Shared access to asset data and aerial imagery sets the bar for ‘data sharing without frontiers’ in the new climate of local government collaboration
Birmingham, 03 August 2010 – Dotted Eyes , the market leading GeoData and information software specialists, today announces the release of Contractor Portal  v2.0, which embraces new imperatives for local government organisations to share internally generated asset data, along with OS and OSNI and wider third party datasets, across a broadening number of partners to deliver on changing local government and related NHS reforms.
Quick to see the unique advantage it offers in serving its partner and contractor relations, Liverpool Direct Limited  is deploying Contractor Portal this summer:
“Liverpool Direct Limited’s business case for promoting Contractor Portal within Liverpool City Council is based on sound commercial principles”, said Brian Jones, GeoData Manager, Liverpool Direct Limited.
“When we roll out Contractor Portal this summer it will allow us to provide a responsive service to the City’s partners and contractors whilst reducing costs, decreasing paperwork, helping to eliminate avoidable contact and promoting a self-service approach for external users. We also plan to extend the use of Contractor Portal beyond the licensing and distribution of digital map data to partners and contractors to the licensing of other digital datasets and also the submission of digital data by contractors to the City.”
Importantly, the new platform provides the ability for the solution to be hosted or installed, whilst the flexible pricing model supports end user and organisation payment options.
Released this week, Contractor Portal v2.0, sets a precedent in supporting an incomparable range of data at a user and cost model previously unknown at time of unparalleled need for partner data sharing. In addition to providing self-service access to data licensed under Collective Purchase Agreements, from Ordnance Survey and other data suppliers, Contractor Portal enables organisations to share their own, internally generated data in a secure environment for the first time.
“Simplification is key to opening up important data access as it enables more people in more organisations to make better decisions,” said Ben Allan, Managing Director of Dotted Eyes.
“That access is critical to meeting the imperatives of localised data sharing inherent in new government drives. Contractor Portal equips local government organisations to work collaboratively and cost effectively, breaking down traditional barriers, opening up GIS siloes and releasing vital information for sharing across organisations with the minimum of fuss.”
With a long heritage as innovators of software, data and information solutions developed for some 900-plus public and private sector customers in healthcare, local government, not-for-profit and the commercial sector, Dotted Eyes’ mantra is to ‘simplify, automate and integrate’ data and information. This approach uniquely equips senior and departmental levels of organisations to access, visualise, analyse and share complex data in simple, useable formats to make more cost-effective, locally-relevant decisions.
For information about Contractor Portal and to register interest for the autumn 2010 seminar, visit: www.dottedeyes.com/cp 
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About Dotted Eyes
With a long heritage as innovators of data and information solutions for private and public sector organisations, for more than 20 years Dotted Eyes has pioneered location-based intelligence products and services which enable better-informed business decision making at every level of business operations.
Serving some 900 customers UK-wide, through expert consultancy, training and product development in healthcare, local government, not-for-profit and the commercial sector, Dotted Eyes’ mantra is to ‘simplify, automate and integrate’ data and information. This approach uniquely equips senior and departmental levels of organisations to access, visualise, analyse and share complex data in simple, useable formats to make more cost-effective, locally-relevant decisions.
Dotted Eyes maintains long standing expert partnerships with location data providers such as Ordnance Survey  and Pitney Bowes Business Insight  and operates certified training courses nationwide. It serves some 130 UK Primary Care Trusts, every ambulance service in England and Wales and household name not-for-profit organisations like the National Trust , among others.
For more information, visit: www.dottedeyes.com