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Upcoming events: Autumn 2019

FOIMan highlights events he will be speaking at in Autumn 2019.

Paul speaking at podium

Paul speaking at IRMS 2019 conference (© Alison Drew 2019)

Last week I ran a workshop at the IRMS Public Sector Group on the relationship between FOI and records management. It was great fun and thanks again to Elizabeth Barber and Sarah Graham for inviting me, and to everyone who was there for taking part so enthusiastically. I’m hoping to return to speak at the PSG again later in the year, so watch this space.

I thought I’d highlight some other forthcoming public events that I’ll be speaking at. In addition to the below, don’t forget you can bring me to your organisation to deliver training, workshops and briefings – get in touch for a quote if that’s of interest. And I’m always willing to consider invitations to speak at free-to-attend industry/professional events, so just let me have details if you are looking for a speaker.

Please note that all links below are to external sites that I have no control over. Should you have any questions about these events or courses, or the websites, please get in touch with the relevant organisation.

12 September: I’ll be chairing a workshop on Effective Records and Information Management in Edinburgh. Understanding Modern Government are offering a £50 discount off the normal rates to readers of this blog. To obtain the discount follow the relevant link below and complete the company’s form.

Charity/Education/Local Gov/ Health £345.00+VAT

Central Gov – £395.00+VAT

Private Sector – £445.00+VAT

27 September: ‘The Linchpin: the role of Freedom of Information Officers in opening up the UK’s public authorities’, free ODI Fridays talk at the Open Data Institute

10 October: Effective Records and Information Management in London

7 November: Handling Subject Access Requests (private sector focus) for UMG Training in London

19 November: Handling Subject Access Requests (public sector focus) for Understanding Modern Government in Manchester

28 November: Excel at handling Freedom of Information requests for Understanding Modern Government in London


Upcoming events featuring FOIMan

FOIMan highlights some upcoming events he’ll be speaking at.

Freedom of Information in Practice: this Wednesday (17th April 2019) at 12.30pm I’ll be delivering a webinar for CILIP (the Library Association) which is open to anyone. We’ll be looking at the practical aspects of FOIA compliance: logging and tracking requests, training, establishing an internal network of helpers and so on. Details of how to book to attend can be found here on the CILIP website.

Effective Records and Information Management: I’ll be leading a day exploring the features of a records and information management programme for Understanding ModernGov on 24 April 2019. A programme and details of how to book can be found here on the Understanding ModernGov website.

Raiders of the Lost Archivist – the Quest for Compliance in the Netflix Era: join myself and Alison Drew as we discover the impossibility of escaping information governance, data protection, record management and freedom of information on a night in with the telly. If you’re attending the Information and Records Management Society (IRMS) conference at Celtic Manor between 19th and 21st May 2019, you’ll be able to hear what Bond, Indiana Jones, Bodyguard and a ton of sci-fi can tell us about the growing relevance of these issues in the modern world. You can find details of the IRMS conference and how to attend here.

Records Management and FOI: I’ll be making a return to the IRMS’s Public Sector Group on 12 July 2019 to discuss how records management does (and sometimes doesn’t) help with FOI compliance. IRMS members have priority for bookings. Details will be available in due course here on the Public Sector Group part of the IRMS website.

Complying with Data Subject Access Requests: a full-day course on handling subject access requests under data protection laws provided by Understanding ModernGov, and taking place on 17 July 2019. Full details here on the ModernGov website.

Watch out for details of more events as they are announced.


Upcoming events

FOIMan highlights upcoming events that you may be interested in.

Just a quick post to highlight a few FOI and information rights events that you may be interested in.

Firstly, a reminder that I’ll be chairing Understanding Modern Government’s “Excel at complying with FOI requests” workshop on 17 November. Amongst the other speakers will be Lynn Wyeth (@lynnfoi) of Zombie FOI requests fame, and a speaker from the Information Commissioner’s Office to update us on their new boss’s priorities. You can find out more and get a £50 discount by visiting the Understanding Modern Government website and entering the following discount code: MGPA4A2. The discount is available if you book by 11 November.

If you want an in-depth look at subject access under data protection, places are still available on my Managing Subject Access Requests course for Act Now Training on 2 November. We’ll also cover handling of personal data under FOI during the day. Further details and booking can be found on Act Now’s site.

Having got the plugs for my events out of the way, here are details of a couple of others that sound interesting.

Is there a democratic deficit in the archives? If there is, it will be pinpointed at this event at Northumbria University on 24th and 25th January. Speakers include the new Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, and Sarah Tyacke, former head of the National Archives and member of the Hillsborough Independent Panel. It sounds like it will be fascinating and a snip at £75.

Always worth keeping an eye out for NADPO (National Association of Data Protection – and FOI – Officers) events. They have a couple coming up, one also featuring the new Commissioner. Unfortunately their events always seem to clash with my other commitments but if you can get a place, there is always plenty on their agenda that will be useful and interesting.

Finally, the Information Law and Policy Centre at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) are hosting their annual workshop and evening lecture on 9 November. All sorts of interesting stuff will be discussed covering FOI, data protection, surveillance and human rights, all under the heading of “Restricted and Redacted: Where now for human rights and digital information control?”. And best of all, it’s free – but you have to book in advance. Unfortunately I can’t make it, but it does look a great event if you have space in your diary.


Upcoming event

FOIMan to chair FOI and information rights event for Understanding Modern Government.

UMG bannerIn September I will be chairing a one-day event for Understanding Modern Government. Speaking at Understanding Freedom of Information Requests and Rights will be: Lynn Wyeth (@lynnfoi) of Leicester City Council; Dr Ben Worthy, Birkbeck College academic and expert on FOI and open data; Lisa Adshead from the Information Commissioner’s Office; and Heather Savory, Chair of the Open Data User Group. I’ll finish the day with a workshop looking at how to deal with some of the trickier aspects of request handling.

This event proved popular when it was run in February, so don’t miss out.

Information Rights Events coming up

FOIMan highlights some events that those interested in Information Rights may want to attend.

The University of Winchester's Centre for Information Rights is hosting an event on data sharing (image © 2014 University of Winchester)

The Centre for Information Rights is hosting an event on data sharing

Last April, the Law Commission began a consultation on personal data sharing. The results will inform the Government’s next steps in this controversial and complicated area. The outcome of the consultation will be reported at an event to be hosted by the University of Winchester’s Centre for Information Rights on 1 July from 3.30pm. The Public Law Commissioner, Nicholas Paines QC will be speaking at the event. It is free to attend, but places must be booked.

A few weeks ago I wrote about an upcoming conference organised by the University of Northumbria. I understand that there are still places for their Information Rights Conference on 13 June (this Friday) in London, and that they are available at a discounted rate of £75. Details of how to book can be found in the conference brochure.