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News shots …. 13 July 2017



Ordnance Survey releases Greenspace map

Ordnance Survey has released a new database and interactive digital map that identifies accessible recreational and leisure greenspace in Great Britain.

Named the Greenspace map, it has been compiled in collaboration with a large number of government partners and non-government organisations, and includes every public park, play space, playing field, golf course, public garden, bowling green and allotment in the country.

The agency has also produced OS MasterMap Greenspace, a public sector version that provides geospatial data to improve planning, analysis and decision-making. It contains the location of all publicly accessible and non-accessible greenspace, and can be used to support environmental initiatives, health and wellbeing strategies and active travel plans.


Inverness reports big use of city centre Wi-Fi

More than 17,000 people have access the free city centre Wi-Fi in the six months following its launch, according to Highland Council. It said the majority of users have used the network for an hour or more.

This has made it possible to run presence analytics for the council to gain a deeper understanding of visitors to the city. It can identify how long people stay, the split between repeat and new visitors and the most popular time of day.

The network was installed by Rapier Systems and the council is using Purple’s Wi-Fi and analytics platform. Highland Council aims to make similar installations in other towns.


Nadira Hussein receives nomination

Former Socitm president Nadira Hussein has won a place on the longlist for Computer Weekly’s 50 Most Influential Women in UK Tech. During her tenure at the public sector IT association, she set up its Women in IT initiative and was the creator of the Empowering Women in a Digital World course.

Hussein recently took over as head of ICT at the London Borough of Enfield.


Image: Philip Wyndham of Ordnance Survey and Science Minister Jo Johnson at the launch of the Greenspace map

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