Every year, on the evening of the Socitm Spring Conference, we hold a dinner to introduce our new President and to raise funds for their chosen charity through an auction of items kindly donated by our private sector partners. This year's auction raised £1,000 for Nick Roberts' chosen charity Epilepsy Society.
The Cabinet Office and Government Digital Service has launched revised guidance for the above, aiming to make it simpler, clearer and faster for the user to understand the gov.uk conditions and to be able to apply for a domain. The guidance has been separated into two user journeys: one for central government, the other for local government, so that the specific needs of each area are covered.
The idea of creating a single LOCALGOV.UK site that brings together information and services for all local government users in the way that GOV.UK does for central government, is ill-conceived and should not be attempted.
The idea, which has being receiving attention in social media recently may sound attractive says Socitm, in a press release issued on 16 June, but on closer inspection the single local government website concept is deeply flawed because:
Greater awareness of the means and relatively low cost of mobile access to the internet, and more mobile-friendly digital public services could solve the UK’s problem with digital exclusion, says a new briefing from Socitm.
Rapid growth of mobile: the long-term answer to digital exclusion? quotes ONS figures showing that the proportion of the population using the internet has quickened significantly in the past 12 months, with some of this growth likely to be down to new, mobile-only users.
Socitm recommends that ICT leaders should respond disruptive change in the ICT and public sector landscape by taking action now to transform their function into a ‘business information service’.
Socitm’s is inviting top teams in local public services to take an interactive test to answer the question Do you do digital?
The challenge follows publication last month of Do you do digital? Socitm's short and highly visual guide to the digital landscape published in April.
The Do you do digital? interactive allows individuals to assess their organisation’s corporate commitment digital working and its capacity to deliver it.
CIOs and heads of ICT have a vital role to play in creating ‘smart’ places – cities, regions or rural areas – where local leaders need to bring together a locality’s natural resources and economic strengths with an appropriate technical architecture.
Developing a smart vision for a city, region or other local area is critical, and not doing so will prejudice the well-being and life chances of citizens, says Smart places: smart infrastructure, systems or people? the latest briefing from Socitm.
PSNGB, the industry association for PSN suppliers and the Local Government Solutions Advisory Group, co-ordinated by Socitm, have announced that they will work together as part of an innovative network of subject matter experts. The joint aim is to develop and promote solutions that accelerate and enable collaboration between local public services; improving outcomes, efficiency and customer experience.
Why should local public services not reward individuals or teams whose innovations may save millions of pounds for their organisation with say, 10% of the value from what they have created?
This ‘extremely challenging proposition’ is posed at the end of The conditions for successful innovation, a new report written by Socitm for CIOs and heads of ICT.