Purchase of Information Project: a survey of lifestyle data [UPDATED – 23.09.08]

Purchase of Information Project – Have you considered, used or purchased ‘lifestyle’ customer insight information?

The Local Government Information House (LGIH) and the Improvement & Development Agency (IDeA) are launching a research project into the purchase and use of ‘lifestyle’ customer insight information in the public sector. They need your help!

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Public art think tank seek board members

ixia, the public art think tank, is looking to develop its board of directors/trustees to support its work.

ixia is a charity which aims to provide an independent and objective view of the factors that affect the quality of artists’ work in the public realm. They do this by undertaking research, enabling debate and effecting change at a strategic level.

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Have your say!

We at the Observatory aim to provide you with a first class information service on the region, and a website that makes this easy for you to do. Recently we have been thinking about what we could do to improve finding information on our website and how we could lay it out better for you.

To help me with this I would be very grateful if you could give me five minutes of your time to complete an online questionnaire about it.

Please use this link to access the questionnaire

Sponsorship opportunities at the WMRO Annual Conference 2008: an update

Sponsorship of our Annual Conference on Monday 13th October at the Royal Court Hotel, Coventry is continuing to be very successful with a wide range of sponsors now confirmed.

Exhibition stands from ESRI UK, Geowise, Renewal Magazine, Regional Action West Midlands, Advantage West Midlands and Care Services Improvement Partnership will be appearing in the entrance hall of the conference.

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Information on Joint Strategic Needs Assessments

Department of HealthThe Department of Health has produced a set of pages providing useful information on Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNAs).

Local authorities and PCTs have been under a statutory duty to produce JSNAs since April 1 this year to inform Local Area Agreements and the Sustainable Communities Strategy as a result of the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007.

The Department of Health site includes guidance, tools and resources, details of the core dataset and some useful links and news updates… pretty much everything you need to know about JSNAs!

Map competition for schools

We’re holding a competition for school children to make a map of their local area, being as creative as possible. Glitter, egg boxes, crayons, pens, felt and sticky back plastic; whatever you want!

Up for grabs in prizes are:

  • A digital camera, software and printer package for the winning class or school.
  • An atlas.
  • The winning artwork will feature on our website.

The competition is being held in association with ESRI UK to tie in with the West Midlands Geographical Information Day we’re currently planning for the 19 November 2008.

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