Socitm welcomes the latest Policy Exchange report into smarter use of technology and has contributed to the research. The report makes many sound recommendations, however it is unfortunate that it emphasises most the weakest area of research that makes bold assumptions about local government’s poor performance in making efficiency savings and moving to a more collaborative model.
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.
Is digital is fundamentally different from IT, or is it nothing more than a wrapper to be applied around some existing IT services, ask Socitm's latest briefing.
Between digital and IT: is there clear blue water? begins by highlighting discussion of ‘digital’ in two recent reports on the future of local public services.
We were greatly saddened to hear that our colleague Steve Hopson passed away on Christmas Eve.
Socitm has launched a new survey to enable sharing of data about the governance and management of websites in local authorities.
Anyone that participates, whether or not a member of Socitm or Socitm Insight will be given access to the resulting data from all participants. If you have not received notification of the survey, it can be accessed here.
Socitm has welcomed Labour’s Digital Government Review, published last week, pointing out that it highlights a number of the key themes also articulated in Socitm’s recent Policy Briefing Digital: Vision to Value.
In particular, Socitm is pleased to see a clear focus on putting people at the centre of realising the opportunities presented by digital, noting that the Review refers to ‘digital designed for people and communities, not digital for government’ and says that ‘We must put people in control’ and ‘We must design digital for everyone’.
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.