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12 January, 2004 - Mindjet® UK today warned that British headteachers and governors who now have to ensure that school information management complies with the new Freedom of Information Act will struggle to do so because of the sheer complexity of the task.

The Freedom of Information (FoI) Act 2000 came into force on 1 January and a Government checklist for steps that should be taken to ensure schools comply with the new regulations has been made public.

However Mindjet, a leading provider of software for visualisation and managing information, believes that the action required to comply with each point on the checklist poses a significant information management burden for headteachers and governors. The full checklist can be seen at http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/management/atoz/f/freedomofinfo...

The FoI was introduced to promote greater openness and accountability across the UK public sector. Every school is required to develop a publication scheme concerning pupil data as any individual now has the legal right to ask to have access to information held by that school.

“The information compliance complexities of the FoI present headteachers and school governors with a sizeable headache,” said Peter Bragg, country manager for Mindjet UK. “They now have to clearly structure how relevant digital information is kept on file and more importantly a number of clear but potentially complex processes have to be introduced to allow them to deal with every personal information request.

“For example, deciding whether an information request is beyond the bounds of public interest is a legally sensitive decision, but schools will not be able to do so with confidence unless they can view all of the relevant information quickly and know where all of it resides. Software that allows this information to be visualised clearly and simply is needed so that schools can avoid these pitfalls,” said Mr Bragg.

Mindjet’s MindManager® software enables individuals to capture, organise and quickly share the unstructured information typical of project work, enabling teams and individuals to work smarter and faster. Mindjet works with specialist education software providers to develop solutions that directly meet the needs of schools, colleges and universities in the UK, giving them an elegantly simple yet powerfully visual way to manage complex information and ideas.

With more than 500,000 users worldwide, including installations in more than 60 of the Fortune 100 companies, MindManager is available for the Tablet PC, desktop, notebook and Pocket PC. Seamless integration with Microsoft Office™ and Project™ enable rapid information transfer to support effective work regardless of location.

Mindjet will be demonstrating MindManager solutions for the education sector through the BETT show, at Olympia, London, on stand M65.

For more information about the FoI, see http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/educationoverview/briefing/news...

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About Mindjet
Mindjet is a leading provider of software for visualizing and managing information. With headquarters in California and operations throughout the world, the company develops software applications that improve business productivity by employing the power of information visualization for more effective planning, collaboration, and business process management. MindManager, the acclaimed flagship product with more than 500,000 licenses sold worldwide, helps business professionals from the majority of Fortune 500 companies leverage corporate knowledge, shorten decision-making cycles, and quickly shift from planning to action. More information is available at http://www.mindjet.com/uk.

MindManager is a registered trademark of Mindjet. All other product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

For further information, please contact:
Craig Brophy
Rainier PR
+44 (0) 20 7494 6570
cbrophy@rainierpr.co.uk

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