Secure data exchange for schools
Lincolnshire County Council has launched a new Data Exchange web site, based on the Webstructure content management platform from Abacus e-Media, to enable the secure sharing of information and access to guidance for professionals working for Lincolnshire Children. The new site, which was launched in October 2008, enables users to download general guidance on topics such as the School Census, Early Years Census, Contactpoint and School Performance. Users are also able to submit information to the County Council using online forms or via the data upload area.
Prior to the launch of the new web site, Lincolnshire County Council exchanged data with schools through a secure intranet. However it had become increasingly difficult to securely transfer data and intelligence with the growing number of external partners who also needed access to the information (following the introduction of the Children's Act), such as Health Authorities, Playgroups, Children's Centres and District Councils.
James Thomas, Principal Information Officer, Performance Management, Children's Services Directorate at the County Council:
"We realised that we needed an easy to use, secure website which would enable us to exchange data and intelligence within this expanded community. We also wanted to have a site where we could signpost schools and other partners to useful guidance which can be found on other websites - thus establishing this new site as the first point of call for all Lincolnshire Children professionals."
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