Sheffield City Region

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Information doc: 

Martin Cantor

PO Box 609, S70 9FH, Barnsley, UK


Tel: +44 12 26 770 770

Effective member: 

To date we have focused on three key areas:


  •  Next generation broadband
  •  Digital inclusion
  •  e-enabled citizen-centred services

These remain important to us, but as we look to the future we are focusing on:

  •  Next generation wholesale data centre campus
  •  Public sector automation and transformation
  •  Collaboration centre eco-system




The Digital Region project will provide superfast broadband (FTTK) to 97% of SouthYorkshire by 2012. This creates the opportunity for a literal living laboratory, a placewhere applications and solutions can be real-life tested at a large scale and across awide demographic.

This will only be fully effective if the vast majority of our population are active digitalcitizens, and so we continue to drive our Making IT Personal digital inclusion programme,reinforced by the UK national Go On campaign to get millions more people online by2012.

We are also planning the steps which will capitalise on the potential of that advancedconnectivity, by building data centre capacity to provide the infrastructure for the shift tocloud and software as a service. This will be accompanied by measures to furtherstrengthen the already close links between public service providers, universities, SMEsand professional service companies, to develop innovative solutions and a surge in theknowledge economy.

.References and Track Record


  •  The South Yorkshire Public Sector e-Forum has a decade of experience andactivity bringing together the public and private sectors to ensure that the people,organisations and economy of South Yorkshire understand and benefit from thedigital revolution The Digital Region project is the largest public sector next generation broadbandproject in Europe Making IT Personal : Joining the DOTs has been described as the mostadvanced scheme in Europe for training and accrediting digital mentors and forseeding them throughout the community e@sy Connects has won many European and national awards for its citizencentredservice delivery solutions Both Sheffield University and Sheffield Hallam University have strong records inresearch, knowledge transfer and spin-outs, in digital fields and in innovationmore generally