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“How the Doctoral Institute for Evidence Based Policy in Japan is meeting customer needs through customised data visualization”




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Naomi and the team are used to working with GIS software and found creating the data files very straightforward. They also discovered that it was easy enough for non-GIS specialists to work with. The biggest advantage for the Institute was being able to type straight into their native language and to customize the look of each InstantAtlas report. “This made a big difference for us,” says Naomi. “It meant we could create reports with a Japanese interface very easily.”


Meeting the need


The Institute is now creating InstantAtlas reports for its clients which it says is helping them gain a better insight into what the data is telling them. “They can visualize the data and it is easier for them to understand what the data means than if it was just a table or graph. It is also easier to make comparison with different geographic areas,” says Naomi. “Our client at the university is very impressed with the quality of maps, charts and tables in the InstantAtlas reports as well as the interactive visualization element.”


Naomi thinks greater use of data visualization could promote data sharing initiatives in Japan. “The Japanese government collects a lot of data but this is not shared widely. By using effective tools to share data we are hoping that it will encourage greater data sharing.”



Future development


As well as improving the publication of statistical data collected or prepared by the different administrative agencies in Japan, the Institute is also looking to partner with private sector companies in health management support systems. The Institute wants to make InstantAtlas its data visualization tool of choice.





















Other benefits are:


  1. The Institute is now able to offer clients an easy-to-use data visualization tool that can be customised to meet their needs
  2. InstantAtlas can be used to create reports in Japanese with no translations required
  3. Clients can gain a better insight into what the data is telling them





















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