Dear Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council,

Can you please disclose information regarding the council’s use of GIS/Map software? This includes any software the council uses that allows for the distribution and/or use of GI/Map data over an intranet or the internet for use and consumption by staff and/or the public.
Specifically, can you disclose:

1. The name & provider of any GIS/Map software
2. The number & types of license held for each individual GIS or Map software
3. The price of the licenses held
4. The renewal date or contract length of the licenses held

For Example:
Software: ArcGIS - ESRI, Number of Licenses: 15, Price: £xxxx.xx, Renewal Date: 01.01.2019
Software: Map Info – Pitney Bowes, Number of Licenses: 12, Price: £xxxx.xx, Renewal Date: 01.01.2019

Can you also please disclose the number of any specific GIS staff within the council and their job titles?

For example:
Total Number of GIS Staff: 4 GIS staff
Job Titles: 1 x GIS Manager, 3 x GIS Officers

Yours faithfully,

Andrew Bennett

Information Manager, Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Sir/Madam,

I acknowledge with thanks your request for information; this request has been considered as a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

As such, your request may take up to 20 working days to be processed and has been passed on to an appropriate officer.

Please be advised that if an exemption applies to the information that you have requested, the statutory period may be exceeded in accordance with the provisions of that Act.

Should you have any queries, please contact: [Oldham Council request email]

Yours faithfully,

Information Manager

Information Management Team
Corporate & Commercial Services
Oldham Council
Level 11
Civic Centre
West Street
Oldham OL1 1UL

[email address]

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Nadeer Hussain, Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Bennett


For your information we have consider the definition of GIS system as


1.            The name & provider of any GIS/Map software

See below


2.            The number & types of license held for each individual GIS
or Map software

See below


3.            The price of the licenses held

Section 43 – Commercially sensitive, see below


4.            The renewal date or contract length of the licenses held

See below


No Contract
Software Contract licences Renewal
WebMap layers CADCorp 2  May-18
SIS CADCorp 8 Mar-18
GeognoSIS CADCorp 2  April-18
Bentley Maps Unity
ICT 7 See below
Bing Unity
ICT 2500 See below
Oracle Spacial Unity
Locator ICT 2 See below
MapInfo Unity
ICT 29 See below
Mapino/Parkmap Unity
ICT 5 See below
Mapino/Signplot Unity
ICT 5 See below
(Highways Unity
Module) ICT 56 See below
Dynamic Maps – 
LLPG exporta 1
LLPG   2
Bently Toolkit
ASD Unity 2
LSG/ASD Exporta ICT 1 See below
Bently Toolkit
Sadas live
database 1
Sadas test
database 1
Dynamic Maps
inranet WebGIS 1

There is 1 specific person responsible for GIS, Job title GIS


Commercially sensitive information

With regards to question 3, the council's ICT is provided and managed as
part of a 12-year Strategic Partnership with the Unity Partnership which
commenced in May 2007 and this contractual information is considered
commercially confidential and therefore I am unable to provide any details
of spends and contractual arrangements.

The principles around commercial confidentiality apply to the disclosure
of any contractual information relating to sub-contracts held by the Unity
Partnership. Disclosure of details around costs and other contractual
terms could place suppliers of the Unity Partnership at a competitive
disadvantage and indeed could constitute a breach of their contractual
terms with them.

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, Oldham Council has a duty to
supply any information on request, unless there is an exemption. It is the
Councils policy only to apply the exemptions where there is a genuine risk
of harm or prejudice. In such cases, we will still provide information if
it is in the public interest to do so. In this instance, we believe that
it is not in the public interest to disclose the information to you.
Information about the exemption is included below:

Section 43 of the Act sets out an exemption from the right to know if:
•       the information requested is a trade secret, or
•       release of the information is likely to prejudice the commercial
interests of any person. (A person may be an individual, a company, the
public authority itself or any other legal entity.)

We cannot disclose the information because we believe it would unfairly
prejudice the commercial interests of Unity Partnership and its
sub-contractors. We do not believe that the public interest in disclosure
is proportionate to the damage that would be caused.

If you disagree with the exemption applied to the above information, you
have the right to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests
should be submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the
response to your original letter and should be addressed to:

Paul Entwistle
Borough Solicitor
Legal & Democratic Services
Oldham MBC
Civic Centre, West St, Oldham OL1 1UG
Tel:  0161 770 4822
E-mail:  [2][email address]

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision. Details are as follows:-

Office of the Information Commissioner
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Cheshire   SK9 5AF



Nadeer Hussain

Information Security Manager

Level 11

Civic Centre

Oldham Council

West Street



Tel: 0161 770 1448


[4][email address]


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