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Justin Gleeson AIRO

Justin Gleeson

All-Island Regional
Research Observatory


Ireland’s All-Island Regional Research Observatory (AIRO) was initially established as a pilot project with the guidance and lead of the National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA) and the National Centre for Geo-Computation (NCG) based in the National University of Ireland Maynooth


The initial aim of the project was to provide reliable information through the collection, analysis and mapping of data relevant to the cross-border region. It was aimed to act as a spatial, social and economic databank resource for community, public and private bodies. Since then the AIRO project has broadened its horizon and developed a series of interactive mapping tools for all local and regional authorities in Ireland.

Institute for Health & Social Policy

Montreal, Quebec

The MACHEquity Data Dashboards utilize data drawn from longitudinal policy databases compiled as part of McGill University's Maternal and Child Health Equity (MACHEquity) research program. The dashboards feature data covering the period between 1995 to 2013 and focus on 121 low and middle income countries surveyed by USAID's Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) and UNICEF's Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS).

McGill University

Giving public sector researchers the intelligence they need to inform better planning

Community Indicators


Joe Baldwin
Planning Section Manager
Pinellas County Government

How a small team is helping stakeholders get a better understanding of the community and the impact of interventions through data visualization - Click here

Lester King Rice University

Lester King PhD
Shell Center

Rice University


First sustainability atlas of its kind for Houston uses data visualization

to map 24 social, economic and environmental indicators - Click here

Helping not-for-profit organisations share data and insight using InstantAtlas

At InstantAtlas we work with many different types of organisation and this includes many in the not-for-profit sector. For example, health charities in the UK and worldwide have been using our tools to present data on bowel cancer, diabetes and cancer. In addition, community indicators have been mapped by several organisations in the North America to help local communities get a better understanding of trends in population growth and socio-economic health indicators.


Presenting data in an easy-to-use format is a key requirement for all of these not-for-profit organisations since in most cases they are required to share data to improve understanding and awareness of trends in the areas in which they operate. On this page you will find links to a selection of case studies which help to explain the versatility, ease-of-use and interactive features of InstantAtlas.

Marie Curie Cancer Care
Marie Curie Cancer Care’s interactive atlas helps present a nationwide picture of end of life care in the UK

Ben Warner Jacksonville Community Council JCCI

Ben Warner
Jacksonville Community
Council Inc.

How Jacksonsville County is using community indicators to target resources and reduce inequalities - Click here

Joe Baldwin Pinellas County

Institute for Health Policy (IHP) - School of Public Health, The University of Texas

Making data available to the community through easy-to-use data presentation tools

The Institute for Health Policy (IHP), based in the School of Public Health at The University of Texas, contributes to improving public health by developing creative ways to bridge the gap between scientific research, practical programs and policy solutions. The IHP brings its technical expertise and non-partisan analysis to health policy issues, with special focus on the Texas and the Texas-Mexico border areas.

Marie Curie Cancer Care provides expert care to people with terminal illness at home and in its hospices. Marie Curie has extensive experience in service design; redesigning services to deliver an integrated end of life pathway. The charity is also a leader in end of life care research.


Marie Curie’s End of Life Care Atlas was developed with the aim of providing healthcare commissioners with a detailed insight into end of life care in their local areas. Michael Cooke, Head of Analytics at Marie Curie explained: “We wanted to use online mapping software to bring together a broad range of data on end of life care across the UK’s health landscape.”

Health Charities


Bowel Cancer Australia
Bowel Cancer Atlas

Bowel cancer is Australia's second biggest cancer killer and Bowel Cancer Australia is a national charity with a vision to reduce incidence, death and suffering association with bowel cancer through advocacy, awareness, education, support and research. It aims to achieve its vision in a number of ways including the development of community awareness and education programmes to increase knowledge about bowel cancer and encouraging participation in bowel cancer screening for the early detection of bowel cancer. Chief executive Julien Wiggins tells us how interactive mapping is helping to raise awareness and encourage local communities to take preventative action.

Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences at the University of Auckland
Mapping health inequalities in cardiovascular disease using mapping software at the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, Auckland

InstantAtlas is being used by Dr Dan Exeter at the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences at the University of Auckland to map health inequalities. Dan is a senior lecturer in the School of Population Health and his current research focuses on the development of deprivation indices using routine administrative data sources. He explains how InstantAtlas is helping him to create interactive online atlases of cardiovascular disease treatment and outcomes.

International Diabetes Federation
Taking the renowned Diabetes Atlas on to the world’s digital stage using an online data visualization tool

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) aims to influence policy, increase public awareness and encourage health improvement, promote the exchange of high-quality information about diabetes, and provide education for people with diabetes and their healthcare providers.


It has a global network of national diabetes associations and is involved in worldwide initiatives as well as those at local level. This means the IDF has to provide evidence of diabetes rates on a global and local scale. One way the IDF does this is to produce an annual Diabetes Atlas – a book of maps covering every country in the world. This presents a picture of diabetes based on evidence from hundreds of studies which have been reviewed by the IDF.


The data presented in the IDF Diabetes Atlas is used widely by news media, governments, and international organisations such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and the World Economic Forum. It is also used by health professionals, scientists, economists, policy-makers, and national and international agencies.


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