the GiGLer

The newsletter of Greenspace Information of Greater London CIC

Editorial

Springing into Action

“Spring is the time of plans and projects.”

Tolstoy’s words were never truer than at GiGL over the last few months. As flowers and trees have finally bloomed in our late spring, so too have the projects we have worked on feverishly over the winter months. Many of our systems have been reworked and given a good spring clean

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Editorial

Welcome to the winter edition of the GiGLer, where we review our ‘Olympic summer’ and give a general recap of the year.

For many of our partners, 2012 has been an exceptionally busy year with both the Diamond Jubilee and Olympics being enjoyed in the capital. To celebrate the work of our partners in ‘London 2012’ we have an article from the London Wildlife Trust who have been involved in environmental education and habitat management in the lead up to the Games.

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iGiGL-a-go-go

A new online mapping interface that allows Londoners to find London’s parks open spaces and wildlife sites has emerged out of the demise of similar services, the rise of the All London Green Grid and increasing demand for web-based access to GiGL’s key datasets.

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Gatecrashing the Gateway

Publicly available planning figures show 17,000 planning applications were assessed in London between January and March last year (2011). In the same period, GiGL delivered just 144 data searches. While not all applications have a potential impact on London’s biodiversity and open spaces, this gap in numbers is very worrying and means less than 1% of planning applications in London are being informed by the GiGL partnership’s data.

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Five years and counting

In this our 10th edition of the GiGLer, we take a quick look at how things have changed over the five years of the GiGLer’s existence.

In the early summer of 2006, we had just launched as an open space and biodiversity records centre after our two-year development phase and had four staff. Five years on and we’re a fully fledged environmental records centre with seven members of staff: a director, Project and Data Development Manager, …

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Branding GiGL. Brand new GiGLer

Welcome to the 9th edition of the GiGLer and the first version of our new ‘iGiGLer’.

In this issue, we have moved away from PDF files, a sophisticated way of delivering information back in 2006, to this new web-based format. The new iGiGLer will enable us to better communicate what we do. It houses all archive articles, providing a valuable resource of information on our services, partners and data holdings.

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Editorial – Issue 7

I’d like to introduce myself as the new chair of the GIGL Steering Group. I have been involved with GIGL from the outset, representing the London Boroughs Biodiversity Forum (LBBF) on the Steering Group, as well as contributing my own professional viewpoint as the Biodiversity Manager forWandsworth. I hope to continue to provide an understanding…

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Big city, big picture

The GiGL partnership is greater than the sum of its parts. Mandy Rudd, GiGL Director, explains why the partnership model is so valuable to all involved.

The ‘collect once, use many times’ ethos is at the heart of GiGL’s work. The relationship between GiGL and GiGL’s partners isn’t simply that of contractor and contractee. GiGL is run as a business, albeit not-for-profit, with the full cost of collating, managing and making data available being shared amongst our partners and …

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Weaving the data rainbow

Previous editions of the GiGLer have focused on the work of our partners and the systems we have developed to ensure the data we hold are as reliable and accurate as possible. This time, we show you some of the ways that data can provide a bespoke evidence base to inform your work; whether you engage people in accessible local open spaces, or identify the appropriate location for habitat recreation.

We have welcomed the arrival of some significant datasets over the last few months. …

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Wider horizons

Mandy Rudd, GiGL Director, introduces us to the myriad opportunities afforded by the development of GiGL’s open space data holdings – its collection and use.

Managing open space data is a relatively new venture for GiGL, and one which presents a whole new set of challenges and opportunities. Developing our open space related data and services is one of our key objectives for this financial year.

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