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Geographic Information & GIS Services

An often quotic staistic is that "80% of information is geographic in nature". Indeed in Dan Roams seminal book the Back Of The Napkin, "where" is the 2nd fundamental thought that kicks in with any human perception. In other words, geography is important! 

About Our Geographic Information Services

Spatial Analysis

Map-Enabled Online Data Portals

Geographic Information Consultancy

School Travel Health Check (STHC) Service




About Our Geographic Information Services


At Knowledge Mappers we don't regard recording information and knowledge on geographic maps as anything fundamentally different to using information ("mind") mapping software like MindManager. Indeed it is our aim as a company to increasingly build upon the synergy between the two information mapping processes (for example our geographic atlas maps enable MindManager users to organise their maps by geographic territories).

That said, we collectively have over 40 man-years experience in "traditional" geographic information mapping and related software systems (known as GIS), in both the public and private sectors. For example our ground-breaking School Travel Health Check (STHC) spatial analysis service, is an example of one of our GI consultancy projects for one local authority that soon "grew arms and legs" and became a ground-breaking nationally available service.

We cover all aspects of the geographic information process:-

  • Data sourcing

  • Data capture

  • Spatial analysis

  • Information publishing online / on paper

  • Spatial data infrastructure (SDI) development, particularly human capacity building.

We have been active participants in the professional associations and initiatives within the GI industry over the years such as :-

In other words we have a broad knowledge and experience of geographic information so please contact us directly to discuss your requirements, I'm sure we will be able to help.



Spatial Analysis


Google Maps and Google Earth have revolutionised the sharing of geographic information online. However it is still the case that, in order to produce the information in the first place, spatial analysis of raw data using specialised Geographic Information System (GIS) software is required, along with a lot of experience and expertise.

We have over 40 man-years collective expertise in spatial analysis using GIS software tools like the longstanding commercial leaders ESRI and MapInfo and the free & open source QGIS. However as you can see from our STHC analysis description, it's not just about the tools, it's about applying them in a logical way.

It's also about taking an AGILE approach and putting the end user first. What do they need to know? What do they know now? What could they easily know with some applied spatial analysis? Let us help you find out!



Map-Enabled Online Data Portals


There are an enormous range of (often free) tools now available to create highly-interactive, online atlases and dashboards that combine statistics and maps in a very visual way. Usually referred to as map-enabled (or "geo") data / information portals, they are used to:-

  • create a more effective evidence-base to engage managers, funders and policy-makers

  • help inform better decision-making in the commissioning of services and allocation of resources.

They are the best way of sharing spatial analysis results with stakeholders as they can deliver an interactive user experience (including a limited amount of spatial querying) but, unlike traditional GIS, do not require much expertise to use. Also there is no software to download as the data is viewed within a normal web browser.

For example we publish our School Travel Health Check analysis results as a customer-specific online information portal using the free & open source Bootstrap responsive website developers toolkit to create a website that can be viewed on all sizes of screens. It also incorporates the freely avaialble Google Maps and Google Charts tools, which immediately reduces costs and enables the portal to freely benefit from advances in these tools developed elsewhere in the user community. (Though our portal also incorporates the commercial Instant Atlas interactive geostatistical atlas template).

Take a look at our demonstration STHC Data Portal in the window below, or click here to open it in a separate window.




Geographic Information Consultancy


We can combine all of the above and more in a Geographic Information consultancy package exactly tailored to your needs. This could be a stand alone initiative or taking care of the GI parts of a bigger project.

Please contact us directly to discuss your requirements.



School Travel Health Check (STHC) Service


The STHC is an example of a GI consultancy project for one local authority that soon "grew arms and legs" and became a ground-breaking nationally available service. It incorporates all aspects of geographic information consultancy from using agile methodologies and up to the minute digital tools, to producing "good old fashioned" bespoke paper map packs that are sent to all schools in an authority (543 schools in a single authority is the highest number so far!).

The STHC analysis service has been continually developed since 2004 in conjunction with local authorities, school communities and other stakeholders interested in how children travel to school and how far they travel to get there.

We spatially analyse local authority pupil-level and school-level School Census data, and Pupil Usual Mode of Travel data (if available) using GIS software and other standerd tools using a process specifically developed and honed by us over the last 12 years. We then provide stakeholders with quality spatial intelligence data that enables them to quantify and visualise the actual school travel situation down to individual school level, thereby helping them to better target thier limited behaviour-change resources to achieve modeshift to more active and sustainable modes of travel on the "school run".

Our STHC resources enable stakeholders to:-

  • assess and quantify the current school travel situation, from authority-wide down to a local, individual school level.

  • simultaneously engage with all schools in the LEA (whether or not they have a travel plan) in a consistent, meaningful and constructive way.

  • implement a range of initiatives to deliver shift to more sustainable / active modes of travel to school that can be targeted to where they will achieve the best return for the limited available resource.

  • set SMART* targets for those initiatives to deliver in the short, medium and longer term (*Sustainable, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound).

  • monitor progress of these initiatives on the ground over time.

  • build up a robust evidence base to inform future strategy and funding.

Browse the dedicated STHC website in the window below, or click here to open it in a separate browser window.