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InstantAtlas Server is a set of 'off-the-shelf' modules for building community and local information systems.

Administration Console

The Administration Console is a secure website that gives administrators distributed across different organisations and/or geographic locations access to the functions required to manage an InstantAtlas Server system. These functions cover all key areas such as data loading and organisation, report building and system auditing. The console has been designed to be simple-to-use and to scale for large data volumes.

Data Views Module

Data Views are logical groups of indicators defined by administrators that are delivered as a collection to address the needs and tasks of specific users. They are organised into Themes and can be viewed as InstantAtlas dynamic reports or tables. The Data Views module adds a wizard to the Administration Console for designing and building Data Views and for managing the InstantAtlas dynamic reports that are used to view them.

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The requirements for InstantAtlas Server are the following:




InstantAtlas Server supports the following database platforms:


Microsoft SQL Server 2005 / 2008 / 2012 / 2014


Web server


Microsoft Windows Server 2008 / 2012 (Internet Information Services 7 / 8)





Advanced Data Views

The Advanced Data Views module offers greater flexibility for users wishing to create more personalised Data Views.


Profiles Module

This module provides a powerful set of tools to design and deliver highly effective reports containing a mix of appropriate information relating to a specific area or number of areas. You can also use it to profile point based features such as 'hospitals'.


Advanced Profiles

The Advanced Profiles Module offers greater flexibility for users wishing to create more personalised Profiles.


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    The Advanced Data Views user interface includes:

    • A wizard that leads users through the steps for choosing the geographies of interest (using an interactive map, geographic filter or pick list), the indicators required and the comparators to include
    • Initial view of data is as a table
    • Option to chart one or more indicators
    • Option to display the data using an InstantAtlas dynamic report
    • Options to download as Excel, CSV or XML
    • Option to email a link to a colleague so that they can view the same Data View


The Explorer Module allows users to explore the contents of the system. The Explorer module also adds functionality to the Administration Console to allow administrators to upload external resources (e.g. PDFs, Excel workbooks, images, web links) that can then be explored alongside IA Server data outputs.

User Management

The User Management module is for organisations that wish to implement a login for their users (either mandatory or optional). This is usually to restrict access to sensitive data or to improve the personalisation of content to specific user groups.


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    The Advanced Profiles Module user interface includes:

    • Map-based selection of multiple areas using an interactive map.
    • Geographic filters for making quick selections of areas
    • Aggregated or disaggregated data in tables/charts.
    • User-defined comparators

Server Publisher


The Server Publisher Module enhances the administration of multiple dynamic reports, improves background mapping and enables user-defined choice of geography in dynamic reports.

NeSS Data Transfer Tool (UK only)


IAS Data Transfer Tool


The IAS Data Transfer Tool is a wizard based utility that allows the user to copy Indicator data, along with related Metadata and geo-data from one installation of InstantAtlas Server to another. As with the NeSS Data Transfer Tool data can be transferred straight away or scheduled to run at particular times using the IAS Data Synchronisation Service, which comes bundled with this tool.

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    The key functions of the NeSS Data Transfer Tool include:

    • Browse and import data from the NeSS Data Exchange Service into IAS
    • Choose specific Indicators and Instances
    • Set up multiple data transfer tasks
    • Match Indicators and Geo-Type features between NeSS and IAS to ensure data consistency and to avoid the creation of duplicates
    • Automatically create NeSS Indicators and Geo-Types if they do not already exist on your IAS system
    • Import metadata into IAS at Indicator and Instance level matching against standard Dublin Core
    • Configure data import immediately, at a specific date/time in the future or on a regular schedule to minimise disruption to end users and to match ONS publishing schedules


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    The key functions of the IAS Data Transfer Tool include:

    • Browse and import data from the source IAS system
    • Match to existing Indicators and Geo-Types or create new ones if they do not already exist on your destination IAS system
    • Configure data import immediately, at a specific date/time in the future or on a regular schedule to minimise disruption to end users
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    The User Management Module user interface includes:

    • Ability for administrators to create users groups and set data permissions at different levels for each group
    • Ability for administrators to make modules available/unavailable on a user group basis
    • Registration page for users, with automatic notification of administrators when a user registers
    • Login box for users (with a forgotten password link)
    • Ability for users to save items as Favourites - these will be available next time they login
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    The Server Publisher module user interface includes:

    • It allows you to consolidate the management of all your geographic datasets, for example area boundaries or contextual point-based map layers, in the database environment and pull these through dynamically into InstantAtlas reports.
    • It means you can reduce the time it takes to create and manage your dynamic reports.  Instead of requiring one report for every reporting geography in your InstantAtlas Server solution, Server Publisher only requires that you have one report per InstantAtlas report template.
    • It simplifies the set up, in dynamic reports, of drill-down from one higher level area to multiple lower level areas.
    • It enables you to deliver your background mapping through a web mapping service (WMS - OGC compliant), resulting in seamless and rapid image delivery.
    • It enables the presentation of a user-defined custom selection of areas in a dynamic report.
    • You can connect Server Publisher to existing Geographical Information System (GIS) infrastructure, such as ESRI's ArcGIS Server, to tap seamlessly into corporate spatial data stores.
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    The Explorer user interface includes:

    • Keyword or free text search - this searches any keywords/descriptive metadata entered by administrators
    • Intelligent search tool supports wildcards
    • Results of search presented under different tabs (Data Views, Profiles, Indicators, Resources)
    • Results consist of links to the items themselves and to their descriptive metadata


    Metadata is based on international Dublin Core standards. Metadata fields can be fully customised by administrators based on the standard they wish to adhere to.

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    The Profiles module adds functionality to the Administration Console for administrators to:

    • Create tables, intelligent text, charts and images (maps, photographs etc)
    • Ability to choose from many standard and advanced configuration/display options for tables and charts
    • Specify style sheets that will transform the look and feel of your profiles
    • Create multi-geography sections - tables/charts will display data for related areas as well as the area selected
    • Incorporate ESRI ArcGIS Server based maps into profile reports

    The Profiles user interface includes:


    • Different tabs for listing Profiles (by Theme, by geography, as a simple list or as the result of a search)
    • Drop down menus for selecting the geography type and area of interest
    • PDF button
    • Quick Profile box on the home page allows users to enter an area name (e.g. their postcode) and generate a Profile with one click
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    Features include the following:

    • Administrator roles – restrict access to functions on a per administrator basis
    • Data ownership – lock data to prevent viewing or accidental deletion by other administrators
    • Data loading wizards – load statistical data using simple wizards
    • Manage geographies – define lookups between geographies to enable filtering and aggregation
    • Manage themes – create a multi-level theme hierarchy for navigating your indicators and reports
    • Build reports – use flexible tools for creating data views and profiles
    • Staging area – preview newly-loaded data in this area before making it live
    • Aggregation engine – aggregate statistical data from one geography to others to save data loading effort
    • Calculated indicators – calculate ratios from existing indicators
    • Archiving – archive and restore indicators as required
    • Data refresh management – retrieve a list of datasets that need updating
    • Data notifications – send out mass notifications to users when reports are updated
    • Search tool – save time when locating specific items that need editing
    • Usage reports – monitor how end users interface with the system
    • System reports – monitor data volumes and identify inconsistencies
    • Indexing – optimise system performance using indexing settings
    • Customisation – customise what end users see using simple-to-use options


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    Features include the following:


    The Data Views user interface includes:


    • Web accessible tables with flexible display options, sorting and export to Excel, CSV and XML options
    • Metadata pages that display indicator and geography metadata