydon is providing accurate and relevant demographic information for Croydon with the help of interactive mapping software

Croydon Data Observatory

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.

What is the Croydon Observatory?

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Ensuring local information systems give strategic planners high-level insight and at the same time avoid information overload.

local information systems with instantatlas

The text included in this article is a transcript from our recent TalkLIS webcast interview with Tim Healey of Coventry City Council and Jamie Whyte of Trafford Council with Julian Tyndale Biscoe of InstantAtlas. You can also hear this interview by selecting the soundcloud player below.


Hello, and welcome to the fifth in our series of talk LIS interviews. My name is Julian Tyndale-Biscoe. Today I’m joined by Jamie Whyte, data innovation specialist at Trafford Council and Tim Healey, corporate research officer in the Coventry Insight Team at Coventry City Council.

I wondered if I could ask, Tim, you first actually, if you could tell me a little bit about the project that you’ve been working on, your LIS project and what the challenges you faced when you developed the system?


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How Team Bury is using data visualisation with time series analysis from Bury Insight


Bury Insight is the Bury statistics and maps website which is funded by Bury Council. It is a shared evidence base that provides quick and easy on-line access to data, information, and intelligence about the borough of Bury, and aims to meet the needs of the local community, Team Bury (the local strategic partnership) and the general public.

Team Bury partners, including Bury Council, collect a wide range of data including unemployment, housing and health. The site also uses OCSI data packs which means that in all it compiles around 10,000 individual datasets.

Getting started
Scott Abotorabi, Improvement Officer at Bury Council, who helped lead the project to develop the Bury Insight, website says: “We previously had a series of static maps, which on their own they lacked context and it wasn’t easy to view trends over time. By presenting the data in a series of interactive reports we felt we could help more people understand the data.”

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