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Council's ‘SPACEial’ project nominated for prestigious Chambers Ireland Award



“Putting data at the heart of decision making”


SPACEial North West has been shortlisted for a prestigious Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Award with the announcement of the winners taking place this evening at a ceremony in the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin.


SPACEial NorthWest is a crossborder project with Donegal County Council being the lead implementing council, working closely with the Derry City and Strabane District Council, Limavady Borough Council and Magherafelt District Council in responding to the need for crossborder data to inform and shape policies and decisions within the entire region. 


Chambers Irelands Excellence in Local Government Awards showcase best practice in local government, highlighting some of the great projects that local authorities are undertaking. The Awards are judged by a panel of expert judges working in the field of Local Government and have been taking place since 2004.


The SPACEial North West project has been shortlisted in the Joint Local Authority Initiatives category. 


The SPACEial NW project is a response to the need for crossborder spatial data to inform and shape policies and decision making within the region.  The project has worked with key stakeholders providing them with the combination of spatial datasets which are most relevant to their needs and provides them with the technical skills to enable them to use this data to develop policies, plans and strategies for the enhancement of the entire region.


The project produced a dedicated website, which is essentially a one stop shop for Maps, Stats and Apps in the North West Region Cross Border.


Seamus Neely, Chief Executive of Donegal County Council said “the SPACEial project is all about placing data at the heart of decision making.  It provides both public sector and non public sector agencies with 159 cross-border spatial datasets to help inform their plans and policies and equips them with the necessary skills to use different GIS technologies to make best use of the data available”.     


He added “this project has provided a much needed platform in the North West Region in using geographical information to develop plans and policies and has the potential to impact on the lives of 317,518 people who live in this cross-border region”.

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