How Procalculo Prosis in Colombia is using data visualisation to help the Bogota Chambers of Commerce improve the business environment in the country’s capital city


Procalculo Prosis is one of Columbia’s leading geographic information solutions (GIS) providers. It was founded in 1968 and its main goal has been to help its clients make strategic decisions based on accurate insight. Its expertise in the use of data visualisation software ensures it can meet its clients’ geographic information needs.

One of Procalculo Prosis’ clients is the Bogota Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber of Commerce was set up to improve quality of life and the business climate. It helps companies to start up and ensure that the employment opportunities created are sustainable by supporting business growth.

At the same time the Chamber promotes social responsibility and encourages better working relationships between local authorities, employers and citizens.

Getting started

The Chamber wanted to use GIS and data presentation to help it understand and respond to a number of issues. These included: urban land usage, monitoring the construction in infrastructure and high informal business and labour rates.

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How data presentation is helping the Mexico Data Observatory get local information into the hands of a wide range of individuals


Mexico’s Data Observatory works alongside the local government, organisations representing citizen’s interests and universities. One of its aims is to communicate data in such a way that it can be understood not only by experts but by the whole population. It had previously been using PDFs to present data but decided it needed to investigate other ways of doing this.

Salomon Gonzalez Arellano is Professor Investigator at the Observatory and faculty member of the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana says that one of the drivers for them was to make the data accessible by a wide range of individuals – even to teenagers needing insight for their homework.

“We felt that we didn’t need a typical map server because that would require a large investment and not everyone would be able to use it,” he says. “We decided to look for another way to communicate our work.”

Getting started

The Observatory first came across InstantAtlas in 2005 through a design agency that was interested in geographical information systems (GIS). However, it was several years before the Observatory was given funding.

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New Place Survey Atlas published by Cambridgeshire County Council

In 2008 Cambridgeshire County Council wanted to find out what people thought of living in the local area and their views on the services provided by the council and other local organisations (such as district councils, the police and the primary care trust).

Throughout Autumn that year it carried out a survey – which also met the UK Government requirement for all local authorities in England and Wales to carry out ‘the Place Survey‘.

A questionnaire was sent out to a random sample from across the county and 5,925 responses were returned. The results helped identify which services citizens felt were doing well and those that needed improvement, as well as the priorities for the services that are being provided.

Hendrik Grothuis, Senior Research Officer says “The Cambridgeshire Atlas shows Place Survey data at a ward level across the county. It includes all 18 of the national indicators measured in the Place Survey. In addition to this two other domains are included that show levels of satisfaction with the council and whether the council provides value for money. All data shown in the atlas are percentages allowing for the figures to be easily compared to the county, regional and national rates. The atlas also displays Output Area Classification (OAC) in the county as contextual geographies that can be added to the map. OAC is a geodemographic tool offering socio-demographic data for local neighbourhoods.


Hendrik Grothuis Senior Research Officer, Cambridgeshire County Council

“The Cambridgeshire Atlas displays six of the seven OAC supergroups and the three groups from the Countryside supergroup. The Countryside group has been segmented because it covers such a large area of Cambridgeshire. Using the groups adds greater distinction to the atlas.”

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Rochdale Borough Council | Empowering local communities to make better decisions

“The level of support InstantAtlas has provided has been great – we haven’t come across any other software supplier who has provided such support”

Rochdale Borough Councils’ Research & Intelligence Team is part of the Policy & Research Team in the council’s Performance & Development Service. Its main function is to provide research and intelligence to the council, LSP partners, the voluntary sector and members of the public.

The team provides data, analysis, mapping and outcome information across a range of partner organisations. This intelligence provides evidence of need, neighbourhood analysis and information provision on disadvantaged groups. This ensures that the LSP continues to use a sound and coherent evidence base for policy.


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InstantAtlas – Monthly News | August 09

Welcome to the latest InstantAtlas News, in this month’s edition we cover the following topics :-

Local Economic Monitor

Local Economic Monitor (LEM) – Monitoring Local Economic Conditions across England.

The Local Economic Monitor

Public organisations increasingly need to understand local-level economic trends and drivers. To address this need, OCSI in partnership with GeoWise have developed the Local Economic Monitor ( to:

  • monitor key economic indicators for all English local authorities, showing the impact of recent trends;
  • visualise time series data, including change over recent periods;
  • present fully updated datasets, showing the latest available information from a range of government sources.


The report presents statistics on Swindon, which is showing how poorly Swindon has fared in terms of increased unemployment benefit claimant count rate – increasing from 2% in June 2007, to 5.5% in June 2009 (an increase in the rate of 370%). Of the LAs across England, only Corby has increased unemployment rates faster than Swindon (from 2.9 to 6.5%).

Get a closer look

Interested in micro-level trends below the level of districts? Please contact us to discuss obtaining a similar interactive report presenting key economic indicators at a more detailed neighbourhood level, updated monthly. We can host this report for you or, if you prefer, we can email it to you, so you can host on your intranet or public web site.

You can also design and deliver reports like this for your own audience with your own data. The InstantAtlas software used to create these reports is highly flexible and can be purchased independently. Please contact Geowise for more information.

We can also supply data packs in ready-to-use, including an Economic Monitor Pack, and an Economic Assessment Duty Pack aimed at supporting Local Authorities to develop local economic assessments. Please see our web-page on Data and Report packs for more details.


How are you reporting the results of the PlaceSurvey 2008?

Headline results from the Place Survey 2008 were published nationally by the Dept of Communities and Local Government (CLG) on 23rd June 2009. Local Authorities have, in many cases, had access to unweighted results for their own area for a longer period of time. National results have, to date, been published as a set of tables largely around the 18 National Indicators supported by the survey for both upper tier and lower tier local authorities in England.

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Client Spotlight


Following implementation of InstantAtlas around the world for tracking Influenza A/H1N1 case counts over the last 4 months, health agencies have now shifted focus on pandemic monitoring.  See how the Pan American Health Organization now harnesses InstantAtlas’ categoric data presentation capabilities to track information such as impact on health resources, and overall pandemic spread, trend and intensity levels.  Click on the “Data” button to explore the different qualitative measures used.

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InstantAtlas 6 Desktop Now Available

Geowise have just announced the public release of InstantAtlas Desktop V6 for Data Professionals.

InstantAtlas is quick and easy to use and requires no programming knowledge.  You use familiar data management tools such as Excel and Access.  You can also create dynamic links to other databases.

InstantAtlas has three core templates – Single Map, Double Map, Area Profile – one Double Map group variant template – Double Map Time Series one Area Profile group variant template – Performance Analysis – and one specialist template – Funnel Plot – from which to create stand-alone or server dynamic reports. You can see the features in each template by clicking on their links.

How are you supporting the data exchange required for your Local Area Agreement and integrated strategies like Joint Strategic Needs Assessment and Local Economic Assessment?


InstantAtlas Server 6
has been adopted by over 35 organisations in the UK for this purpose as well as for developing or upgrading Local Information Systems and Data observatories.

The InstantAtlas platform is designed for analysts, researchers, and information professionals who want to communicate quickly and effectively on the web with a customisable, off-the-shelf solution.

It is based around a central datastore designed specifically for statistical and performance indicators linked to geographic areas and time periods.  Information analysts and data professionals can create highly-interactive web solutions that combine statistics and map data to improve data visualisation, enhance communication, and engage people in more informed decision making.  It supports a rich set of web-based administration tools allowing content to be managed by a central team or federated to multiple teams across an organisation and its partners.

Using InstantAtlas Server 6 data can be pulled dynamically from other business systems, for example corporate GIS datastores, while services can also be set up to allow data to be pushed into other systems such as Performance Management Systems.

All this is available for rapid delivery out of the box.

Together with the launch of InstantAtlas Server V6 we are offering an InstantAtlas Server 6 introductory package.


Upcoming Events Calendar – Where to See InstantAtlas

2009 ESRI Health GIS Conference

Sep 21-23rd – Nashville, TN

Our changing world is forcing health professionals to rethink how they work. GIS technology is shaping health in communities everywhere, from investigating what makes us sick to evaluating how interventions can improve our lives.

Join us this fall at the Hilton Nashville Downtown in Tennessee

to connect with your colleagues, exchange ideas, and explore best practices for improving our health with GIS.

Event Details

Infectious Diseases Research Network (IDRN)

Nov 4th, 2009 (Royal Geographical Society, London)

A one-day interactive workshop illustrating the use of various forms of mapping for both infection and non-infection research purposes. – Event Details