Atlas of Childhood and StoryMap: Save the Children’s 2019 “Children’s Time” edition provides an overview of the changes taking place in our country

In its 10th edition, Save the Children’s Atlas of Childhood rewinds the thread of time. A new time, the description of youth mobilization with regard to environmental issues. A lost time, highlighting missed opportunities to try to improve children’s living conditions. Finally, a time rediscovered, which gives space to the many initiatives launched by the educating community and associations in our country.

Needs: translating data to tell the story of childhood in Italy 

The Atlas tells the story of children of Italy, making extensive use of the data and evidence produced by statistical and social research. This makes it possible to have an overall view of the many Italies of boys and girls, to carry out comparisons and territorial zooms to identify priorities, resources and problems.

The 2019 edition is born with a selection of data, integrates them with other tools capable of giving voice to the children themselves, and translates them with the aim of disseminating and making accessible this body of information to a wider audience.

Solution: Atlas and StoryMap 

gisAction has elaborated data and indicators in GIS to realize maps and graphs that describe in an evident way the territorial differences. Using specific GIS tools, various types of comparison analyses have been carried out on the data, which give back a new and complete vision of the phenomena that we want to investigate.

Georeferencing allows us to go beyond the average data, thus facilitating reflection on inequalities and identifying priority areas for intervention.

Infographics are another product made from data: the communicativeness of these representations, the simplicity of distribution and the intuitive design greatly simplify the processes of communicating information.

Below are some examples of maps:

The map photographs the Fridays for Future movements active in Italy.

The map shows the extreme events recorded in Italy between 2010 and 2018.

Buildings surveyed by the School Building Registry without a certificate of occupancy of the total by region.

Youth not employed or in education or training.

The map shows the percentage of young people who make a habit of reading books in their free time.


Maps, charts and infographics allow to clearly communicate a data or phenomenon to a wide audience. Reading a map is easier and more immediate than understanding data displayed in a table. This type of graphic support makes it pleasant to present a variety of information.

The GIS software with which the maps are created also allows to cross-reference data sets to obtain new information useful for the analysis of a phenomenon.


gisAction has designed the StoryMap to disseminate on the web an extract of the contents, texts, maps and images of the Atlas.

The StoryMap allows to integrate to the texts all the multimedia contents that help to describe phenomena and reality: images, videos and maps. The maps can be interrogated and navigated to learn about the details of the data. The videos that intersperse the texts provide concrete evidence of the work of the Organization and the realities in which it works.

Open Data Atlas of Childhood at risk – Save the Children Italia

2019 Edition Atlas of Childhood at risk

Who we worked with

È una delle più grandi Organizzazioni Internazionali indipendenti e opera in 125 paesi con una rete di 28 organizzazioni nazionali e una struttura internazionale

Save the Children Italia is a non-profit organization established in 1998. It is part of the Save the Children International network, one of the largest independent International Organizations.

In Italy Save the Children operates in the following areas: fight against educational poverty, health, response to emergencies, protection from abuse and exploitation, fight against poverty and food security, strengthening of the systems of protection of the rights and participation of minors, support to unaccompanied migrant minors present on the Italian territory.

Save the Children’s main campaigns are concerned with poverty reduction, reducing child mortality and defending the poorest children, such as migrants and refugees, or those most excluded and marginalized, such as people with disabilities, girls or ethnic and religious minorities. It is also very committed to promoting policies that protect the rights of children and adolescents.