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COUNCIL RECEIVES NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR LAND AND PROPERTY IT DATABASE

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Torbay Council has received national recognition from the Improvement and Development Agency for the creation of it...
Torbay Council has received national recognition from the Improvement and Development Agency for the creation of its Local Land and Property Gazetteer (LLPG) using Infoshare's Streetwise Professional software*, at the NLGP Exemplar Awards on 2 December 2003.

Torbay has created a fully integrated database for local land and property data, which is also linked to a digital mapping data. The information stored is now more accurate and council staff can locate addresses more easily when carrying out research in their day to day work.

Bob Clark, assistant director of IT Services, said: 'We are making tremendous strides in modernising our services, and we are committed to making full use of new technology. There is a national policy towards e-government, which is designed to make services more easily accessible, and we have a rolling programme to achieve the national targets.'

The LLPG data is stored and maintained in Streetwise Professional and then exported to an SQL server database. Council staff, using browser software written in-house then accesses the SQL database.

Torbay Council created an LLPG that not only cost significantly less than any other solution but also enables cost effective updates to the NLPG hub, providing the basis for future development across all property related systems. It will also enable partnership working with other government bodies.

'Infoshare enabled us to achieve a top quality result in a short period of time, as well as implementing a gazetteer maintenance strategy that is fully integrated into the existing council structure, without budgeting for additional personnel. StreetWise Professional saved us time and money, and enabled us to complete ahead of schedule,' concluded Pete Bamber, project leader.

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Infoshare Limited is 80% owned by two brothers - Adrian and Myles McKeon and located in Kingston-upon-Thames in the UK. Since start up in 1996, Infoshare has worked with over 200 public and private sector blue chip c lients in the UK, including Barclays Bank plc and Hutchinson Whampoa, the mobile telecoms operator. It has developed and owns 100% of the intellectual property in all its products and services. Infoshare has created a suite of software solutions managing data quality issues.

Infoshare's data quality software:

- Enables databases held in a variety of differing, non-compatible systems to be successfully cleansed, qualified, validated and put into a common format

- Cleanses and validates all characters and not just names & addresses, i.e. incident codes, times, dates & client codes

- Creates detailed audit trails for every individual record

- Works with any IT infrastructure as it focuses on data not IT.

Improvement and Development Agency promotes the development of local e-government and enables councils to share examples of good practice.

*StreetWise Professional provides the solution for complete LLPG maintenance and was created solely based on client feedback. Streetwise Professional allows a local authority to automatically maintain the purity levels achieved in its LLPG creation and feedback updates to the NLPG hub.

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