New IT data warehouse providing easy access to millions of pieces of information about Cornwall
An exciting and innovative project which will, for the
first time, provide a single point of access to a vast range of facts
and figures on all aspects of life in Cornwall will be officially launched
at the Headland Hotel in Newquay on Thursday, October 7th.
The LINC Project (Local Intelligence Network Cornwall)
was set up to provide quick and easy access to up to date information
and statistics about Cornwall for members of the public, businesses, councils
and organisations. LINC is one of a number of similar such projects across
the UK; it is currently one of the most developed and is being watched
with interest by other authorities and by the Office of the Deputy Prime
"All too often people have been forced to waste
time phoning around lots of different authorities and visiting websites
to gather the information they need," explained LINC Project Manager
Ben Bolton. "The aim of LINC is to help people to unlock a huge
range of information on Cornwall provided by all the main councils, public
authorities and local agencies simply by clicking on a single source – www.linc4info.org.uk."
The project, with investment from Objective One, the South
West RDA and a large number of local partners, including the County Council,
District Councils, the Health Community and the Police, has involved setting
up an IT data warehouse which contains millions of pieces of information
supplied by all the partner organisations.
This includes population and migration statistics; information
on the economy, including wages and labour market; transport and communications;
housing; environment; health; crime; culture, social and welfare information;
government and politics; skills and learning and climate change.
At present the Project is in its early stages, with the
information only available to partner organisations, but the eventual
aim is to provide access to members of the public, businesses and groups
"The aim of the project is to make existing research
and information more accessible," said Ben Bolton. "There
is already a great amount of excellent research taking place in Cornwall
– LINC will improve the way in which information is made available
– whether you are a student, a researcher or just interested in
One enthusiastic supporter of LINC is John Berry, Managing
Director of Cornwall Enterprise, who says that good quality up-to-date
information is vital to forming economic policy and strategies and measuring
success or failure.
"I hesitate to contradict Winston Churchill when
he said that 'statistics are like a lamppost for a drunken man,
more for support than illumination', but for Cornwall, and particularly
Cornwall's economy, we need to know what everyone should be doing
to improve matters and then understand what has been successful and what
has not. It is only through such measurement that we can even approach
the right answers," said Mr Berry.
"This is why, as the economic development and regeneration
organisation for Cornwall, Cornwall Enterprise welcome the launch of LINC,
to provide us and other partners with that local intelligence. At Cornwall
Enterprise we have been advocates for such a service for a long time.
We are particularly keen on the development of the basket of economic
indicators, which will give all partners a snapshot of the current position
and trends, influence future actions and policies and assess past interventions."
Supt John Tucker, of Devon and Cornwall Constabulary,
supported Mr Berry's comments stating that: "Our ability access
timely, accurate and relevant data is the key to successful problem solving
and is essential to effective delivery of services in Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly. LINC will undoubtedly play an important part in meeting
this need for data."
Rob Andrew, a Policy Development Manager at Cornwall County
Council and also the Chair of the LINC Steering Group, added: "The
potential of the LINC Project is even greater than I had initially imagined
and the project will undoubtedly deliver significant benefits for anyone
with an interest in Cornwall.
"As the project continues to gather momentum the
future looks encouraging to say the least. The project has already delivered
several success stories, including the development of an economic model
for the Cornish economy and an online data warehouse."
The official launch of October 7th, which will be attended
by representatives of all the partner organisations, will provide the
first opportunity to see the data warehouse and other web based tools
Guest speakers will include Cornwall County Council Chief
Executive Peter Stethridge; David Lewis, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly
Economic Forum; John Beckett, Chair of North Cornwall Local Strategic
Partnership, Phil Davies and Emma Smith, Project Amethyst; Sue Wolstenholme,
Communication Manager for the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust and Rebecca
Lyle, from the County Council's Research and Information Unit.
Cornwall County Councillor Bert Biscoe, the Executive
Member for Corporate Support, said: "Apart from good shelter and
roof over our heads, information lies at the core of human endeavour.
Cornwall is full of bright prospects – we will only achieve our
full potential if we collect, marshal and share good information well.
LINC is a key part of tomorrow's economic infrastructure –
literally the world at your fingertips!"
The LINC project will be officially launched on
Thursday, October 7th at the Headland Hotel, Newquay.
The best time for interviews will be over the lunchtime break at
Further information is available from LINC Co-ordinator Ben Bolton
on 01872 323556.
Objective One Communications
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Telephone: 01579 370991
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