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The newsletter of Greenspace Information of Greater London CIC

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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The GIGL press gang

Credit where credit’s due. A great deal of work lies behind the snappy press and publicity stats GiGL provides.

GiGL’s partners are making ever-more use of our growing data holdings to create snappy, media-friendly statistics in support of their biodiversity work – in press releases, publications and presentations. While we are delighted …

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Know your copyrights

Do you know your copyright from your elbow? Who owns the records in GiGL’s database? Oliver Grafton, of the National Biodiversity Network explains the ins and outs of data ownership, with GiGL examples from Mandy Rudd.

As a GiGLer reader, you are probably already one of the estimated 60,000 people who collect wildlife records in the UK. The records that you provide GiGL are the foundation of our work and contribute to a greater understanding of the wildlife that lives in …

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Bloomin’ marvellous

There are more than three million private gardens in Greater London – a significant resource for wildlife and people. Despite the extent of London’s gardens, information about their current use is scarce and concern is growing that changes in use – paving, car parking, development, etc., may reduce their value for wildlife. London Wildlife Trust and GiGL have joined forces to deliver the Garden Research Project to fill this gap …

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The only way is up

Matt Davies, GiGL Data Manager, on the benefits of our latest software upgrade. After considerable effort to install, accurately migrate data and develop the custom reporting we need for our day-to-day work, our Recorder 6 database is now up and running. Having reached the one million record milestone, the limit for the old Access-based system,…

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One million records and counting The glory of becoming GiGL’s millionth record goes to a pignut, recorded by Barn Hill Conservation Group. The lucky pignut was one of nearly 400,000 species records imported to the GiGL database during the 2008/09 financial year. The total number of species records reaching a whopping 1,178,824 by the end…

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