Socitm President Nick Roberts and Martin Ferguson, our Director of Policy and Research, attended the 2014 International ALGIM (Association of Local Government Information Management) Conference in Auckland earlier this week. Socitm is one of six sister organisations to ALGIM and Martin gave a presentation on 'Digital: Vision to Value'.
Determinded efforts by public sector organisations to share sometimes sensitive data are delivering rewards in the form of better outcomes for citizens and improved efficiency and effectiveness for organisations.
Socitm has signed The Lyon Declaration in support of worldwide access to and the sharing of information to enable social development. The Declaration currently has over 400 signatories. It was drafted by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) with a number of strategic partners and was launched in summer 2014.
Did you make it to Manchester? Unable to join us this year? Either way, you'll want to check out our post-Conference resources including speaker slides and footage, Socitm Awards results and a round up of news coverage. We look forward to seeing you in 2015.
Martin Ferguson, Socitm's Director of Policy & Research, shared thoughts about 'The Digital Imperative' at Civica national event on November 5th. His presentation covered:
- Digital future state
- Core principles
- Digital in health and social care
- The digital imperative for local public services and suppliers
Our new bi-monthly update - Socitm Highlights - is an easy-to-view and downloadable presentation, which will provide you with a two-minute overview of current/new Socitm initiatives, events, news, projects, publications and services. The presentation is delivered to Socitm members and their guests at our regional networking meetings, where Socitm staff members are always present to answer questions and engage in further discussion.
The fact that usability determines usage (or not) of websites is the key message of The design of the online user experience: more to this than meets the eye the new briefing from Socitm.
The briefing reminds readers that the judgements of a group of well-intentioned, amateur web authors, providing content as an add-on to their main jobs, are no substitute for a full-time, centralised web team, whose members are professionally trained and have access to resources for user testing.
The Socitm 2014 Annual Conference agenda - built around the theme of 'Digital: Vision to Value' - attracted a range of news coverage. A few examples:
Integrating third party software to enable people to do things they want to do on council websites, such as renew library books or pay parking fines, is continuing to cause problems with usability.
In response to this and to share ways of improving things, Socitm has developed a new, dedicated one-day event that will run for the first time in London on 27 November.
Socitm has announced its Awards winners for 2014 at a ceremony held during its Annual Conference in Manchester 21-22 October.