Three things to start the New Year

Dbyhundred has had a very busy end of 2012 and beginning of 2013.

1. Dbyhundred is managing the marketing, PR and General Management for start-up, SplashMaps. In an beautifully coordinated piece of marketing we ran a campaign of Radio and TV PR for the business which uses crowd sourced and open data to make maps for the REAL outdoors.
The campaign was entirely “below the line”. It was tailored firstly to attract investment, achieving its target of £8000 from a community of 101 backers, and secondly to boost sales of the first two mapping areas, achieving the target of £2000 worth of sales and new distribution channels.
See the coverage of SplashMaps from the BBC. This was broadcast 6 times on the eve of the Outdoors Show. A staggering response in on-line sales and enthusiasm at the show demonstrate that this project has significant potential! https://www.youtube.com/embed/74iISyC6rB0

2. With Productiv we are helping with the industrialisation of low Carbon technology. David has taken the role of Innovation Manager. The plan is to boost the effectivity of the community of members, technologists and suppliers and users of Low C automotive technology.

3. Market research by dbyhundred has helped shape a business model for a new business developing safety systems for vulnerable road users. This bespoke work has now recommended targets and approaches for developing and implementing the technology and defining it as a proposition. “David’s work has given me amazing insight and confidence in my market strategy”, says Mike Walker, CycleSafe CEO.

2013 is busy, exciting and full of potential at dbyhundred! Please contact us for bidding, project management and location technologies. 07876 390 656.

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EuroGeographics invited to negotiate over ELFI bid

EC negotiate with EuroGeographics on ELFI
David Overton was bid manager on the ELFI proposal which now advances to negotiation

More good news for a common geographic reference across Europe as the EC invite EuroGeographics to negotiations in September.

The ELFI (European Location Framework I) proposal achieved one of the highest possible scores at the bid stage.  With 14 out of 15 possible points there appears to be little that the commission would need to change to this bid.

David Overton at dbyhundred is very proud to have been Bid Manager on this proposal and is delighted to see that it progresses.

In parallel (and through some solid coordination) the European Commission are advancing their plans beyond INSPIRE to encourage a common “EU” location framework (EULF) for all public and private sector use under their ISA programme (Interoperability Solutions for a European Public Administrations).  Previously INSPIRE has been targeted at the Environmental community, but this development cements the location information industries importance at the heart of policy making in Europe.

David Overton bid managed the ELFI proposal which will be negotiated in September with the EC.

dbyhundred is tracking these trends and analysing forthcoming calls and potential tenders to help clients and associates win their bids in this exciting and growing area.

6 steps to a Spatially Enabled Society

Colleagues from FIG (the international federation of surveyors) have boiled down the requirements for a spatially enabled society (that’s one where location is added to existing data to increase its value to society) to 6 handy and simple to achieve elements.  The added value can be considered to stem from the ease of integration of information held on land, water and other resources.  Such integration makes it simpler to manage a cities, countries or regions resources more effectively.

And here they are;-

1. a legal framework to provide the institutional structure for data sharing, discovery, and access;

2. a sound data integration concept to ensure multi-sourced data integration and interoperability;

3. a positioning infrastructure to enable and benefit from precise positioning possibilities;

4. a spatial data infrastructure to facilitate data sharing, to reduce duplication and to link data producers, providers and value adders to data users based on a common goal of data sharing;

5.land ownership information, as the dominant issue in the interactions between government, businesses and citizens relating to land and water resources;

and

6.data and information to respect certain basic principles and to increase the availability and interoperability of free to re-use spatial data from different actors and sectors.

Well, it’s hard to disagree with all of these, but once you read the full report you realise that the spatial data infrastructure is not just one item, but is the tool to achieve at least elements 2,3,5 and 6.  For an indepth experience on setting up such an infrastructure see our work on ESDIN.

Scrum Master Certificate

It’s time to sharpen the saw.  Get the manuals out and get another qualification.  And although I’ve lived, studied, and adapted

Scrum… when you’re all in the same room!

(and blogged!) on Agile PM  approaches, I need to get a piece of paper.  The piece of paper I am going for is the Certified Scrum Master certificate.  How I’ll get there is via UNICOM on  a 2 day training course on 11/12th July.

During ESDIN we had great success in adapting the Agile PM roles for our geographically dispersed team.  Now it will be interesting for me to see how it runs with us all in the same room for 2 days!

UNICOM have a great reputation and when even the most proficent “natural” Scrum Masters are finding the course of benefit, I had to take part.

Many thanks to those who have advised!

The Space Between thoughts

In the three years since launching dbyhundred there has been little “down-time”.  I am sure many people experience this if you work for yourself or for someone else.  The work takes over.  You pull-out all the stops on one piece of work whilst chasing the next.

The lengths I go to to assimilate with Scandinavian colleagues
INSPIRE conference 2011 … hope 2012 is as fun!

With the Innovation Leadership Forum I learnt about the space between thoughts.  And I’ve been visualising ever since as a potent route to creativity and innovation.  Interestingly with the ILF I developed my Viking approach to innovation… and there I was at last years INSPIRE conference… dressed to slaughter surrounded by my Scandinavian colleagues.

Having finished 2 large contracts at the same time (European Commission and EuroGeographics), the “space between contracts” seems to offer the same potential.  On Saturday I spent the day at a Bloxstore workshop and am proud to announce that I am now a member of their elite team of expert innovators, geospatial experts and self confessed geeks!  The proposition is clear, phased and already populated with the best in our fields.  It takes advantage of the many now working independently, bringing us together to address important European contracts, offering an SME (Small to medium enterprise) alternative to the large “usual” professional  bid chasers.  I will be sure to keep you posted as we approach our first successes together!