Archives for December 16th, 2004

PUTTING GIS ON THE MAP

Abstracts, PublicNet: 16 December, 2004

This programme is now available to view on egovtv.tv, the online television channel for public service modernisation. It examines Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Digital Mapping which present an opportunity to streamline many areas of service delivery; from waste collection to school catchments. “Putting GIS on the Map” looks at the development of the business case for GIS adoption, and the steps required to ensure a successful implementation across a range of services and scenarios as well as an economic return to an Authority. The programme includes discussion panels, interviews and case studies involving leading Government and Public Service figures, local authority executives and end-users and key suppliers of GIS and Digital Mapping solutions.GovTV is a dedicated web-cast television channel for senior executives across all public sector organisations and is available free to an unlimited audience at anytime, at any location via the internet.

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LGA OPENS CONSULTATION ON SHAPE OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Headlines, PublicNet: 16 December, 2004

The Local Government Association has set out what it calls four ‘citizens tests’ for evaluating and comparing how well local councils are governing. They were outlined by the association’s chairman, Sir Sandy Bruce-Lockhart, as he stressed the need for change driven by the needs of the communities and citizens that local authorities served.The four tests are transparency so that people can identify who is democratically accountable, subsidiarity, so power is devolved to the most local level of government appropriate, responsiveness to ensure that decision-making is fast, effective and welcomes participation and equality and inclusiveness to give all citizens an equal opportunity to participate.

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NATIONAL ROLL OUT FOR COURT COMPUTER NETWORK

Headlines, PublicNet: 16 December, 2004

A computer network designed to cut the amount of time that victims, witnesses and police officers spend waiting to give evidence in criminal cases is to be rolled out in 101 Crown Courts across the country. It follows a successful pilot in London.XHIBIT will allow people to track the progress of court hearings online via the Internet, through text messaging or via a pager. The system will start to be introduced nationally with immediate effect.

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