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  • David E Carey 11:51 AM on March 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , local information systems, northamptonshire data hub, performance monitoring   

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

  • jowhitlam 3:53 PM on March 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , local information systems   

    Hertfordshire’s Profiling Approach. We’re here! (Part 2 of a series) 

    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’…

    Read the full article here

  • David E Carey 1:01 PM on March 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , local information systems, , mapping local community data   

    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?


    Read the full transcript
    or listen to the interview below

  • David E Carey 4:05 PM on May 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Creating online interactive reports, , , , local information systems, Tameside Pip, Warwickshire Observatory   

    May round-up of InstantAtlas stories 

    Welcome to the latest edition of the InstantAtlas blog news – our monthly round-up of projects where InstantAtlas software solutions are used to map and present statistics in interactive dynamic reports and profiles.

    In this edition we review two case studies from Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council and Warwickshire County Council a forthcoming live webinar from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, plus we introduce a new offering from InstantAtlas called the ‘Report Creation Service’.

    Tailored to your needs – The InstantAtlas Report Creation Service

    We make no apology for the fact that everyone working for InstantAtlas is excited about what they do – whether it is developing software that helps you to present data in an interactive easy-to-understand way, or helping you get the most from InstantAtlas. So when someone asks us for advice, or help with a project we get a real buzz. With that in mind we thought it would be helpful to explain exactly what we can do for you – especially when you find yourself short on time, resource and budget so you know where to come.

    What does InstantAtlas Report Creation Service offer?

    The InstantAtlas support team provides a service for anyone who needs a helping hand with report creation with InstantAtlas Desktop. This includes:

    • Map data preparation
    • Dynamic report publishing
    • Report design and branding
    • Preparation and loading of statistical data
    • Performance tweaks
    • Report deployment

    Pierre, Head InstantAtlas Support, says: “We can help support with any aspect of report production with InstantAtlas Desktop. Whether it’s filling gaps in a multi-faceted project, or providing report creation throughout from start to finish, we have the experience to help make it a success.”

    Learn more

    Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council

    ‘Using map presentation software to ensure services are delivered in the most effective way at Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council’ 

    Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council covers nine towns situated between Manchester and the Peak District. The council places great emphasis on partnership and has a culture of working closely with local organisations.

    The council is part of the Tameside Strategic Partnership which brings together a diverse set of partners from the public, private, voluntary and community sectors to agree key aims, objectives and priorities for Tameside. The partnership includes the police, health service, Tameside College and Greater Manchester Probation Trust. To help the partnership get a better understanding of local needs, a Partnership Information Portal has been developed.

    Getting started

    Jody Stewart, Principal Policy Officer, Corporate Performance and Improvement at the council says that for many years it produced a publication called Quality of Life which included selected statistics about the borough. “The challenge was that by the time it was published the statistics were out of date,” says Jody. “So we decided to move towards an online data observatory that would allow people to access up-to-date information on a variety of topics and track this data over time.”


    Read the full article

    Warwickshire County Council

    ‘Creating dynamic online reports for needs assessment at Warwickshire County Council’

    Warwickshire Observatory is the home for information and intelligence about Warwickshire and its people. Its aim is to be a centre of excellence in research, data collection and analysis to support evidence-based policy-making across the public sector in Warwickshire.

    The observatory undertakes work for, and in partnership with, a wide range of customers across the county council and other partner organisations. Paul Larcombe is Corporate GIS Manager and he explains that although the observatory has used GIS software in the past, it has only recently developed a local information system (LIS).

    “We found that we were getting more queries from the public and it was taking time to find answers so we decided that an LIS would help people find the answers themselves,” he says.

    Getting started

    The team looked at a range of suppliers but decided to go with interactive map building software from InstantAtas which was bought in tandem with Coventry City Council. A successful funding bid meant the team was able to start building the LIS and this also covered the purchase of OCSI data packs.

    “The LIS is a still a work in progress but the focus to date has been on desktop dynamic reports and we have a range of live content supporting the JSNA (Joint Strategic Needs Assessment),” says Paul.

    Read the full article

    Forthcoming North American Public Health Webinar with Charles J. Utermohle, PhD

    Our latest North American public health webinar in June will be presented by Charlies J. Utermohle, Data Analyst, Division of Public Health, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. Charles works in the Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion within the Alaska Division of Public Health. His responsibilities include statistical analysis of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System for adults and the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System for middle and high school students.

    Webinar Topic
    ‘Automating InstantAtlas production using Access Data Manager’

    In the webinar Charles will discuss how the InstantAtlas Access Data Manager can be used to prepare large datasets using the example of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).

    Charles’ presentation will focus how Access Data Manager can be used with any dataset where there are too many variables to be efficiently handled in the Excel Data Manager.

    Learn more about this webinar

    InstantAtlas Essentials #26

    ‘Changing Visibility of Components Depending on Indicator Selection in HTML reports’

    In this video we describe how to change the visibility of components on an indicator basis for HTML reports. This video compliments our Support document ‘How to Change the Visibility of Components Depending on Indicator Selection in InstantAtlas Reports’ which can be found in the Desktop Support area of My InstantAtlas.

    YouTube version

    InstantAtlas dedicated streaming server version

  • David E Carey 10:25 AM on October 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bradford observatory, calderdale observatory, data intelligence sharing, kirlees observatory, leeds observatory, local data share, local information systems, wakefield observatory, west yorkshire observatory   

    Providing the insight to help decision-makers target resources more effectively with West Yorkshire’s regional Data Observatory 


    The Yorkshire and Humber Data Observatory Programme consists of several initiatives each providing either tools or processes to collect, store and analyse data. This insight is used by local government officers, the general public and other stakeholders to improve understanding and decision making either within an authority or across authorities throughout the Yorkshire and Humber region. The West Yorkshire Observatory – a ‘one-stop-shop’ website for information and intelligence about West Yorkshire – is one of these initiatives.

    Funding was initially made available through the Regional Improvement and Efficiency Partnership (RIEP) and the Programme was part of a wider Regional Observatory programme including South Yorkshire and North Yorkshire. The project included a review of existing Observatories and the technologies they used to deliver the project. Following a review, it was agreed that a solution based on the Humber Observatory technology would be the most appropriate.

    Getting started

    A  cross-organisational officer working party was set up to develop the project which was designed to replace the five existing and independent systems run by Bradford; Calderdale; Kirklees; Leeds and Wakefield. In some cases these systems had been in place for many years and were based on differing legacy technologies. Most of these systems consisted of online tools that had become unsupported, or were out-of-date and the cost for replacing them was considered too high.

    Read the full article

  • texandottie 9:56 AM on February 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , local information systems,   

    Friday InstantAtlas link of the day – John Patterson (Blackpool Council)'s new blog and IA User Conference 2012 (Rochdale)! 

    Friday has started out on an amazing high for me. Not only do we have sugar donuts (courtesy of our lovely Sales team) but we have this awesome unsolicited blog post from blogger John Patterson (Blackpool Council).

    Did you present at the conference? If so, head over there quick!

    Did you go to the conference? If so, you might be in one or two of his pictures.

    Do you want to know what happened at the conference? What are you waiting for – go go go! (I’ll wait right here while you do.)

    Now that you’ve read his post, did you wish you went the conference? If so, that makes two of us. That’s right, this friendly neighbourhood Support team member was supposed to present after @frenchpeter. And unfortunately, I was very ill that weekend and could not make it. I can only wonder what @Jonopatterson would have made of my presentation….


    • John Patterson 12:57 PM on February 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply


      Well I certainly wasn’t expecting this when I wrote the post but thankyou for your really positive comments and links. The blog thing is an experiment for me and this helps make it feel worthwhile to continue. I just hope that people do find it a useful and relevant summary! (if any speakers spot misinterpretations / mistakes, yell at me and i’ll fix😀 )

      I did miss the Pierre/Dorothy double act! Hopefully next year hehe.

      (I should add it is a personal blog so thoughts/opinions are my own rather than anything related to the Council)

      Thanks again

  • David E Carey 1:55 PM on February 21, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: creating local profiles, lis solutions, local information systems, mapping local data, wolverhampton in profile   

    How Wolverhampton’s Local Information System is driving consistency of data use and helping deliver evidence-based strategic planning 


    The Corporate Strategy and Improvement Unit at Wolverhampton City Council provides statistics, information, research and intelligence for decision making and is responsible for demographic data held by the council.

    Debbie Turner, Policy Officer (Research & Information) in the Unit, says the decision to develop a Local information System (LIS) came from a recognition that data wasn’t being used effectively and that there was a great deal of duplication of effort when it came to local intelligence.

    “We were getting a lot of requests for the same information, often from the people working together on the same projects or in the same service while at the same time we knew there was good work going on in pockets across the council and other organisations,” she says. “We also spent a lot of our time co-ordinating data collection from a range of services for people within the council or for partner organisations.”

    Debbie says one of their key aims was to improve information management and to ensure that the most up-to-date data, from the right sources was being used. The Unit started to develop a business case for an LIS and created a project group consisting of key strategic partners from across the city. The business case was signed off in September 2010 and the Unit set about a tender process. After assessing three bids InstantAtlas was awarded the contract.

    Read the full article

  • David E Carey 10:10 AM on February 17, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: child poverty atlas, cumbria intelligence observatory, , local deprivation mapping, local information systems,   

    Cumbria Intelligence Observatory – ‘Bringing consistency to statutory assessment through online data visualisation’ 


    Cumbria County Council has been using InstantAtlas to develop interactive online reports that have been used to support work around statutory assessments. Rebecca Raw is Research, Information and Intelligence Officer within the Performance & Intelligence Unit at the council. Several years ago the team was asked to put together area profiles that could be used by council officers to better understand the profile of local areas. Data was collected and presented in spreadsheets. However, as Rebecca explains: “we found that circulating complex spreadsheets was not ideal”.

     “Through our involvement with the Cumbria Intelligence Observatory project we discovered that Cumbria PCT was using InstantAtlas and there was a strong feeling amongst Observatory partners that we should do the same.”

    Read the full article

  • David E Carey 9:52 AM on January 17, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , east riding data observatory, humber data observatory, LIS implementations, local information systems, north lincolnshire data observatory   

    East Riding Data Observatory – Supporting the localism agenda in the East Riding of Yorkshire through a data presentation initiative 


    The East Riding Observatory is an online resource that provides easy access to population, economic, community safety, health and education data for local authorities, partner agencies and communities across the East Riding of Yorkshire. The East Riding Data Observatory is a member of the Humber Data Observatory Group. Other Observatories in this group are: North Lincolnshire Council, North East Lincolnshire and Kingston upon Hull.

    Gareth Hughes is senior research officer at the Observatory. He explains that Regional Improvement and Efficiencies Partnership (RIEP) funding was made available and Humber Data Observatory Group members were asked to highlight areas for investment.

    Read the full article >>

  • David E Carey 11:06 AM on November 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: children and young people’s dataset, Children Service's Information Tool, indicator reporting and monitoring, local information systems,   

    Poole Partnership | ‘Providing an information resource to help commissioners of childrens’ services address local priorities’ 


    Poole Partnership is the Local Strategic Partnership for Poole. It involves community, voluntary and faith groups, working together with businesses and the public sector. It  aims to achieve long-term improvements to the quality of life for people living in Poole.

    We spoke to Sara Ireland, Senior Research Officer, about the project. “It originated from work with a children and young people’s dataset that we had been working on for a number of years. We realised we were sitting on a large amount of information and were only able to do a limited amount with it – so we wanted to find a way of getting it into the public domain in a friendly format,” she says.

    Read the full article >>

    Image Credit – Jim Linwood

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