Isle of Man Public Services Think Tank

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Manx Telecom Twitter SMS updates

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Graeme Jones, Director, BCS Isle of Man and Graham Shimmin, Product Manager, Manx Telecom are pleased to confirm that, further to feedback from the January event, a contract has now been signed with Twitter.

There’s now an easy way to use Twitter without having to access the internet. Manx Telecom customers can send their ‘Tweets’ via an SMS text message – it’s the simplest and quickest way to update your Twitter profile. All you have to do is register for the Twitter via SMS service by texting ‘Register’ to 89887 or by logging in to your Twitter account and visiting the Mobile section of your Twitter profile.

Tweets are charged at standard SMS rates and you can send Tweets to your timeline by simply sending the message to 89887 (max 140 characters). ‘Mentions’ will be sent to you via SMS and you can Mention another user by simply adding their Twitter username – @manxtelecom, for example – to your Tweet. You can also use Twitter via SMS in the following ways:

Send a Direct Message to a user via SMS by sending ‘D username and your message’ to 89887 Ex. “D @manxtelecom hello”

Follow a user by sending follow username to 89887 Ex. “follow @manxtelecom”

Turn on notifications of a user so you receive every Tweet of theirs via SMS by sending On Username Ex. “On @manxtelecom”

Further commands can be found at http://www.manxtelecom.com/support/mobile/twitter-via-sms.aspx

Voirrey Barron, Manx Telecom’s Marketing Communications Manager, commented:

“We know many of our customers love using Twitter, and this new service is the easiest and quickest way to Tweet. It’s simple to register and within a few minutes you can be using SMS to update your profile.”

 

Written by iomgov

19 June 2011 at 00:44

Posted in Feedback, News, Services, Tools

Registered Charities – October 2010

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Written by iomgov

5 May 2011 at 09:11

Posted in Open Data

Shared Services: Procurement

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http://www.gov.im/treasury/procurement.xml

Feedback:

  • include live and archive items
  • include email alerts option, RSS feed option, etc.

Written by iomgov

15 April 2011 at 00:14

Posted in Contracts, Research

TT Homestay

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Feedback:

  • The TT Homestay service would be more useful with a map based search – particularly to foreign visitors not familiar with the Isle of Man.
  • The “search again” link resets rather than retains the parameters.

Written by iomgov

12 April 2011 at 07:51

Posted in Research

Isle of Man Parking Map

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Google Maps (beta service):

screenshot

Written by iomgov

11 April 2011 at 21:50

Posted in Services

Search

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A lot of people prefer the Google search engine to the Microsoft Bing search engine and it is now available with the search.iomgov.com website address:

GOOGLE SEARCH

For example, I wanted to read a DED press release on a “tourism review” but the Isle of Man Government website search option (Microsoft Bing) did not include the page in the search results:

http://gov.im/Search.gov?search=tourism+review&dept=0

http://www.google.co.uk/cse?cx=015560506688128662105%3Ad5drwnuxyzw&ie=UTF-8&q=tourism+review&siteurl=www.google.co.uk%2Fcse%2Fhome%3Fcx%3D015560506688128662105%253Ad5drwnuxyzw

 

Written by iomgov

10 April 2011 at 23:03

Posted in Services

Street Map Data

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The official street map system (ArcGIS) includes some limited data on:

  • public rights of way
  • GP catchment areas
  • polling districts
  • public land open to ramblage

http://www.gov.im/manngis/StreetMap/Welcome.xml

Feedback:

  • It would be useful to have other data such as parking spaces though….

Written by iomgov

8 April 2011 at 08:21

Posted in Research

Ship Arrivals and Departures

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Written by iomgov

6 March 2011 at 23:18

Posted in Services

Fishing Licences

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Discussed the fishing licences with Zakir Hoosen from the software developer fuzzylogicsolutions.com:

  • fishing licence process
  • fishing clubs
  • the official online service
  • non-resident issues at weekends and public holidays
  • agent commission but credit card fees and variable terms and conditions with retailers

 

Written by iomgov

4 March 2011 at 22:28

Posted in Services

ODPS

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The ODPS website has 2 datasets as at 28th January 2011 in PDF format:

http://www.gov.im/odps/datacontrollersregister.xml

Although the datasets include some personal names, the data refers to a a corporate context and the lists are statutory public registers.

Converted the PDF data into CSV open data.  The Isle of Man Government website does not have any references to data downloads in CSV format – Google search on “site:gov.im csv”.

Should the data include all actively trading corporate entities?

I think asset holding entities (lots) are exempted, etc.

Fairly typical legals:
“Material on the Data Protection Supervisor’s site is independent of that hosted by the Isle of Man Government and is protected by copyright. The copyright owner is the Isle of Man Data Protection Supervisor. You may not make alterations or additions to the material on this site, or sell it or misappropriate it. Material may be downloaded or copied for personal use. However, appropriate acknowledgement of the copyright owner is required if material is re-published in any format.”

A dictionary definition of “misappropriate” is “to put to a wrong use”.

Are there any relevant documented legal issues?

Chris Taggart at opencorporates.com noted recent discussions with the UK Information Commissioner to release a similar dataset with millions of entries.

DATA

 

Written by iomgov

3 March 2011 at 17:47

Posted in Open Data

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