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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Staffordshire Observatory and the NeSS data tool



Over the last few years, there has been a significant growth in the number of Local
Information Systems and many are now incorporating data from Neighbourhood Statistics (NeSS) alongside other data. Staffordshire Observatory launched in October 2010 and following high demand on the website users started to want access to more data which was continually updated on the website. The team started to look at the best way to incorporate NeSS data and this coincided with the launch of a new data transfer wizard from InstantAtlas that links with the NeSS database allowing users to extract the data they require.

Getting started

We spoke to Duncan Smith, Senior Research and Information Officer at Staffordshire Observatory who explains that following the launch with some key data sets, the team quickly realised there was significant demand for more data. “It was clear people accessing the website were eager for more regularly updated data,” he says. “This presented us with a dilemma because we wanted to add data such as NeSS but didn’t really have the resources within the team to upload data more frequently.”

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TalkLIS from Geowise

Watch the latest TalkLIS interview with Stephen Croney, Information Manager, Improvement and Performance Service in Policy – Partnerships and Communications at the London Borough of Newham.

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New TalkLIS interview with Suffolk County Council

“In the third in our Talk LIS series, Julian Tyndale-Biscoe discusses the future of LIS initiatives with Lyn Baran, Group Manager, Business Development, Suffolk County Council and the important role that communities will play by being able to interact with their LIS and include their own specific local information.”