Industry News

OS:  10 finalists are now in line to win a share of £115,000, as part of Ordnance Survey’s GeoVation Challenge, which is aiming to improve local neighbourhoods in Britain. The winning ideas included an app, which maps out your emotions; an educational tool, which helps school children learn more about their local environment; and a device that reports a crime straight to your local police.
 
The finalists will now be invited to Ordnance Survey on 20 June 2012 to take part in a ‘Dragons Den’ style GeoVation Showcase, where they will pitch for a share of £115,000 to fund their idea.
Press release & links
 
GPS: It is envisaged that the award of the replacement Legal Services framework agreement will take place at the end of September 2012.  To ensure continuity of service provision during the development of the replacement Legal Services framework, the current agreement (RM373) has been extended for 6 months until 30 November 2012.   Customers can continue to place orders for the duration of the extension.
Press release & links
 
ScotGov: Four up & coming architecture firms have been chosen to represent Scotland at the world’s greatest architecture showcase this year.  Do Architecture, GRAS design studio, Stone Opera and Pidgin Perfect – all based in Glasgow – will take part in the Venice Architecture Biennale in September 2012 and are currently working up plans that will lead to a series of events engaging with communities in Venice.
Press release & links ~ Venice Architecture Biennale
 
GPS: After working closely with Cabinet Office, negotiations with Microsoft have concluded on the shape of the new Public Sector Agreement (PSA12), which will succeed PSA09.  PSA09 has been extended, incorporating the terms of the December amendment, until 30 June 2012.   PSA12, a 3-year agreement, will begin on 1 July and be available until 30 April 2015
Press release & links
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