Posts by GiGL

Show & Tell: Goose Count Maps

The Living Wandle Landscape Partnership Scheme has been monitoring Canada goose populations in the Wandle Valley to gain a greater understanding of their numbers and possible effects. With help from volunteers, the partnership have been conducting annual goose counts. For the last two years …

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Show & Tell: Species Alert Layers

Approximately 18% of planning applications in London are for sites that are home to, or that potentially affect protected species or habitats. Only 1.2% of planning applicants actually request a GiGL data search to find out if protected species have been recorded within their area of influence. Previous observation …

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Show & Tell

Identifying areas of the highest environmental value is useful for many borough planning initiatives. One good way of doing this is by mapping green and ecological corridors. The London Borough of Redbridge approached GiGL in 2014 to discuss modelling green corridors in the borough.

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Show & Tell

To encourage idea sharing and inspire new projects, in each GiGLer edition we will be highlighting a couple of examples of how GiGL partners have used their SLAs. Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss utilising any of the services mentioned, or if you have a project using GiGL data that you would like to share.

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GiGL CIC

We are in the process of setting GiGL up as a community interest company (CIC). This will mean that as of January 2013 GiGL will be an independent organisation as recommended in the local records centre development plan that initiated the establishment of GiGL in 2004.

The CIC set-up will not change the partnership, products and services or staff team, but the CIC will have a new board of directors who will oversee the business. The directors will initially be drawn from the current GiGL Steering Group members.

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GiGL Guidance

The guidance on setting up and running an environmental records centre contains a list of required policies and guidance. The Association of Local Environmental Records Centres (ALERC) also has an accreditation system that requires each records centre to have a suite of policies, licences and guidance in place. These include permitted use of the data, how services will be charged for, and how to get best value out of services. GiGL has developed this suite of documents, and an overview of these documents is listed below:

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Accessing Data Policy

This document was developed by GiGL’s Recorders Advisory Group and Steering Group. It is one of the most important policies that GiGL has in that it sets out how we will treat and make available our partners’ data, including via the National Biodiversity Network’s Gateway facility. The policy sets out how we will treat confidential…

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Finance overview

We describe ourselves as a not-for-profit partnership, but what exactly does that mean? Our income that covers our running costs comes from two key sources – our partners who pay annually for access to GiGL partnership data and related services via a service level agreement, and our customers, who pay on a case by case basis for access to …

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ALERC alert

We are really pleased that the Association of Local Environmental Records Centres (ALERC) has recently become a Community Interest Company – a not for profit company whose income will be reinvested to further expand and raise the profile of records centres across the UK. After three years of work behind the scenes by a number…

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