A big welcome from the newly reinvigorated Local Public Services Special Interest Group (LPS SIG) that has both new membership and plans for new directions. These directions are broad but largely consist of six main objectives:
- Provide a forum for sharing knowledge, expertise and encourage best practice in the use of GI by local public service delivery organisations creating a “hub” of expert knowledge supporting members in their continuous professional development.
- Promote, raise awareness of and nurture the use of Geographical Information within the Public Sector influencing the opening up of GI to Citizens and Business for reuse.
- Ensure that AGI is aware of and responds to any relevant consultation or policy documents including the compilation, agreement and timely delivery of any such response engaging relevant stakeholders as appropriate.
- Encourage the public sector to contribute and engage with AGI activities and by doing so increase AGI members from the public sector community.
- Encourage and develop relationships with other relevant AGI SIGs.
- Communicate with membership and the broader GI community
We are encouraging new membership from within the AGI and outside (inviting new AGI membership). We also welcome suggestions as to how we can deliver the objectives of the SIG and
engage the sector through more innovative ways such as webinars, blogs, and better use of shared social media spaces.
The contribution and sharing of our knowledge is even more important now than ever and together we can create useful outcomes in allowing public services to understand geography and how it can be used to deliver modern and efficient services.
More and more spatial data is being released by government (Census 2011), the drive is continuing towards openness and transparency of public services and the growth of spatial intelligence and 'big data' in delivering services, not to mention predicting where they will be in future years!, making this the year that local public services geography is now more critical than ever.
What do you feel will be the main issues that are facing your public services and geography? How can we better represent you and these issues? Is there best practice out there that we should be spreading the word on? Get in touch and we'll ensure that your views are represented and that we can best deliver them coherently and most important of all collaboratively. So what are you waiting for?, contact us in the LPS SIG, comment and start posting those issues that are important to you, us and for the industry.
Get in touch
LinkedIn: AGI Local Public Services SIG
LPS SIG web pages: http://www.agi.org.uk/lps/