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We have published a new Shared Services case study based on an iShare in the Cloud deployment. By sharing services Local Authorities can make significant savings, reduce IT overhead whilst enhancing usability. You can view and download this case study by clicking on the link.

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We have recently launched a major new upgrade to our flagship platform iShare. iShare 5.6 focuses mainly on metadata capabilities. But there are lots of other changes both under the hood and in the user interfaces. Whilst many of our customers have compiled and publish metadata on data.gov.uk for the purposes of INSPIRE, the features in this release focus on creating and sharing 'enterprise' metadata which is an essential best practice in data management for all your spatial data, not just your INSPIRE layers. You can find out more about this release here: https://astuntechnology.com/news/ishare-5-6/

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The Government CloudStore is the easy way for the UK public sector to buy cloud computing commodity and support services. It is essentially an online catalogue containing details of each of the G-Cloud suppliers and their services. All types of cloud services are available in the CloudStore, including Public, Private and Hybrid. Astun have been successful in getting on to the latest incarnation of the framework, G-Cloud 8.

To find out more you can go straight to the CloudStore - https://www.digitalmarketplace.service.gov.uk/g-cloud/search?q=Astun+Technology

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From October 2016 all central government services accessed through service.gov.uk domains must only be accessible through secure connections, under https rather than http. This ensures that all connections between a user’s web browser and a web server is encrypted.

Whilst this does not yet extend to local authority websites at present, it is best practice that many public sector bodies are already following as it prevents the potential interception of data (i.e. so called ‘man in the middle’ security attacks) by third parties.

Our customers may wish to run iShare Maps and associated embedded maps under https, and this page provides guidelines on how to change an iShare Maps implementation to run under https - https://astuntech.atlassian.net/wiki/display/ISHAREHELP/Run+iShare+under+HTTPS

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We have just published the latest, Summer 2016 issue of Astun News. In this issue we report on the Astun User Group Conference, FOSS4G UK 2016, our third Social Housing customer, shared services at East Hants and Havant, a Cloud based future and our new starters, Moira Livesey and Marco Finnberg. You can download it here.

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Defra recently announced that it had easily met its original target for publishing over 8000 of its datasets as open data, that’s data that anyone can access, use and share. As of 25th June Defra and its ‘arms length bodies’ have published 11,007 open data sets, representing more than a third of the Government’s open data. Defra data is extremely wide ranging in its scope from flood levels and water quality to food consumption and LiDAR.

Of course making data open means enabling people to find it in the first place, which is where metadata (data about data) comes in. Metadata on its own is not very useful unless you can provide access to it, which is where Catalog Service for the Web (CSW) comes in. This provides a standards-compliant interface to discover, browse, and query metadata. If you have a CSW search tool, which most GIS software does, you can find, explore and then use that data.

Here at Astun we are proud to say that we have played a significant role in this data revolution by hosting and providing the metadata catalogue service for many of the datasets that Defra has released.

Defra will be publishing some use case studies on its own #OpenDefra DataMarket blog in the coming weeks.

https://defradigital.blog.gov.uk/2016/06/28/opendefra-datamarket-a-semi-live-blog-post/

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Our User Group - Conference now has over 60 delegates it is going to be a great day with some great keynotes and an afternoon of QGIS and iShare training. If you are an Astun customer or interested in what we have to offer the event is on 10th May in Birmingham - find out more here - https://astuntechnology.com/astun-user-group-conference-2016/

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We have just re-newed our sponsorship of OSGeo - a great organisation fostering the adoption of open source geospatial software - http://www.osgeo.org/node/1698

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We have published the latest Spring 2016 edition of Astun News. In this issue - We welcome four new customers, provide training and ADS updates and details of the Astun User Group's forthcoming Conference in Birmingham. News too of the imminent iShare 5.6 update with metadata integration. https://astuntechnology.com/media/website/downloads/newsletter/WEB_Astun%20News%20Spring%202016%20v7.pdf
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