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In brief .... 24 April 2015



BCS backs Open Addresses UK

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, has provided funds for the development of open address data. Its Location Information Specialist Group has made the money available for Open Addresses UK under the Digital National Framework.

Open Addresses gathers, publishes and maintains a list of addresses, published as open data and free for use, with supporting services. The BCS Digital National Framework (DNF) is providing the backing to support the cause of accessible address data for new audiences.

The company will explore the integration of its address data and unique property reference numbers that can now be published as open data. The funding will also enable the further development of its address data, unique address URLs and location-based API services.

Jeni Tennison, executive director at Open Addresses said: "As our first funding beyond our initial Cabinet Office grant, this support is a demonstration of the wide interest in open address data. Addresses are a vital part of the nation's information infrastructure. This funding will help promote the use of a common code for each address, enabling people to match and bring data together and to create better services that we can all benefit from."

Axelos calls for ITIL best practice in service managment

Axelos has launched a new initiative aimed at helping organisations to leverage ITIL in supporting service management for their organisations.

The initiative aims to collect and share good practice from organisations around the world to demonstrate how ITIL has been successfully used for more than IT service management. Axelos says the framework has been used in other areas of business for years and that the exercise can help to capture and share the relevant knowledge.

Axelos, a joint venture between Capita and the Cabinet Office, is looking to involve partners in the wider service management community, and will test the collective findings to develop guidance and case studies.

Civica integrates Asidua

Civica has taken a step towards strengthening its position in digital solutions with the integration of Asidua, the software consultancy and services group in acquired last November. The latter will now deliver its product portfolio under the Civica identity.

Civica Digital Solutions claims to have one in three local authorities in Britain among its customers. Its Customer Contact Platform has recently been awarded a place on the Crown Commercial Service's Corporate Software Solutions procurement framework.

Chris Ginnelly, managing director of Civica Digital Solutions, said: "Asidua is now integrated into the group, providing us with a stronger digital solutions business to build on the company's track record. The newly enhanced business will enable us to better respond to customers' needs, as they seek to deliver major service improvements and financial savings through digital transformation."


Pictured: Jeni Tennison, from Open Data Institute

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