Andy Lake of HOP Associates demonstrated how the web can be used
effectively to promote social inclusion and access to opportunity. Christine
Johnson and Martin Houghton of the Planning Exchange showed how Regen.net and a
new DETR Guide to using ICT for regeneration are vehicles for spreading best
Andy Lake presented a case study on Fife Direct, an
innovative partnership website serving some of Scotland's most
disadvantaged communities, and the linked Fife Community Network
For further details contact Andy
Lake or Bob Crichton at HOP.
is a website set up to enable collaboration between professionals involved in
Set up in 1999, and funded by the DETR and its Scottish and
Northern Irish equivalents, it has proved very successful in helping to share
The site has 14,000 registered users, and gets 35,000 hits per
month. It boasts a number of very active forums, where people post questions and
in over 80% of cases get helpful replies from other users.
ICT Good Practice Guide
Where Regen.net uses ICT to support people working on
regeneration initiatives, the Good Practice Guide (due to be published shortly)
focuses on the use of ICT to achieve regeneration objectives.
Commissioned by the UK DETR, it was developed in conjunction
with a series of seminars around the UK looking at organisations' experiences in
setting up ICT-based projects.
As well as outlining the issues and technologies, the guide
highlights good practice and typical pitfalls, and includes numerous case
studies from around the country.
For further information contact Martin
Houghton at the Planning