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Kreis Borken and InstantAtlas Online Mapping

“Presenting statistical data to a wide range of users across multiple platforms using online mapping software”


How did you first hear about InstantAtlas?


Could you tell us about the project you were working on?

I am responsible for statistics within the county and present various types of statistical data about the county and its municipalities. Recently I was looking for new ways to present this statistical data. In contrast to printed publications, online maps help me make the most current data. By using InstantAtlas we can make comprehensive data about Kreis Borken available in a transparent, clearly accessible way.


How did you think web mapping software would make a difference?

Who are the main users of your maps and atlases?

Our statistics report with structural data county and municipalities as well as the election atlas are aimed at people who work with, or are interested in, statistical data. That means politicians and other decision-makers who want to get information on election results in the wards, or on particular structural data and want to know more about the county.


What sort of feedback have you had from them?

Which design aspects did you need to focus when creating versions of your atlases specifically for smartphones and tablets?

To make the contents of the statistics atlas accessible for PCs as well as smartphones and tablets (e.g. for decision-makers who want to look up particular structural data on their way to a meeting) we replicated the Flash version for PCs with a very similarly designed HTML5 version. Then we looked into ways how users of smaller tablets and even high-resolution smartphones could access the data of the statistics atlas as well.


A user-friendly display of our standard HTML5 report with all its components is almost impossible on smaller tablets because their screen size and resolution is just too low. For that reason we had to radically simplify the design of the report to make sure that only a very few but large components are visible at a time. Because we still wanted to offer the whole content of the PC version of the atlas we had the idea to stack the components on top of each other showing only the desired ones. This was achieved by using buttons that toggle these components.


What are your plans for developing the maps/atlases in the future?

We will continue to maintain our existing reports (statistics atlas, population pyramid, election report). That means the data is continuously updated and the reports will be adapted as the software is further developed. In addition, we also create new reports when needed. For example, we are developing a comprehensive report with data on education monitoring at the moment.


What have been the benefits of using InstantAtlas?


  • The ease entry and maintenance of data in Excel is very important to us, as is being able to have data in existing reports maintained by other colleagues
  • The InstantAtlas menu is well-structured in terms of data selection
  • Statistical data with tables, maps and charts are clearly arranged
  • InstantAtlas allows for customisation so you can create individual designs of maps by choice of map palette, number of classes and classification type
  • Easy to export components as image files, e.g. for your own presentations
  • The report, once created and designed, can easily be used to display other statistical data as well


Kreis Borken HTML5 Population Atlas Kreis Borken HTML5 Age Structure Population Atlas

HTML5 - Population Atlas (2014)
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HTML5 - Age Structure of Population Atlas (1975-2013) 
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