Babergh and Mid Suffolk’s Exacom database has been shortlisted for the Public Sector Paperless Awards’ Big Data Project of the Year.
The awards, that celebrate what can be achieved through digital innovation, announced their shortlist last week ahead of a national Awards ceremony in July. Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils’ Exacom database was shortlisted alongside projects from Dorset County Council, Westminster City Council and North Lanarkshire Council for the Big Data Project of the Year category.
The councils’ Exacom Database, which went live in December, has led to greater transparency and access to information for residents, which was recognised by both an iESE Bronze Award in March and shortlisting for the RTPI ‘Excellence in Tech’ Award.
The database, which gives web-users access to data on Developer Contributions for development in Babergh and Mid Suffolk going back to 1974, is the first of its kind in the country with Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils recently designated Pilot Authorities by the software’s developer. The database can be found online at:
Tom Barker, Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council’s Assistant Director – Planning and Communities, said: “We all know that emerging technology has the potential to transform how our residents access information about their councils: the is shortlist shows that Babergh and Mid Suffolk are at the cutting edge of using new technology for our residents, and is recognition of the tireless work our Infrastructure Team has put in. We’re now in a position to advise other councils seeking to make their data available and share the lessons we’ve learned that have made us award winners.”