Profiling tourism employment in England and Wales

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In 2015 ONS released an interactive Atlas of Tourism for England and Wales created using InstantAtlas. This was followed by a statistical bulletin that classified the areas in the atlas to show the importance of tourism.

The template that ONS chose for the Atlas of Tourism is the Double Map Time Series, which allows the user to compare the data distribution for two variables using a map and bar chart. In order to demonstrate the versatility of InstantAtlas I have created an alternative representation of the same data using our Area Profile template. It opens showing the spatial classification developed by ONS, with clusters 4 an 5 representing what they term ‘holiday hotspots’. The report allows the user to select specific authorities in the map in order to profile them using the ‘spine chart’ graphic on the right – and to click on the indicators in the spine chart to update the map. For benchmarking purposes, the median authority has been included in the spine chart. This report is more geared towards a user that is interested in a particular authority and its tourism profile.

Click on the screenshot below to access the Tourism Area Profile report.

Pierre Jenkins, Head of InstantAtlas Support

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The data in this report were downloaded here and are licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.

How Public Health England is using interactive mapping software to present detailed public health data with the 2015 NHS Atlas of Variation

Public Health England and the NHS Atlas of Variation

Public Health England (PHE), established in April 2013, exists to protect and improve the nation’s health and wellbeing, and reduce health inequalities. It does this through world-class science, knowledge and intelligence, advocacy, partnerships and delivery of specialist public health services.

InstantAtlas is widely used within PHE as it has a enterprise licence and was used for their Atlas of Variation in Healthcare, which has received widespread interest and coverage in the media.

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Helping Nottingham meet its 20-year vision by providing an accessible intelligence resource

Nottingham Insight Data Presentation of Community and City DataBackground

Nottingham Insight is a shared evidence base, providing access to data, information and intelligence about Nottingham and the surrounding areas. The site has been designed to help Nottingham meet its 20-year strategic vision for the city. This vision was developed by One Nottingham in full consultation with a wide range of residents, businesses, community, voluntary and faith groups and public agencies across Nottingham.

Starting point

Laura Denny, Intelligence Co-ordinator, Nottingham Insight Network, says that getting the website to where it is today has been an iterative process. Nottingham Insight started out as a bespoke GIS application in 2005 which had been built in-house. However, it was taking time to maintain and the way the system was built was constraining future developments. The team had already used InstantAtlas desktop and felt that InstantAtlas server could help them meet their development needs.

Building the templates took some time and effort but Laura says it was worth it. The Nottingham Insight team were trying to push the boundaries and ended up using beta versions of the software to make sure they got what they wanted.

Data collection also proved a big task but establishing links with partner organisations has proved worthwhile. “One of the members of the team maintains the system but it’s no longer a technical role. This means our developer is freed up to make enhancements as and when they are needed,” says Laura.

Meeting the need

Nottingham Insight’s profile library contains data on range of themes – for example: Crime, Population, Housing and the Economy. The data library allows for direct access into the underlying raw data which drives the profiles. The website also carries a database of documentation; these are publicly accessible strategic documents provided by Nottingham City Council.

 

A good example of Nottingham Insight in action is the way it was used by Nottingham University Hospitals’ Strategy Team. The Strategy Team is responsible for preparing the NHS Trust’s business plans which inform the way it will deliver its services.

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Discover how to map, report and present city level indicators

InstantAtlas E-bulletin: November Edition

Welcome to the latest InstantAtlas News. In this month’s edition we focus on UK Local Government clients:-

1. CLIENT EXAMPLES

  • 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. RESOURCES & NEWS

  • 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. PRODUCT NEWS

  • 3.1 Area Profile Template version 6.3 – new features coming soon

1. CLIENT EXAMPLES

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. RESOURCES & NEWS

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
Purpose:
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

VIDEO CHANNELS

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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. PRODUCT NEWS

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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