Dear Aberdeen City Council,

Please providea dataset of vacant and derelict land surveys in GeoJson format.More info: https://tinyurl.com/ycysjqls
from

George Smith

Yours faithfully,

ODI Aberdeen

Foi Enquiries, Aberdeen City Council

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Dear Mr Smith,

 

Information enquiry reference EIR-17-1853.

 

Thank you for your recent request for information, which we received on 01
December 2017.   

 

The scheduled date for our response to your request for information is on
or before 04 January 2018.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any queries in the
meantime.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Salomeh Kheyri Rad

Information Compliance Officer

 

 

Information Compliance Team
Customer Service
Corporate Governance
Aberdeen City Council
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Business Hub 17
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Dear Mr Smith,

 

Thank you for your information request of 1 December 2017.  Aberdeen City
Council (ACC) has completed the necessary search for the information
requested.

 

Please provide a dataset of vacant and derelict land surveys in GeoJson
format.

We do not have any Vacant and Derelict Land Survey (VDLS) dataset in
GeoJson format. Our existing mapping system cannot read GeoJson formatted
files. The VDLS is available publicly on the Council website – it contains
a mapped list of site locations.

 

Please see link below.

 

[1]https://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/sites/ab...

 

Previous years are also available under the Monitoring Section on the
Local Development Plan page here
[2]https://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/services...

 

ACC is unable to provide you with information on a dataset of vacant and
derelict land surveys in GeoJson format as it is not held by ACC.  In
order to comply with its obligations under the terms of Section 17 of the
FOISA, ACC hereby gives notice that this information is not held by it. 

 

We hope this helps with your request.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Grant Webster

Information Compliance Officer

 

INFORMATION ABOUT THE HANDLING OF YOUR REQUEST

 

As the information which you requested is environmental information, as
defined under Regulation 2(1) of the Environmental Information (Scotland)
Regulations 2004 (the EIRs), ACC considered that it was exempt from
release through FOISA, and must therefore give you notice that we are
refusing  your request under Section 39(2) of FOISA (Freedom of
Information (Scotland) Act 2002).  However, you have a separate right to
access the information which you have requested under Regulation 5 of the
EIRs, under which ACC has handled your request. Please refer to the
attached PDF for more information about your rights under the EIRs.

 

 

Information Compliance Team

Customer Service

Corporate Governance
Aberdeen City Council
3rd Floor North

Business Hub 17
Marischal College
Broad Street
ABERDEEN AB10 1AQ

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Tel 03000 200 292

 

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Dear Foi Enquiries,

Your response to our request for the data behind the vacant and derelict land survey stated:

We do not have any Vacant and Derelict Land Survey (VDLS) dataset in
GeoJson format. Our existing mapping system cannot read GeoJson formatted
files.

Our understanding is that the data is contained in the council's GIS system - ESRI Arc GIS.

This system does support GeoJson as an export format, and data has been so exported in the past for other purposes.

You pointed us to a PDF. While this is interesting, it is not the data which we seek, it is not in neutral format (such as GeoJson), nor is that licensed under OGL terms for re-use.

This is a request for a review of this decision not to make the data sought available in the terms which we request.

Yours sincerely,

George Smith
ODI Aberdeen

Foi Enquiries, Aberdeen City Council

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    REV 17 1853 SVDLS 2016.zip

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Dear Mr Smith,

 

I refer to your email of 19 January 2018 requesting that Aberdeen City
Council (ACC) review its handling of your request.

 

Please see below the outcome of your review.

 

Under the FOISA legislation, a local authority is only required to provide
information in a format specified by an applicant if it is deemed to be
reasonable to do so and where they do not already hold the information in
that format.

 

In relation to this request, ACC did not hold the information in the
format you specified. In investigating whether it was deemed reasonable
for us to convert the information for you, we considered the following:

 

ACC holds the requested information in corporate GIS system as a .shp
(shape) format. Please see attached. We are unable to convert the
information for you as we are unable to download open source applications
(due to their potentially unsecure nature). On this basis, it is not
deemed reasonable for us to convert the information into the format you
specified.

 

As such, ACC uphold our initial response.

 

We would like to advise that there are online tools available to convert
the data into the format requested such as:

 

[1]https://mygeodata.cloud/converter/shp-to...

 

If you have any queries regarding the above, please do not hesitate to
contact me.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Grant Webster

On behalf of Review Panel Clerk

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

 

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only. Any such appeal must be made within 42 days after the date of the
decision has been issued.

 

 

Information Compliance Team

Customer Service

Corporate Governance
Aberdeen City Council
3rd Floor North

Business Hub 17
Marischal College
Broad Street
ABERDEEN AB10 1AQ

[3][Aberdeen City Council request email]

Tel 03000 200 292

 

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