iNetwork is a Digital Leader
iNETWORK now has it's very own NW Digital leader when Shelley Heckman scooped the top prize at the Go ON NW I Made a Difference Award Ceremony earlier this week.
Success went to a number of iNetwork members: Cumbria County Council picked up two awards, including outstanding project, for the digital inclusion work at Barrow Library; Wigan Council won the NW Partnership award and Lancashire County Council was won the Digital Skills Charter award.
Baroness Lane-Fox, Chair of Go ON UK, presented the award and said: â€œI am delighted that Shelley will be representing Go ON North West moving forward. Her work has been inspiring, both to me personally, and to countless others, and she deserves to be recognised in this way. Itâ€™s only through the work of people like Shelley, that we can help deliver the Go ON UK vision of equipping everyone in the UK with the digital skills they need.â€
To find out about the winners and runner ups in each of the award categories go to: http://imadeadifferenceawards.co.uk/
WARRINGTON Borough Council is hosting the next Digital Managers' Forum on the subject of Web Usability. If you are interested in discussing how to improve your website's usability and accessibility, do not hesitate to get yourself on the attendee list.
Follow this link for details and to book: https://dmgjuly15.eventbrite.co.uk
Shaping Demand Unconference
A few places are left at next week's shaping demand unconference in Manchester on 17th July 2015.
Shaping Demand has become a hot topic because all local public service organisations now understand that a focus on supply side effificencies will not sustain them. We are facing the challenge of rising demand for services and with diminishing resources. These trends are set to continue for the foreseeable future and we need a new way or approach of working.
Follow this link for more details and to book: https://shapingdemand-unconference.eventbrite.co.uk
Defining Community Assets
This week, iNetwork will be chairing a meeting, in Manchester, to explore the possibility of creating a schema for community assets.
Public service organisations are working on connecting service with 'community assets' in some form, however it appears there is a gap with regards to what we mean by community assets. While there are a number of standard definitions of services, places, needs, duties and so on, there is no standard list of community assets. If there was (and we used) a common catalogue, it would help us to support people across local authority boundaries, engage more effectively with social prescribing initiatives in the NHS, publish our information more consistently to engage app developers, enable analysis of the richness of and gaps in community assets between areas, and enable us to work more effectively with multi-area organisations like fire services, police, ambulance and the larger VCOs.
If you are a keen enthusiast in the agenda, would like to be involved and/or kept in the loop, please put yourself on the waitlist here:
https://definingcommunityassets.eventbrite.co.uk or email Shelley.
Â£30k Prize for Obesity Data Challenge
A Â£30,000 international challenge prize is up for grabs to innovators or organisations who can publish or . present data on obesity in a new, exciting and useful way. The challenge - to promote innovation in open data, is being carried out in both England and USA and will either help create an innovative tool by 'mashing up' existing data or will help publish data collected but not publicly available. The closing date for applications is 31 July and winners will be announced at Health and care Innovation Expo in September
Click here to find out more and details of how to apply
CAN YOU HELP?
Can anyone recommend mapping software that can be used to turn postcode or grid reference data into maps and to calculate distances, catchments etc? The key thing is something that is not going to require an army of geeks to understand and use it! If you can help Gerald from Trapeze Transformation, please get in touch via Shelley.