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Connected Places Catapult develops data visualisation tool, Tombolo

Spatial modelling has the ability to accelerate data-driven decision-making for local authorities, policy makers, urban planners, designers and developers by capturing and visualising open source datasets to help make better informed decisions. Stakeholders can make use of spatial visualisation of relevant datasets to analyse or predict a wide range of factors related to for example movement, demography, or social and economic characteristics of the population of an area.

Connected Places Catapult has been working on the development of a new version of Tombolo – a visualisation tool which provides the functionality to pull together different place-based datasets and visualise them in one single place. The benefits of the tool is it reduces time spent on data wrangling and more time value creating insights and automation.

The web-based Tombolo tool interconnects open source city data to help interpret and visualise a variety of scenarios across a number of domains such as air quality, transport and housing. The tool also has the functionality to download datasets to enable further interrogation into the data if required.

The Web Tombolo video articulates how the tool can be used to analyse and visualise key datasets:


The tool has already proven to be a useful asset for local authorities working on a variety of city challenges from transport to social isolation.

To find out how you can access and make most use of the Web Tombolo tool please contact

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